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Suella Braverman MP
A strong voice for Fareham


Welcome to my monthly newsletter, highlighting the issues that I have been working on in both Parliament and Fareham.

Firstly, the end of June marks the beginning of my maternity leave. My husband and I are expecting a baby boy any day now and I am therefore taking some months maternity leave. My offices will function as normal which means constituents can still contact me for assistance. Thanks to the Proxy Voting Scheme, I will continue to vote on national matters, legislation and Brexit on behalf of Fareham constituents

Turning to the Conservative Party leadership contest, I am backing Boris Johnson. He is a committed Brexiteer and resigned from his position as Foreign Secretary over the Brexit Deal which I also resigned over. You can read more about why I'm backing Boris below.

June has been a busy month, from campaigning for pedestrian crossings and tackling anti-social behaviour in Fareham to raising concerns in Parliament about delays to planning applications and greeting the winners of my annual Fareham Schools Debating Competition, you can read all about it and more below. 

I hope you enjoy my newsletter, and if you want to raise anything with my team and I, then you can contact me here.

Suella backs Boris for PM

I am pleased to be supporting Boris Johnson for Conservative Party leader and our next Prime Minister. Boris is committed to Brexit which was shown through his leadership of the 2016 Referendum campaign and in resigning over the unacceptable terms of the 'Brexit deal’ presented last year (as did I). He has unequivocally promised to take the UK out of the EU by 31 October - deal or no deal, and recognises that delay means defeat.

Indeed, I was pleased to welcome him to the south coast recently at an event for party members in Portsmouth, where he spoke very positively about Brexit and its opportunities.

He also has a proven track record for leadership and delivery. As Mayor of London for eight years (and winning twice in a Labour - leaning city), crime was reduced, affordable housing increased and the London Living Wage was expanded.

Boris is an election-winner and the strongest candidate to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of power- something that would be ruinous for our country. He has also proposed a series of policies that will reinvigorate our economy, improve our police and security and boost education funding. For me, and for our country, I believe that Boris Johnson, will be a very good Prime Minister.

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Maternity Leave begins for Suella

My husband Rael and I are very excited to be expecting our first baby. The due date is imminent and, like many working mothers, I am taking a period of maternity leave for some months.

Through the new Proxy Voting Scheme, a proxy MP will vote on my behalf on national matters, legislation and Brexit, which means Fareham constituents will continue to be represented in Parliament on new laws, debates and Brexit matters.

My two offices at 14 East Street in Fareham and in Westminster will continue to work as they do now, dealing with casework, enquiries or other matters as raised by residents, all of which I will oversee.

I am glad to have the resources to continue most of my work for Fareham residents without any change during my maternity leave. This is a refreshing reality to our political system which has adapted over the years to accommodate families and working mothers.

Keep the free licence fee for over-75s, Suella tells BBC

I have urged the BBC to reverse its plans to remove free TV licences for over-75s and replace it with a means tested system.

In a letter to Lord Hall, Director General of the BBC, I said I had deep concerns about the drastic proposals which would see a huge lifeline being removed from millions of people, including many of my constituents, who rely on modest incomes to live.

We all know that elderly people are more susceptible to illness, loneliness, restricted mobility and disability, which means the ability to watch TV and remain entertained and informed in their homes is a huge lifeline. Further, most elderly people have modest incomes and rely on concessions such as the free TV licence so that their money can be used for other important things.

This also comes at a time when the senior management payroll at the BBC is in the tens of millions of pounds, with nearly 190 managers being paid over £100,000, and this of course does not include the many millions paid to presenters and other talent. When the general public, and particularly over-75s, consider this fact alongside the proposal to remove the free licence fee, then there will be an understandable level of resentment.

I have therefore urged the BBC to review this decision in the best interests of over-75s and indeed the BBC itself.

Fareham school debating winners visit Houses of Parliament

I was delighted to welcome the winners of the Fareham School Debating Competition to the Houses of Parliament to watch the Prime Minister and MPs in action in the House of Commons.

I held my third annual Schools Debating Competition in March which saw a number of schools debating topical issues in front of a judging panel which included the Editor of the Portsmouth News, Mark Waldron, Mayor of Fareham Susan Bayford and Deputy Principal of Fareham College Andrew Kaye.

Dylan Kelson and Isla Milnes took first prize for Fareham Academy, with Dylan also winning the Best Speaker prize. Their reward was a visit to Parliament and seats in the public gallery to watch Prime Minister’s Questions. Dylan and Isla were also accompanied by their teammates Hollie Rideout and Caitlin Rice and their English Teacher Ms Curtin-Sewell.

I really enjoyed meeting the Fareham Academy debating team when they visited Parliament and I’m looking forward to holding the event again next year so we can encourage debate and young peoples’ interest in politics.

Suella heralds multi-million pound transport plan for the Solent region

It was very useful to meet in Portsmouth with the South East Hampshire Rapid Transport Board to discuss the proposed Rapid Transport System in the Solent region. Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council have been shortlisted to bid for a share of the Department of Transport’s £1.28bn Transforming Cities Fund and I was delighted when the Government committed £4 million earlier this year.

The Portsmouth and South East Hampshire City Region bid centres on a mass transit network which links communities in Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville and Isle of Wight with Portsmouth. This ambitious scheme will enable significant infrastructure improvements for public transport, fleet upgrades and a better customer experience for residents, commuters and visitors.

It will also build on the success of the Eclipse bus route, increase public transport routes and reduce air pollution in Fareham which is a priority issue. The bid has my wholehearted support and I look forward to hearing about further progress with the proposals

Fighting for better security at Locks Heath Shopping Centre

I was pleased to have recently met with the new Centre Manager of Locks Heath Shopping Village, Sarah Cotton, and Locks Heath Councillor, Susan Bayford, to hear more about the opportunities for independent stall holders and the summer beach.

It was concerning to hear, though,that late night anti-social behaviour is continuing in the car park which I’ve seen myself in the evenings too. It is clear that we need more consistent police presence to deter those who are causing damage or loitering anti-socially. I have urged the local police to take more action on this matter and will keep it under review.

Suella commemorates D-Day 75th anniversary alongside US and European leaders

The D-Day commemoration in Portsmouth was an unforgettable event and it was an honour to represent the people and service personnel of Fareham to remember the sacrifice of all those who landed on the beaches in Normandy to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation in 1944. Speaking with local, national and international veterans and hearing their stories of bravery and sacrifice was very moving and humbling - I have great admiration for them.

I was also very pleased to meet world leaders who were representing those nations who also fought with us during World War Two, including US President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Prime Minister backs Ruby’s crossing campaign in Warsash

Well done Ruby from Hook-with-Warsash Academy whom I met after she wrote to me about her campaign to have a pedestrian crossing installed on Warsash Road so that more pupils can ‘Park and Stride’ to school, to improve air quality and road safety.

I was delighted to raise the matter with the Prime Minister who passed on her support for the campaign. You can watch this above by clicking the image,

I support her campaign, together with her Headmistress, Mrs Willoughby and local Councillor Trevor Cartwright and will keep pushing Hampshire County Council to make the necessary changes on this busy road. Thanks to Ruby’s Dad, Graham for coming along today too
What people say
James, from Fareham, said:
"Thank you Suella for being our Member of Parliament from the bottom of my heart."
Susan, from Locks Heath, said:
"Please accept my sincere thanks for all the assistance you and your office have given me."


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