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Welcome to the forty fifth edition of my Westminster Report.
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Tom Pursglove MP's Westminster Report

It's a huge honour and a privilege to be your Member of Parliament for Corby and East Northamptonshire.

Welcome to my Westminster Report, where you can find out more about what I've been doing as part of my Listening Campaign, both in Westminster and across the constituency.

As always, if I can ever be of any help to you, please feel free to contact me at any time using the following details:

Address:
Tom Pursglove MP
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA

Email:
pursglovet@parliament.uk

 

Telephone:
020 7219 8043

I also hold weekly advice surgeries around the constituency, and as I said in the run up to the General Election, I remain committed to being Corby and East Northamptonshire's voice in Westminster and not Westminster's voice in Corby and East Northamptonshire.


Now, for some of what I've been getting up to, both locally and in Westminster!

With best wishes,




Tom Pursglove MP
Member of Parliament
Corby & East Northamptonshire


Address:
Tom Pursglove MP
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA

Email:
pursglovet@parliament.uk

Telephone:
020 7219 8043

Website:
www.votepursglove.co.uk
Contents:

Introduction

Tom in Westminster

Corby Urgent Care Centre Update

Tom in Corby & East Northamptonshire

Lobbying Campaigns

Tom in the Press
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TOM IN WESTMINSTER
As Parliament is currently in recess, the House of Commons is not sitting - hence why there are no chamber updates from Westminster.  However, this has been extremely useful in allowing me more time to spend on constituency work and visiting many organisations, businesses and public bodies across the constituency; more information about which you can see below.
CORBY URGENT CARE CENTRE UPDATE
As I have said previously, the future of the Corby Urgent Care Centre is an extremely serious issue, and one which affects many, many, people; particularly the people of Corby, but also those from across the north of the county who regularly use it too, along with those from further afield. Over the past two weeks, since my previous update, there have been a number of significant developments, including the important launch of my postcard campaign on the issue. Given the amount of activity, I have provided a summary, below, with links to my more detailed Facebook posts, of the actions I have been taking in order to try and help secure the future of this fantastic facility:
 
  • Back on the 10th August 2017, I wrote to the Chief Executive of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, posing a number of very serious questions which had arisen in light of the CCG's Governing Body meeting on the 8th August 2017. Subsequently, I received a wholly unacceptable response from the CCG on the 17th August, essentially refusing to answer the legitimate questions I posed, citing the threat of Judicial Review proceedings by another party. Later that day, I responded to that letter, offering the CCG the opportunity to reconsider their position and respond in full - they subsequently refused again. In the interests of absolute transparency, I published the full exchange of correspondence, including the letters that I have sent to the Chief Executive of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, and to the Secretary of State for Health, urging him to intervene to force the CCG to provide answers. This really is unacceptable - the CCG is part of the NHS and it therefore needs to answer these questions, both thoroughly and promptly. 
 
  • Last week, I wrote again to NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, after being sent a copy of a letter they had been sent on behalf of the ‘Save Our Urgent Care Centre Action Group’. Attached to the covering letter I sent to the Chief Executive, I forwarded a copy of the Action Group's letter, associated myself with it, and urged that the seriousness of the issues raised by it be taken fully into consideration. I also sent similar letters to both the Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, and to Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England.  In doing so, I highlighted the correspondence, emphasised the need for its contents to receive wider attention, and again called for intervention from the very top of the NHS. I also reiterated that losing these services entirely, or downgrading them, would be a disaster, and frankly, a betrayal of local people. Rest assured, I will continue to work closely with the Action Group on this vitally important issue for our town, and help to ensure that the strength of local feeling is heard loud and clear on it.
 
  • Soon, all residents in Corby Borough will be receiving one of my campaign cards through their door relating to the ongoing campaign to save Corby Urgent Care Centre, and to secure its long-term future. NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group have said that they are keen to hear, and fully understand, local feeling on this issue, and so to help with this, I want to hear from as many local people as possible with their feedback - essentially, the more of these cards I can present, the stronger our case! For ease, I have also made the card available on my website, so that people can simply print it off and send it back to me, or send their feedback to me electronically via email to pursglovet@parliament.uk. I also suspect that people from the surrounding areas will wish to support the campaign, and this will allow them to do so too, given the wide reach that the Urgent Care Centre has, the pressures it relieves on Kettering General Hospital A&E and the excellent level of care it provides. As I say, the more of these cards I can present, the stronger our case - I would really appreciate your support on this, particularly in encouraging all of your friends, family and contacts to make their views known too!
 
Rest assured that, as soon as I hear more, I will be sure to post further updates on my Facebook page, as well as provide a comprehensive update in my next Westminster Report.

 
TOM IN CORBY & EAST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
A couple of weeks ago, on Saturday morning, I was delighted to attend Corby’s 200th Parkrun at West Glebe Recreation Ground. It was a super morning, with some fast times being achieved, and there was also some excellent cake provided in the pavilion after the run, to celebrate the big 200! A huge well done must be expressed to all the volunteers who organise and run the event, week in, week out, and it was great to see so many people in attendance, bright and early on a Saturday morning, with a record turnout! You can find out more information about Corby Parkrun, here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/corby/
On Saturday 26th August, there will be a free bus running from the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Weldon, to the 40th CAMRA City Beer Festival in Peterborough, on the embankment of the River Nene. There will be many beers and ciders being showcased at the festival, including a selection of real ales from Weldon Brewery - some of which I tasted when I visited the Pub a couple of weeks ago - as well as food and live music. The bus will depart from the Shoulder of Mutton at 1pm, and will depart from the beer festival at 8pm, and there will also be a stop made in Oundle Market Square en route. Spaces on the bus are limited, and for all enquiries please contact David Fursdon on 07790 197220. No doubt a fantastic afternoon will be had by all!
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Volunteer Action celebratory lunch in Oundle, to congratulate all of the organisation’s volunteers for their efforts since it was first founded in 1995, but particularly in the last year. Volunteer Action is a local charity, centred upon Oundle, Thrapston and the nearby villages, which helps elderly people and those with disabilities to retain their independence, stay in their own home and speak up about any concerns they might have.  The vital work of its helpers, whether in providing transport for medical appointments, or offering various social and befriending opportunities, allows local people to remain part of a vibrant community across East Northamptonshire, regardless of age. I know from the conversations that I have, the most enormous difference the charity makes, and I was delighted to be able to go along and say "thank you". For more information on the work that Volunteer Action do locally, you can visit their website, here: http://www.oundle.info/volunteer-action/.
Today, after two busy constituency surgeries in Thrapston and Corby, meeting constituents to talk about their issues and concerns, I had an afternoon of meetings regarding the Corby Urgent Care Centre. It was very useful to be able to catch up with some of the other concerned parties regarding the Urgent Care Centre – namely Dr Nathan Spencer, a local GP and CCG representative, as well as representatives of NHS England.  At both meetings, I was able to emphasise my strong belief that it is vital that provision for Urgent Care is retained within Corby long-term, and I will continue to do all I can to make sure this is the case, and to advance that argument.
 
I have recently been notified by Highways England that, from Monday 2nd October 2017 until Sunday 22nd October 2017, the A45 and accompanying cycle and footways will be partially closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am. The essential maintenance and resurfacing works will affect both directions between the Chowns Mill and Raunds Roundabouts. East and Westbound traffic will be diverted onto the A14, where signed diversion routes will re-direct traffic back onto the A45 beyond the closed sections. Although still some way off, for further details about the works, you can contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk.
Last week, I was delighted to hear that the Royal Mail Group had announced that their Corby Delivery Office will have permanent opening hours on Sundays. From Sunday 27th August, customers will be able to access the Office and collect undelivered mail items any time between 11am and 3pm, providing more flexibility to people in our area to collect items at a time most convenient to them. For further details on the new opening times, or any other local Royal Mail service, you can visit their website at: http://www.royalmailgroup.com/contactus.
On Wednesday afternoon, I met with local GP, Dr Katherine Newell and members of the Patient Participation Group at the Oundle Medical Practice, for a productive discussion on local NHS issues. Among the topics brought up were NHS commissioning, in particular concerns about 8-to-8 accessibility for patients in our area, through the Greater Peterborough Network arrangement, as commissioned by both Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG and NHS England. As a result of our discussion, I am intending to set up a meeting with the Chief Executive of the CCG and Oundle Medical Practice representatives, to go through this issue and see what can be done to try and remedy the position.
Recently, there has been a campaign set up by local squash enthusiast, James Roberts, to try to get some squash courts established in Corby. Currently, the closest courts are at Uppingham School Sports Centre, Kettering Arena Sports, or Market Harborough Squash Club, and James is setting up a campaign to try to change that. People are encouraged to register their interest in the Corby Squash campaign by liking the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CorbySquash/, and/or following it on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CorbySquash. This is where all news about the campaign will be posted, as well as details of any introductory and coaching sessions that James is organising - a brilliant opportunity to try the sport for the first time, or to hone your existing skills! Anyone who is interested is also encouraged to email jimbob1965@btinternet.com, to register their interest.  A very positive initiative and a campaign I am keen to help support!
LOBBYING CAMPAIGNS
As you might be aware, I am now responding to standard campaign emails via my website, here.  For ease, I also wanted to share the links to the most recent replies, which you can find below:

War on Want - 21.08.17

Precarious Contracts - 22-08-17

Freedom From Torture - 22-08-17

 
TOM IN THE PRESS
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