John Whittingdale visited St Peter’s High School, Burnham on Crouch, to help Sixth Formers with their entry in the National Youth Parliament Competition.

The competition is organised by the Citizenship Foundation and is intended to help students gain a better understanding of the legislative process and the role of the House of Commons. John helped students stage a mock Prime Minister’s Question Time and Second Reading debate which was filmed for submission to the Judges. John is shown with a group of students alongside Cllr Peter Elliott, Chairman of Governors, and David Stephenson, Headteacher of St Peter’s.

The Swan pub in Little Totham held a mini-beer festival to raise funds for projects in the village.




John joined villagers to send up balloons in an attempt to send them across the world to raise funds. The fundraiser was organized by John and Valerie Pascoe who run the pub. The event was a celebration of the Swan’s honour of being named the Rural Pub of the Year by the National Farmers Union magazine, and Mr Pascoe expects that it will raise £1,000 for village projects.

John Whittingdale presented computer equipment to children from Maldon schools who had collected vouchers in Tesco's annual Computers for Schools scheme.

John Whittingdale is pictured with Steve Hinckton, Manager of Tesco Maldon, and children from Plume School, All Saints Primary School and Watership Down Nursery.

John Whittingdale presents computer equipment to local schools.

John Whittingdale MP gathered with children from across Maldon at the local Tesco store. He was on hand to participate in the Computers for Schools program which allows children to collect vouchers and exchange them for computer equipment for their school.

For the more than £14,000 collected by local schools, Mr. Whittingdale handed out printers, digital camcorders, and laptops. Among the schools receiving computer equipment were Cold Norton Primary, Maldon Primary, Maylandsea Primary, and Heybridge Primary.

John Whittingdale attended the Topping Out ceremony for the new £148 million wing at Broomfield Hospital. The new hospital will be complete by Summer 2010 with the first patients due to be treated there in autumn 2010. It will have more than 300 bed, seven new operating theatres, new A & E and out patients departments, a special care baby unit and a roof top helipad. The new hospital wing is being built by contractors, Bouygues UK and is a PFI project.

John is shown alongside Chief Executive of Mid Essex Hospitals Ruth May, Simon Burns, MP for West Chelmsford, and Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant of Essex.