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MP calls on council to improve local transport

Posted on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at 2:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Number 18 bus service pictured in Little Stoke, Bristol.

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti has called on South Gloucestershire Council to do more to improve transport locally.

Mr Lopresti has made the call after supporting a number of transport initiatives but he believes the council must go further, saying:

“One of local people’s main concerns about our local area is the existing and future transport infrastructure. Public transport is an essential resource for communities; I am a regular user myself, particularly to Bristol Parkway and central Bristol and to medical appointments more recently. Central Government does not legislate on local transport issues; after all, governing important local issues such as this is why we have local councils and councillors. Instead, the Government makes available a certain amount of money for councils to spend in these areas. The Government recently legislated to remove ring-fencing from a vast amount of local authority funding, giving councils the flexibility to spend Government grants where they are needed most.”

“I believe that South Gloucestershire Council needs to do more to take advantage of this.”

The MP’s comments come after he wrote to the Chair of the Public Transport Forum, Cllr Ian Scott, earlier this month, specifically to enquire about bus services to Southmead Hospital from Staple Hill, amongst other areas currently without provision. The MP also met with First Bus on the matter and is campaigning to ensure that local people have transport links to vital services.

He continued:

“Improving public transportation in our local area is vital, which is why I have previously lobbied the Government to secure funding for the Rapid Transit Scheme and to champion a new junction on the M49. I have also been in contact with the council to support plans for a bus rail interchange at Filton Abbey Wood and I have started a campaign to re-open Filton North Station. In Parliament, I have spoken with ministers and asked questions in support of the Four Track scheme on the Filton Bank network and in favour of the electrification of the Great Western Main Line.”

“Given the new flexibility afforded to councils by the Government in terms of how central funding is spent, I would expect councillors from all areas to work with their council colleagues to put in place a public transport plan to make public transport accessible for all who need it. I am of course happy to give my support to the council in ensuring this happens.”

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Jack Lopresti MP diagnosed with with bowel cancer

Posted on Thursday 6th June 2013 at 11:46 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti (Conservative), MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, has announced that he has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Prior to the diagnosis, the MP had been in and out of hospital with suspected appendicitis for three months, culminating in a major operation three weeks ago.

In a statement issued today, Mr Lopresti said:

“I am to have three months chemotherapy. I am not sure yet how I will be affected by the treatment, but it is my intention to get well as soon as possible and do as much constituency work as I can in the interim. I apologise in advance to all constituents if I am not out and about during the next three months as much as I normally am. I am looking forward to getting back into full-time action in September.”

“The future prognosis is positive, most of the cancer was removed during my recent operation and in my consultant’s own words they will ‘mop up’ any remaining cancer cells and are aiming for a complete cure and recovery.”

“I cannot praise enough the medical teams and staff at Frenchay and Southmead for the care I have so far received and that I was looked after wonderfully by them when I was admitted to Frenchay Hospital.”

“I would like to place on the record my huge thanks to them and all my friends and family who have rallied round and been incredibly supportive in what has been a difficult few weeks.”

“I am very lucky to be supported by a dedicated and professional team both in Westminster and the constituency. My local office in the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, is open every day 9 – 5 run by Liz Jarvis, my office manager, and Mike Cobb my caseworker. Please give them a call or better still pop in to the office (no appointment required) if we can help in anyway. Mr Jonathan Benjamin, as my Senior Parliamentary Assistant, manages my London team and he can be reached on 0207 219 7070.”

“As far as my local and Westminster teams are concerned it is business as usual. I will continue to serve the people of Filton and Bradley Stoke to the best of my ability, which I am always very honoured and proud to do.”

Related link: Official website of Jack Lopresti MP

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Cycling groups angered by MP’s refusal to support Early Day Motion

Posted on Tuesday 18th December 2012 at 5:47 pm by SH (Editor)

The Times' Cities Fit For Cycling campaign.Local cycling groups have labelled Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti “a wimp” for not signing an Early Day Motion (EDM) that calls for measures to be taken to make cycling more popular and safer.

In reply, Mr Lopresti says the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ EDM has little prospect of achieving anything, adding that he prefers to help the cause by pressing the Government to continue its support for initiatives such as the £600 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

CTC Right to Ride officer for South Gloucestershire Richard Burton said:

“Other local MPs, have signed this, but Mr Lopresti has said he won’t. He has made positive statements about encouraging cycling, but when push comes to shove, he won’t sign this EDM in case cyclists hold him to account. It’s extremely disappointing that the first time he’s asked to do something constructive for cycling, he wimps out.”

“MPs from all parties have signed it, so it isn’t a party political matter.”

Bristol Cycling Campaign spokesperson Eric Booth said:

“In this era of austerity and obesity, many people are discovering the financial and health benefits of regular cycling, saving money, getting fit and losing weight all at the same time. We are extremely disappointed that Jack Lopresti hasn’t immediately signed this EDM, and are puzzled about why he won’t. He’s made positive statements about cycling, but doesn’t seem to want to do anything about it. The benefits to our area of increasing cycling would be tremendous, with reductions in congestion and pollution, improved health and better road safety, so why won’t he sign? We’re baffled.”

The EDM points out that cycling is very beneficial for society with huge gains in public health, the economy, the environment and quality of life, and calls for more government action to increase the number of cyclists and to reduce the risks.

More: MP says campaigners’ statements are misleading »

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MP meets Tourism Minister over future of Concorde

Posted on Monday 20th December 2010 at 5:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton & Bradley Stoke, has met with John Penrose MP, the Minister for Tourism, to discuss the future of Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, currently sited at Filton, Bristol.

The meeting came in the wake of the announcement by Airbus stating that their focus has shifted towards finding the Concorde a permanent home.

Mr Lopresti and the Minister are said to have discussed possible avenues to securing the planned Aviation Heritage Museum which would house the iconic aircraft.

The MP said:

“I was very grateful to meet with the Minister, we discussed possible funding avenues such as the Lottery Heritage Fund and the recent plans announced last week by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to help boost private funding for important pieces of local culture.”

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Source: Jack Lopresti MP

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