From Vicky Ford MP <[email protected]>
Subject Vicky Ford MP InTouch Christmas 2019
Date December 20, 2019 4:39 PM
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Chelmsford is a wonderful city. It is a deep honour to have been re-elec...

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** Vicky Ford InTouch Christmas 2019

Dear Friend,

Chelmsford is a wonderful city. It is a deep honour to have been re-elected to represent the people of Chelmsford. Thank you for putting your trust in me.

This week I have been back in Westminster. First we elected the new Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle. He is experienced, having been Deputy Speaker and has always been a calm, wise head in the Chair. I hope this means the new Parliament will be less acrimonious.

We then had two days of swearing in MPs. Each Member has do this individually before they can take part in debates or vote. With 650 MPs this process takes a long time. One of the last MPs to swear in was the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith.
The Queen’s speech was packed full of new initiatives. I was particularly pleased to hear the speech re-confirm the commitment to invest in infrastructure, this is vital for Chelmsford. MPs have now got a long “to do” list to deliver the agenda set out in the speech.

Today, we voted through the Withdrawal Agreement, finally beginning the work to move on from the years of arguing over Brexit. I spoke in the debate. As well as supporting the motion on the Withdrawal Agreement I spoke about the One Nation agenda. This is not only about the vital need to hold our United Kingdom together but also about supporting all sectors of the economy, delivering strong public services, caring for the environment, being a leader on the world stage to tackle global challenges and ensuring that everyone has an equal right to a fair chance in life whoever and wherever they are from.

During the election period I knocked on well over 10,000 doors across the constituency. Thank you to everyone who took time to talk. Our city is packed full of hard-working people, but it is also full of compassion with many people and organisations who go the extra mile to help others.

As well as ending the constant debates over Brexit, I’m looking forward to helping to deliver record investment in our NHS, more police and fairer funding for our schools. With our new medical school, Chelmsford is already leading the way on building the NHS workforce of the future. The increases in police numbers that we have seen recently at Essex Police will soon start to be replicated across the UK, with more planned locally too.
One of my first tasks after the general election was to sign up new MPs to join the Conservative Environment Network. I helped found this organisation last year and it has already had a major impact with many of the proposals we suggested now being wrapped into Government policy. 2020 will be a very important year for the environment with the UK due to host the massive Global Conference on Climate Change (COP26) next December in Glasgow.

There were also a number of less high-profile commitments made in the manifesto which are important. Putting infrastructure first, before new homes, will be a game changer in areas like Chelmsford. The commitment to support flexible working will help many parents and carers. I have long campaigned for more investment into research into dementia and improved access to medicines for those with rare diseases, especially children, so it was good to see this in the manifesto. I also look forward to seeing greater investment in East Anglian trains, which was another commitment.

The biggest issue locally was of course the Army and Navy. The first stages on taking down the flyover have already taken place and the full dismantling will start in the new year. I will continue to press for a new junction to be delivered in the fastest possible time frame, whilst also making sure that we get a proper long-term solution.

2020 will also be a very important year for Chelmsford. It marks 100 years since the first ever radio broadcast was sent across the world from Marconi factory in New Street. This started the communications revolution that we still experience today. In 2020 we will be hosting the British Science Festival in Chelmsford. It’s the first time this festival has ever been held in Essex.

I will be restarting my constituency surgeries in January. These are an opportunity for residents to discuss an individual issue one on one.

Very best wishes for Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year. Please stay in touch on ** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
With kind regards,

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