Peter Bone MP
3rd October, 2014.
A big ‘thank you’ to all those people who have written, telephoned, or called, to offer their support to Jennie and I, over the very difficult last twelve months.
I thought it was time to bring you up-to-date on the issues that some of you had contacted us about.
Jennie recently had her fifth session of chemotherapy. This is a protective measure to stop her breast cancer reoccurring. Jennie has managed the cancer treatment valiantly and though often feeling sick and tired, she has carried on as usual. The only difference is she has developed a skin-head hair style!
There is still one more bout of chemotherapy to go through in three weeks’ time, this will then be followed by radiotherapy and herceptin. All this treatment is being carried out at Kettering General and Northampton General, on the NHS. Jennie wanted it to be known that she has received first-class care.
We are hoping shortly to move into a new home in Wellingborough, closer to my parliamentary office. Tom has just started senior school at Wellingborough School.
I am also pleased to say that Jennie and Northamptonshire County Council have recently settled their long-running dispute over care home costs. Please find attached a press release on the matter.
Whilst I am not allowed to comment on the details of the settlement, I am delighted that agreement has been reached – especially as this will release the huge pressure on Jennie.
However, now that the matter is settled, I intend to campaign in Parliament for reform of the social care system. The current system is manifestly unfair and complicated. It can be a nightmare for families in need of care for an elderly loved one.
You may have also seen that an audit of my parliamentary expenses has found them to be in order. This follows an anonymous and vexatious complaint. The original allegation was bogus and without foundation.
I also wrote to you in March after the Crown Prosecution Service threw out allegations of wrongdoing by Jennie and me. As a result of this, Northamptonshire Police referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over their conduct in this matter. The IPCC have taken up a number of specific complaints and are investigating Northamptonshire Police.
Jennie and I would like to thank everyone for their support, encouragement and friendship, over the last year and we will never forget your kindness.
With very best wishes,