April Newsletter

April 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to my newsletter. This newsletter will give you a summary of all that has been happening in Westminster and our constituency for the past month. 

I believe that Westminster should be as accessible as possible that is why I have held over 150 surgeries since my election in June, as well as attending community events and meetings.

If you have any issue or concern that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact me on


luke.grahamoffice@parliament.uk

Or call/pop into one of our offices:

2 Comrie Street, Crieff, PH7 4AX  01764 680384
38 Primrose Street, Alloa, FK10 1JG  01259 764407

 
In the Constituency
 

Worker’s Memorial Day

 

I was honoured to be at the unveiling of the new memorial for Workers Memorial Day in Alloa.  It is important to remember those we have lost, but continue to fight for those who remain.

Rachel Graveling from Lornshill Academy designed the striking memorial stone and was on-hand to make the official unveiling on the day.

 

Hawkhill Community Action Day

 

The team and I were put to work at Hawkhill Community Centre in Alloa. We helped with the tidy up of the garden, turned over the flowerbeds and planted some wildflower seeds.  This event marked the launch of our ‘Community Action Days’ where the team and I will be rolling up our sleeves and helping community projects across Ochil & South Perthshire.

 

If you know or hear of any community projects which may benefit from our help, please let me or my team know.

 

Highland Perthshire By-election

 

Congratulations to Councillor John Duff on his by-election victory in the Highland Perthshire ward.

He will make a great councillor, and is fantastic addition to the team at Perth & Kinross council. The Conservative & Unionist candidate scored a stunning 46% of the vote, increasing the vote share on the 2016 election, whilst the SNP vote share decreased.

 

Crieff Development
 

I have also been working with community partners and ministers to try and progress the Drummond Arms. We are finally taking the first steps to redevelop the building, but still have several obstacles to overcome. I hope to be able to share more information in the coming months as plans are confirmed.

 
In Parliament
 

Backbench: Customs Union

 

Whether you voted leave or remain, no one voted to be poorer, more isolated or to make trade harder.  I don't mind what it is called (a customs union/customs arrangement/customs deal), the Government needs to make good on its pledge to have a "custom arrangement" with EU after Brexit.
 

This respects the referendum result, whilst making sure people & businesses in Ochil & South Perthshire will still have maximum economic opportunities.

 

Scottish Questions
 

I, like many others, shared their disappointment in Parliament with the SNP’s inability to agree Brexit legislation with the Government. Now the Government has revised its clause 11 and has Welsh agreement, the SNP’s position leaves Scotland isolated. Yet again, this is an example of the SNP putting their nationalism ahead of the needs of the nation. I called on the Secretary of State to work through the SNP’s divisive agenda and join with any constructive SNP politicians to try and find agreement in the weeks ahead.

 
Anti Money Laundering Bill

The Bill reached its final stages in the House of Commons this month, setting out the UK's trade sanctions and anti-money laundering regime post-Brexit.  Having been on the bill committee, I worked through each individual clause of the Bill, eventually supporting an opposition amendment to strengthen financial scrutiny in the overseas territories.  The Government accepted this amendment and as a result, the UK and its overseas territories will be setting the international standard for financial transparency and scrutiny.


 
 

Diabetes

 

I asked the Secretary of State for DEFRA, Michael Gove, to support the Diabetes UK campaign #FoodUPFront, calling for clearer food & drink packaging across the UK. Improving labelling will help people manage their diets, and especially help people with diabetes to manage their condition.

 

FREER
 

In March I joined North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley to launch Freer – a new initiative to champion liberal economic and social policy throughout the UK. Freer is not design to be just another think tank, it is a series of events and papers from colleagues across the UK to help generate new ideas and shape policy post-Brexit.

You can read my launch article through CapX here:

http://www.freeruk.com/media/

 

The initial essay from Lee and I can be found here:

http://www.freeruk.com/papers/
 

Freer is also beginning to pick up pace, with our latest podcasts here:

http://bit.ly/2HUbEHA
 

Our next paper, written by Kemi Badenoch MP is due next week, so I will ensure you get a preview!

 

Women 2 Win

 

I was pleased to have been asked to become a champion for ‘Women 2 Win’ – the Conservative & Unionist Party’s initiative to get more female candidates running for public office. As a man, my role is to share my experiences of becoming a candidate and offer any advice that might be helpful to women considering public life. The modern day Conservative Party has been shaped and is continued to be led by outstanding women, we just need a few more in Scotland and throughout the UK!

 

The Women 2 Win team are hosting a Networking and Fashion Event at the Sky Bar, Apex Hotel in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh.  Anyone who wishes to attend; please contact Moira in my office who will pass on your details for invitations; moira.benny@parliament.uk.

Chequers
 

Last month I was honoured to be asked to Chequers to meet with the Prime Minister and her team. The Prime Minister has been inviting new MPs to Chequers for informal discussions and a chance to the see the history behind the PM’s iconic country residence. A highlight for me was seeing the ring that was passed from Elizabeth I and ridden on horseback to James VI to confirm he was King of the new, United Kingdom of Great Britain.

 

To see all of my contributions, please follow Luke Graham for Ochil & South Perthshire on Facebook or on twitter @LukeGrahamMP

 
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