News

Julian Brazier to meet Post Office again

Julian Brazier is to have a second meeting in Parliament with senior Post Office representatives to discuss the future of Whitstable Post Office on Thursday, 7th March.

Canterbury street trading

What a relief. Canterbury is finally getting the street trading laws it needs, after six years of debate and delay in the House of Commons. When the Council originally asked me to help on this, I had no idea what a long, drawn out battle it was going to be.

Civil litigation and the Justice and Security Bill

Much of my time over the past few weeks has been taken up on the standing committee scrutinising a most unusual piece of legislation – the Justice and Security Bill. When it comes to the British court system we expect that justice will be done. Yet there is a small, but significant, category of cases where justice is not being done at all.

Julian Brazier congratulates PM on EU budget deal

Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, yesterday congratulated David Cameron in the House on his successful negotiations with the EU Council over its future budget and, in particular, on his achievement in getting other EU members to side with Britain’s position.

Julian Brazier requests meeting with Southern Water

Julian Brazier has circulated an update to the affected Councillors and Parish Councillors regarding the current Nailbourne flooding. He has requested a meeting with Michael Wright, CEO of Southern Water.

Canterbury City Bill through at last

Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, is delighted that the Canterbury City Council Bill has at last cleared the final hurdle. After years in the pipeline, it was passed in the Commons yesterday, giving Canterbury Council the powers it needs to tackle the problem of illegal street trading.

Our relationship with Europe

Last week the Prime Minister’s speech on Europe provoked much debate in the media. Did it define a historic turning point – or was it just a distraction from the misery of recession? As a student at Oxford, back in 1975, I campaigned for a ‘Yes’ vote in Harold Wilson’s referendum on the Common Market. In a world of trade blocks this represented the best chance for Britain to be part of a large, free trade area. I was, however, along with a great many others, guilty of not reading the small print. In fact, hardly anyone took that bit about ‘ever closer union’ seriously – but it was there in the Treaty of Rome all along.

Canterbury prison

So Canterbury prison is to going to be closed, we learned last week – an announcement which I heard with mixed emotions. On the one hand, the news has come as a sad shock for staff at the prison, who have done sterling work there – some of them for many years – and I have already had a discussion with the Minister about their future. The main priority is to ensure that they are offered wherever possible, alternative employment in one of the other prisons in Kent or, if no suitable job can be found, that they are given terms which properly reflect the long service they have given.

Canterbury Sea Cadets ‘Over the Moon’ as they reach target funding

Canterbury Sea Cadets can announce today that they have been awarded £50,000 of National Lottery money by Sport England as part of their Inspired Facilities Programme. Since their last announcement they have also received a further £20,000 from Viridor Credits, following two earlier tranches totalling £62,000, and their builder, Provian (part of the Brett Group) have given up their profit margin and reduced their quote by £12,000. Together these mean that the Sea Cadets have raised around £290,000 – just enough to commence Phase 1 of the project: the (whole) exterior and ground floor of the building.