September 22, 2017
I really enjoyed a recent visit to Warrender School, which involved a tour; assembly and the chance to give badges to the newly elected Head Boy and Girl. I had the best possible impression and would like to congratulate the team there, as I do all those who work so hard to make sure that the area continues to be blessed with good schools.
September 21, 2017
I am very pleased to support the 1st Northwood Scouting Centre appeal. The existing Scout Hut is now well beyond economical repair and the challenge is to raise £100,000 in 12 months to build a new scouting centre, for generations to come. At the halfway point of the appeal, an amazing £50,000 has been raised! If you are able, I hope you will also support the appeal as there is still have a long way to go to reach this challenging target. Donating is easy. Simply log on to the BT Just Giving website using this link and don’t forget by selecting the “Gift Aided” your donation will be that much bigger. You can also check on the progress of the fund and other ways to donate here.
September 20, 2017
In addition to being your MP, I am a Minister of State in the Government. In July, the PM promoted me and asked me to move to the Home Office and take responsibility for Policing and Fire Service. The Grenfell disaster happened on Day 2 of my watch and has taken up a lot of my time, not least as the PM has asked me to be Grenfell Victims Minister. This means engaging directly with victims and making sure that the system trying to help them understand their feelings and needs.
A number of you wrote to me after the tragic fire, calling for a review of building and fire safety regulation. I wanted to alert you to two important responses from the Government.
The first is the recent launch of the independent, judge-led public enquiry. At the launch, Judge Moore-Bick made it very clear that the enquiry will look at the adequacy of regulation as part of getting to the truth of why that terrible and unprecedented fire happened.
In parallel, the Government initiated in July its own independent review of regulation, led by Dame Judith Hackitt. Click here for a link to an update on her review, including her call for evidence.
We are determined to make sure that our fire safety system is fit for purpose and that a disaster like Grenfell will not happen again.