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Jack Lopresti MP: News round-up (January)

Posted on Monday 12th February 2018 at 4:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

An update from Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.

With Christmas over and the new year in full swing, I have returned to Westminster eager to represent my constituents in Parliament.

At Business Questions, I called for Parliament to hold a debate regarding the impact of crime on rail travel after cable theft caused havoc for commuters in January at Bristol Parkway. Despite a swift response from Network Rail, the cable theft still resulted in more than 5,000 minutes of delays to trains and the total cost to the railway and to taxpayers will run into the hundreds of thousands for just one incident. It is important that effective contingency plans are in place to ensure disruption is always kept to a minimum and I am committed to ensuring that Network Rail deliver on their promises of action.

In a Westminster Hall debate about travel times for cancer patients, I highlighted the fantastic work of CLIC Sargent who assist families and young cancer patients in our area. While I applaud the work of CLIC Sargent, I would like to see a permanent solution to these difficulties. There are currently fewer than 20 treatment centres nationally, and that makes life extremely difficult for families who are having to travel for treatment. I would like to see a review of the NHS Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme to ensure that it is supporting those families that need it. Last year, I supported Robert Halfon’s Ten-Minute Rule motion to abolish hospital car parking charges for patients, visitors and staff. I hope that these two campaigns effectively highlight the difficulties that families of patients experience and that the government acts accordingly to address these issues.

I was honoured and delighted to join the government in the January reshuffle by becoming the parliamentary private secretary to the ministerial team at the Ministry of Defence. I look forward to working with all the team to help deliver the government’s strong agenda for the protection and security of our people.

If you’d like my help on any issue, please call my office on 01454 617783 or email me on

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Local MP to run Bristol half marathon in aid of children’s cancer charity

Posted on Monday 11th September 2017 at 1:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti is supporting CLIC Sargent

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti writes:

Next weekend, I will be running in the Great Bristol Half Marathon. Over the years I have run this half marathon several times, as well as the London Marathon, to raise money for charities such as Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Blesma, The Julian Trust and Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. This year I am hoping to raise funds for CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent are a fantastic charity, who do amazing work within our local community. They are almost entirely reliant on donations from the public to fund the range of services they offer, which aim to support families from the initial diagnosis through every stage of treatment. Each family receives a unique experience tailored to their individual needs by CLIC Sargent’s specialist care team, who are there to help, support and guide anyone who requires their help.

CLIC Sargent are looking to build on the work they already do and have set the following aims to achieve by 2025:

  • Deliver the right support for everyone – at diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment has ended
  • Provide more support for those who are bereaved because of childhood cancer
  • Open more CLIC Sargent Homes from Home , close to specialist hospitals
  • Spread the best practice they’ve established in nursing
  • Offer easily available financial support and welfare advice
  • Increase income, in partnership with their supporters

To achieve this, they will need an increase in their funding and I would like to play a small part in helping them achieve their targets.

If you would like to support CLIC Sargent, then please donate via my JustGiving page.

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MP tells South Glos Council to “get a grip” and sort out MetroBus traffic chaos

Posted on Monday 21st November 2016 at 6:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Traffic congestion on Bradley Stoke Way, caused by the MetroBus roadworks.

Local MP Jack Lopresti has arranged an urgent meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss traffic congestion caused by the MetroBus roadworks in Bradley Stoke, which he says “have gone on for too long”.

The move comes just days after Mr Lopresti’s efforts to put pressure on South Gloucestershire Council to alleviate the problems were heavily criticised in scores of comments on a post he made his own Facebook page.

Jack Lopresti.

The MP’s copying and pasting of a statement from the faceless MetroBus organisation stating that there are “no alternatives to the current traffic measures” was widely condemned, with one commenter accusing him of propagating “a pack of lies” from the contractor and another telling him to “go back and think of another response because this [one] is a joke”.

A new statement released by the MP’s office this afternoon (Monday 21st November) states:

Jack Lopresti MP has called an urgent meeting with those responsible for the MetroBus works in Bradley Stoke which are causing major road congestion. Representatives from the road contractors, MetroBus and South Gloucestershire Council (including the lead councillor responsible for transport in South Gloucestershire, Councillor Colin Hunt), along with the local Bradley Stoke councillors, have all been invited to a meeting in Jack’s office this week in order to find a solution.

Jack has also arranged to have an urgent meeting this evening with the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, to bring this issue to his attention and call for his intervention.

More: South Glos Council and the contractors need to "get a grip" »

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MP calls public meeting to discuss issues surrounding MetroBus works

Posted on Monday 15th February 2016 at 2:54 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus major roadworks sign on Bradley Stoke Way.

Local MP Jack Lopresti has announced that he is to host and chair a public meeting to discuss the controversial MetroBus scheme works.

Representatives from South Gloucestershire Council, MetroBus, the project contractors, First Bus and councillors have been invited.

The public meeting will be held on Friday 26th February 2016, at 7pm in the main hall of Bradley Stoke Community School, Fiddlers Wood Lane, Bradley Stoke BS32 9BS.

Jack Lopresti.

Mr Lopresti said:

“I have called a public meeting on the Metrobus Scheme works because I have been contacted by a large number of constituents who are concerned about the level of disruption the works are causing.”

“Whilst I am a keen supporter of the Metrobus Scheme; I am concerned about how the works have caused traffic chaos at times and about the slippage in the project’s timing.”

The move comes two months after MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths Ltd announced that the closure of the Bradley Stoke Way / Woodlands Lane junction was being extended by around seven months, following the discovery of uncharted underground apparatus and the realisation that a high-pressure gas main is actually at a shallower depth than the scheme’s designers had been led to believe.

Construction of the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus scheme is programmed to take approximately two years, with the new MetroBus service running on the route by August 2017.

Related link: MetroBus construction in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

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