Article for Tiptree Tribune

20th November 2017

Over the last two weeks readers will have seen in the news a number of reports about me and my recent departure from the Government. Much of what has been reported about my actions is inaccurate and misleading. However, I have taken full responsibility and stepped down from the Government to draw a line under the matter.

I want to thank local residents who have been in contact with me and have offered their support. I have been overwhelmed with kind and thoughtful comments in recent days and am grateful for them all.

Since stepping down from the Government, I have been pleased to continue with my work supporting residents and businesses in this part of Essex. Last week I had the privilege of laying wreaths at war memorials in the constituency to remember the courage, bravery and sacrifice of those who fought and died during two world wars and other conflicts. It is right that every year we reflect on those conflicts and stand in silence to honour the fallen who did not return home.

While attending local war memorials, it was humbling to meet with veterans and their families. The freedoms and prosperity that we enjoy today is down to their courage of our Armed Forces and I pay tribute to them,

In Parliament, the European Union Withdrawal Bill has been making progress through Parliament with its Committee State. Large numbers of amendments have been tabled for debate and unfortunately there are a number of Members of Parliament who are trying to ignore the will of the British people by blocking Brexit. There is a difference between MPs scrutinising and questioning legislation to seek to improve it and those who want to wreck it. Residents in this part of Essex who voted to leave the EU by a large margin and can be assured that I am standing up for a positive future for Britain as a free, independent and sovereign country.

The debates and discussions about how we leave the EU are incredibly important. However, there is other important business going on in Parliament including the Budget this week. I am looking forward to taking part in Budget debates and to make the case in support of the world class businesses in this part of Essex that create jobs and growth in our economy. I have always campaigned for lower taxes to support economic growth so that people can keep more of what they earn and will continue to do so. 

As well as standing up for this part of Essex in Parliament, I am working with the NHS to deliver improvements to healthcare services, local schools to raise standards, and with a range of organisations to boost investment in our infrastructure. Progress is being made getting a new multipurpose healthcare centre built in the constituency, which will add new services and capacity.

I have been holding meetings and working on a project to get a new free school approved, which would provide specialist provision for pupils with special needs. Some pupils need extra specialist provision and this new school will help them get the support they need to fulfil their potential. More work is needed to get this delivered and I will be doing all I can to secure an agreement. I have also been concerned by a number of cases that constituents have brought to my attention where pupils with special needs are not getting the level of support they need and have been raising these matter with the Government and Essex County Council. If anyone is having difficulties securing support for a child in their family please do get in touch and I will make enquiries to assist.  

I am expecting announcements shortly on progress with the A12 widening scheme and the A120 upgrade and am making the case for new investment in rail services. I have already secured over £1 billion of investment in new rail rolling stock and in the months ahead we enter a crucial time to secure support for upgrades to rail infrastructure.

If any local residents or businesses need help or assistance from me with any issue, they are welcome to get in touch. I can be contacted by email to: [email protected] by post to: Priti Patel MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or by telephone on: 020 7219 3528.

A12/A120 Consultations

Strategic Road Network Consultations

There are two important consultations running at the moment on key strategic road infrastructure improvements - the A12 widening scheme and the upgrading of the A120. Priti has been campaigning to secure new investment in these roads and has welcomed the consultations taking place. Members of the public can review the proposals for the A12 and A120 at the weblinks below, attend consultation events, and respond to the consultation. Feel free to also contact Priti by email to: [email protected] with your views too.

Widening the A12

Upgrading the A120

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