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MP to bring more naval ships to Plymouth in new proposalJohnny Mercer is again fighting for our naval city to increase its presence with more ships being based in our ports.A new proposal of two dual-purpose naval ships could set to make ... Read More
January 16, 2019Cara Dyer

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Jan2019
Local MP keeps Post Office openThe New Year brought the news that the Post Office and shop on St Anne's Road, Glenholt, would be closing.Local residents were dismayed, with this facility being a life line for many.Johnny Mercer, who has been in discussions ... Read More
January 11, 2019Cara Dyer

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Dec2018
  Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, succeeds in bid for extra funding at Derriford Hospital. It has been announced that, following promises for increased funding made last month by Johnny Mercer, Derriford Hospital's bid has been successful, with ... Read More
December 7, 2018Cara Dyer

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Nov2018
I had a stadia view from the gallery as I watched the wounds of my divided party painfully rupture on Wednesday afternoon during the Prime Minister’s statement on the EU deal. I found it painful to watch. Equally painful was the unbridled sycophancy of too many colleagues ever since – ... Read More
November 18, 2018Cara Dyer

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Oct2018
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 ... Read More
October 15, 2018Cara Dyer

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Apr2018
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 ... Read More
April 26, 2018Cara Dyer
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Apr2018
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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
April 24, 2018Cara Dyer

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Apr2018
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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
March 24, 2018B
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Mar2018
Weekly update
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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Free school meals
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
March 2, 2018B
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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, ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
February 26, 2018B
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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 ... Read More
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“This is an important step forward for Barne Barton in getting some local pharmacy provision into the area.“I know that Pat Patel has very much been the driving force on this project and I have tried to support him as best I can in both my dealings with NHSE and ... Read More
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Conservatives MPs from Devon and Cornwall last night held a heated meeting with the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, delivering an ultimatum which asked for written assurances over future investment in the South West’s rail network ahead of the second reading of the Government’s much heralded HS2 Bill.Over the weekend, Johnny ... Read More
January 30, 2018B
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Earlier this week, following heavy lobby in both the corridors of Westminster and through very public media channels, Conservative MPs achieved the breakthrough many had been waiting for.Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, reversed an earlier statement by National Security Adviser, Mark Sedwill, that the current defence and security review would be ... Read More
January 27, 2018B
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A note from Johnny…
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Hello Plymouth!A very busy start to the new year in Plymouth, and Christmas seems such long time ago already. I've been working hard to shape the national defence on issues like our health service, defence spending and infrastructure in Plymouth. We are a brilliant City, pioneering different ways of doing things in ... Read More
January 25, 2018B
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Though the NHS has been at the centre of this country’s identity for many years now, I believe that assuring its ongoing success and excellence is now the issue of our generation. I am determined that the UK continues to be a world leader in the provision of health ... Read More
January 22, 2018B
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The improvements, worth just over £67 million in total, will mean opportunities in Wigan, Greater Manchester, Marlow in Buckinghamshire, Newton in Nottinghamshire, Cumbria and Plymouth.Highways England is making a £16.6 million contribution towards the schemes from its Growth and Housing Fund, alongside private sector developer contributions and other public funding ... Read More
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The improvements, worth just over £67 million in total, will mean opportunities in Wigan, Greater Manchester, Marlow in Buckinghamshire, Newton in Nottinghamshire, Cumbria and Plymouth.Highways England is making a £16.6 million contribution towards the schemes from its Growth and Housing Fund, alongside private sector developer contributions and other public funding ... Read More
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An ambitious plan to provide opportunity on every young person’s doorstep and help make Britain a country fit for the future has been unveiled today (Thursday 14 December) by Education Secretary Justine Greening.In a speech at the inaugural Reform social mobility conference, the Education Secretary pointed to the success of government ... Read More
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A scheme designed to protect the state pensions of military wives has failed to reach more than four in five of its target group, according to a Freedom of Information reply from HMRC obtained by mutual insurer Royal London. Each woman who misses out could lose around £30,000 in state pension ... Read More
December 18, 2017B
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Today Johnny Mercer Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View has committed to JOIN THE PACT with Johnnie Walker to never drink and drive and is urging constituents to join in signing the anti-drink drive pledge.JOIN THE PACT is a global responsible drinking programme run by Johnnie Walker owner Diageo since 2008 ... Read More
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Mr Mercer has pledged his support for a national campaign to get more young people into engineering, joining government and industry in a united effort to tackle a major skills gap.The Year of Engineering, which launches in January, will see government work with hundreds of industry partners to raise the ... Read More
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TOP LINES ON THE UK - EU AGREEMENT Today, the UK and EU negotiating teams issued a joint report on the progress they have made on the three areas covered in the first phase of negotiations. The President ... Read More
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As part of our domestic law (Animal Welfare Act 2006) if an animal is capable of experiencing pain and suffering, it is by definition sentient and protected under that domestic law. This is clearly right and proper and I am proud that the UK already goes further ... Read More
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NEW INQUIRYTHE ROYAL MARINES AND UK AMPHIBIOUS CAPABILITYIn July 2017, the Government announced that it would be initiating a National Security Capability Review to ‘refresh’ the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), on the basis that the threats to the UK had intensified and changed since 2015.  Unconfirmed reports ... Read More
November 29, 2017B
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Today, 24th November, newly appointed Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson MP, announced changes to the Type-23 base-porting arrangements that will see all eight Type-23 Anti-Submarine Frigates now based at Devonport.The announcement comes as the Defence Secretary is on a visit to Plymouth, specifically HMNB Devonport, where he is expected to be ... Read More
November 24, 2017B
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I am aware that there is high feeling and concern over New Clause 30 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and I wanted to set out my position.As part of our domestic law [Animal Welfare Act 2006] if an animal is capable of experiencing pain and suffering, it is by definition ... Read More
November 23, 2017B
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Today, Tuesday 21st November, the House of Commons Defence Select Committee took evidence on the Ministry of Defence’s Annual reports. Witnesses included the department’s Permanent Secretary, Stephen Lovegrove, Cat Little, Director General Finance and Lieutenant General Mark Poffley, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for Military Capability.As the MOD undergoes a ... Read More
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This morning, Tuesday 14th November, Johnny Mercer MP led the Defence Committee’s special inquiry session into the National Security Capabilities Review that is presently underway.In a session where General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE (Rtd), Former Commander, Joint Forces Command, declared that the government were not having ‘a proper strategic ... Read More
November 20, 2017B
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In keeping with our commitment to seeing a successful and sovereign Brexit, the Government has announced that it will bring forward a new bill to implement Brexit, to be called the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill.This is an important step in our negotiations with the EU and a strong display ... Read More
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MP for Plymouth Moor View, Johnny Mercer, yesterday led an intensive questioning of the Secretary of State for Defence in public, over the future of HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark at the House of Commons Defence Select Committee inquiry session into the Department’s work for 2017.Following speculation that the Royal ... Read More
October 26, 2017B

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Highways England announced the preferred route for the dualling of a 30 mile section of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester.The move for the £179 million scheme follows the recent announcement of the preferred route for the £1.6 billion upgrade of the A303 further up the road near Stonehenge.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/improved-journeys-to-south-west-a-step-closer-as-a303-preferred-route-announcedAs ... Read More
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This week it has been announced that Plymouth City Council had been awarded £8.313m from the National Productivity Investment Fund. The money awarded to Plymouth City Council will be used for the Forder Valley Interchange, Morlaix Drive Access Improvement and Bus Priority Scheme.The fund, targeted at easing congestion and providing upgrades ... Read More
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Today, Friday 20th October, Johnny Mercer MP welcomed the announcement of new measures to be put into place following months of lobbying work from Conservative MPs.Placing GPs and family medicine at the very heart of the NHS, Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has moved forward plans that are ... Read More
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A young boy who wrote to his local MP to ask people to clear up their litter and dog poo, was given the opportunity to have a ride in a road sweeper.William Howard, age six, wrote to Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer as he was fed up with people ... Read More
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Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View, Johnny Mercer, led a testy meeting with the Defence Secretary this evening alongside fellow Plymouth MPs Gary Streeter and Sheryll Murray. The three MPs, in no uncertain terms, made clear to Michael Fallon as to the effects of these proposals on the local ... Read More
October 19, 2017B

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Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has welcomed the announcement by Plymouth Citybus that they are re-routing one of their services via Powisland Drive in Derriford.   The move comes as the result of ... Read More
October 15, 2017B
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Mr Mercer joined 12 homeless veterans who have helped build the homes they now live in as they celebrated at a housewarming party on Friday 6 October. The Nelson Project self-build scheme has not only provided a home, it has played a pivotal role in rebuilding lives. The veterans ... Read More
October 12, 2017B
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On Monday 9th October, Gary Streeter MP and I wrote to the Secretary of State for Defence regarding the amphibious fleet, particularly about the proposals leaked last week on HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and the subsequent impact upon the Royal Marines and Plymouth.The text of the letter is below, but ... Read More
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Confession time. I didn’t go to conference. It’s not that I’m too busy, or I’m too tight to afford the entrance fee. I’m sorry for the journalist’s calls that I did not return, the fringe events I did not speak at. In any event, I probably did you a favour.The ... Read More
October 6, 2017B
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Earlier this year, Prince Harry came forward to say that he had sought counselling to come to terms with the death of his mother. It was quite a stark realisation for many people that someone so young and so privileged could be affected by mental health issues.To me, it was ... Read More
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Oct2017
The government has announced the final decisions on the national funding formula for schools and high needs, which will come into effect from April 2018.The aim of the formula is to balance out current funding arrangements and account for the current ‘unfairness’ within the system. In places such as Plymouth, ... Read More
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Today, Friday 29th September, Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View, Johnny Mercer, announced he is undertaking a constituency-wide consultation on parking issues.Parking issues have dominated public discourse in recent weeks, culminating in a dispute in the Council Chamber over a parking scheme consigned to the back burner.Speaking on the ... Read More
October 1, 2017B
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Ernesettle has for too long been a forgotten part of our beautiful City. I was delighted to intervene to make sure South West Water turned the water back on to ensure their allotments could continue to be a focal point of the community. Really enjoyed heading down and celebrating over a cream tea this week! Read about ... Read More
September 29, 2017B
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Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor View, visited his local TSB branch in Crownhill on Monday 18 September to hear how its Partners are supporting the local community. During the visit, Johnny met with TSB’s Area Director for the South West, Rob ... Read More
September 27, 2017B
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Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer visited Ventro, winners of this year’s Plymouth Herald Business Awards, to cut the ribbon opening the doors to their new office in Estover. The expansion has already started to boost local investment and is set to increase job prospects for young people in the area through ... Read More
September 21, 2017B
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The government has announced the final decisions on the national funding formula for schools and high needs, which will come into effect from April 2018.The aim of the formula is to balance out current funding arrangements and account for the current ‘unfairness’ within the system. In places such as Plymouth, ... Read More
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Today, Tuesday 19th September, details were released of a £172m investment into Plymouth based firm Becton Dickinson (BD). The Prime Minister is presently on a tour of North America and having visited Canada yesterday, has today arrived in New York to meet with business leaders regarding post Brexit business and ... Read More
September 19, 2017B
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Local MP, Johnny Mercer officially opened the Barden plant’s Family Festival to celebrate 50 years of manufacturing ball bearings in Plymouth.Speaking as he addressed over 500 employees, their friends and families, Johnny said:“Celebrating 50 years of manufacturing bearings in Plymouth is an outstanding achievement for the company, particularly, given the ... Read More
September 15, 2017B
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Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, joined Wrigleys at their factory in Estover as they celebrated 90 years in the UK with a tree planting ceremony.Wrigley’s factory and head office have been in Plymouth since 1970, in which time the company has become imbedded in the community. Several of Wrigley’s ... Read More
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Yesterday, Johnny Mercer was reappointed to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. Johnny had served on the committee since being elected for the first time in 2015 since when he has played a pivotal role in inquiries ranging from the anti-malarial drug, Mefloquine to the MODs duty of care to ... Read More
September 13, 2017B
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Summer leaflet 2017
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My Summer leaflet for 2017 has been hitting doormats recently. Hopefully, every household in Plymouth Moor View will have received a copy but if you haven't seen it yet, here is a digital copy.Importantly, you can find contact details as well the schedule for my September Surgery Tour.... Read More
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44 Conservative MPs, including several former Cabinet and other Ministers, have today jointly published a Manifesto to Strengthen Families. They are calling on the Prime Minister to adopt a series of eye catching policies to support families and reduce family breakdown. While this has grave effects across society, family breakdown ... Read More
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Yesterday, the government announced a further £40 million to support communities along Britain’s coastline.The South West has already benefited from £24,681,227 in the first three rounds of funding and yesterday’s latest round of funding will aim to boost economic growth and jobs in the area by attracting even more visitors ... Read More
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Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor View, has welcomed news that Plymouth City Council have altered their criteria for a disabled parking bay after he pushed them to change their previous policy.  Last November, Johnny highlighted the issues faced by holders of Blue Badges who ... Read More
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September surgery tour
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Since beginning the journey to become your MP back in 2014, working hard for the people of Plymouth has been the driving force in all I do. In particular, making sure I am available to help the residents of my Plymouth Moor View constituency is key. I make ... Read More
August 21, 2017B
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One of Johnny Mercer’s core commitments prior to his election in 2015 was to see Plymouth become a centre of excellence for Veterans Care.Since becoming a Member of Parliament, he has worked with core stakeholders in the city’s Veteran community, with Veteran charities and with statutory services such as Plymouth ... Read More
August 18, 2017B
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Local MP, Johnny Mercer, has secured the water supply to Ernesettle Community Allotments.Four Greens Community Trust had successfully fundraised and worked closely with Plymouth City Council to establish community allotments on a piece of unused land in Ernesettle. However, since the allotments were opened, the group struggled to get ... Read More
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Prior to the most recent press announcement, I have been working for sometime to support the ongoing issues at Ocean Health GP Practice in St Budeaux. I have been working to support many constituents who have been unhappy with unanswered telephone lines, long waits for appointments and issues with obtaining ... Read More
August 4, 2017B
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Jul2017
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has welcomed the announcement by the Education Secretary of £1.3billion additional core funding for schools. Fairer schools funding – backed by today’s additional investment – will deliver the biggest improvement to the school funding system for well over a decade. It will mean ... Read More
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I've been working with Plymouth City Council, the Department of Health and Public health England since I was elected in 2015 to improve Plymouth's funding settlement.That isn't to say that the public health provision isn't excellent, it really is. However, when the process in which funding was allocated changed about 4 ... Read More
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We are at a pivotal time in UK defence policy. Some good: HMS Queen Elizabeth has recently left her dock for the first time to conduct sea trials. Some bad: questions over the 2% NATO spending pledge. Some ugly: the continued hounding of those who have served at this country’s ... Read More
July 12, 2017B
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UK parliament must examine merits of military action in case of further chemical weapons attacks in SyriaTo avoid a repeat of the ‘rushed’ 2013 vote which ... Read More
July 4, 2017B
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Hello PlymouthSince being elected in 2015, I have tried to be as accountable as possible by making myself as available as could be. But with changing behaviours and advancements in technology, there is always room for improvement so I am going to redouble my efforts for this term.Now, one of ... Read More
June 29, 2017B
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Some thoughts from Johnny
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I have been rather quiet since the election result, for a period of reflection.  I came into politics because I was fed up with how others were doing it. It wasn't working - it wasn't delivering for Plymouth, mental health ... Read More
June 23, 2017B
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Johnny Mercer MP today visited the Thornberry Centre, Plymouth’s prosthetics rehabilitation service run by Livewell Southwest CIC and based at Derriford, Plymouth.The prosthetics rehabilitation service sees people of any age who have had an amputation or who have been born with a limb deficiency. At the Thornberry Centre, Livewell Southwest ... Read More
June 16, 2017B
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a note from Johnny…
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Thank you, Plymouth Here we are, seven days after polling day and first and foremost I wanted to say a huge thank you for everyone who turned out to support me last week and throughout ... Read More
June 16, 2017B
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a note from Johnny…
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A day is a long time in politics..! Today I was looking forward to another long day on the doors, focussed on who is best to lead our Country through the deep challenges of BREXIT. Instead it became all about the Prime Minister's social ... Read More
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Plymouth's voice in Westminster It's May day, and if you are an MP in a battleground seat of the General Election in just 5 weeks time, like me you would have spent a great deal of time out in the rain today on people's doorsteps.And today it was fascinating. It wasn't ... Read More
May 1, 2017B
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not Westminster's voice in Plymouth but Plymouth's voice in WestminsterIt's almost Easter and it's been a very busy few days in Plymouth.  Last Thursday I asked the ... Read More
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Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Tracey Crouch MP, visited Plymouth today, Friday 31st March, to speak to a packed out room full of local sports clubs at Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Home Park.Visiting the city to view preparations for the Mayflower 400 celebrations in ... Read More
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On Thursday 30 March, Health Minister, David Mowat MP, visited Mount Goud Local Care Centre in Plymouth to see first hand the excellent work that has been done in Plymouth to integrate health & social care. Led by Steve Waite, Chief Executive at Livewell Southwest, the Minister was ... Read More
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The National Funding Formulae currently being consulted upon seeks to bring fairer funding allocations to schools. While this doesn’t provide new money to the system, instead more fairly distributing the overall funding allocated, it is generally good news for schools in Plymouth which have historically been underfunded. ... Read More
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Johnny Mercer MP welcomes news that GP Partners at two of the largest practices in and around Plymouth have announced plans to merge later in the year.Bringing together the Beacon Medical Group and Ocean Health will create a practice serving 60,000 patients in different locations including Plympton, Chaddlewood, St Budeaux, ... Read More
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Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has praised local community groups following their success in securing Veterans Covenant Funding from the Government.  The Veterans Covenant was established by the Government in 2015 as a way of financially assisting the valuable work done to support veterans in ... Read More
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Thank goodness it's friday! We're still not talking about it enough. With the successful campaings around IHAT and others, I am all too aware that one of my other 'key missions' in ... Read More
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You have one final chance to have your say on the future of Plymouth.  The Joint Local Plan (JLP), which encompasses the Plymouth Plan for development in the city between now and 2034, has reached its final stage of public consultation before it goes before a ... Read More
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Visit to BD
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Last Friday, Johnny Mercer visited one of the largest employers in his Plymouth Moor View constituency, BD (formally known as Becton Dickinson).  Manufacturing 20% of the worlds medical products such as the needles and containers used by medical professionals for taking blood samples, the plant in Belliver ... Read More
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Friday afternoon brought with it a meeting of the MKC Heroes in the Council Chamber. MKC Heroes is a large group of children and young people from across Plymouth who have parents serving in our Armed Forces or who are veterans. The young people who took part in ... Read More
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Johnny Mercer MP will be holding his next monthly Drop-in Surgery on Friday 17th March from 9.30 to 11am in the Café at Tesco Superstore on Transit Way. Whether you live close by or elsewhere in the constituency, if you have an issue you think ... Read More
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Johnny Mercer MP has pledged to take on the unacceptable lack of progress in tackling young people’s mental health.Johnny Mercer MP joined MPs from all parties in swearing to tackle mental illness at an event in Parliament.New figures from mental health research ... Read More
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Yesterday evening, Tuesday 28 February, in the House of Common, Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, shared a selection of letters from children at Whitleigh Primary School with Amber Rudd MP, the Home Secretary. Johnny met with a group of pupils from the school just before Christmas ... Read More
March 1, 2017B
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Today I chose to abstain on a vote regarding the end of the Dubs amendment. The Government’s position is to bring an end to the programme which unaccompanied child refugees brought to the UK from Europe under the Dubs amendment and while I cannot agree with that ... Read More
March 1, 2017B
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Feb2017
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Sign-up to my regular email updates here!Deal done!Last night I spoke to the Communities Secretary to confirm that Plymouth would see investment from the Government in the form of Growth Deal 3 funding today, to unlock a £50m redevelopment of Plymouth Station. The deal was announced at 11am this ... Read More
February 24, 2017B
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Today, Thursday 23 February, the Department for Communities and Local Government has announced that Plymouth has been successful in its bid for funding from Growth Deal 3 and secured £5m towards the redevelopment of Plymouth railway station. This follows an extensive campaign by Plymouth MP, Johnny Mercer, ... Read More
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Johnny Mercer MP has secured a commitment from government Health Ministers to look again the target funding awarded to local authorities. Prior to the 2015 General Election, the Coalition Government, after consultation with the local government sector, decided to apply uniform decreases to local authorities public health grants ... Read More
February 21, 2017B
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The NHS in Devon is working on a five-year plan for health and care services. This is known as the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).They are holding a series of events across Devon to discuss the first stage of this work - a review of acute ... Read More
February 20, 2017B
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Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has reacted to the news from NHS England about the future of the GP Surgery in Ernesettle and a possible surgery in Barne Barton.  Following the news that Access Health Care will remain as interim providers of the GP service ... Read More
February 19, 2017B
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Johnny Mercer MP visited the Plymouth Special Olympics at the YMCA Plymouth on Honicknowle Lane yesterday for the first time since becoming their Patron. Johnny has long had a special affinity with the Special Olympics in Plymouth having volunteered each week with them prior to his election in ... Read More
February 17, 2017B
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On Friday, the House of Commons Defence Select Committee published a report of an inquiry run by a subcommittee which I chaired into MoD support for former and serving personnel.The report is now publicly available and you can find a PDF copy here.... Read More
February 13, 2017B
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On Friday afternoon I went for a run. Some light snow was beginning to blow in from the east, as I jogged against the winds across the moor. I knew a busy weekend might be in store. For the past 10 months I had been leading ... Read More
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“It is disappointing to see that Devon and Cornwall Police have been rated as ‘inadequate’ with reference to crime recording however, I am reassured by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s comments on work already undertaken to rectify this matter as well as the Chief Constable’s assessment that progress ... Read More
February 9, 2017B
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National Lottery money available for First World War Centenary projects in Plymouth Moor View ·         Plymouth Moor View constituency yet to receive money from Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects exploring the First World War during the Centenary.   ·         Johnny Mercer MP urges schools, churches ... Read More
February 8, 2017B
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Johnny Mercer MP will be holding his second monthly Drop-in Surgery on Friday 24th February from 3-4.30pm at Southway Library on Southway Drive. Whether you live in Southway or elsewhere in the constituency, if you have an issue you think Johnny can help with, do ... Read More
February 7, 2017B
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Feb2017
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer today continued in his long-standing support for local Social Enterprise, Pluss, by visiting Project SEARCH at Derriford Hospital. Offering 12 month internships for young people with a learning disability, large employers, such as Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, offer three 10 week ... Read More
February 6, 2017B
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Good morning! Forgive the early morning mail; I'm on Good Morning Britain this morning at 0645hrs, and then the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 at 0730hrs talking about the demise of Phil Shiner, who drove many of the allegations against British Troops ... Read More
February 3, 2017B
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The play park on Bodmin Road in Whitleigh was damaged in an arson attack on Saturday night. Johnny was contacted about the fire and resulting damage by local constituents and as a result has raised the issue with the Council and offered his support to the Whitleigh Big ... Read More
January 30, 2017B
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Today, through the Government's £60m Access Fund competition, Plymouth City Council has been awarded £1.5m for Plymotion Three: Access to Employment, Education and Training on foot and by Bike programme.The funding will support local projects over 3 years from 2017 to 2020 and form part of a wider government package ... Read More
January 26, 2017B
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Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer says 2017 could be the year for local charities to help get a special project off the ground by applying for a share of a £6 million funding pot, raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.The funding will be allocated through three Trusts, which ... Read More
January 24, 2017B
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Work starts today on the city’s flagship marine development, Oceansgate.Johnny Mercer MP, along with public figures from across the city, today attended an event to dig the first turf to mark the start of the Phase 1 build of the country’s only Marine Enterprise Zone, which forms a key part of ... Read More
January 15, 2017B
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Earlier this week, Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, followed up a call from local MP Johnny Mercer, to improve the way in which Clinical Commissioning Groups are held accountable to the wider public.The change was first suggested by Mr Mercer early in December last year, while at a briefing on ... Read More
January 13, 2017B
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A cross-party group of MPs, including Plymouth MP, Johnny Mercer, have today called upon the Prime Minister to establish an NHS and Care Convention to find a long-term solution to the crisis in health and social care funding.The statement, signed by over 20 MPs from the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats, ... Read More
January 11, 2017B
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In a meeting late yesterday (Monday 9 January) evening, Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP, met with Plymouth MP, Johnny Mercer, regarding the forthcoming Mayflower 400 celebration which will be centring on Plymouth.The Plymouth MP took the key asks from organisers of the Mayflower 400 event to try and secure further backing ... Read More
January 10, 2017B
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Mental health charity, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, today welcomed an expected commitment from Prime Minister Theresa May to review GP charges for paperwork needed by people with mental health and debt problems. The Prime Minister is due to make the announcement in a speech on mental health ... Read More
January 9, 2017B
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Do you live in Whitleigh, Tamerton Foliot, Holly Park or close to Milford Lane?You may be aware that an application for outline planning permission to build 51 houses on the green fields/ land between Lake View Close and Riverside Walk in Tamerton Foliot was submitted just before Christmas. The application ... Read More
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Jan2017
After the success of my September Drop-in surgery tour, in addition to a monthly appointment-only surgery, I am going to hold a monthly drop-in surgery out and about in the constituency.Kicking off the New Year, I will be at Tamar View Community Centre in St Budeaux (Miers Close, PL5 1DJ) ... Read More
January 4, 2017B
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Dec2016
Today (Friday 16th), Johnny Mercer re-visited the Nelson Project in Stonehouse with Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP, Oliver Colvile. Over the last ten months, twelve ex-service personnel have been building their own homes, which will be ready to move into in July 2017.The MPs met with veterans and DCH Group ... Read More
December 22, 2016B
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Merry Christmas from us!As a very busy and challenging year draws to a close, the pace does not relent.This fortnight we finally saw the release of the Plymouth City Airport report from Government; there is a lot to read and digest over the Christmas period - you can read my ... Read More
December 21, 2016B
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Johnny Mercer MP visited Plymouth City Delivery Office to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on season’s greetings to hardworking staff.Mr Mercer was shown around the offices and introduced to the postmen and women, who are pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver ... Read More
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I am pleased that today we have finally seen the launch of the government funded feasibility study into Plymouth airport.This study has looked at all the individual pieces of work done so far and sought to base its findings upon those.However, I am obviously hugely disappointed that it has taken ... Read More
December 16, 2016B
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Today, 15 December, Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, arranged a meeting between local social enterprise, Pluss SW, and Minister for Disabilities, Penny Mordaunt MP.The meeting comes hot on the heels of the launch of the APPG for Disabilities report, Ahead of the arc. The report called for new measures ... Read More
December 15, 2016B
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Johnny Mercer MP spent an afternoon in Whitleigh to join in the local Christmas celebrations.He started the afternoon at Woodlands Special School, attending their fantastic Christmas Show, where children from across the school took part in a variety of performances. Afterwards, he meet with children at Whitleigh Primary School to ... Read More
December 15, 2016B
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Today, Wednesday 14 December, Johnny Mercer MP led the final evidence session into the inquiry he has chaired on MOD personnel subject to judicial processes.Appearing before the committee were Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon MP, Air Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL, Chief of Defence Staff and Peter Ryan, ... Read More
December 14, 2016B
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In June this year, after 18 months of campaigning against the proposal to build 65 houses on the green field site known as Allern Lane (north of the Village of Tamerton Foliot), South Hams District Council (SHDC) bowed to public pressure and refused the unwanted application.The main concerns were visual ... Read More
December 14, 2016B
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On Friday 9th December, the Devon Chamber of Commerce hosted an event for their Members to meet and network with the city’s three Members of Parliament.The first event of its kind, a number of business local leaders met with Gary Streeter MP, Johnny Mercer MP and Oliver Colvile MP for drinks ... Read More
December 12, 2016B
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Dec2016
On Friday, Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, was a panellist at the Plymouth Youth Council meeting in the City Council Chamber. He was part of a panel facing questions from up to 120 school children from across Plymouth who were all members of their School Council.School Councillors are elected ... Read More
December 8, 2016B
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Today, Wednesday 7 December, Johnny Mercer MP is launching the APPG for Disabilities report into closing the disability employment gap.The group, drawn from MPs and Peers across the political divide and supported by secretariat, Disability Rights UK, created this report following an inquiry which received written and oral evidence during ... Read More
December 7, 2016B
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Dec2016
Local MP Johnny Mercer today joined a Parliamentary review on the future of mental health service provision. This review follows the delivery, earlier this year, by the independent Mental Health Taskforce of a 'Five Year Forward View' report for Mental Health. The report provided a review of the current state of mental health ... Read More
December 6, 2016B
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Dec2016
Johnny Mercer MP has shown his support for the new Christmas Lights at Crownhill Shops by donating a proportion of his MP’s pay rise towards the cost.   He has joined forces with local Eggbuckland Ward Councillors, ... Read More
December 5, 2016B
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Dec2016
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has today offered his congratulations to the Dementia Friendly Team in Plymouth for winning Dementia Friendly Community (City) of the Year at the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards ceremony held in London today.Dementia Friendly Plymouth is a collaborative partnership between Plymouth City Council and ... Read More
December 4, 2016B
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Nov2016
On Monday 28 November, Johnny Mercer MP met with Aviation Minister, Lord Ahmad, to pile on pressure for the publication of the long awaited study into the viability of the former Plymouth airport.On being elected to Parliament in May 2015, Johnny made one of this first meetings with the then Aviation ... Read More
November 30, 2016B
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Plymouth has been awarded £80,000 to improve the health and wellbeing of service veterans in the city over the next two years.The funding comes from proceeds from the LIBOR fines which were announced by the Government in the Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November ... Read More
November 29, 2016B
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Nov2016
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has written to Plymouth City Council calling on them to expedite a review into Disabled Parking Bay allocation, making it easier for Carers to park with those they are caring for.On National Carers Rights Day (Friday 25th November), Johnny highlighted the difficulty some constituents can ... Read More
November 28, 2016B
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Johnny Mercer MP was pleased to welcome Culture and Digital Minister, Matt Hancock MP, to Plymouth as he met with Real Ideas Organisations following the £1million Government funding they received this week.Johnny Mercer MP said:"I was pleased to welcome the Minister to the development site at Devonport Market Hall and ... Read More
November 27, 2016B
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Today, Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has welcomed news of the Aldi supermarket to be built in Southway.The supermarket, which will be located on the site of the derelict paper factory in Southway, will enhance existing local amenities and increase the numbers of shoppers coming to the area. Aldi ... Read More
November 26, 2016B
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Nov2016
Op-ed for the Plymouth Herald
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It’s been one of the most important weeks in Westminster as far as Plymouth is concerned, for quite some time.The week started with a deluge of rain, resulting in severe consequences for our rail-link, cutting us off again for 48 hours after flooding at Cowley Bridge. This had in some ... Read More
November 25, 2016B
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Nov2016
Johnny Mercer Chair, Defence Sub-Committee I thank the Secretary of State for speaking to the House about this matter because it is not good enough for the south-west to be cut off again, or to be the poor relation of the national rail network. ... Read More
November 24, 2016B
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CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Thank you very much Mr. Chairman for calling me to speak in this debate. I think it is of supreme importance at the moment, and I will come on to why I think that is. I am going to use Plymouth as an example for the wider south ... Read More
November 22, 2016B
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Nov2016
You can see a PDF copy of the letter signed by many of the regions MPs here. Dear Sajid,We are writing to you as MPs in the Heart of the South West LEP area to express our alarm over the provisional Growth Deal award communicated to the LEP and to ... Read More
November 22, 2016B
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Here is the text of my letter to the Prime Minister . You can see a PDF copy of the letter here. Dear Prime Minister,We write to request that reconsideration be given to existing plans to cut funding to work allowances for those on Universal Credit (UC). On the steps ... Read More
November 21, 2016B

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Nov2016
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, last night attended the Western Morning News Business Awards 2016 at The Holiday Inn in Plymouth.The annual Awards evening celebrates businesses across the region, including a number from his constituency.The Wrigley Company, whose UK Head Office is based in Estover, won the Green Achievement ... Read More
November 18, 2016B
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On 4th November, the Wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) was published setting out plans to improve health and care services across Plymouth and Devon.Speaking about this latest draft plan to reshape healthcare in Plymouth, Torbay and across Devon by 2021, Johnny Mercer MP said:‘I welcome this draft plan ... Read More
November 17, 2016B
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Jeremy Hunt hints at willingness to scrap controversial debt and mental health doctor’s note charge.Today Martin Lewis, Chair of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, was joined by cross-party MPs to deliver a letter from 2,000 people calling on Jeremy Hunt to stop the controversial charge for essential mental ... Read More
November 16, 2016B
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Boss of investigation labelled a ‘national disgrace’ hauled in front of parliamentary committee chaired by local MP where he concedes MOD are ‘rarely’ kept in the loop Today, Tuesday 15 November, Mark Warwick, the Director of the disgraced investigation known as the Iraq Historical Allegations Team, otherwise known as IHAT, was ... Read More
November 15, 2016B
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Tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday 15 November, the Director of the Iraq Historical Allegations Team (IHAT), Mark Warwick, is due to be hauled before the Defence subcommittee looking into support for former and serving personnel subject to judicial processes.Since the announcing the inquiry late in 2015, Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor ... Read More
November 14, 2016B
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Nov2016
HuffPost: building modern men
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When I was asked to write this piece I thought long and hard about it. It is very difficult to exactly pin down what a modern man is. Gone are the stereotype divides betwixt the sexes; or at least we are getting that way I hope.... Read More
November 14, 2016B
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a note from Johnny…
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Good eveningIt has been another remarkable few weeks in Politics, perhaps culminating in the election of Donald Trump as President elect of the United States in the early hours of Wednsday morning.I will not be joining the chorus of those protesting from this side of the Atlantic. Mr Trump tapped ... Read More
November 12, 2016B
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Johnny Mercer MP is delighted that Aldi have taken heed of pressure to change the proposed store entrance in their planning application for a new supermarket in Southway.Following calls by Cllr Mark Deacon in liaison with Johnny Mercer MP’s office, and local residents, the entrance on the proposed plans for ... Read More
November 11, 2016B
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Yesterday, I wrote to Mark Lancaster, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel, regarding the planned closure of the Royal Citadel and the planned move for 29 Commando within the wider Plymouth area.You can see the letter here.
November 11, 2016B
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Nov2016
Medical professionals in Plymouth have joined forces with local politicians and SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, to raise awareness of the health services available for veterans in the city.A month long campaign to get veterans to identify themselves with their local GP practices was launched at the Plympton Health Centre ... Read More
November 10, 2016B
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Nov2016
Together, with Gary Streeter MP, we wrote to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to try and secure funding from Growth Deal 3 for Plymouth rail station.You can read the letter here. This letter follows another written by the Plymouth MPs in October, before the Secretary of ... Read More
November 9, 2016B
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While I am sad to see that my former home and that of many others is set to be released by the MOD, I am pleased to see that the MOD is intending to keep the personnel based at the Citadel, as with Stonehouse Barracks, within the Plymouth area.I wrote ... Read More
November 7, 2016B
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Nov2016
Local MP encourages people of Plymouth to vote for Aviva Community Fund Projects Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has used his Aviva Community Fund Votes to support local projects in his constituency. He is encouraging people across Plymouth to do the same.Local projects in the city like those bidding for ... Read More
November 7, 2016B
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"The ruling on 3 November calling for parliamentary scrutiny over triggering Article 50 does nothing in my view to change the result of the EU referendum on June 23."The country voted to renounce membership of the EU and should this come to a parliamentary vote, which is still ... Read More
November 4, 2016B
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Johnny Mercer (Plymouth, Moor View) (Con)Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker, for granting me this debate. I know that this is a persistent cause of mine, and sometimes I feel that I should apologise to the Minister ... Read More
October 25, 2016B
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Today, the South West business community, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local leaders, Members of Parliament and academic institutions will come together at the University of Exeter for the South West Growth Summit hosted by Pennon.Following over £30m of Government funding through Enterprise Zones, the focus will be on how the South ... Read More
October 24, 2016B
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Early intervention in mental health treatment works. It works before a patient gets too poorly; it works because early intervention practices are cheaper and therefore more accessible; and it works because it happens when a person has insight into their condition and can implement therapies and coping mechanisms more effectively.So ... Read More
October 18, 2016B
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Adopt for Plymouth
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This week is National Adoption Week: 17th – 23rd October 2016.Across the UK, statistics show that there are almost 60,000 looked after children in local authority care. Around 5000 are adopted every year. Moves have been made in recent years to speed up the adoption process, whilst ensuring the selection process for ... Read More
October 17, 2016B
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Today, Wednedsay 11 October, Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, called on Health Ministers in the House of Commons departmental question time to address the chronic underfunding of health services in Plymouth.Referring to the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG, Mr Mercer and the Minister both hailed the innovative steps taken ... Read More
October 11, 2016B
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a note from Johnny…
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not Westminster's voice in Plymouth but Plymouth's voice in Westminster Good eveningWith a special acknowledgement that it is a Friday evening and another well deserved weekend is forthcoming, I will keep this update short.This week, we have seen some real progress on some work I have been doing on military personnel facing ... Read More
October 7, 2016B
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Today I visited the Nelson Project in Millbay. It’s a housing development of 24 one bedroom apartments on the site of the former George Place Day Centre. My interest in the project stems from the fact that half of the apartments are being developed for veterans in a unique self-build ... Read More
October 7, 2016B
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Johnny Mercer MP welcomed delegates to the city’s second ‘brain drain’ conference this year to tackle issues surrounding the reasons why so many skilled young people and graduates leave Plymouth each year to find workThe conference delved further into the issues surrounding the problem of young talent leaving the city ... Read More
October 4, 2016B
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A number of constituents have been in touch about an issue to do with an 11 Plus sitting and I wanted to respond here in case there were any other concerned constituents who had not yet been in touch.My office have made contact with Plymouth City Council regarding the allegations ... Read More
September 27, 2016B
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Up to 700 jobs could be created in Plymouth following a major global trade deal with Sitel, one of the world leaders in outsourced customer experience innovation, showing Plymouth is ‘open for business’ post Brexit.The multi-million-pound deal, which has taken over a year to secure, will see the international business ... Read More
September 27, 2016B
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On Saturday 1st October 2016 at 9am, Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer will be starting off the walkers taking part in the Walk 4 PTSD.The 12.5 mile charity walk, organised by the Royal Engineers Association (Plymouth Branch), is marking the start of Veterans in Action’s Post Traumatic Stress Awareness (PTSD) Month. All ... Read More
September 26, 2016B
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This week we have exposed what is fast becoming Britain’s dirty little secret.I sat down with one of the lawyers representing over 200 servicemen and women who have had to turn to the private sector for legal and pastoral support which should have been provided, with ... Read More
September 25, 2016B
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a note from Johnny…
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It has been one of the busiest weeks in the job.I did my Autumn surgery tour this week, having a series of drop in events in every ward across Plymouth Moor View. It was terrific to see so many of you turn up and give me your thoughts; I am ... Read More
September 24, 2016B

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Has there ever been a betrayal of our servicemen and women quite like this?I have only just started chairing my parliamentary select committee inquiry into the post-operational support given to our Armed Forces personnel undergoing the judicial process, and I feel deeply ashamed.Strong ... Read More
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The Plymouth youth network are hosting their very first conference this month.They are asking young people between the ages of 14 and 19 to come along and give their views about the career opportunities available for young people in Plymouth.They want to find out what opportunities Plymouth needs to offer its young ... Read More
September 14, 2016B
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a note from Johnny…
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It's been an interesting return to work in the Palace of Westminster after a long and much-needed summer break in the Constituency. I used the time wisely - catching up on Constituency matters, seeing some faces I haven't been able to see for a while in Plymouth, and then grabbing ... Read More
September 11, 2016B
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Tackling poor mental health in our communities is perhaps the single most important issue for my generation of Members of Parliament.I’m an MP because I believe that Plymouth, and by extension the wider UK society, must be judged on how we look after our most vulnerable. I care deeply about, ... Read More
September 8, 2016B
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Mark Lancaster TD MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1A 2HBOur Ref: ZA3838 6 September 2016 Dear Mark,It was good to see you yesterday and I hope you enjoyed a ... Read More
September 6, 2016B
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Talk, don’t suffer
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As many of us head back to school or work this week after a long summer break, in conjunction with the Plymouth Herald, this is going to be Plymouth’s annual “Talk don’t suffer” campaign week.Mental Health provision in this City has come a long way, but for too many it ... Read More
September 5, 2016B
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Dear Mark6 September 2016It was good to see you yesterday and I hope you enjoyed a good proper break over recess.Today, it was made public regarding the Government's intention to sell-off Stonehouse Barracks.As you are very well aware, the military, ... Read More
September 4, 2016B
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I note Richard Dannatt’s comments today relating to his personal experience surrounding the use of the drug Lariam by the MoD when he was the Head of the British Army.Ex Service Chiefs have previously been criticised for speaking out only after their service was complete, and they were not subject ... Read More
September 2, 2016B
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September Drop-In Surgery Tour
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September Drop-In Surgery TourSince beginning the journey to become your MP back in 2014, working hard for the people of Plymouth has been the driving force in all I do. In particular, making sure I am available to help the residents of my Plymouth Moor View constituency is key. I ... Read More
August 29, 2016B
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Standing for parliament took me to the forefront of a political campaign, and along the way I discovered how volunteering can change society. Joining the campaign trail It was during the long wet winter of 2014 that I left the British army to pursue a rather maddening, ambitious, and potentially futile attempt ... Read More
August 25, 2016B
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Aug2016
Johnny Mercer MP has welcomed the achievement of local Social Enterprise, Pluss, who has won the Disability and Health Employment Award at the prestigious UK ERSA Employability Awards 2016.The Disability and Health Award recognises an organisation that demonstrates exceptional commitment in supporting jobseekers with disabilities and health conditions to achieve employment.The ... Read More
August 11, 2016B
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Jul2016
a note from Johnny…
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by B / / Blog
This week my sister popped in!It was also the final one in Westminster before the recess break where MPs head back to their constituencies for the summer. As it goes, it has been a pretty busy finale with debates in the House and and plenty going on in Defence Committee too, ... Read More
July 22, 2016B
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Jul2016
On Friday 15 July, local MPs, Gary Streeter and Johnny Mercer, attended the Disability Confident networking breakfast at the National Marine Aquarium, organised by Pluss. The event came at the end of Plymouth’s Disability Confident week.Johnny Mercer MP partnered with Pluss to put on the event. He gave a keynote speech ... Read More
July 19, 2016B
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I am grateful to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to contribute to the debate.I represent the great city of Plymouth, where we have a long and proud naval history. Plymouth is where the Vanguard-class submarines are repaired and refitted.I will not an overly lengthy contribution today, but I ... Read More
July 18, 2016B
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Jul2016
A reshuffle means new people to work with in government.I'm committed to ensuring we work with with government to achieve the best possible outcomes for Plymouth. That's why today I wrote to the new Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, to encourage him to publish the feasibility study for Plymouth airport as ... Read More
July 14, 2016B
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On Wednesday 13th July, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute launch their first major policy initiative, In Control. The charity, founded by Martin Lewis, will now start an in-depth consultation, bringing together the financial services and retail industries to find better ways to support people with mental health problems ... Read More
July 13, 2016B
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Jul2016
A note from Johnny…
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by B / / Blog
These are challenging days for our Country. It is the first time in the job that I have genuinely found it tough to maintain that relentless positivity that I promised in the General Election just over a year ago.I was extremely disappointed the Prime Minister chose ... Read More
July 12, 2016B
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Jul2016
Disability Confident Week
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This week, I’m highlighting the brilliant work of local social enterprise, Pluss, and the national Disability Confident Campaign. I’m calling it Disability Confident Week, and encouraging businesses and employers across the city to explore the benefits of becoming Disability Confident, recruiting and employing disabled people because of the valuable skills ... Read More
July 11, 2016B

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Jul2016
Johnny Mercer MP is encouraging local community groups, neighbourhoods and clubs to consider applying for up to £10,000 of Big Lottery Fund money to ‘Celebrate England’.Do you have ideas or plans for an event or activity to bring people together, celebrating your local community and what makes it special? If ... Read More
July 7, 2016B

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Jul2016
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has today welcomed the news that Sports England have made a £300,000 award in his constituency. YMCA Plymouth has secured the National Lottery funding award to modernise their facilities at Manadon Football Development Project.The current playing fields at the site on St Peters Road ... Read More
July 5, 2016B

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Jul2016
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, is throwing his support behind the new Joint Local Plan for Plymouth and South West Devon.Following on from earlier consultations on the Plymouth Plan, the new Joint Local Plan enables Plymouth, the South Hams, and West Devon, to look strategically at housing development and ... Read More
July 1, 2016B

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Jul2016
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, met today with local Council and Police Chiefs about community cohesion in Plymouth in the wake of the EU Referendum Leave vote.Mr Mercer arranged the meeting to seek assurances that Plymouth remains a safe and welcoming home for all residents regardless of their race, ... Read More
July 1, 2016B
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Jul2016
Where do you think homes should be built in Plymouth? Which green spaces do you want to see protected? What leisure facilities are required? What public transport improvements could be made? These are the questions asked of Plymouth residents as the Plymouth Plan has been out for ... Read More
July 1, 2016B
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Jun2016
a note from Johnny…
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by B / / Blog
The EU Referendum It's been perhaps the greatest upheaval in political life in this Country since the war. I wanted to write to set out my views.I did not campaign to remain, or to indeed to leave the European Union. I had a view and ... Read More
June 27, 2016B

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Jun2016
Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, has received assurances that the terrible smells coming from the waste incinerator recently are being dealt with.A number of concerned residents have contacted Mr Mercer in recent weeks to raise their concerns about the smells coming from the waste incinerator plant. After raising the ... Read More
June 24, 2016B
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Jun2016
This EU debate has divided us all. After I came out to remain on Sunday, my name was trending at No. 3 on Twitter in the United Kingdom. Almost all of them must never have heard of me.But they all had an opinion on this issue of ... Read More
June 20, 2016B
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Jun2016
This week's update will not include any of my work.Jo Cox, our fellow colleague of 2015 vintage, was murdered in a targetted attack in her constituency on Thursday morning.I did not know Jo particularly well. I was aware she was a fellow boat-dweller with her young family, and I met ... Read More
June 17, 2016B
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Jun2016
I’m delighted that today a planning application for 65 houses on the edge of Tamerton Foliot has been refused.Whilst there is clearly a need for additional housing in Plymouth, this development was on an inappropriate site, just outside the Plymouth border, and would have a very real impact on Plymouth ... Read More
June 10, 2016B
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Jun2016
It’s Thursday night and I’ve just put the girls to bed. We’re living rough for a few days; it’shalf term so I can’t let them enjoy it too much. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I’m putting them through an EU referendum debate on Sky.The PM is on; my seven-year-old remembers ... Read More
June 6, 2016B

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May2016
For the last few weeks I have been running a poll that has been aimed at improving engagement in politics; hopefully you will have seen it…The question posed is the same as the one on the fast approaching date of June 23rd – whether or not the UK should remain ... Read More
May 31, 2016B
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May2016
a note from Johnny…
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by B / / Blog
May has been a busy month..and is summer finally here?!The month of May started with the local elections. Whilst being successful, they were not as successful as I had hoped, with three seats being retained by their current Councillor by less than a hundred votes. ... Read More
May 27, 2016B
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May2016
On Friday, 13th May, Plymouth MP, Johnny Mercer, convened the first ‘Plymouth Brain Drain’ conference aimed at tackling the exodus of young talented individuals of all trades from Plymouth to pursue careers elsewhere in the country.Despite holding the conference on the supposed unluckiest day, the worst luck that befell the ... Read More
May 25, 2016B
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May2016
For many years, British service personnel have been treated with a controversial anti-malaria drug despite warnings issued by its manufacturer. The Commons defence select committee, of which I am a member, has heard from scientists, lawyers and servicemen to try to understand why.Malaria is a fatal disease and requires a ... Read More
May 24, 2016B

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May2016
Social media
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Another month and another office expense... this time for Social Media.The fact is that I am not one that enjoys spending all of his time on Facebook and Twitter, yet accepts that it is an important part of being a Member of Parliament in 2016. There is ... Read More
May 14, 2016B
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May2016
Looking after our people is as important now as it has ever been. It is not as alluring; it is not as potentially compelling as many preparations for war. But it is as important as any other preparation.For if we consider what compels a soldier to fight, that moral component ... Read More
May 3, 2016B
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Apr2016
Compassion and caution must both be at the heart of our response to the refugee crisis  It is only fair that if one asks the government to do more, we should acknowledge when it does so. The Syrian conflict moves at a frightening pace. The families caught up ... Read More
April 23, 2016B
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Apr2016
Johnny Mercer MP will be hosting a ‘brain drain’ conference later this year to tackle issues surrounding the reasons why so many skilled young people and graduates leave Plymouth each year to find workToday, Friday 22 April, Johnny Mercer MP announced Plymouth’s first ‘brain drain conference’ targeted at retaining talented ... Read More
April 22, 2016B
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Apr2016
A note from Johnny…
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by B / / Blog
The easter break now seems a distant memory. We spent a great deal of time out on the doors campaigning in Plymouth for some crucial local elections on May 5th. We have some brilliant candidates standing - new, fresh to politics, young and exciting. ... Read More
April 21, 2016B
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Apr2016
I was made aware early yesterday, 14th April, about delays for commuters from Plymouth due to a broken down rail replacement train between Liskeard and Saltash.My office raised this directly with Great Western Railway, Cross Country Trains and Network Rail, pressing them on details as to why initial assessments circulated ... Read More
April 15, 2016B
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Apr2016
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Apr2016
Democracy is a precious thing. In 2014, we saw a referendum in Scotland as to whether the Scottish people wanted to remain part of the United Kingdom.The question put before the Scottish people ignited strong emotions on both sides of the argument. Democracy in action is a beautiful thing, but ... Read More
April 13, 2016B
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Apr2016
A letter on Academies
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I have been approached by several constituents regarding changes to our schooling system announced in the most recent budget, predominantly regarding the move for all secondary schools to achieve academy status, and want to set out my view on this. My understanding is that State funded City Technology Colleges ... Read More
April 6, 2016B
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Mar2016
HS2 3rd reading
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­­Yesterday in Parliament we had a vote on HS2.During the election campaign I stated that if I was elected I would not vote for any Government Infrastructure project such as HS2, unless and until Plymouth’s rail and air link had a financed and clear plan for delivery.I am acutely aware ... Read More
March 24, 2016B

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Mar2016
A letter from me…
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View letter here
March 21, 2016B

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Mar2016
I will begin by saying how important it is to stress the understanding of parliamentarians that junior doctors already work incredibly hard across a 7-day period. I think it is hugely unfortunate that this has become phrased in such a way to suggest otherwise as this is such a long ... Read More
March 21, 2016B

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Mar2016
In April 2017, changes will be introduced for new claimants, but not currents ones, in the Employment Support Allowance (ESA) Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG). These changes will mean that new claimants from April 2017 will be placed on the same rate as those claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA). Quite importantly, ... Read More
March 17, 2016B
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Mar2016
In May last year, I was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View. I was a little over a year out of the army, based in the Citadel on the Hoe, and had spent the previous 14 months on the campaign trail across the north of Plymouth ... Read More
March 14, 2016B
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Mar2016
There are many reasons that one chooses to put oneself forward to be a Member of Parliament. Seldom is anything as it first appears, and this job would align with that.But as I returned from my third combat tour of Afghanistan in four years at the end of 2010, it ... Read More
March 10, 2016B
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Mar2016
a note from Johnny…
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by B / / Articles, Blog
 It has been a busy couple of weeks since ... Read More
March 7, 2016B
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Feb2016
There was a commotion by the back gate. I grabbed my rifle and headed over. The week beforehand I was shooting in through the hinges at insurgents trying to over-run the base that was now my home for another hot summer in the Afghan desert. The gate was ... Read More
February 16, 2016B

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Feb2016
a note from Johnny…
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by B / / Articles, Blog
"This week started with a lunch meeting with Chancellor George Osborne on Monday with my other MP's from the South West, to talk about the Railway.It was fantastic to see the collegiate approach and togetherness from all of the MP's present, to force home the message of how important the ... Read More
February 7, 2016B
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Feb2016
Today, Friday 5 February, Johnny Mercer MP secured a commitment from Chair of the Defence Select Committee, Dr Julian Lewis MP, to hold an inquiry into the actions of the ongoing Iraq Historic Allegation Team investigation.The inquiry will be spearheaded by the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View in ... Read More
February 5, 2016B
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Jan2016
a note from Johnny…
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by B / / Articles, Blog
"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 ... Read More
January 30, 2016B
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Jan2016
Britain is doing good work for refugees in the camps - but it needs to do more for the ones who reach Europe  Refugee children are increasingly being forgotten once they arrive on the continent.When I visited Turkey’s border with Syria in September, a refugee mother begged me ... Read More
January 22, 2016B
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Jan2016
A LANDMARK report out yesterday details how 83,000 UK troops have beenafflicted by physical or mental injury – exposing the true human toll of conflicts since the First Gulf War.It is of critical importance and the first time an attempt has been made to measure empirically the “State of the ... Read More
January 12, 2016B
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Jan2016
Today a critical report on the Vetern’s Landscape in the UK was released by Kings College London. Here is my response calling for total reform of Veteran’s Care to meet this challenge.View full report here
January 12, 2016admin

18

Dec2015
My final update for 2015
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This week was the final week in Westminster of 2015. Johnny said:"There was some serious stuff to be done this week, before some fun was had before we broke up for Christmas. One of the highlights was attending the inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting on the Armed ... Read More
December 18, 2015B
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Dec2015
Thank you Mr SpeakerCan I thank the Prime Minster for bringing this issue before the house today.I have found it increasingly difficult in recent months to understand our National position in the fight against so-called Islamic State. I am relieved that we are finally at this juncture.Mr Speaker I do ... Read More
December 2, 2015B
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It was a disappointing trudge to work yesterday morning. The media had opened with and was being dominated by news that a vote in Syria will now not be forthcoming after the release of a Foreign Affairs Committee report suggesting that a political solution is the best way forward to ... Read More
November 5, 2015B
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Oct2015
a note from Johnny
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by B / / Uncategorized
This week was dominated by the Tax Credit debate - Johnny urged the Chancellor, in public and in private, to do something to help mitigate the worst effects on our most vulnerable.. Johnny said: "It has been a demanding week in London with some long hours in the office and some ... Read More
October 22, 2015B
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Oct2015
Dear Plymouth Moor View,Thank you very much for the overwhelming comments this week both before the debate on Tuesday and afterwards. I do try and respond to all - but because so many are about the same subject, on this occasion I will not be able to.I knocked on over ... Read More
October 21, 2015B
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Oct2015
The Phoenix Centre is run by Carly and Lisa on Honicknowle Green. They are an inspirational team who provide services for some of our most vulnerable young girls and young women in Plymouth. After a visit to the centre they told me how they had produced a booklet for schools ... Read More
October 20, 2015admin
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Oct2015
Dave and Sharon together with Vicky and their wonderful team run the Community Cafe known as “Porkies" up at Whitleigh Green shops. They are stalwarts of the community, and provide a sheltered harbour for me as I was out knocking on doors in the run up to the election. They ... Read More
October 20, 2015admin
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Oct2015
Present: Johnny Mercer MP, Cllr. Mark Deacon & PCC Officer Caroline Fiske (Street Scene team) Constituents raised the issues of parking; overgrown trees; road safety; cuts to youth services, and an increase in vandalism and anti-social behaviour; local planning issues; and graffiti. I have sought clarification from PCSO Carl Snell on the issues of road ... Read More
October 10, 2015B
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Oct2015
It would be fair to say that I am not a regular attendee at Party conferences. Last year I went to my very first one, as a lost and confused candidate in an 'unwinnable seat' that no-one had heard of in the South West. Attending everything in sight, and ... Read More
October 5, 2015admin
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Sep2015
Thursday was a tough day. I had to do 27 media engagements, which is quite a few for a nobody from Plymouth who’s been an MP for five minutes – and all for saying we needed to do more for the victims of Syria. Sometimes you stick your chin out ... Read More
September 4, 2015B

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