John Whittingdale has recognised the vital role that Maldon arable and dairy farmers are contributing to the local and national economy, after attending an event in Westminster this week. 

Farming in East Anglia region contributes £1.25 billion to the local economy and provides 41,167 jobs – this is on top of the safe, affordable food farmers produce and British countryside they maintain.

The beer and cheese tasting event at The House of Commons was held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Beer and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) to highlight the importance of two of our great national products – beer and cheese.

The UK produces over 700 cheeses – more than in France. The total value of cheese sold in the UK in 2016 was £2.75 billion with cheese consumed in 95% of households. Meanwhile, 10,000 different beers are produced using British malting barley and hops with the beer and pub industries generating £13 billion in tax revenue every year.

John Whittingdale MP said: “Beer and cheese represent two of the biggest, and most iconic, British food groups and it was fantastic to meet some of those Essex farmers who produce these great products.

“There are many worthy reasons to support British arable and dairy farmers: they are responsible for securing our fantastic British food supply, looking after our world-renowned countryside and sustaining a dynamic local rural economy.

“It is critical that as politicians we continue to back British farming and create the right regulatory environment post-Brexit to ensure arable and dairy farmers continue to provide the safe and affordable food that the public trusts.”

John Whittingdale, Chairman of the Ukraine All Party Parliamentary Group, led a debate in Parliament on the Situation in Ukraine. During the debate, John Whittingdale described his recent visit to Kiev and to the Government-controlled areas close to the conflict zone in East Ukraine. John called on the Government to provide more financial assistance to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis facing 2.3 million people in East Ukraine and to increase diplomatic pressure on Russia to abide by the Minsk II agreement and to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-12-20/debates/33A41F5D-B50D-48AE-8C56-3F278FD017CF/Ukraine 

http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/132bafa5-0187-436f-85f2-c14baef4025f 

John is pictured with Parliamentary colleagues from the UK and Ukraine:

Bob Seely MP, Yuri Levchenko MP, Svitlana Zalishchuk MP, Natalya Katser- Buchkovska MP, Jonathan Djanogly MP, Alex Ryabchyn MP.

John is also pictured visiting the Avdiivka Coke Plant in East Ukraine

John Whittingdale raised with the Secretary of State for Health his concern about the difficulty faced in recruiting GPs to work in primary care local. This has led to both Blackwater Medical Centre and Longfield Medical Centre in Maldon closing their doors to new patients.

 

John Whittingdale welclomed the Government’s funding of an additional 1,500 medical training places each year and called for some of those to go to Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine in Chelmsford.

 

 

http://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-12-19/debates/DE4B8A18-57BE-4E32-BF7D-88A8AEB98A00/TopicalQuestions

 

John Whittingdale welcomed Phil and Abby Wilcox, proprietors of Wibblers Brewery in Southminster to the House of Commons to celebrate their best-selling  Apprentice ale, being guest beer in the Strangers Bar of the House of Commons for the week beginning 4th December.

Wibblers was established on a commercial basis in 2007 in a converted barn in Mayland by Phil Wilcox, following 20 years of home brewing experience. Its beers have won numerous awards and John also recently attended the opening of their new premises and tap room in Goldsands Road, Southminster.

http://www.wibblers.co.uk/

John said: “This week is a particularly busy one in Parliament and the House of Commons sat until 1.00am on Monday. The bar is always full with Members and guests and I am delighted that my colleagues will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy Wibblers Apprentice throughout the week.”

I have received various correspondence from constituents wanting to know more about the Brexit process. With this in mind, I have decided to enclose the following links which I hope explains more about our negotiations to leave the European Union:

- How does the Article 50 process work?

- How will we develop a trade relationship with both EU and Non - EU Countries?

- What happens to UK tax levels following our exit?

- What happens to our pensions following Brexit?

More information can be found via the Department for Exiting the European Union website and the Exiting The European Union Committee website, of which I am a member.