Entering the Universal Credit debate last week proved another bruising but learning experience for me. I made it clear-as long as six months ago, that whilst a raising income tax threshold policy was of course to be welcomed, actually whilst over three quarters of people who benefit from ...
October 15, 2018Cara Dyer
As we approach the end of a very difficult week, my thoughts are firmly with the young people, staff and parents of Plymouth Studio School. As people will know, I have invested personally in maintaining and helping this school. I am ...
April 26, 2018Cara Dyer
Government agrees with campaigners’ demands to grant people in mental health crisis vital new protections from escalating debts Following a high profile campaign by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, the Government has announced that their new ‘breathing space’ debt respite scheme will be extended to cover people receiving ...
April 24, 2018B
I have recent been made aware of the decision in principle that Plymouth Studio School is closed. This was following a period of significant difficulty, during which all efforts to support the school were made. I must first and foremost stress that I am committed to ensuring that there is no interruption ...
April 24, 2018Cara Dyer
Following recent job-losses at RNB Devonport today, Monday 16th April, Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer, has launched a high-profile national campaign demanding of the UK Government all of the new Type 26 Global Combat Ships be base ported at HMNB Devonport.The campaign will include debates in the Houses of ...
April 16, 2018B
Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust have been awarded an indicative funding amount of just over £26m to allow them to develop new facilities for undertaking Interventional Radiology, (IR) procedures, especially Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) in order to meet the EVAR guidance and recommendations from the National Clinical Director and the NHS ...
March 28, 2018B
A cross party group of 98 MPs including 21 select committee chairs and 30 former ministers from both sides of the Commons, has written to the Prime Minister calling on her to set up a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Care.The Commission, in effect a special select committee of ...
March 26, 2018B
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, today announced that Plymouth will receive up to a dozen new GPs through an international recruitment programme.Speaking on a visit to the city today, he said that doctors should be in post by the end of the year after Plymouth was prioritised in ...
March 24, 2018B
A note from Johnny... Plymouth's Voice in Westminster A week dominated by Russia's appalling attack in Salisbury; a Spring Statement from the Chancellor, Primary care in Plymouth and the real story about free school meals... (clue - more children will be getting them)Johnny speaks for many in condemning Jeremy Corbyn's ...
March 19, 2018B
Many Plymothians will have seen the latest story in the ongoing story around GP provision at a number of sites within Plymouth.As the recent Plymouth Herald story states, GP contracts have been extended with Access Health Care to March 2019 to ensure that there is continuity of care for local ...
March 15, 2018B
Labour Party politicians have recently claimed that the government was looking to take away free school meals from school pupils. It was rapidly debunked in a Channel 4 Fact Check investigation which you can read here.Despite this, Labour politicians continued to push this narrative leading into the vote earlier ...
March 15, 2018B
I spent the weekend before last in Germany as part of the Munich Young Leaders programme, as the only UK representative. While I would not want to play down our own domestic policy challenges, hearing the Ukrainian member of parliament from Donbass did provide some perspective. Global leaders gathered, and ...
March 2, 2018B
Johnny Mercer MP:My right hon. Friend will know from our many previous conversations that the people of Plymouth have waited too long to see improvements on their rail link, so I am grateful for his Department’s response yesterday, but when can they expect to see something delivered—some work completed—on Dawlish, ...
March 1, 2018B
This Iraq inquiry farce is a disgrace to the country The charade of historical allegations against our servicemen and women is continuing unabated with Iraq Fatality Investigations, a government-funded inquiry.The pursuit of service personnel through the courts is a stain on our national character. It is the mark of a political ...
February 26, 2018B
Last week, while in Munich, I met Sergey Lavrov, Russia's minister of foreign affairs. When I introduced myself to him as a British MP, he turned his heel. Cowards like him, Putin and Al-Assad respect one thing alone – strength and leadership. But Britain lost that in 2013 after ...
February 23, 2018B