Welcome to my website
John Whittingdale has represented Maldon in Parliament since 1992. On this website, you will find how to contact him as well as examples of some issues and projects he has recently been involved with.
There are also links to the local Councils and other local information which should be of use to you if you live in the District. If you are a constituent and would like to get in touch, John would be very happy to hear from you. If you are an organiser of a local group, a teacher at a local school, or involved in a local business which you feel would benefit from a visit or a meeting, do let John know.
The majority of the former Maldon and East Chelmsford constituency forms the basis of the new Maldon seat. Additionally, the areas around South Woodham Ferrers come in from the former Rayleigh constituency and Stock and Margaretting are added from the former West Chelmsford constituency. Other wards from the previous Maldon and East Chelmsford form parts of the new Witham and Chelmsford constituencies which are represented by John's colleagues Priti Patel and Simon Burns.
The electoral wards used in the redrawn Maldon constituency are;
Althorne, Burnham-on-Crouch North, Burnham-on-Crouch South, Heybridge East, Heybridge West, Maldon, Essex East, Maldon North, Maldon South, Maldon West, Mayland, Purleigh, Southminster and Tillingham from Maldon district. Bicknacre and East and West Hanningfield, Little Baddow, Danbury and Sandon, Rettendon and Runwell, South Hanningfield, Stock and Margaretting, South Woodham Ferrers, Chetwood and Collingwood, and Elmwood and Woodville from Chelmsford district.
SET for Britain Competition
John Whittingdale MP attended the SET for Britain event in the House of Commons to meet Dr Zoe Barker, one of the finalists who lives in Maldon. SET for Britain is the major scientific competition and exhibition in Parliament to highlight the work of Britain’s Early-Stage Researchers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematical Sciences.
Dr Barker, who is a post doctoral research assistant at Writtle College, was one of the finalists in the Bioscience section with her colleague, Dr Jorge Vazquez Diosdado of Essex University. Dr Barker and Dr Vazquez Diosdado have been developing a method of Early-Automatic Detection of Welfare Problems in Dairy Cows by using a tracker device to monitor the behaviour of individual cows in order to provide early warning of behaviour which may indicate health or welfare problems. Around 270 applicants entered for the Biology and Biomedical Sciences category and Dr Marker and Dr Vazquez Diosdado were one of the 60 short-listed.
John Whittingdale is pictured with Dr Barker and Dr Vazquez Diosdado in front of their poster explaining their work. John Whittingdale said:”I warmly congratulate Zoe and Jorge on making it through to the finals of the SET for Britain Competition. The pioneering work that they are doing offers real benefits to dairy farmers and is a great example of the quality of research and innovation being carried out by our young scientists in Essex”.
Cherry Trees Opening
John Whittingdale officially opened the newly refurbished Cherry Trees Therapy Centre at St Peters Hospital, Maldon.
A plaque was unveiled and a ribbon cut by John to mark the event.
Cherry Trees Therapy Centre, which is managed by North Essex Partnership, has been refurbished and extended – it now has extra space to accommodate services that were previously provided from two separate buildings. It has a new reception with a skylight for improved natural light.
A wide range of services for adults and older adults including community mental health, recovery/reablement and occupational therapy are provided from the centre.
Andrew Geldard, Chief Executive said: “We have invested into transforming this centre into a fantastic place for our service users. Over 95% of our patients are treated in the community and we have brought Cherry Trees into the 21st century with modern design and facilities that is good for our service users.”
John is pictured with Chris Paveley, Chairman and Andrew Geldard, Chief Executive.
Royal Mail Stamp Competition
John Whittingdale presented a certificate to Thomas Gaynham, a pupil at the Priory Primary School, Bicknacre, to mark his success in the Royal Mail Design a Christmas Stamp Competition. The competition received entries from children aged 4-11 years-old from across the UK in response to the question, ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you? Thomas aged 5, was one of 24 national runners up in the competition which attracted 240,000 entries. As a result of his success, Thomas won £500 as did the Priory School.
John is pictured with Thomas and Ms Rachael Plunkett, Headteacher
FA 150th Anniversary
John Whittingdale today took part in celebrations of the FA's 150th anniversary.
An Early Day Motion was tabled, with John's support which read:
That this House congratulates the Football Association (FA) on the occasion of its 150th anniversary on 26 October 2013; notes that the FA is the oldest governing body in football; commends the FA's not-for-profit commitment to supporting football since 1863; further commends the £100 million invested by the FA annually into football including facilities for grassroots football, coaching programmes for boys and girls, and development programmes for people with disabilities; welcomes the FA's valuable contribution to and support of the national game; and looks forward to hearing the progress of the newly-appointed FA Commission into English Football.
All Saints Primary School Maldon
John Whittingdale attended the Morning Assembly at All Saints School, Maldon, in order to present them with the Platinum Sing Up Award.
Sing Up aims to put Singing at the heart of every Primary School and is a resource for schools that encourages excellent singing to support all areas of the curriculum. Singing improves learning, confidence, health and social development. It has the power to change lives and help to build stronger communities. Sing Up's mission is to ensure this happens by providing schools with excellent musical resources and workforce development opportunities, supported by a network of expert music education providers.
All Saints Primary School in Maldon is the first Essex school to be given a platinum award from Sing Up. John is photographed with pupils form All Saints School and former pupil, Charlotte Hume, who also sang one of her own songs at the presentation assembly.
Armed Forces Day
John Whittingdale attended the Armed Forces Day ceremony organised by Maldon District Council at Longfields, Maldon. At the event, there was a display of military vehicles as well as a fly past of three vintage aircraft organised by Stow Maries Aerodrome. At 12.00pm, the flag was raised accompanied by a piper with the sea cadets parading. All proceeds went to "Help the Heroes".
John is pictured first with Lance Corporal Shaun Morgan, 103 Bn REME and Sgt Jack Scott, Essex Army Cadet Force and then with Cllr Tony Shrimpton, Cllr Bob Boyce (Leader of Maldon District Council) and Flt Lt Richie Miller (Essex Air Cadets).
John Whittingdale MP joined Sajid Javid MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, to celebrate the first cut in beer duty for half a century. John Whittingdale had last year met members of Maldon and Dengie CAMRA at Westminster and joined them in calling for an end to the beer duty escalator. In his Budget, not only did the Chancellor announce the scrapping of the escalator, he also cut the duty on a pint by 1p.
John and Sajid are shown on the Terrace of the House of Commons enjoying a pint of "Sajid's Choice" brewed by Birds Brewery of Bromsgrove.
John Whittingdale’s support for pubs has been recognised as he received a new “Beer Champion” award in Parliament. The special award is a joint initiative from the British Beer & Pub Association, the Campaign for Real Ale, and the Society of Independent Brewers and recognises John’s role in supporting the brewing industry and pubs, and his successful campaigning for an end to the Beer Duty Escalator and a cut in Beer Duty which was announced by the Chancellor in last year’s Budget.
John Whittingdale said: “Pubs play a vital role in local communities and need support. In the Maldon constituency, we have 90 Pubs and four breweries, directly providing over 1,000 jobs. After successive tax increases totalling 42 per cent over 4 years, I am delighted that the Chancellor listened to our concerns and cut the duty on Beer. This will provide a real boost to local pubs and I am proud to be recognised as a Parliamentary Beer Champion”
John is pictured receiving his certificate with Keith Bott of the Society of Independent Brewers, Brigid Simmonds of the British Beer and Pub Association and Colin Valentine of the Campaign for Real Ale.
John Whittingdale was delighted to present Jhual Ahmed the certificate marking the Maldon Tandoori being Highly Commended in this year’s Tiffin Cup competition. The Tiffin Cup is an annual British competition run by the Tiffin Club to find the best South Asian restaurant in the United Kingdom. Nominees are selected by their constituency and then put forward by their local MP. This is the second year running that the Maldon Tandoori has been highly commended. The Maldon Tandoori has also won both the Essex Tourism and Hospitality Award for best ethnic restaurant 2013 as well as a TripAdvisor Certificate for Excellence 2013 to add to its 2012 awards.
John Whittingdale said: “I warmly congratulate Jhual Ahmed and all at the Maldon Tandoori on being highly commended in the Tiffin Cup competition once again. As a regular customer, I can vouch for the high quality of the cuisine at the restaurant and this recognition is thoroughly deserved.”
John Whittingdale is pictured at the House of Commons with Jhual Ahmed and with Ian Jones, Chairman of the Maldon Conservative Association.
Colne Housing development
John Whittingdale opened a new affordable housing development at Everest Way, Heybridge. The development by Colne Housing consists of 30 properties built on 1.5 acres of farmland at at the end of Everest Way. Colne currently owns 187 units within the Everest Way estate. The project was supported by £70,000 capital grant from the Homes and Communities fund. In addition to this, Colne provided £2.5 million to deliver the 30 new homes. The properties are a mixture of one and two bedroom flats and two and three bedroom houses.
John Whittingdale said:
“I am very much aware of the severe shortage of social housing in the Maldon District which is trapping many families in inadequate accommodation. I am delighted to be able to open this impressive housing development which will help meet that demand. I congratulate Colne Housing and Maldon District Council on this project and hope that all those fortunate enough to be housed there will be very happy in their new homes”
John is pictured with Mark Powell Davies, Chief Executive of Colne, Cllr David Williams, Chairman of Maldon District Council, and Cllr Tim Young, Chairman of Colne.
RNLI Open Day
John Whittingdale attended the RNLI Open Day in Burnham on Crouch. Celebrating nearly 40 years as a lifeboat station, Burnham-on-Crouch is one of only three lifeboat stations that has their inshore lifeboats kept in floating boathouses. The station has two boats – one being an Atlantic 75 B733, the ‘Brandy Hole’. This boat arrived on station in February 1997 and was officially taken into service on the 7th June 1997. It also has an IB1, the ‘Ernest & Rose Chapman II’. This is the second boat to be donated by David & Barbara Chapman in memory of David’s parents. This boat arrived on station in February 2007 and was officially taken into service on the 9th June 2007.
John Whittingdale attended the Lawn Tennis Association Mini-Tennis session for children from two local schools, Wentworth Primary School in Maldon and Heathcote School, Danbury.
The event was held at Danbury Tennis Club in Mayes Lane, Danbury, which is one of only 100 clubs to have been chosen as Mini Tennis Ambassador Clubs. The intention over the course of the week from 10th to 16th June is to make tennis accessible with a target of 15,000 new young players aged between three and ten years old accessing tennis for the first time.
John is pictured with children from Wentworth School as well as Head Coach, Matt Ford, and other coaches.
Burnham Rugby Club Fun Day
John Whittingdale attended the Burnham Rugby Club Fun Day on Millfields, Burnham on Crouch. John is pictured with the teams at the conclusion of the Veterans Match.
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