Oct 032014
 
Peter Bone MP

Peter Bone MP

PRESS RELEASE

3rd October, 2014.

PRESS RELEASE – PRESS RELEASE – PRESS RELEASE

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL AND MRS JENNIE BONE SETTLE DISPUTE

Since 2008, Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) and Mrs Bone have been in disagreement over who pays her mother’s care home fees – a story which has appeared in several local and national newspapers.

The allegations in many of these articles have been inaccurate. NCC and Mrs Bone ae issuing this statement to end speculation over the matter.

Today 29th September 2014, both parties have reached a settlement, Mrs Bone did not admit any liability or wrongdoing in the case brought against her.

The terms of this agreement are confidential and will not be disclosed by either party, save as in this statement. In addition, Mr Peter Bone MP, who never was a party in this dispute, and has never been involved in any litigation with NCC, has agreed not to pursue his Personal Access Request with NCC.

Neither party will make any further comments or statements on the details of this settlement.

ENDS

Oct 032014
 
Peter Bone MP

Peter Bone MP

LETTER

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,

Peter

Jun 122014
 
Peter Bone MP

Peter Bone MP

STATEMENT

12th June, 2014.

WE LISTENED, WE CAMPAIGNED, WE DELIVERED: SKEW BRIDGE ON ITS WAY!

Today, after a long fought campaign, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has approved the Skew Bridge/Rushden Lakes development. This development will bring 2,000 new permanent jobs, major retail outlets including Marks & Spencer and exciting leisure facilities.

This is extremely good news and like many local people, I am very excited about the benefits that this development will bring to our area. It is also testament to the efforts of many local people, including ‘Yes To Rushden Lakes’, who have campaigned so hard to help make this development happen, and in particular, I would like to thank all those who supported the Conservative Listening Campaign on this issue. Particular thanks to Tom Pursglove, who headed-up the Joint Listening Campaign and did so much work to help achieve this success in the neighbouring Corby & East Northamptonshire constituency.

After thirteen years of a Labour Government that delivered very little for East Northamptonshire, Conservative controlled East Northamptonshire Council and this Government have made this project happen. This is local evidence that the Prime Minister’s Long Term Economic Plan is working.

Given this great news, it is now even more pressing that the A45 is dualled between Stanwick and Thrapston and that the Chowns Mill Roundabout is finally sorted out. I launched a major listening campaign back at the end of 2013 to try and demonstrate local feeling on this issue to Ministers and ‘thank you’ to all those who have already signed up. However, if you haven’t as yet, perhaps you could drop me a line to bonep@parliament.uk – the more people who sign up, the stronger our case!

Once again, thank you for all of your efforts in helping to secure this much-needed Skew Bridge success – listened, campaigned, delivered!

With best wishes, Peter.

ENDS

Mar 252014
 
Peter Bone MP

Peter Bone MP

STATEMENT

25th March, 2014.

First, Jennie and I have been humbled by the huge number of phone calls, texts, emails and cards we have received supporting us. We are so very appreciative to everyone who has contacted us. It is amazing that we have had so many members of the public who have taken the time to get in touch, or cross the road to shake my hand; they have not always been of our political persuasion, but they have all expressed their warmest appreciation of what Jennie and I do for the constituency. It has also been interesting to hear of so many people who find themselves in a similar position to us.

What has been so frustrating about this whole episode is that it has been going on for over a year, without an opportunity for us to clear our names. Recently, we have suffered trial by media. One newspaper in particular has printed information that is incorrect and made allegations that are totally untrue. It seems that certain newspapers feel able to print information that is without foundation, despite being told in advance that that information is factually incorrect.

Jennie and I have just heard that we are not going to be charged with any criminal offence. This is obviously very good news and a vindication of our stance all along. As we have done nothing wrong and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) only considered the evidence, not newspaper innuendo, we have been proven innocent.

Please see below a link to the story on the CPS’s website:
http://www.cps.gov.uk/news/latest_news/cps_decision_on_suspected_fraud_investigated_by_northamptonshire_police/

We would also like to take this opportunity to place on record our thanks to the First Law Partnership and in particular Andy Hopkinson and Derek Johashen – their help and support has been invaluable.

Please rest assured that I will continue to represent the people of Wellingborough and Rushden in Parliament, to the very best of my ability. Locally, I will be continuing my campaign for Rushden Lakes, for the reopening of Wellingborough Prison and the new urgent care centre at the Isebrook Hospital. Nationally, I will be holding the Government to account and making sure my constituents’ interests are represented through the Listening Campaign. I will continue to campaign for lower immigration, an In/Out EU Referendum and the Government’s long term economic plan.

We are naturally delighted that this nightmare has now come to an end.

ENDS

Mar 242014
 

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Mar 232014
 
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The eleventh meeting of Wellingborough Conservative Policy Forum

Policing

We will discuss this paper at 1930 on 16th April, 2014 at Rushden Conservative Club.
44 High Street South
Rushden
Northamptonshire
NN10 0AX

T: 01933 312445

Response

No response has yet been received from Government.

Summary

No summary has yet been received from the Conservative Policy Forum.

Submission

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Paper

You can download the relevant policy papers by clicking on the links below:
Conservative Policy Forum Paper – Policing (Adobe Acrobat file format).

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  • Type your response to each of the questions below in the “Your Comment” area at the bottom of the page.
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I will include your contribution with all others we receive.

Questions For Discussion

  • 1. What more can the police do to make itself more representative of the people it serves?
  • 2. What has the experience in your community been with PCCs?
  • 3. What policing functions should be delivered between forces acting collaboratively?
  • 4. How can the Government incentivise more ambitious joint working between the blue light services?
  • 5. How can the police identify ‘what works’ in policing and make sure best practice is shared between forces?
  • 6. How can we further improve trust in the police?
  • 7. What further discretionary powers, if any, should PCSOs be granted that would enable them to carry out their role more effectively?
  • 8. What measures of police forces’ performance could be published to make them more transparent?
  • 9. How else can police forces use technology to allow them to focus more on preventing crime?
  • Other Comments (if any)

Sean Lever
Chairman
Wellingborough Conservative Policy Forum

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Mar 052014
 
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The tenth meeting of Wellingborough Conservative Policy Forum

Employment

We will discuss this paper at 1930 on 24th March, 2014 at Rushden Conservative Club.
44 High Street South
Rushden
Northamptonshire
NN10 0AX

T: 01933 312445

Response

No response has yet been received from Government.

Summary

No summary has yet been received from the Conservative Policy Forum.

Submission

No submission was sent to the Conservative Policy Forum.

Paper

You can download the relevant policy papers by clicking on the links below:
Conservative Policy Forum Paper – Employment (Adobe Acrobat file format).

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  • Read the policy paper(s)
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  • Type your response to each of the questions below in the “Your Comment” area at the bottom of the page.
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I will include your contribution with all others we receive.

Questions For Discussion

  • 1. In your opinion, what more could be done to support businesses looking at taking on more staff?
  • 2. What measures do you propose which would further the Government’s aim of making the labour market more “efficient, flexible and fair”?
  • 3. What should the Government’s priorities be when looking at welfare reform in relation to the labour market and supporting people into work?
  • 4. What further steps can the Government take to make Apprenticeships the “new norm” for school leavers who decide not to go to university?
  • Other comments (if any).

Sean Lever
Chairman
Wellingborough Conservative Policy Forum

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Mar 052014
 
Brendan Clarke-Smith

Brendan Clarke-Smith

Brendan was born, raised and lives in Nottingham. He is a Secondary School Teacher, teaching across the region

Brendan was elected to Nottingham City Council in 2003.

He represented Clifton for 8 years and was a former group leader.

He studied Politics at Nottingham Trent Uni, trained as a teacher in Lincoln, and recently spent time studying European Affairs.

E: brendanc@emidsconservatives.com