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Ed Vaizey Parish News November 2016 #wantage

I’ve had a busy month in Parliament. On national issues, I took part in the debate on the BBC Charter Review, the Cultural Property Bill which aims to implement the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property, and a debate on press freedom. On local issues I secured a visit from the new Secretary […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News October 2016 #wantage

Since Parliament’s return form the summer recess I have used my new role as a backbencher to ask a number of questions and hold debates in the chamber. I have asked the Home office about cyber crime – an area of increasing concern, and one where I am keen to see more specialist recruitment into […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News September 2016 #wantage

Parliament has returned from the summer recess, and an interesting Parliamentary term lies ahead.  The Government will begin to produce its proposals on what Brexit will mean and what form our future relationship with the EU will take. As you know, I campaigned for remain during the referendum campaign, and I will be watching developments […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News August 2016 #wantage

The last month saw a continuation of the fall out of the EU referendum. We now have a new Prime Minister, who has set the gears in motion for the EU renegotiation. We now have a Department for Brexit, and a Department for International Trade, who will take the leading role in these negotiations. I […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News July 2016 #wantage

This last month has seen the UK make one of its biggest decisions for a generation. I campaigned for remain, and my constituency voted for it. While I appreciate the strength of feeling from many of my constituents, and the outcome may not be what we wanted, the decision has been made. We put this […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News June 2016 #wantage

I was delighted to see that a local charity, based at Long Wittenham, The Earth Trust, has been given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is thanks to volunteers like this that many of us have access to large areas of open space, which they use freely and widely, such as Wittenham Clumps, Thrupp […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News May 2016 #wantage #edvaizey

I have been out and about in the constituency this month. I met with Drayton Parish Council to discuss their neighbourhood plan, and attended the grand opening of Millbrook Primary School’s new library, with Winnie the Witch (aka the head teacher!) and the book’s illustrator Korky Paul. I was also able to meet with John […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News March 2016 #wantage #edvaizey

Obviously our thoughts have been dominated by the tragic events at Didcot Power Station late last month.  I visited shortly after the accident and met the owners of the site, as well as the heroic emergency services.  It has been a truly amazing operation in extraordinary difficult circumstances.  My heart goes out to the families […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News February 2016 #wantage

I mentioned last month that one of the highlights for 2016 will be the celebrations for HM The Queens 90th Birthday.  A fantastic initiative to help clean up the country for these celebrations is the ”Clean for The Queen” weekend.  This project aims to inspire a million people to take action and enjoy a few hours together litter […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News January 2016

May I wish all of my constituents a very happy new year.  I hope 2016 will be a great year for you.  There are, of course, many exciting events and milestones, not least the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations in June and the Rio Olympics. The New Year is also a time when we get to celebrate […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News December 2015 #wantage

While the news has been dominated by the damage that has been done by Storm Desmond and our thoughts have been with the people affected, the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme has been getting ready to publish the options they are considering for a flood relief channel for Oxford and the Vale. The new flood channel will be […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News November 2015 #wantage

Earlier this month we stopped to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country, I was struck once again by the hundreds of people who turned up to parades and memorials. I had the honour of laying wreaths at both Wantage and Didcot along with veterans and serving men and women. Supporting our armed forces is as important […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News October 2015 #wantage

Earlier this month I attended the annual Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.  I’m always impressed by how many charities attend – and it’s always useful to meet them to hear what they are doing nationally and locally. Amongst those I visited was the Cancer Research stand whose admirable ambition is to accelerate progress so that […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News September 2015 #wantage

In my role as Minister of Culture, I am pleased that we have announced plans to publish a White Paper – essentially a national strategy – on the arts and heritage next year.  It is 50 years since the first – and only – White Paper on the arts was published. Government’s role in supporting […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News August 2015

Like myself many of you may have enjoyed a trip to the cinema on a rainy day during the school summer holidays, so I was very interested to be told by the British Film Institute that they have opened a new round of funding for the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund. Any community cinemas that […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News July 2015 #wantage

Despite recent tragic events in Tunisia and economic uncertainty in the Eurozone, many of us are thinking of traveling overseas for some guaranteed summer sunshine. If you are planning a family holiday abroad this summer please do double check that your passports and EHIC cards are up to date. The government has tightened up border […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News June 2015 #wantage

The General election campaign was a chance to hear about a lot of issues that concerned you.  It won’t surprise you to hear that the main concern I encountered was about housing development.  I was, therefore, extremely pleased to hear that the Vale of White Horse Local plan is due to go before the planning […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News May 2015

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted to re-elect me MP for the Wantage and Didcot constituency in the recent General Election.  I cannot tell you how thrilled and honoured I feel to have been returned with an increased majority, and I will do everything in my power to repay the faith […]

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Ed Vaizey Parish News March 2015

As the General Election looms I have been reflecting on what an honour it has been to serve the Wantage and Didcot constituency over the past ten years.  One of the most fantastic aspects of my role as your MP is meeting so many dedicated volunteers and getting involved in some of the many great […]

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Ed Vaizey MP Parish News February 2015

A subject which I know is close to the hearts of many of my constituents is Community Pubs.  Since the Localism act brought in the right to bid, people across the country have nominatedaround 600 pubs which have then been listed as Assets of Community Value. These are assets – land and buildings –that are important to the community and have traditionally been […]