Article for Tiptree Tribune

I would like to thank residents across the Witham constituency for once again electing me to represent them in the House of Commons. It is a tremendous honour and privilege to be our representative in Parliament. Whether you voted for me, voted for another candidate or did not vote at the General Election, I will always support those who need my help, assistance and advice and stand up for the great communities that make up my constituency. 
 
The election of a majority Conservative Government nationally means that families and businesses can continue to be supported by a Government that keeps taxes down, promotes enterprise and job creation, and invests in public services. The public have rejected a return to the high tax, high spending, economic chaos of Labour, and Conservatives will be working hard over the next five years to ensure that our long term economic plan continues to deliver jobs and growth. I look forward to working with colleagues in the Government in my new role as the Minister of State for Employment to help get more people into work. 
 
Over the next five years, there will be more investment going into the NHS – at least £8 billion more, a real terms freeze in rail fares, support for childcare costs, more help for families wanting to get onto the property ladder, the abolition of the Human Rights Act and its replacement with a British Bill of Rights, and an in-out referendum on our membership of the European Union. 
 
Towards the end of this month the Queen’s Speech will outline the Government’s legislative programme for the year ahead. This legislation will enable the delivery of key manifesto commitments and the Bills to be included in the Queen’s Speech will be announced on 27 May 2015. I will provide readers with further updates in the months ahead on Government policy and if anyone had any questions or comments they are welcome to get in touch.
 
During the General Election campaign period and since then, I have continued to campaign on local issues and make representations on behalf of residents. In response to concerns raised by residents in Church Road and Maldon Road in Tiptree, I asked the Police to investigate and take action. As a result, on the Maldon Road by Tiptree, eight offenders have been prosecuted for speeding and further action is being planned by the Police. On Church Road, in just one day, 115 drivers were identified for speeding offences. These actions should make local roads safer. 
 
In the Coggeshall, Feering and Kelvedon areas I have been in contact with the Environment Agency regarding the need for measures to be put in place to reduce the risk of flooding from the River Blackwater. They are undertaking work on a costs and options appraisal and in the summer should be in a position to inform the public of their findings and begin working with local authorities to seek funding for an appropriate scheme. I will continue to monitor these plans closely as they develop.
 
I have also been supporting residents in Silver End who are concerned about the future of GP services after the current provider announced that they would be withdrawing at the need of May 2015. Having made strong representations to NHS England demanding that they ensure a new provider is put in place, they have announced that from 1 June 2015 GP services will be provided by the GP partners of Little Waltham and Great Notley Surgeries. This will be for one year and I am pressing them to put in place a long term provider as soon as possible.   
 
As the General Election campaign period is now over, my contact details have reverted back to my office at the House of Commons. I can now be contacted by email to: [email protected], by address to: Priti Patel MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, and by telephone on: 020 7219 3528. Residents are welcome to contact me if they need my assistance or advice.
 
 
The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP
Member of Parliament for Witham
 

A12/A120 Consultations

Strategic Road Network Consultations

There are two important consultations running at the moment on key strategic road infrastructure improvements - the A12 widening scheme and the upgrading of the A120. Priti has been campaigning to secure new investment in these roads and has welcomed the consultations taking place. Members of the public can review the proposals for the A12 and A120 at the weblinks below, attend consultation events, and respond to the consultation. Feel free to also contact Priti by email to: [email protected] with your views too.

Widening the A12

Upgrading the A120

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