News en Extra £11.4 million for Norfolk Police shows Conservative’s commitment to keeping our streets safe <p>I welcome the news that Norfolk Police will receive an extra £11.4 million to tackle crime and keep our streets safe – an increase of 6.9% from last year. The Conservatives have announced an increase of up to £1.1 billion for police forces throughout England and Wales, to ensure our police can focus on keeping communities safe. It comes on top of the Conservatives’ plan to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers, along with ensuring they have more powers and better kit.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:19:13 +0000 5214 at Urgent Question - Counter Terrorism Policing <p>As Security Minister, Brandon answered an urgent question from the Labour Party about the oversight of&nbsp;counter-terrorism policing by the Government. In his response, he made it clear that the Government's priority is keeping our country and citizens safe from terrorists. Brandon underlined the importance of defending the right to free speech and to peaceful protest, which are cornerstones of British democracy and are alien to terrorists that attempt to disrupt or destroy our way of life.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:15:37 +0000 5211 at Brighter future for Great Yarmouth town centre <p>Last week saw important announcements affecting our town centre that means we can look forward to a brighter future for our historic market place and the surrounding areas.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:31:30 +0000 5210 at Greater Anglia must provide action plan for rail service <p>Yet again Great Yarmouth residents are experiencing a poor rail service provided by Greater Anglia. Anyone travelling to Norwich, and beyond to London Liverpool Street, will know how often there are delays, disruption and cancellations. </p> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:12:54 +0000 5209 at Brandon meets local policing team <p>This was my first meeting with the local police team since my re-election. As a Home Office minister, I am particularly interested in crime and policing issues in the Great Yarmouth constituency. That's why I have these regular meetings with the excellent local policing team, as well as Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable. These meetings give me an opportunity to raise with officers the issues that concern residents in their local communities.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:46:48 +0000 5208 at Brandon guides Brexit legislation through the House of Commons <p>There's still an atmosphere of "the first day back at school" in the House of Commons, as those MPs elected for the first time in the General Election return after the Christmas break. Whilst new MPs are finding their feet they are already voting through the legislation that will ensure we leave the European Union on 31st January. <br /><br /></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:51:52 +0000 5207 at Mercury Column - January 2020 <p>Every dam eventually has to break. At the recent General Election, that dam broke spectacularly. It was so unexpected, most media experts and almost every politician had not anticipated something on this scale. Boris Johnson not only won a comprehensive election victory but now leads a Conservative-majority Government with the biggest majority for any government since 2005. That means we can get on with getting things done, starting with delivering Brexit.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 12:00:36 +0000 5206 at Answers demanded on rail failures <p>Along with other Norfolk MPs re-elected last week, I've joined demands that Greater Anglia provides answers to why their rail service continues to let down passengers in our county. Whilst I am delighted to see new carriages on the route between Great Yarmouth and Norwich, making the journey considerably more comfortable for customers, it is unacceptable that the service is so unreliable. </p> Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:32:29 +0000 5204 at Back to work at Westminster <p>Today the House of Commons convened for the first time since the General Election. The first few days of a new parliament are dominated by administrative and procedural matters, such as electing a new Speaker of the House of Commons. On this occasion, it was a fairly straightforward matter, as we appointed Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who had been elected Speaker just before the General Election.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:52:45 +0000 5205 at Brandon doubles majority at General Election <p>After a hard-fought General Election campaign, called to break the Brexit gridlock in the House of Commons, Great Yarmouth's Conservative candidate Brandon Lewis has emerged victorious after securing election for the fourth time. In doing so he more than doubled his previous majority, to almost 18,000 votes and over 65% of the vote. </p> Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:29:41 +0000 5203 at