“This week we faced the challenge once again of ensuring that our part of the United Kingdom receives the investment we deserve, after it was revealed last weekend that the funding for two very important studies into our Rail Link was withdrawn by Network Rail.
Although the Government could do little about Network Rail withdrawing the funding, we as a cohort of South West Conservative MPs exerted significant pressure of the Government to find the funding required, in line with their broader commitments to the South West.
For me our transport links are the most vital part of our future development. Without resilient links to the rest of the UK we cannot hope to start realising the potential of our City that so many see; we cannot attract the tourists that Plymouth deserves; we cannot attract the manufacturing and higher skilled jobs that will entice our brilliant young people to stay in our City, rather than seek employment opportunities elsewhere.
I am confident this funding will be forthcoming next week.
I also had an exciting meeting at Number Ten Downing Street in my efforts to put Veteran’s Care on a sustainable footing in the UK, to ensure we do our duty by those who have served. There is a great deal of appetite Nationally to do this, and I hope to have that replicated locally. We are a proud Military City, with thousands of Veterans. I want to make Plymouth a Centre of Excellence for Veterans Care; I am looking forward to meeting with all the key service providers next week to lay the foundations for doing this.
I also spoke a couple of times this week, perhaps most notably in the debate on the Iraq Historical Allegations Team. The video has proved quite popular, revealing the strength of feeling behind the issue. You can watch it by clicking on the link below.
Have a good weekend.”
This week, Johnny also:
- Visited Tamar House – a residential school for vulnerable children. Johnny has helped secure grants in the region of £1.1m for the school.
- Had an ‘Action Day’ in the constituency on saturday, knocking on hundreds of doors.
- Spoke in the New Statesman event on Syria in London