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Trust CEO tackles Lopresti over “lack of representation” on school funding

Posted on Friday 8th March 2019 at 4:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Collage of images (l-r) Dave Baker (CEO, Olympus Academy Trust) and Jack Lopresti MP.

Dave Baker, CEO of the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) which incorporates Bradley Stoke Community School, Meadowbrook Primary School and several other secondary and primary schools in the wider local area has met with Jack Lopresti MP to express his concerns about a “lack of representation in regard to inadequate school funding in our area”.

In a tweet made earlier this week, Mr Baker appeared to be critical of Mr Lopresti for not attending a debate held in parliament to discuss a petition titled ‘Increase funding for schools‘, which had been signed by over 100,000 people. He wrote: “We are in the lowest-funded local authority area in the country and our MP was apparently not present for the debate about school funding. Looking forward to meeting with @JackLopresti on Friday to talk this through.”

Following today’s meeting, Mr Baker tweeted: “There has been a lot of interest in my meeting @bradleystokecs with @JackLopresti this morning to discuss @olympustrust schools funding. He made a commitment to raise our concerns with others and I agreed to provide specific information about our budgets.”

A news item titled ‘Funding for schools in South Gloucestershire‘ subsequently appeared on the OAT website in which Mr Baker reports that Mr Lopresti has pledged to “liaise with other local MPs, including Luke Hall and Chris Skidmore, so that they can show a united front in highlighting concerns from across the education sector in South Gloucestershire, which is the lowest-funded local authority area in the country.”

Noting that the Castle School Education Trust was recently awarded £14 million in additional capital funding, Mr Baker says he is looking forward to “an update in regard to the financial support also urgently required for schools within the Olympus Academy Trust, and specifically at Patchway Community School”.

The background to the debate in parliament, which took place on Monday 4th March, along with a transcript and video recording of proceedings, may be be viewed at:

Mr Lopresti has been approached for comment.*

Photos (l-r): Dave Baker (CEO, Olympus Academy Trust) and Jack Lopresti MP.

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Jack Lopresti MP: News round up for January

Posted on Thursday 7th February 2019 at 8:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jack Lopresti MP with Rob Patterson, site manager of the Bristol Mail Centre.

Just before Christmas, I was delighted to visit the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Patchway, where they were working hard to handle the Christmas peak of 6 million cards, letters and parcels throughout the festive period. Everyone working for the Royal Mail delivers a vital service for everyone ensuring that we all receive our much wanted Christmas post. It was also great to meet with Rob Patterson, the site manager, to receive an update on a multi-million-pound investment in the facility over the next year that will ensure local jobs, as well as continuing to provide great service for our area.

I was extremely pleased about the recent government announcement that funding for the police will increase by up to £970 million next year, which is the biggest increase since 2010. I met with The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, the home secretary, to discuss what these increases will mean for our area. Local police funding will be increased by 7.5 percent, meaning Avon and Somerset Constabulary could receive over £21m in the next financial year.

Furthermore, the Home Office has also committed to fighting serious and organised crime, including economic crime and drug trafficking, with a £90 million investment in national, regional and local capabilities. This increased funding, alongside other measures, will help ensure that police have the powers and resources needed to keep our communities safe.

It is great that the M1 MetroBus route finally began operations at the start of January. It offers a much needed link between Bradley Stoke and the city centre, with regular services that cut journey times. The M1 runs from Cribbs Causeway, stopping in Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford and at UWE before heading into the city centre.

If you would like to discuss anything with me, be it as a resident, organisation or business, please contact my constituency office in Bradley Stoke on 01454 617783 or email me on jack.lopresti.mp@parliament.uk to arrange a suitable surgery time, or to arrange a visit to your premises. For further details, visit www.jacklopresti.com

Photo: Jack Lopresti MP (right) with Rob Patterson, site manager of the Bristol Mail Centre.

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 18). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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September update from Jack Lopresti MP

Posted on Friday 12th October 2018 at 6:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jack Lopresti MP with Concorde in the background.

The last month has been a busy period in the constituency, as the parliamentary recess came to an end. I visited a brilliant local attraction, Aerospace Bristol, to see the great work they are doing to preserve the region’s fantastic aviation heritage and inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.

I also visited the Compass Project in Staple Hill, which provides a community for people in recovery from substance abuse. It was great to hear about many success stories where people have turned their lives around. I also met with Kevin Hamblin, the executive principal at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, to discuss their future plans. I was very impressed and fully support their plans to bring addition skills to students in our area.

It was a pleasure to join the new defence minister for procurement, Stuart Andrew MP, for the opening of the LiftWorks facility at Rolls-Royce in Patchway. The facility will manufacture part of the new F35 Lightning Vertical LiftSystem, securing jobs for years to come.

In parliament, I took the opportunity to ask a question of the prime minister at PMQs. I invited her to the opening of Airbus’s new Wing Integration Centre in Filton and asked if she would join me in thanking and paying tribute to Airbus for its strong and enduring commitment to the UK. Mrs May congratulated Airbus on the commitment it has made to the UK and the high quality of jobs it provides here. She also said that she would consider the invitation.

My first Senior Citizens’ Advice and Information Fair will be taking place on the 1st November 2018. It will be full of information from a mixture of organisations to showcase what they can offer older people. This will include charities and providers of health and social care needs that unfortunately affect many constituents, as well as groups that provide new opportunities to for people to try something new in later life. I also welcome the families of older constituents to come along on their behalf, and hope that having many different groups together all in one place will be useful. There is a page on my website that will be regularly updated with all the latest information on the event. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to get in touch with my office for further information.

If you would like to discuss anything with me, be it as a resident, organisation or business, please contact my constituency office in Bradley Stoke on 01454 617783 or email me on jack.lopresti.mp@parliament.uk to arrange a suitable surgery time, or to arrange a visit to your premises. For further details, visit www.jacklopresti.com

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Jack Lopresti MP: News round-up (August)

Posted on Sunday 9th September 2018 at 1:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jack Lopresti MP speaking during a debate in parliament.

It has been a busy time over the past month right across the constituency. It was a pleasure to be a guest at the ‘Flying into the Future’ service on Filton Airfield. The service was to celebrate its history, as well as embrace its future, and the opportunities the new development would bring. It was great to be able to speak to representatives of developer YTL and constituents to discuss the plans.

I also recently attended ‘Go Wild’ at Winterbourne Medieval Barn, which was a well-attended event in collaboration with Avon Wildlife Trust. It was a day of nature- and history-based exploration, and enjoyed by many families during their summer holidays.

It was disappointing that a decision on the Cribbs Causeway expansion plan has been further delayed into October, two months later than previously planned. I had a meeting with Deborah Jones, the Cribbs Causeway centre director, to discuss developments and will continue to keep a close eye on developments regarding the decision and continue to work for a successful outcome.

There are still many businesses along Gipsy Patch Lane that remain particularly concerned about the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension works that have now been approved by the council planning authorities. I recently wrote to some of the affected businesses, and will be looking to facilitate a meeting with businesses and the council to ensure that their concerns are heard before final plans are made.

I have been beginning to organise my first Senior Citizens Advice and Information Fair. The fair will be full of information ranging from practical advice on finances and safety, to learning new skills and hobbies, and ways of keeping active. It presents a fantastic opportunity for the elderly within our community, or their families, to gain some free information and advice on a range of subjects. More details will be found in the coming weeks on my website.

If you would like to discuss anything with me, be it as a resident, organisation or business, please contact my constituency office in Bradley Stoke on 01454 617783 or email me on jack.lopresti.mp@parliament.uk to arrange a suitable surgery time, or to arrange a visit to your premises. For further details, visit www.jacklopresti.com

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