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VICTORIA PRENTIS VISITS AGNES COURT CARE HOME IN BANBURY

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On Friday 12 February 2016, Victoria Prentis MP visited Agnes Court care home in Banbury. The purpose-built home, which was opened in 2008 by Her Majesty The Queen, provides a range of services for adults with physical disabilities. It has accommodation for 24 residents, who have access to 24/7 nursing care. They are all provided with large rooms enjoying en-suite facilities.

Victoria spent the morning at the home, and was given a tour of its impressive facilities by Sue Northcott (Service Manager), Maureen Carney (Chair of the Friends of Agnes Court) and resident Louise Maxfield. Victoria had the opportunity to spend time with several of the residents during their weekly baking activity session, and enjoyed speaking to them about living at Agnes Court.

Agnes Court is equipped with assistive technology, which enables residents to open doors, control lighting and enjoy other facilities independently. Residents are supported to live as independently as possibly, and have access to several communal areas, including a garden, physiotherapy room, computer room and TV room. There is a regular program of events and activities for those residents who wish to participate.

Victoria said, “I was very impressed by the high quality of care offered by Agnes Court. The home has a wonderfully warm atmosphere, and it is clear that the staff are committed to supporting the residents to live as independently as possible. I really enjoyed meeting some of the residents and having a look at the brilliant facilities on offer.

I am very grateful to the residents who made me feel so welcome in their home, and I look forward to visiting again in the future.”

After the visit, Agnes Court’s Service Manager, Sue Northcott, said, “It was a pleasure to be visited by Victoria Prentis MP. She clearly enjoyed speaking to all the residents, as did they to her. We have been supported by Victoria in the past when she helped with fundraising events to help finance the new home, and we look forward to having Victoria’s support over the coming years.”

Agnes Court is owned and managed by Leonard Cheshire Disability, a charity which supports disabled people in the UK and around the world.

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Maureen Carney (Chair of the Friends of Agnes Court), Sue Northcott (Service Manager), resident Louise Maxfield and Victoria Prentis MP at Agnes Court.

Victoria supports Homes for Heroes Foundation launch in Parliament

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On Tuesday 10 February 2016, Victoria Prentis MP attended the launch of the Homes for Heroes Foundation at the Houses of Parliament. The new cross-party body aims to help tackle housing problems faced by ex-service personnel. In the presence of dozens of Members of Parliament, the Homes for Heroes Foundation was launched by former Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP, Jake Berry MP and General Lord Richards, the former Chief of the Defence Staff.

Today, many soldiers leave the armed forces after years of serving their country around the world and face an uphill battle to find a home for themselves and their families. There may be several reasons for this: some veterans suffer permanent physical injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder; others are healthy in body and spirit but have sacrificed the ability to put down roots, whilst serving abroad.

The inspiration for this foundation is the upcoming centenary of the Housing Act 1919 where Prime Minister David Lloyd George promised ‘homes fit for heroes’ for soldiers who had returned from the battlefield of Europe.

The goal of the Foundation is to update Lloyd George’s vision for the 21st Century so that Britain has the finest housing package for returning armed forces of any country in the world. Over the course of this Parliament, the Homes for Heroes Foundation plans a programme of research to guide the housing policy objectives and to get a better deal for veterans.

At the well attended launch there were representatives from armed forces charities, housebuilders, housing associations, local authorities and also parliamentary colleagues.

Victoria Prentis MP said, “I was so glad to be able to be at the launch of this brilliant new organisation. After their selfless service to our country, making sure that veterans have a home to come back to is the least we can do.

 

VICTORIA PRENTIS ORGANISES PARLIAMENTARY LAUNCH OF ‘CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN’

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On the evening of Tuesday 9 February 2016, Victoria Prentis MP attended the Parliamentary launch of Clean for The Queen – a national campaign to tidy up the UK in time for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday in April.

The event was arranged and led by Victoria, who has been promoting the campaign among her colleagues at Westminster. It was attended by over 70 Members of Parliament, including Government ministers such as Michael Gove, Amber Rudd, Rory Stewart OBE (the ‘Litter Tsar’), and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

Those attending had the opportunity to meet the initiative’s organisers, including the Campaign Director, Adrian Evans, and Allison Ogden-Newton, the Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy.

Many MPs are already busy organising events in their constituencies, and Victoria is encouraging groups and individuals in North Oxfordshire to come together to help tidy up their community. On Friday 22 January, Victoria launched ‘Clean for The Queen’ in North Oxfordshire at Spiceball Park in Banbury, alongside Councillor Kieron Mallon. She has also written to every school in the constituency to encourage them to take part.

Speaking after the event at Westminster, Victoria said, “It was brilliant to see so many of my colleagues coming together to launch this campaign at Parliament. It was also great fun, and everyone looked fantastic in their t-shirts and high-vis jackets!

“I’m thrilled that so many events are being organised across Britain, including in North Oxfordshire. Although the big litter pick will take place over 4, 5 and 6 March, people can get involved whenever they like. It is the support and action people are taking, and not the dates, which are important. I really hope more people in my constituency will consider getting involved so together we can help mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.”

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Victoria Prentis MP with Adrian Evans, Campaign Director of Clean for The Queen

Victoria talks about flooding and water quality with EA’s new Chief Executive

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Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, visited the Environment Agency’s Osney depot on Thursday 4th February 2016. Victoria had the chance to speak with interested parties in the county, and meet the new Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan.

Victoria was able to discuss flooding, and in particular the success of the Banbury flood alleviation scheme. The scheme, ground breaking as a public / private partnership, has been effective to date. She also raised awareness of flood management and how this is given attention as Bicester grows into a Garden Town. She raised concerns about water quality in the Cherwell, and will continue to work with the Environment Agency on this.

After the meeting, Victoria said, “It was a pleasure to speak with Sir James and others who were present at the meeting. I wanted to highlight concerns about water quality, and also make sure my constituency is well protected from flood risks as it continues to see more housing and business investment. I will remain in regular contact with the EA, and look forward to future meetings.”

MP and County Council Leader visit Heyford Park Children’s Centre

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Victoria Prentis MP visited Heyford Park Children’s Centre on Friday morning with Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council.

The meeting gave Councillor Hudspeth the opportunity to speak with staff and parents about the centre and the resource it is to the community. It was also an opportunity to look at what the centre may be able to do to continue its operations if Council cuts come forward.

After the visit, Victoria commented: “I think it is important that we look at what services we offer in our community, and see if there may be ways we can improve how they are operating. There are some areas, for example, where we see service duplication.

Heyford Park Children’s Centre does a great deal of outreach work in the villages in this area, and is a great asset to our communities. I remain committed to doing what I can to ensure those services can continue.

VICTORIA CONFIRMS SUPPORT FOR ‘CONSERVATIVES FOR REFORM IN EUROPE’

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Victoria Prentis, Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire, writes about her support for ‘Conservatives for Reform in Europe’ ahead of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

As some of my constituents may already know, two weeks ago I signed a letter in the The Telegraph as a founding supporter of Conservatives for Reform in Europe (CRE). This group believes that it is in Britain’s national interest to remain a member of a reformed European Union. It is clear that there is a strong appetite for reforming our relationship with Europe, and I fully support the Prime Minister’s ongoing renegotiation efforts.

Yesterday the Prime Minister unveiled a draft of his proposed reforms to Britain’s membership of the EU. The proposals include exempting Britain from ever-closer union, protecting the UK from discrimination outside the Eurozone, returning power to national parliaments, and applying an immediate brake to benefit payments for EU migrants. These proposals address my key concerns about the EU.

The reforms are substantial and would redefine the UK’s relationship with Europe. I believe that a strong Britain in a reformed Europe would give us the best of both worlds. We would be outside the Euro and protected from deeper integration, but able to access the Single Market. We would remain in the world’s greatest trading bloc, but still be outside the Schengen area, and so able to maintain our borders.

It is for these reasons that I will be campaigning for Britain to remain a member of the EU in the upcoming referendum. I want to make it absolutely clear from the outset that I respect everyone’s views, on all sides of this debate.

It is important that the country engages in a thorough and courteous discussion about Britain’s relationship with Europe before the referendum. Once the date of the vote has been set, I will have the same right as every member of the electorate to decide the United Kingdom’s future. I sincerely hope that all of my constituents will engage in this process.

You can read the letter I signed in The Telegraph here.

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MP HELPS TO LAUNCH ‘CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN’ CAMPAIGN IN NORTH OXFORDSHIRE

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On the morning of Friday 22 January, Victoria Prentis MP helped to launch North Oxfordshire’s Clean For The Queen campaign at Spiceball Park in Banbury. Victoria joined Councillor Kieron Mallon (Leader of Banbury Town Council), councillors and supporters at the event, which marked the beginning of the local ‘clean-up’ campaign to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The campaign is backed by dozens of major British businesses, local authorities, Members of Parliament, schools and community groups across the UK. The flagship weekend of events will take place between 4 and 6 March 2016, but smaller events will be held throughout the first half of the year. Groups and individuals are being encouraged to collect rubbish and tidy up public areas ahead of the Queen’s birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.

Speaking at the event, Victoria said, “Although the big litter pick will take place over just three days, people can get involved whenever they like. While it will be fantastic to see the country coming together in March, it is the support and action people are taking, and not the dates, which are important.”

Victoria has also been busy promoting the campaign among her colleagues in the House of Commons. The local campaign is being led by Cherwell District Council and Banbury Town Council. You can find out more by visiting the Clean For The Queen page of the website here.

VICTORIA speaks for constituents in HS2 Select Committee

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Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, addressed the HS2 Select Committee today and asked that HS2 Ltd pay attention to the important concerns of constituents.

Victoria was able to present the petition submitted by previous MP, Sir Tony Baldry, and to add to it considerably. She told the Committee that she was concerned by a lack of communication from HS2 Ltd; and disappointed that accurate data to enable planning is not always provided in a timely fashion.

She raised considerable concerns over traffic in Banbury, and how there were no real figures available to understand the impact on Junction 11 of the M40 and roads such as Hennef Way.

Victoria highlighted issues in Wardington, explaining that the village would suffer from the regular HGV traffic through its centre. Local people would then use roads through Williamscot, Cropredy, Great Bourton and Little Bourton, to avoid the additional traffic on the A361.  Specifically, she asked that the large amount of spoil which HS2 Ltd are planning to drive through the area, instead be taken up the line itself on a specially constructed road.

Finally, Victoria took the opportunity to highlight the concerns of Mixbury.  She said how important the countryside is to all of us, and asked for a noise barrier along the Mossy Bank bridleway.

Speaking after her presentation, Victoria said “I was very grateful for the opportunity to stand up for North Oxfordshire. I made very clear to those present that transport was already a problem – and showed them last week’s Banbury Guardian in order to confirm it.

I was very pleased that the HS2 Ltd’s Counsel advised that they would be producing illustrative plans for Mixbury with greater detail of the proposed mitigation.  I pushed for changes to HGV movements around junction 11 and on the A361 too, and hope that HS2 vehicle numbers will be severely restricted, and stopped on Saturdays.

I have stressed the need for open and regular communication between HS2 Ltd and the constituency, and will continue to represent constituents’ views.”

MP opens South Central Ambulance Service’s recruitment day

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Victoria opened the South Central Ambulance Service’s recruitment day on Saturday 16th January, with Chief Executive Will Hancock, at the Talisman Road HQ in Bicester.

The event, which ran from 10am to 2pm, gave people the chance to find out what jobs are currently available, and chat to existing staff employed at SCAS. There were also live demonstrations and vehicles on site.

Victoria said “The recruitment day was brilliant. I have visited the Headquarters on Talisman Road twice previously, and have seen just how rewarding and demanding the response team’s work is. I was keen to see what jobs were available too. We are very fortunate to have a strong and committed Ambulance Service team, which supports thousands of people across the area. I believe over 400 people attended the event, and around 50% have either applied for or requested applications for jobs that were advertised. That’s a fantastic uptake, and I really hope we see a number of new recruits working for the service soon.”

VICTORIA VISITS AGGREGATE INDUSTRIES IN BICESTER

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On Monday 11th January Victoria visited local concrete firm in Bicester.

The plant at Bicester has been operational since the 1980s, including the last 12 years as part of Aggregate Industries. It supplies a wide range of standard and specialist concrete mixes across the constituency, and further afield including Oxford, Buckingham and Aylesbury.

After the visit, Victoria commented “It is so interesting to be able to see the variety of mixes on site. Bicester is developing into a Garden Town and growing at a great pace, with thousands of houses being built in the coming years. Having a variety of different industries and jobs available in the area, will make it that much more desirable a place to live. Thank you to everyone at Aggregate Industries for allowing me to visit, and for explaining more about what is done at Bicester.

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