Bexley Council Leader, Cllr Ian Clement, has responded to speculation about the future of the Freedom Pass by making clear that the London boroughs have no plans to reduce any of the free travel benefits enjoyed by holders of the pass.
Labour MP John Austin has finally bowed to pressure from local Conservatives over his terrible record at asking questions in Parliament and criticism for not holding Ministers to account over the Government’s decision to build the Belvedere Incinerator. For the first time on Thursday (February 1) Mr Austin is due to raise the issue of incineration with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the House of Commons. This also follows John Austin tabling an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament last year, which was suggested and drafted by Belvedere Conservative Councillor David Leaf.
Conservatives on the London Assembly will today [30th January 2007] announce their alternative to Mayor Ken Livingstone’s budget during Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall. Their alternative budget would see the overall levy on London’s Council Tax payers by the Greater London Authority remaining at 2006/07 levels throughout the coming financial year.
Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett has raised his grave concerns about law and order issues after a number of serious crimes locally, a reported shortage of prison places and serious crime figures nationally. The figures, released this week from the British Crime Survey, showed theft against the person was up 14%, vandalism up 11% and drug offences up 9% nationally.
Erith and Thamesmead Conservatives have criticised the Labour Party after only one Labour backbench MP bothered to speak on an important debate on hospital superbugs. Labour’s MP John Austin has also been criticised for not showing up to vote. The debate was called by the Conservative Party who tabled a motion calling for new techniques to be used to tackle infections such as MRSA and for Health Ministers to come to Parliament every six months to report on healthcare-acquired infections.
Local Tories have launched a website encouraging residents of Bexley to e-mail the Government Health Minster Patricia Hewitt MP direct with their own personal concerns about the cuts to NHS services in Bexley – www.saveservices.co.uk. In addition, there is an on line petition to sign.