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Jack Lopresti MP: News round-up (April)

Posted on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 10:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

This past month or so has been a mix of work in Westminster and here at my home in the constituency.

Parliament had the Easter recess (break from parliamentary business) for two weeks, which is a great time to spend time seeing people.  I return to the constituency every week, but during recess it’s great to have much more time in my home.

Over the past few weeks, I have visited Airbus with their ongoing ‘Airbus Integration Centre’, the superb and world class engineers with Bloodhound SSC World Speed attempt, the RAC highlighting members’ concerns over motoring and the opening by the secretary of state for transport of the new platform 1 at Bristol Parkway.

Alongside those names you may have heard of, I have spoken and visited many other companies who employ talented local people in projects, products and services that are sold at home and across the globe.

The key to most of these successful businesses is the range of apprenticeships offered.  Thanks to changes in the Apprenticeship Scheme, apprenticeships can be offered to people of all ages and talents.  For some it’s embarking on their first career, for others it’s their second or third!

It isn’t just medium or large businesses who can take advantage of the increase in productivity an apprentice can bring; small organisations can also benefit.

The confidence and planning involved with many of these businesses by staff at all levels, gives me confidence in stability for local jobs in the future.

Now that recess has finished and I’m back in Westminster for most of the week, I’ll ensure that your concerns and aspirations are raised in the Commons and with ministers.

My first day back saw a serious and meaningful debate on action in Syria by UK forces.

If you would like to discuss a matter with me, either as a resident, organisation or business, please contact my Bradley Stoke office to arrange a suitable time for a surgery or visit to your premises.  Call 01454 617 783 or email jack.lopresti.mp@parliament.uk.  For other contact details, visit my website www.jacklopresti.com

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Jack Lopresti MP: News round-up (March)

Posted on Monday 23rd April 2018 at 10:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

In January, I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment. By doing so, I pledged my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust. Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations are held annually on 27th January to remember those who died in the Holocaust and to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

I would encourage as many schools, faith groups and community organisations to engage with Holocaust Memorial Day to ensure that the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides are never forgotten. It is essential that future generations are taught about historical atrocities to make sure that they are never repeated.

The Organ Donation Bill has great potential to save lives, and tackle serious medical conditions affecting some of the most vulnerable in society. While organ donors have increased by 75 percent in the last decade, more needs to be done. Today there are approximately 6,500 people awaiting an organ transplant. By presuming consent, more organs will be available for the extremely ill people who need them so urgently.

Of course, I recognise that this is a hugely sensitive and personal issue – the right to opt out must be absolutely preserved, and families must be consulted. I am therefore pleased that the bill has now proceeded to committee where these safeguards will be reviewed.

After several years of disruption due to various road improvements, Aztec roundabout and all approaches continue to be a headache for local residents – particularly at peak times. It appears that the main problem is the phasing of the traffic lights on the roundabout with those controlling traffic at J16 of the M5.

The solution, however, is not as simple as some have suggested. The traffic signals on Aztec are the responsibility of South Gloucestershire Council, whereas those on the motorway junction are controlled by Highways England. I am actively involved in the negotiations to have the two organisations devise a practical solution and have also asked the Mayor for the West of England Combined Authority, Tim Bowles, to expedite this. I will also be meeting with Ministers in the Department for Transport to discuss longer term solutions.

If you’d like my help on any issue, please call my office on 01454 617783 or email me at jack.lopresti.mp@parliament.uk

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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 jack.lopresti.mp@parliament.uk

• To view Mr Lopresti’s parliamentary activity in full, visit: www.theyworkforyou.com

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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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