Brexit - General Update

I continue to receive a number of emails from constituents in relation to the UK’s exit from the European Union. These are from those who voted leave and feel that the process is being frustrated, and those who wanted to remain and are concerned about the future.

Govia Thameslink Update

Further to my recent posts, I asked Govia Thameslink to update me on what efforts they were making to reduce this ongoing disruption and improve services. Passenger Services Director Stuart Cheshire, replied as follows:

Tier 2 visas for NHS staff

Constituents have been in touch recently regarding the availability of Tier 2 visas for NHS staff.

Abortion law in Northern Ireland

I am grateful for the range of comments received from constituents about abortion law in Northern Ireland.
Abortion remains a highly sensitive issue, regardless of where your view lies, and one where it is important that the matter is considered with due care and sensitivity.

NHS Future Funding

As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, I welcome the Prime Minister’s historic funding announcement of an additional £20.5 billion in real terms by 2023/24.  This will benefit services up and down the country and support the NHS to make the right decisions for the long-term, setting it on a sus

Department for Transport Update

A number of constituents have been asking me what action is being taken and how much longer they will have to endure the current rail disruption. The Secretary of State for Transport provided the House with further information on Tuesday, and I will summarise that for you now:

Live Animal Exports

Thank you to the many constituents who have contacted me recently about live animal exports.

East Midlands Train - Bedford update

Unfortunately, despite cross-party pressure from local MPs, East Midlands Trains are not able to temporarily reinstate Bedford stops during their peak time services.

Response from Govia

Following the emails I have received from constituents, sharing their experiences on the trains, this is the response I received from Govia:


Dear Alistair

Ongoing rail disruption

The situation with GTR services serving my constituents in NE Beds via Bedford, Arlesey, Sandy and Biggleswade remains wholly unacceptable. I have many constituents sending us live information and records of their weeks – it is un untenable situation.