Richard Fuller has welcomed a new commitment by the Conservatives to extend the Right to Buy so that tenants of housing associations can buy their properties.
This will make a significant difference in Bedford and Kempston, giving thousands of local families the chance to own their own home. Crucially, it will also provide funds for new housing.
It comes on top of news that more than twice as many council houses have been built since 2010 than were built between 1997 and 2010.
Richard commented, “This is part of our commitment to back families who have worked hard and played by the rules. It will mean a new generation of people able to achieve their dream and enjoy the security that comes from owning your own home.”
Bedford & Kempston MP, Richard Fuller, has been honoured with a prestigious award for his championing of Britain’s beer industry. He was presented with a certificate and souvenir pump clip by local brewer and pub operator Charles Wells, on a visit to the Queens Park brewery.
The special award is a joint initiative from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), who wanted to recognise the role of MPs who supported Britain’s national drink during the 2010-2015 Parliament. It acknowledges acts of advocacy in Parliament, in votes, supportive motions, and debates.
In particular, the award highlights the support of Richard Fuller MP in securing an historic hat-trick of consecutive cuts in beer duty in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Budgets, helping to safeguard jobs and investment, and keeping beer affordable for consumers.
Receiving his award, Richard Fuller MP said: “The brewing and pub sector is a dynamic part of the local economy in Bedford, creating jobs and contributing to the local economy. It is at the centre of the hospitality industry, our cultural heritage and the social life of every community. In Bedford alone, it contributes £78.4m to GDP and provides jobs for nearly 2000 people, of which 489 are 16-24 year olds.”
Richard’s award was presented by Justin Phillimore, Managing Director of Charles Wells Brewery who commented, “MPs of all parties made a huge difference in achieving the historic duty cuts in the last three Budgets, and deserve our thanks and recognition. We are delighted that Richard Fuller has spoken on our behalf on many occasions and it’s a pleasure to welcome him to the brewery to honour his contribution to achieving the third successive duty cut.
“We have automatically passed this cut onto our customers but as well as encouraging more people into the pub to enjoy Britain’s traditional drink, the cuts have given us the confidence to invest in our business which is good news for the local economy“ continued Phillimore. “Last year we invested £2.3m in our brewery and a further £4m into our pub estate and we will continue to work within our operating areas to offer great local beers in a welcoming and enjoyable environment.”
The Come and Go café run by the Tibbs Dementia Foundation in Bedford was officially launched on 16th March 2015. The launch was attended by local MP, Richard Fuller, who welcomed the addition of this excellent resource for people with dementia.
The Tibbs Foundation linked up with the Salvation Army and will be using their cafe environment to offer a relaxed and friendly space where anyone can drop in find out a little more about living well with dementia and gather extra information from a support worker if needed.
People with dementia from the Clear Voices group at the Tibbs Foundation had a major role in developing the idea of the café and in making sure the launch went well.
More information is available via the Tibbs Foundation.
Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, joined local students to have a go at building new homes as part of National Apprentice Week on Friday. The students tried their hand at bricklaying and carpentry at a hands-on event at Barratt Homes’ Cygnet Mews development in Kempston.
Pupils from Bedford Academy, Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College and Sharnbrook Upper School visited the new homes development on Wilkinson Road, where they met staff, learnt about the industry and gained practical, supervised experience of construction skills.
The aim of the visit, organised in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), was to demonstrate to the students the different skills involved in building a new home and to inspire them into considering a career in home building after leaving school.
Richard Fuller said; “As part of my plan for Bedford and Kempston I want to encourage house building by companies like Barratt so future generations can have the security of their own home.
“Home building is helping to drive the continuing economic recovery, and by encouraging young people to become apprentices through events such as this, responsible companies like Barratt Homes are creating jobs for the local area.”
Andrew Swindell, Managing Director of Barratt Homes Northampton, said; “We want to give local students a glimpse of what it’s like to work on a new homes development, as we’re always on the look-out for the home builders of the future.”
Homeowners in Bedford looking to reduce their energy bills and become more fuel efficient can now learn about a wide range of eco-friendly systems following the opening of a Sustainable Buildings Showroom at the Bedford branch of builders’ merchant, Gibbs & Dandy.
The showroom, opened by Bedford and Kempston MP, Richard Fuller, has many products and technologies on display, such as biomass boilers, air source heat pumps, solar thermal systems and external wall insulation. All of which can have a major impact on helping homes and buildings become more fuel efficient, as well as reducing energy bills for owners.
The new showroom was created in partnership with Greenworks, the UK’s recognised authority and market expert, providing training in the applications of sustainable building solutions and products. As part of the showroom, there will be a centre to train trade professionals from the area about the various products and technologies.
Mr Fuller said: “It’s fantastic to see a local business working to support people and trade professionals in Bedford. The showroom has a great range of energy saving solutions that will truly benefit a lot of people.”
Stuart Harm, manager of the Bedford branch, said: “We’re committed to helping homeowners in the area become energy efficient, so this facility will provide them with the chance to come in and see what will benefit them. Also, installers have a great opportunity to learn about sustainable technologies, which they may well go on to fit into their customers’ homes.”
Last year, the local judiciary decided to move all criminal cases out of Bedford Magistrates’ Court to Luton. Since then, local MPs, Richard Fuller and Alistair Burt, have been campaigning to get trials returned to Bedford. They have met with the Courts Minister, members of the judiciary and local groups affected by the change.
On Monday, their fight went right to the top when they invited Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling to Shire Hall in Bedford to hear from local court users. The Lord Chancellor heard from local magistrates, lawyers, Police Federation members, the local council and local residents about the detrimental effect the change has had.
Commenting, Bedford MP Richard Fuller said, “It was a totally unfair, unbalanced and undemocratic decision.”
The Lord Chancellor thanked Richard and Alistair for giving him the opportunity to hear directly from local court users and he committed to go away and think about what he might be able to do in response.
Wisconsin Governor, and possible Presidential candidate, Scott Walker visited Kempston business, Fords Packaging Systems, as part of a trade mission earlier this week. The Governor and members of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation met Bedford MP, Richard Fuller and members of the council before touring the Fords factory.
Fords Packaging CEO, Laura Whincup, and director, Joe Cusano, spoke to the delegation about the company and their plans for expansion in the USA.
Commenting after the visit, Richard Fuller MP said,
“It’s not every day that a US Governor visits Kempston, and certainly not one with the high profile of Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. It was a pleasure to join him in visiting this successful, growing local business.”
Minister for Childcare and Education, Sam Gyimah MP joined Bedford and Kempston MP, Richard Fuller at Goldington Academy on Monday. The Minister was in town to announce that the Academy had won a share of a £2 billion government fund to refurbish and repair schools across the country.
Goldington Academy is one of 270 schools across the country to benefit from the Priority Schools Building Programme, which was set up in 2011 to rebuild and refurbish schools.
Bedford MP Richard Fuller and the Minister toured the school and heard how the funding will be put to good use in replacing wiring and plumbing that was installed around 50 years ago, as well as refurbishing the sports facilities.
The Government’s Minister for Growth, Greg Clark MP was in Bedford on Friday (9th January) with local MP, Richard Fuller and Conservative Mayoral Candidate, Jas Parmar to discuss Bedford’s economic future.
The Minister was in the region to sign officially the Local Growth Deal that gave Bedford the final piece of funding for the Western bypass.
Richard and Jas took the Minister to the sites of some of the ambitious projects they have proposed to drive Bedford and Kempston’s economic growth, including a new road bridge over the River Great Ouse at Batt’s Ford.
Richard commented, “I have been delighted over recent months that the Government has committed funding to several vitally important infrastructure projects in and around Bedford, including the Bedford-Oxford railway, a flyover for the Black Cat junction of the A1 and the completion of the western bypass.”
“Having the Growth Minister here in Bedford gave us a great opportunity to show him the plans we have for other projects that will bring about new jobs and economic prosperity for Bedford and Kempston.”
Jas added, “A new road bridge in Bedford has been talked about for decades and would make a real difference to traffic in Bedford. It was great to have the opportunity to tell the Minister more about the projects that matter to Bedford Borough.”
Bedfordshire MPs, Richard Fuller and Nadine Dorries questioned bosses from Govia Thameslink and Network Rail about the recent poor train service provided on the Bedford-Brighton line.
The MPs raised concerns from their constituents who have suffered with a high number of train delays and cancellations since Govia took over the franchise in September.
Govia apologised for the poor performance which they put down to severe driver shortages and confirmed that they were taking action to improve things.
Bedford and Kempston MP, Richard Fuller said,
“There have been unacceptable levels of disruption and cancellations on the Thameslink line in recent weeks. Govia say they have driver shortages, which they are addressing, and that improvements will come but will take time. I have my doubts and Nadine and I have asked for regular updates to monitor progress.”