Mark Lancaster MP

23 MAY 2017

Tragic Event in Manchester

Flags are at half-mast across Milton Keynes and a vigil will take place tonight at 7.30pm at the MK Rose in Campbell Park. Our thoughts and prayers are for all those affected by this simply appalling attack in Manchester.

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02 MAY 2017

Securing Milton Keynes Future

Both Iain Stewart and I know that it has been a busy couple of years heading to the polls but we need this election now to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond. We have the right plan for negotiating with Europe. The PM will negotiate a dee... Read more >

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26 APR 2017

PM Praises Staff at Milton Keynes University Hospital

The Prime Minster heaped praise on Milton Keynes University Hospital and its staff for improving clinical standards.  The praise came during Prime Minister's Questions as MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart highlighted the hospital's plans to open a new ward, the building of the purpose-b... Read more >

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18 APR 2017

Securing Strong & Stable Leadership

I support the Prime Minister in her decision to call for a general election. The Conservative Party is committed to implementing the result of the referendum that saw a majority both nationally and locally in MK. Since last June's vote, however, other parties in Westminster have sought to frustrate... Read more >

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05 APR 2017

Stampede in MK!

Just in case you missed the stampede in MK shopping centre last weekend. Fifty cows for 50 years, what a spectacular way to celebrate a birthday!  Take a look at our magnificent herd.  Who's your favourite? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04ymhrm

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27 MAR 2017

All Good News at MKU Hospital

Such positive news from MKU Hospital and after a walk round with Joe Harrison, CEO and Iain Stewart MP last week, I could see for myself just why. A purpose built new ward, a new medical training facility, a new car park to accommodate the fast paced expansion and as a consquence of all their har... Read more >

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21 MAR 2017

Ghurka's Longstanding Alliance with UK

A particularly proud moment for me as a former Gurkha officer, was to represent the government this week at the 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Nepal and the UK. I met with Prince Harry, who was representing Her Majesty the Queen, at the Nepalese Embassy in London to celebrate o... Read more >

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17 MAR 2017

Changes for Service Personnel

I am delighted to have announced in parliament this week that the Armed Forces Covenant has made progress with broadband providers for service personnel. Go to my Facebook page to view the announcement. https://business.facebook.com/forceswelfaremedia/videos/vb.1075508185818893/1324385947597781/... Read more >

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15 MAR 2017

National Apprenticeship Show Leaves a Positive Mark on MK

As the National Apprenticeship Show leaves MK for another year, hear what BBC News had to say about the positive impact they've had on prospective apprentices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6yjn8qiKCM&t=66s

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08 MAR 2017

Budget Boost for Social Care

In today's Budget the Chancellor announced £2 billion additional grant funding for social care over the next three years, £1 billion of which will be made available in 2017/18. This is on top of the £900 million made available to councils through changes to precepts and will allo... Read more >

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08 MAR 2017

New Doctors at MKU Hospital

MK University Hospital has welcomed sixty medical students to their new teaching facility this week. The partnership with the University of Buckingham means the number of students training across all departments will dramatically increase to around 120 over the next three years. A new £8.5... Read more >

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01 MAR 2017

Need a Doctor?

I dropped into visit the re-opened Newport Pagnell Medical Centre at Willen last week. Anyone needing to register for a Doctor can contact the surgery as there are places available. Go to http://www.npmc.nhs.uk/

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01 MAR 2017

Flipping Good Time in Olney

Another "flipping" wonderful Pancake Day in Olney. I'm so very proud to be MP in the birthplace of the pancake race and to be part of the 572 year old tradition.

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23 FEB 2017

QPR Lead the Way

QPR FC have joined a growing number of professional football clubs to sign the Armed Forces Covenant. I had the honour of signing as Defence Minister and they're the first London club to sign and hopefully others will follow their lead. The club has already supported a number of veterans to get ... Read more >

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22 FEB 2017

Tools That Change Lives

Think again! Don't throw out those old, unwanted hand tools! On a visit to local charity, Tools for Self Reliance (MK), I met with Steve Brewer Project Manager and Chairman John Moffoot. Based in their workshop in Pennyland, the team, who have been operating since 1989, expertly refurbish old t... Read more >

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20 FEB 2017

Employment Figures Continue to Rise

Welcome news that employment across the UK has reached its highest rate since records began and that unemployment remains at its lowest level for 11 years, down over 900,000 since 2010. In Milton Keynes, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 5,194, a 70% per cen... Read more >

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17 FEB 2017

NO Closures at MKU Hospital

In recent days there have been rumours that some MKU Hospital services are under the threat of closure.  This is totally unfounded and Joe Harrison, CEO of MKU Hospital has issued the following statement. "I can assure you that there have been no decisions made in public or in private about ... Read more >

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14 FEB 2017

Listen Again - Iraq Historic Allegations Team

Listen again to my interview on Radio 4's Today programme to discuss the closure of IHAT - Iraq Historic Allegations Team. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08fsdqt

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06 FEB 2017

Bronze Award for MK Council

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who are serving or have served giving them an assurance that they will be treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. I was fortunate to be able to re-sign the MK Council covenant, not only as Minister for Defence... Read more >

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27 JAN 2017

Superman in MK!!

Interesting fact emerging from the MK50 archives - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was filmed in Milton Keynes. Artist Richard DeDomenici reshot several scenes in 2016. Did you know that?

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27 JAN 2017

Celebrating All Things MK in Parliament

So delighted to be able to share the opportunity with Iain Stewart MP to debate the history, the success and the future of Milton Keynes on its 50th birthday in Westminster Hall. Watch the debate http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/2b44a6d9-535e-437c-9c71-1001b43ce46d?in=16:12:34&out=16... Read more >

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24 JAN 2017

At the Heart of Milton Keynes

Starting with just £50, an exercise bike and 5 members, Gill Robinson, a former Health Promotion Specialist, wanted to develop rehabilitation for patients with heart conditions out in the community and so the MK Community Cardiac Group was born. That was 28 years ago! Now with over 400 memb... Read more >

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18 JAN 2017

Lowest unemployment in over 10 years

Announcement today that unemployment across the UK remains at the lowest rate for over a decade, down nearly 900,000 since 2010. Latest labour market figures show 329,000 more people are back in work in the South East region since 2010. In my constituency of MK North, the number of people claimi... Read more >

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17 JAN 2017

Funding for MK's Road Network

MK Council stands to receive a total of £5.9 million for local highways maintenance in 2017/18. MK will receive £1,346,000 extra on top of the £4,554,000 that it was to receive in 2017/18 for highway maintenance. Of the additional funding, £280,000 will be dedicated to po... Read more >

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11 JAN 2017

MP's Welcome Government Funding for Homelessness

As part of the Government's Rough Sleeping Fund, Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes will receive £623,585 to help tackle homelessness across the area. The Fund will be used to help new rough sleepers, or people at imminent risk of sleeping rough, get the immediate support they need to recover... Read more >

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04 JAN 2017

ITV News - Golden Years!

The momentum is building for the start of Milton Keynes year long programme of events.  ITV News has recognised MK's 50th birthday with a report on our innovative "new town". http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2017-01-03/milton-keynes-at-50-the-making-of-a-new-town/

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03 JAN 2017

Celebrations for MK at 50!

Happy Birthday Milton Keynes! On 23rd January we'll be celebrating our 50th anniversary with an exciting year long programme of events. What a journey! "A New City comes to Life" is a free exhibition that tells the epic story of the UK's most successful new city. Visit Middleton Hall in centre:mk... Read more >

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21 DEC 2016

BBC comes to MK for Christmas

I was delighted to be asked to take part in the Christmas edition of the BBC Sunday Politics Show last week.  The added bonus was they decided to record it in Milton Keynes!.  Here's another chance to watch the interview with myself and Pete Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council. htt... Read more >

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14 DEC 2016

Points of View

The final of the MK School's Debating competition took place last night in parliament with Ousedale School of Newport Pagnell being judged as overall winners. Set in the Grand Committee room of Westminster Hall, Ousedale's team of Grace King and James Winship pipped Alexander Pasha and Jack Rees ... Read more >

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05 DEC 2016

MK Get's Mooving!

Milton Keynes is synonymous for its concrete cows and what better way to celebrate our 50th birthday than to parade fifty life-size cows at well-known landmarks around the city. Herd About MK are inviting the 50 new residents to graze all across Milton Keynes, bringing the biggest arts and charit... Read more >

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05 DEC 2016

Cranfield University Sign Up

I was delighted to be able to meet with Sir Peter Gregson, Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University, to sign the Armed Forces Covenant The government initiative provides organisations an opportunity to demonstrate "a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, including their famili... Read more >

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01 DEC 2016

MKU Hospital - Pursuing Excellence

I am extremely happy to hear of the incredible efforts made by MKU Hospital in achieving an upgraded rating of "Good" in the recent CQC report. This news comes amidst the many positive developments the hospital has seen in the last two years. Becoming a University hospital will encourage and ret... Read more >

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23 NOV 2016

Doubling the Expenditure for Housing

Goverment has announced a massive increase in expenditure for housing. On top of the £3bn home builder fund already announced by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities, the Chancellor announced a further £2.3bn to fund 100,000 new houses in areas of high demand, plus a furthe... Read more >

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23 NOV 2016

Guide Dogs Seek Equality

Always great to see Guide Dogs in Parliament and I have offered my support for their campaign to ensure taxi and minicab drivers receive disability equality training once they receive their licence. Guide dog owners shared their frustrations regarding how taxi and minicab drivers refused to carry... Read more >

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23 NOV 2016

Santa is Missing!

Santa is Missing! Can we find him in time for Christmas? https://communityactionmk.org/2016/11/21/another-santa-needed/

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16 NOV 2016

Chinese Business Opportunities

An insightful workshop has been organised to help you explore the avenues of doing business with China and learn more about current policies. A FREE event on 25th November will be held in conjunction with the China Britain Business Council, myself and Iain Stewart MP.  Register your interest ... Read more >

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14 NOV 2016

The Falklands - Remembrance Day

I had the honour of flying to the Falklands in my role as Defence Minister for Veterans, Reserves & Personnel to attend the Remembrance Sunday service. Whilst I would normally be on parade at Newport Pagnell, I accepted the offer of attending the Port Stanley service in the Falklands in my Mi... Read more >

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08 NOV 2016

Dick Whittington at MK Theatre - Simply Relaxed!

MK Theatre are having a "relaxed performance" of Dick Whittington on Tuesday 3rd January at 1pm. A relaxed performance is suitable for both adults and children who would benefit from a more relaxed setting when attending the theatre, including people on the autistic spectrum, those living wi... Read more >

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01 NOV 2016

The Lost Soldier - Marking Remembrance Sunday

The Lost Soldier installation in Canary Wharf is one in a series of seven pieces of art to mark Remembrance Sunday and the Poppy Appeal Artist Mark Humphrey has placed the art around the London business district with the help of the Corps of Royal Engineers. The trail is free to visit for two week... Read more >

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31 OCT 2016

Vote for Willen Lakes

Could Willen Lakes be crowned the Best Park in the UK?  It's all down to the voting! Willen Lakes have been nominated for the Fields in Trust UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! Award and now needs public votes to win.  A total of 214 parks and green spaces have been nominated across the UK;... Read more >

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31 OCT 2016

Homelessness Reduction Bill

It was a great feeling to watch the Homelessness Reduction Bill get nodded through without opposition to the second stage last week. The Bill has a number of key provisions that will see a duty placed on local councils. The proposal is to support people at risk, enabling them to be able to secur... Read more >

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25 OCT 2016

Firework Spectacular in MK

Milton Keynes knows how to put on a firework spectacle and this year is no exception, you're spoilt for choice!    29th Oct – Milton Keynes Village Fireworks Taking place at Milton Keynes Village Hall the bonfire will be lit at 6:30pm and the fireworks display will start at 7pm. ... Read more >

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18 OCT 2016

Time to Celebrate!

Balloons, singing and the planting of a commemorative shrub were the order of the day at Great Linford Primary School. The school doors first opened forty years ago on 1st September 1976, where the new pupils were greeted by the head teacher Miss Walker, who at the time was required to keep a pun... Read more >

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18 OCT 2016

MP Goes Walkabout

Curtains may have been twitching in Oakridge Park as the team from housing association BPHA and I took a walk through the new housing development. BPHA has hundreds of properties across Milton Keynes and their priority is to support their residents and I believe that the support they offer is of ... Read more >

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11 OCT 2016

New Store Creates a Buzz

An enthusiastic crowd gathered on a chilly autumn morning for the eagerly awaited opening of the new Asda in Oakridge Park. I'm delighted that 47 new jobs have been created in this £1.6 million development. The latest opening at Oakridge Park is part of 606 stores located around the UK wit... Read more >

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06 OCT 2016

Big Lottery Fund - MK Projects

The Big Lottery Fund have told me they're waiting to hear from Milton Keynes charities! There's an additional £4.1 million in the Celebrate fund and grants of between £300 and £10,000 available for the local community. The final deadline for all completed applications is noon, ... Read more >

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06 OCT 2016

True Heroes Racing

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the True Heroes Racing Team last month and being an avid motorcyclist myself, this was truly a great day at the office! Set up in 2012, the motorcycle team was the brain child of serving Royal Navy Warrant Officer Phil Spencer, who has been on several tours ... Read more >

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26 SEP 2016

A Poetic Thank You!

My constituent Janet, called the office last week about an issue causing her some concern.  We were able to quite quickly reassure her and put her mind at rest.  That was the end of the matter, or so we thought. We deal with scores of constituents concerns each week, on a whole range of... Read more >

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19 SEP 2016

Local Farmers Maintaining High Standards

On meeting with local members of the NFU I was brought up to date on a variety of matters within the local farming community. Local representatives of the North Bucks Branch and I met at Woad Farm in Hanslope. One topic for discussion was the possible outcomes from the decision to leave the EU and... Read more >

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19 SEP 2016

US Ambassador Goes Back to School

So pleased the US Ambassador accepted my invitation to MK. Greeted by Headteacher, Sue Carbert, Ambassador Matthew Barzun spoke to 100 students from Ousedale School. An engaging hour of discussions about US and UK world affairs ensued. The visit is particularly poignant as two students have alrea... Read more >

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19 SEP 2016

Books to Africa

Over 100,000 educational textbooks were shipped off from MK last Friday set for thousands of school children in The Republic of Liberia. Ihezie Foundation-Book Relief Africa, based in Kiln Farm, invited myself and Iain Stewart MP, Deputy Mayor Cllr David Hopkins, dignitaries from Sierra Leone and... Read more >

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15 SEP 2016

MK Job Show is Back!

The likes of Santander, MK University Hospital, Elite Hotels, Champneys and the Armed Forces are amongst those showcasing their recruitment opportunities at the MK Job Show at CMK shopping centre on 16th & 17th September. Thanks to MK's continuing record of economic growth the event will attr... Read more >

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14 SEP 2016

Employment Figures Break Records

Both myself and Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South have welcomed the news that the number of people in work across the UK is at a record level, the rate of women in work is at the highest level since comparable records began and that according to today's figures there are 2.7 million more pe... Read more >

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07 SEP 2016

A Birds Eye View of MK

Milton Keynes open green spaces as you've never seen them before. This marvellous footage underlines why its the place to come, live, work and play! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg7g1-1s1oo

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07 SEP 2016

MOD Minister in MK

In my dual role as local MP and the Minister for Reserves at the MOD, it was an absolute pleasure to catch up with the 678 (The Rifles) Sqn Army Air Corps in Milton Keynes last month. Based in Blakelands, the Squadron is paired with 4 Regiment Army Air Corps at Wattisham where it provides ground ... Read more >

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31 AUG 2016

MK Food Fest

As an advocate and supporter of small businesses, there's plenty to see what MK has on offer at the MK Food Fest on Saturday, 17th September. Your taste buds will be tested with local food, from local farm shops, local suppliers, micro breweries plus a generous offering of street food, including de... Read more >

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25 AUG 2016

Thank YOU!

Volunteers are priceless! Giving their time, offering their skills and knowledge for the local community is certainly worth recognising. Community Action:MK are doing just that. Nominations for young volunteers, sports leaders and groups are just some of the categories available. Nominate your lo... Read more >

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05 AUG 2016

Makeshift Office In A Bus Shelter!

You never know who you might meet in a bus shelter! My summer mobile surgeries are always three days well spent and this year was no exception. The first two stops just happened to be hostelries! The Chester Arms in Chicheley and the Old Swan in Astwood. Having stopped in 21 locations in my rura... Read more >

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02 AUG 2016

GP Service is Resumed

Willen Surgery is expected to officially open its doors on Monday, 15th August. A move that will alleviate the immense strain the neighbouring surgeries have been under and I am delighted that after a long campaign we have finally achieved the outcome we all hoped for, the reopening of the surgery. ... Read more >

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25 JUL 2016

Felix Fund - Bomb Disposal Charity

During my 28 years' of military service, I have commanded a Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal Squadron and seen operational service in Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan. So to become Patron of the Felix Fund who support personnel involved in bomb disposal, is a tremendous honour. The Felix Fund provide ... Read more >

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25 JUL 2016

Mobile Surgeries Are Under Way

My summer mobile surgeries have kicked off in earnest this week with the first two stops happening to be hostelries! The Chester Arms in Chicheley and the Old Swan in Astwood. I have two more days travelling around the rural communities.  So if you have any concerns please do come and see me a... Read more >

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21 JUL 2016

Speed Interviews

A full day of "Speed Interviewing" was on the agenda at Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell. Invitations to local businesses and organisations, including myself, asked that we sit for just 15 mins with Year 10 & 12 students to chat about our roles and gain a valuable insight into the world of wo... Read more >

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18 JUL 2016

No Oil, No Grease, No Grime!

The ITAS Academy, based in Blakelands, is a state-of-the-art facility, designed from the ground up meeting the needs of tomorrow's automotive technicians. The 33,000 sq ft building contains cutting-edge equipment, technology and tools sourced from across the world to create an unrivalled learning e... Read more >

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18 JUL 2016

Wolverton Works

There will be a public exhibition on 20th July 2016 to present revisions to the £100m Wolverton Works regeneration plans. Here's an opportunity for the community to have their say. Proposals include new business premises to support current and future rail-related jobs, up to 375 new homes, ... Read more >

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18 JUL 2016

Moving Forward

I am delighted that Theresa May is the next Prime Minister and the new leader of the Conservative party. She is experienced, competent and very much capable of delivering Brexit and ultimately uniting the country. I am confident she will hit the ground running from day one, giving the country the... Read more >

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06 JUL 2016

Brian White - MK Champion

Following a short battle with cancer, former MP for Milton Keynes Brian White sadly passed away yesterday. I am desperately sad to hear the news of Brian's passing. We may have met as political opponents but we soon became friends and shared a mutual passion for MK. Although we often disagreed on ... Read more >

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24 JUN 2016

EU Referendum - Working Together

Following the results announced in the early hours of this morning I accept that Milton Keynes and the UK have made a clear decision on our future relationship with the EU. It was a huge exercise of democracy and it is important that we accept the majority view. We now need a time of stability a... Read more >

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22 JUN 2016

New Set of Wheels for MK

MK's answer to the Boris Bikes were launched last week as around 500 Santander bicycles were made available to hire around the city. The bikes, which have the technology built in to the frame rather than the docking stations like in London, will be available from 40 locations across Milton Keynes... Read more >

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06 JUN 2016

IF: Comes to MK

IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2016 is back for its fourth time. Managed by The Stables, from July 15-24, Milton Keynes' boulevards, shopping centres and parks will be transformed by outdoor performances, digital installations, site-specific events, stand-up comedy, live music and free ... Read more >

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03 JUN 2016

Invictus Games - Inspirational Achievements

In my role as Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans at the MOD, I had the honour of supporting Team GB at the Invictus Games in Orlando last month. Our incredibly inspiring athletes achieved 49 gold, 46 silver and 36 bronze medals, from the 108 team members, which is quite a haul. We must ... Read more >

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17 MAY 2016

Dementia Awareness Week 2016

It's Dementia Awareness Week. Great strides are being made in MK to raise awareness and bring people together, particularly in retail and local businesses. Keeping dementia at the top of the agenda. Show your support this Friday at centre:mk, intu and Kingston shopping centre. For more informati... Read more >

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17 MAY 2016

Calling Inspirational Women in MK

Are you, or do you know of a successful female colleague who inspires you? Nominations are now open for the Women Leaders MK 2016. In its second year, the Women Leaders MK Awards want to recognise women living or working within the MK postcode area, who have contributed to the growth of their own ... Read more >

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09 MAY 2016

Quizzed at MK College

It was back to college for me to meet with students currently studying for an HND qualification in Uniformed Public Service at MK College. Careers in the police, prison and probation service, army, Royal Navy, RAF, Royal Marines, fire brigade or ambulance service are all catered for and it became... Read more >

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09 MAY 2016

Invictus Games Send Off

In my Ministry of Defence role responsible for veterans, I was able to share in the excitement and anticipation with competitors for the second Invictus Games being held in Orlando, Florida. Founded two years ago by HRH Prince Harry, the games for wounded veterans now has over 10 nations competin... Read more >

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03 MAY 2016

Surgery Ends with a Game of Bowls!

I always look forward to my annual surgery at Lovat Fields in Willen. Lovat Fields is a lively residential village which is part of the Extracare Charitable Trust.  The Trust provide independent, safe and secure futures for older people. Whilst I was there I was taken to one side to tes... Read more >

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27 APR 2016

Leo's Appeal - Wear it Blue!

Both Iain Stewart and I are joining up with Team Leo to offer our support to the children's ward at MK University Hospital and taking part in the hospital charity's Wear it Blue day on Friday 29th April. Local schools, businesses and individuals are being invited to join Team Leo and turn MK blue... Read more >

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22 APR 2016

"In Touch" at Oakgrove School

I applaud an initiative by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) which aims to get over one million more school children actively involved in sport. Out on a wet and muddy pitch I met staff and students at Oakgrove School, one of 400 secondary schools taking part in the Rugby Football Union's CBRE All S... Read more >

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22 APR 2016

Parliament Votes to Save Vellum

This week MPs voted to save the thousand-year-old practice of recording public Acts of Parliament on vellum. The debate came after the House of Lords said that in future all legislation will be printed on simple archive paper instead. MPs voted 117 to 38 to approve the motion to safeguard the tradi... Read more >

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13 APR 2016

Students & Opportunities All Under One Roof

National Apprenticeship Show 2016  Take a look at the positive response to the very first National Apprenticeship Show held in MK. It was that good, dates are already confirmed for 2017!  

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05 APR 2016

Taking Action Against Legal Highs

Last month I spoke of our local campaign to eradicate 'Legal Highs' in MK. The first meeting held at MK College, described as a 'Parents Evening', proved to be standing room only with Thames Valley Police, myself, Iain Stewart MP, MK Council, Compass and OneMK presiding. The law is designed to p... Read more >

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23 MAR 2016

Carers Discount Card Launched in MK

Unpaid family carers in MK, of whom there are 23,500, now have the opportunity to register for a new Carers Discount Card. Launched by Carers MK, the card will save carers upto 50% when presented in a range of retailers and businesses across MK. The new card will entitle carers living locally, di... Read more >

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17 MAR 2016

A Budget to Boost Small Businesses

Yesterday the Chancellor announced a number of measures that will be a boost for small business and enterprise. This includes raising the threshold for small business tax relief from £6000 to £15,000, which is expected to benefit over 600,000 businesses. Corporation tax will also be redu... Read more >

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14 MAR 2016

MK Welcomes the Apprenticeship Show

The first National Apprenticeship Show opened its doors this morning and I was thrilled to see first-hand the influx of students, teachers and parents besiege the national and international companies showcasing the apprenticeships on offer. Held at Arena MK, it was an impressive start to the two ... Read more >

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10 MAR 2016

Hazel's Ambulance Hits the Road

The Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club have been tirelessly fundraising for Willen Hospice to fund a new ambulance for their patients. 'Hazel's Ambulance Appeal' was run in memory of Rotarian Brian Stuart's wife Hazel who was cared for at the Hospice. Raising over £36,000 they were... Read more >

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02 MAR 2016

Reassuring Message for Olney

In light of a recent report stating that Olney is the 20th most likely place in Britain to be burgled, I wrote to the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police for clarification and what will be done in response. I'd like to share with you his reassuring reply to my concerns.  https://bus... Read more >

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01 MAR 2016

Cutting the Red Tape - Veterans Receive Compensation

People often ask me why I got into politics and my answer 'to make a positive difference', I sense to some may seem a little hollow. But this week was one of those weeks when I felt I had achieved my aim. As Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, one of my major tasks has been the implementa... Read more >

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29 FEB 2016

'Not-So-Legal Highs' Campaign

In January this year, Parliament passed legislation banning the sale and distribution of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), commonly known as 'Legal Highs'. The law is designed to protect our communities against the proliferation of 'designer drugs' most of which, at first sight, look very innoce... Read more >

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24 FEB 2016

EU Referendum

I confess to be rather jealous of those who are already clear in their mind how they will vote in the EU referendum now set for the 23rd of June. This date is significant, less than a year ago there were many who doubted it would ever happen, but the Prime Minister deserves credit for delivering on... Read more >

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18 FEB 2016

Flipping Good Time in Olney

A biting chilly wind was not going to deter the school children of Olney from taking part in the 2016 Olney Pancake Race. Pre-school to grown-ups all braved the cold to take part in the ancient tradition of flipping pancakes in the high street. Dating back to 1445 the event draws international me... Read more >

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17 FEB 2016

Backing Small Businesses

I was very pleased to see first-hand some of the local small businesses operating in Central Milton Keynes, Fishermead and Wolverton recently. I was very impressed by the entrepreneurial motivation behind each business, despite being dealt a number of challenges along the way. On a positive note,... Read more >

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15 FEB 2016

First National Apprenticeship Show comes to MK

Thousands of would be apprentices will be converging on Arena MK for the very first National Apprenticeship Show. This is a great opportunity to learn about the wide range of apprenticeships and training programmes on offer from over 100 national and international employers. MK will welcome 2,900... Read more >

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02 FEB 2016

MK is a "Hotspot" for Jobs

The MK Job Show rolled into town and gave businesses an opportuntity to showcase their vacancies, one in particular had 600 to fill! It comes as no surprise to me that Milton Keynes would be the perfect "hotspot" to want to come and find employment, such variety, diversity and expertise. ITV New... Read more >

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01 FEB 2016

BBC Sunday Politics Show

An invitation to the Cambridge studios of the BBC to appear on the Sunday Politics Show was very welcome. Topics under discussion were the relationship with the EU and our Farming community and the proposed merger of Sixth Form Colleges.  Opportunities also arose to discuss the importance of i... Read more >

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25 JAN 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day

Each year I pledge my commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people. Wed 27th January marks the liberation of the Nazi concentration cam... Read more >

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21 JAN 2016

Sport Relief MK - Up for a Challenge?

What would you sign up for?  Is it the 1, 3 or 6 mile course? Its time to register with your friends and family for the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile on 20th March here in MK. You can even walk it, so there's no excuse! Register now at: http://my.sportrelief.com/search/event/result?id=3... Read more >

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19 JAN 2016

New Year, New Job?

A new year usually brings about thoughts of changing your job or even moving into a completely different career. If that's the case then the MK Job Show will certainly whet your appetite with a wide range of employers looking to offer you exciting new opportunities. Armed with an updated CV, visi... Read more >

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18 JAN 2016

Middleton Primary School - Proposal for Change

Middleton Primary School in Milton Keynes are proposing to form a multi-academy trust and have asked me to help share the information. For further details and your comments to this proposal please contact Headteacher jane.lear@middletonschool.org by 8th February.

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18 JAN 2016

Wanted - Ex-Service Personnel

The Royal British Legion are looking for 15 unemployed ex-Service personnel and their families to produce a commemorative magazine for Buckinghamshire. The project runs for a full year and it's a wonderful opportunity to gain a variety of skills in all aspects of media and journalism. There's als... Read more >

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15 DEC 2015

Girl Talk!

We saw a hard fought all-girl final in our annual Parliamentary Schools' Debate competition. Congratulations to Shenley Brook End School who narrowly defeated Ousedale in the impressive surroundings of the House of Commons. Well done to all the schools in Milton Keynes that took part in the earlier... Read more >

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14 DEC 2015

Oh Yes It Is!

MK Theatre are hosting a "relaxed performance" of Aladdin on Wednesday, 6th January at 2.30pm. So what's a relaxed performance? The show is less formal than a regular performance and is suitable for both adults and children who'd benefit from a more relaxed setting. The afternoon can be enjoyed by ... Read more >

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10 DEC 2015

The Camphill Experience!

Founded in 1981 and based in Willen Park, Camphill MK is an inspirational charity providing homes and support for MK citizens with learning disabilities and those within the autistic spectrum. At Camphill they focus on a person centred and holistic approach for 53 residents in 10 houses. The... Read more >

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03 DEC 2015

Military Action in Syria

I would like to begin by stating that a Government's first duty is to protect and provide security for its citizens. Having served in three conflicts myself and experienced first hand the difficulties of war, I hope you will appreciate that voting to extend our military action to Syria from Iraq is ... Read more >

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27 NOV 2015

Strategic Defence & Security Review

I've welcomed Monday's publication of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). This extensive plan has been devised to ensure that the UK has the resources in place to combat the ever-present terror threat. The SDSR is the Government's main document on defence strategy, which will shape ... Read more >

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24 NOV 2015

French Solidarity

So many across the world have been touched by the heartbreaking events witnessed on the streets of Paris just over a week ago. Both Iain Stewart MP and I have extended our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their loved ones. We've joined the Prime Minister, the French nation, and many others... Read more >

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18 NOV 2015

Top of the Shops!

MK has been voted as the top destination for retail therapy and with Christmas looming there's no better place to shop. A report compiled by location experts CACI places MK at the top of 100 UK retail locations, ranking above the likes of Birmingham, Nottingham and Norwich. MK already has more t... Read more >

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16 NOV 2015

Happy 40th - Ecurie Bertelli

A question posed to me last month was, "Did I want to take a ride in a pre-war Aston Martin?" Who'd turn down an offer like that? What a privilege it was to meet the team at Ecurie Bertelli based in Olney, who I discovered, are the world's leading company in the pre-war Aston Martin trade. Ecuri... Read more >

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12 NOV 2015

Action To Protect UK Heritage

Parliament's administrators are considering putting an end to using vellum to record Acts of Parliament. Newport Pagnell is home to William Cowley, the only remaining company in the UK who produce parchment and vellum which is made from animal skin to document historical records relating to centu... Read more >

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12 NOV 2015

Innovation at Bosch

I was delighted to have had the opportunity to visit Europe's largest manufacturer of home appliances which is based in Wolverton. My visit to BOSCH & BSH Home Appliances gave me an insight into the meticulous attention given when designing their products, from ovens to dishwashers, washers a... Read more >

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05 NOV 2015

The Henry Allen Trust

For many families one of the hardest things to do is keep a sense of normality for families when a child is diagnosed with cancer. It was an absolute pleasure to meet The Henry Allen Trust team last week where I learnt how the Treats and Wishes programme provides a much needed reprieve from the s... Read more >

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05 NOV 2015

Supporting the Poppy Appeal

The British Legion's Poppy Appeal is underway ahead of Remembrance Day on Sunday November 8th. The annual campaign was originally established to support those returning from the First World War. A century on, your donations are still helping today's Armed Forces personnel and their families in mu... Read more >

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20 OCT 2015

LifeSearch "insuring" Jobs in MK

The UK's leading protection intermediary, LifeSearch, has bolstered its commitment to MK by opening a new office on Grafton Gate. I was asked to officiate at the opening which will allow LifeSearch to increase its head count by 15%, to employ over 150 people locally. LifeSearch has been located ... Read more >

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20 OCT 2015

Want a Good Night's Sleep?

A three month trial is being launched by MK company It does lighting ltd. They're looking for 100 participants to take part in vital research to explore how lighting can dramatically improve your health. MD, Lorraine Calcott, is leading the study to establish if LED full spectrum artificial circ... Read more >

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20 OCT 2015

It's Official! MK is the place to do business

New businesses thrive in MK thanks to its location and environment according to the Centre of Cities latest report. The report specifically highlights Milton Keynes playing a major role in helping small business get off the ground. London was deemed to be number one, with MK coming in at second p... Read more >

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13 OCT 2015

New site for life-saving defibrillator

I was especially invited to the unveiling of a life-saving defibrillator at Newport Pagnell Fire Station last week. The public-access defibrillator has been mounted next to the entrance of the Fire Station in Wolverton Road.  Should someone experience a cardiac arrest, a defibrillator can de... Read more >

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05 OCT 2015

MKFM - Listen Again

It was great fun to be in the new state of the art studio on MKFM. You can listen again to me chatting to Darren D about a whole range of topics, from school meals to the Rugby World Cup, by following the link below and selecting Friday's "The MK Breakfast Show", with the interview beginning at 1... Read more >

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02 OCT 2015

MK Dementia Alliance Needs You!

I'm delighted to say that The Dementia Action Alliance is taking huge strides in MK and is working in partnership with businesses and the community.  They've already developed practical actions to support those living with dementia. Hosted by Marion Fisher, Chair of DAA MK, join the team on ... Read more >

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29 SEP 2015

MK Haka - World Record Attempt

Don't miss your chance to be a part of history! Be in Campbell Park at 12 O'clock on Saturday, October 10th, when the Parks Trust team and 5,000 others attempt to break the record for the worlds largest Haka. The Haka is a traditional ancestral war cry performed by the Maori's of New Zealand and... Read more >

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29 SEP 2015

Rugby World Cup - Fanzone

Stadium:MK hosts its first match this Thursday and the Rugby World Cup 2015 Fanzone is coming to Campbell Park. The dedicated family-friendly Fanzone runs from 1st - 11th October where you'll be able to watch the games on the big screens, see some great entertainment, plus live music and take par... Read more >

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22 SEP 2015

Ready, Get Set, Go!

All MK children are being called to dig out their trainers for the very first Kids Run Free event in MK. Children's charity, Kids Run Free are launching their Saturday morning running event at Willen Lake North Park on Saturday, 17th October. The FREE event for 0 – 16 year olds starts at 9... Read more >

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10 SEP 2015

Willen Surgery - Re-opens its Doors

After many months of sensitive negotiations, I'm delighted to announce that Willen Surgery is to finally reopen its doors. Following the sudden closure in 2013, I campaigned long and hard to ensure that the surgery, in some guise, was able to continue providing GP services for the local residents... Read more >

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08 SEP 2015

I'm a Low Risk!

The Diabetes Roadshow rolled into MK with the message that prevention is key! I took part in the Type 2 diabetes challenge and after standing on the scales, a quick measurement of the waist and a couple of very simple questions, I was able to walk away confident that I'd been diagnosed as low ri... Read more >

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28 AUG 2015

Click here for Apprenticeships!

The apprenticeship portal is up and running. The Government's Apprenticeships portal is now available for use, offering advice to employers, apprentices, parents and teachers on all things apprenticeships, including how to write an application, how to employ an apprentice and a list of current va... Read more >

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17 AUG 2015

Rugby World Cup - Web Ellis Trophy hits MK

Coveted by rugby players from across the globe the Web Ellis trophy reaches Milton Keynes on day 71 & 72 of its 100 day tour of the UK before arriving at Twickenham Stadium on 18 September for the opening ceremony of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The iconic trophy can be seen at Daytona, Xscape &... Read more >

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07 AUG 2015

National Lottery investment in First World War Centenary

One year from the Battle of the Somme Centenary, I'm asking communities in MK North to apply for new £4m Heritage Lottery Fund money to explore the impact of the war. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced new National Lottery money to help communities across the UK mark the Centenar... Read more >

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05 AUG 2015

Hearty, Country, Town or Gentle?

The Newport Muster is stepping into its seventh year and Saturday, 12th September is the date for your diary. A day for all the family to pull on their walking boots and explore some of the most scenic and rural locations surrounding Newport Pagnell. Ranging from 2-15 miles, the marshalled routes... Read more >

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05 AUG 2015

Willen Hospice - Regular Giving Campaign

I've joined up with the team from Willen Hospice to support their regular giving campaign. Will you join me? The Hospice needs to raise £3.6 million every year, which works out at around £7 a minute. To keep their specialist end of life services available for the local community, a ... Read more >

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27 JUL 2015

Face to Face at MK Gallery

I came face to face with the work of around 70 talented creatives with a connection to Milton Keynes during a tour of MK Gallery's current exhibition. My visit coincided in the week that MK Council unanimously voted in support of a motion to bid for Milton Keynes to become European Capital of Cultu... Read more >

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24 JUL 2015

MK Fire Engine Reaches New Heights

Everyone loves a new fire engine and both Iain Stewart MP and I had the opportunity to see for ourselves the state of the art turntable ladder based at Broughton Fire Station. The vehicle, which cost £570,000 is expected to be in service until 2030 and was secured in part by a successful fu... Read more >

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22 JUL 2015

Hot Yoga and Birthday Cake!

Sweat Studios, based at The Hub in MK, celebrated their first birthday with owner Kirsty Lowe, who discovered the benefits of yoga 15 years ago. Kirsty opened the hot yoga studio with the aim of breaking down the prejudices surrounding yoga and making it accessible to more people. This is a popu... Read more >

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16 JUL 2015

Newport Pagnell opens its doors for AYME

An MP, two Mayors and distinguished guests joined the celebrations for AYME (The Association of Young People with ME) at the opening of their new offices in Newport Pagnell. Established in 1996, AYME is a UK charity providing support for children and young people aged up to 26 who have ME/CFS. C... Read more >

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13 JUL 2015

MK Hospital - Reaching New Targets

Figures just published for the A&E Department at MK Hospital show that more than 95% of their patients coming to the hospital for treatment were treated, discharged or admitted in under four hours. The first quarter results show that the hospital were seeing an average of 227 patients per day... Read more >

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08 JUL 2015

Out On The Road - Mobile Surgeries

My mobile surgery will, once again be out and about in the rural communities and I'm looking forward to meeting constituents who have any concerns they'd like to discuss. The location, dates and times are listed below: Wed 22nd July Haversham by the School 10.00am - 10.25am Castlethorpe outside... Read more >

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07 JUL 2015

UK's first 'nil-bill' passivhaus opens in MK

I was very proud to officially open the UK's first nil-bill passivhaus in Hanslope, Milton Keynes. Cedar Barn is a nil-bill zero carbon sustainably built home generating three times the electricity it requires, meaning no more electricity bills. The surplus energy is enough to run an electric car... Read more >

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06 JUL 2015

Humanitarian Citizen Award - Could it be you?

Do you know of an extraordinary young person in Milton Keynes North? I'm leading the search on behalf of the British Red Cross to discover the young people in my constituency whose selfless actions have gone unsung. Each year the British Red Cross runs the Humanitarian Citizen Award which is ope... Read more >

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30 JUN 2015

MK Dementia Alliance - Improving Lives

I'm continuing my support for those living with dementia and their carers in Milton Keynes. The forums, which I was able to insitigate in 2014, have started the process of a Dementia Action Alliance for Milton Keynes. A DAA provides a structure which enables a range of stakeholders to be involved... Read more >

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30 JUN 2015

Tunisia - Terrorist Attack

The horrific events of last Friday were deeply shocking and my heart goes out to all those affected. Terrorist attacks such as this are designed in part to divide us, I am determined that as a community and nation we should however do the opposite and unite in our determination never to give in to... Read more >

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30 JUN 2015

"Please Sir, We're Celebrating 50 Golden Years"

A chorus of "Good morning Mr Lancaster" welcomed me to Haversham Village School last week. Celebrating their 50th year on the Crescent Road site, the Head teacher Alison Mears walked me through their interesting timeline of photographs and anecdotes. Back in 1965, one archaic punishment for bein... Read more >

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24 JUN 2015

Supporting Armed Forces Day

Leading by example, I'm very proud to be wearing my uniform to work at the Ministry of Defence on Reserves day. As part of Armed Forces Week, Reserves Day is when reservists are encouraged to wear their uniform to work to help promote, celebrate and support the role of Reservists in today's socie... Read more >

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24 JUN 2015

MK on the First Rung of the Housing Ladder

New figures showing that Help to Buy, the scheme to help people access an affordable mortgage with a small deposit, has helped 423 families to buy their own home in Milton Keynes. Across the country, Help to Buy has now enabled over 100,000 families to purchase their own home; this means an avera... Read more >

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15 JUN 2015

At the Despatch Box

With the General Election almost becoming a distant memory, I've embraced the electorate's confidence and quickly got back to work supporting my constituents in Milton Keynes North. Voted to return to Government for a third term, I was delighted to be called by the Prime Minister to take up a rol... Read more >

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27 MAY 2015

New Vision for RelateMK

Mention Relate and the public perception is still firmly entrenched as being "marriage guidance". Relate MK want to change this opinion and look at ways in which to alter this very outdated view. With over 5000 counselling sessions delivered each year to individuals, couples, families and young ... Read more >

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27 MAY 2015

It's Enough To Make Your Hair Curl!

It was a joy to be able to meet lucky voter, Ro Smith from Sherington and congratulate him on winning £100 to spend at Christos Hair Centre. Ro was randomly chosen from over 350 people who voted in my campaign to find the most popular Independent Shop of 2015 in Newport Pagnell. On meeting... Read more >

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27 MAY 2015

Queen's Speech

Today has marked the 62nd Queen's Speech where she performed the State Opening of Parliament for the newly elected Conservative Government. This inaugural speech wasted no time in setting the Conservative agenda for the upcoming Parliamentary year and a number of of key policies were outlined whi... Read more >

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14 MAY 2015

"Its the best job in the world!"

It's a fantastic honour to be voted once again as the Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes North and I have to say, I think it's one of the best jobs in the world. I do want to express my humble and heartfelt thanks to the voters of MK and having nervously watched the ballot boxes being emptied... Read more >

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28 APR 2015

MK's Greatest Fan

I love Milton Keynes, I like to think I'm our city's greatest fan and it has been an honour and a privilege to have been able to represent you in Parliament over the last 10 years. Over that time I've spoken over 1400 times in Parliament and I'm often teased about my obsession of talking about MK... Read more >

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27 MAR 2015

A Double Celebration for Christos!

It was a snip! Christos Hair Salon have been overwhelmingly voted Newport Pagnell Independent Shop of 2015 by their devoted customers. Mark & Tina Periclis, owners of the salon were over the moon to hear that they had won the accolade and the recognition is particularly special, as 2015 mark... Read more >

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25 MAR 2015

Cast your vote in MK's Business Neighbourhood Plan

On 7th May, as well as the General Election, MK will host the first ever UK referendum on a business neighbourhood plan! This is a plan put forward in conjunction with MK Council and the Central MK Alliance, a group of local MK businesses, to ensure that future developments in MK are aligned with... Read more >

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18 MAR 2015

Budget: Proof we're on the right road

Both Iain Stewart and I are delighted with the announcements made in today's budget, the last budget before the General Election. The Chancellor made some big announcements today including; the Personal Tax allowance rising to £11,000, the abolishment of the annual tax return, 1p off a pint... Read more >

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18 MAR 2015

MP's Surgery Delivers!

Having listened to local residents at Lovat Fields Retirement Village in Willen, I acted swiftly when told that there was a desperate need for a new post box. At my mobile surgery, Cllr Catriona Morris and I heard first-hand how residents in the surrounding area were having to come into the retir... Read more >

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18 MAR 2015

Red Faced for Red Nose Day!

It was a bumpy ride but with a great team effort MK Christian Foundation have cycled 1254 miles from Torquay to Africa! A whole week of being in the saddle has paid dividends for Comic Relief and to date £1896 has been raised by a staff, members of the community, MP's and the Mayor for thei... Read more >

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12 MAR 2015

Minister Celebrates Help to Buy Scheme in MK

I was particularly proud to be able to welcome the Secretary of State for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis to the Barratt Homes development in Brooklands last week. His visit coincided with the announcement of the latest figures for the Help to Buy Scheme. Since the launch, the government-bac... Read more >

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06 MAR 2015

MK Hospital -"Significant Improvements"

A report showing significant improvements at Milton Keynes Hospital has come as very welcome news. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) reviewed eight large clinical specialty areas: urgent care; medical care; surgery; critical care; maternity and gynaecology; end of life care; children and young pe... Read more >

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06 MAR 2015

Latest News: Willen Surgery

Willen Village Surgery unexpectedly closed in April 2013 and I immediately wrote to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, campaigning for the surgery to re-open. Following the last public meeting, I wrote to the Homes and Community Agency to establish the status of existing covenants which c... Read more >

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06 MAR 2015

Royal Mail Need You!

The growing demand to fill evermore apprenticeship schemes has now reached the Royal Mail in MK and I'm delighted to be able to help them publicise their current opportunities for candidates in the area. Candidates are beng invited to apply for a variety of roles between now and the 26th April. ... Read more >

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06 MAR 2015

Pedalling to Africa for Comic Relief

I'm very much looking forward to joining the team at Milton Keynes Christian Foundation on their 1050 mile static cycle ride to raise money for Comic Relief on Friday, 13th March. MK Christian Foundation is a charity initiative co-ordinating a number of social enterprises with the aim of providin... Read more >

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24 FEB 2015

Join me for a Lion Sized Breakfast

A hearty breakfast and a great opportunity to network with MK businesses is being offered by the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity. Vanessa Holmes, the Fundraising Manager, has organised the special event with all proceeds going directly to the charity. I'm honoured to be their guest speaker at this... Read more >

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18 FEB 2015

Who will be Newport Pagnell Independant Shop of 2015?

Who will get your vote for the coveted title of Newport Pagnell Independent Shop of 2015? Milton Keynes is very fortunate to have a wealth of major brand names in the city centre, but it's imperative not to forget those smaller retailers located closer to home. We all know that Newport Pagnell h... Read more >

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17 FEB 2015

Update: GP Surgery for Willen

The Willen Surgery unexpectedly closed in April 2013 and consequently I immediately wrote to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, with 377 names campaigning for the re-opening of the surgery. After many months of meetings and on-going negotiations, I have also, following a recent public meet... Read more >

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10 FEB 2015

BBC Three Counties

Last Thursday I was interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio on the marvellous Roberto Perrone Show.  Click the link below to listen again http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02h1l0m   You can catch me on the last hour of Roberto's show discussing Ed Miliband, the Lib Dems economic po... Read more >

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05 FEB 2015

£178million Expansion Plan On The Horizon?

Milton Keynes hospital chiefs have submitted a capital bid to the Department of Health worth £178million. The bid would see a £40million brand new 'common front door' bringing the current Urgent Care Centre and the A&E together, plus a £100million ward block and a new car pa... Read more >

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03 FEB 2015

In the BBC spotlight

Another invitation to the BBC studios in Cambridge gave me the opportunity to discuss a number of topical issues for the Sunday Politics Show. Naturally, I took the chance to shine the spotlight on MK, take a look and see how I did! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b050b3c7/sunday-politics-e... Read more >

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26 JAN 2015

MK Jobs Fair 2015

Another successful MK Jobs fair was held in centre:mk this weekend. Iain and I were delighted that having instigated the very first jobs fair three years ago, that we've seen the event developing with major recruiters, Santander, IKEA, John Lewis and the armed forces amongst many more at the two da... Read more >

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20 JAN 2015

Its Official! MK Has A Winning Formula

Its official, Milton Keynes has the highest jobs growth in the UK.   The Centre for Cities report is an annual health-check of the economic performances of 64 of the UK's largest cities. The report reveals that there has been an 18.2% growth in employment since 2004, placing Milton Keynes ah... Read more >

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19 JAN 2015

MPs Call For Multi-Faith Communities To Have One Voice

Both Iain Stewart and I will be attending a multi-faith community engagement meeting on Friday 23rd January. The meeting, which starts at 6pm, is being held in partnership with the Milton Keynes Equality Council as part of co-ordinated response to the recent shootings in Paris. Commenting on t... Read more >

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16 JAN 2015

Extra Government Funding for MK Hospital

It's been announced that Government ministers it will provide extra funding to Milton Keynes Council to help move older people out of hospital beds and back in to the community. Bed blocking is one of the big challenges facing the NHS and Milton Keynes Hospital has a large number of patients rea... Read more >

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14 JAN 2015

GP's Challenge Fund

I've given my full support to Milton Keynes GPs and the Urgent Care Service in a bid to attain additional Government funding to improve GP access. A group of Milton Keynes GPs have joined with the Urgent Care Service to apply for funding from the Prime Minister's Challenge Fund. The fund, starte... Read more >

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14 JAN 2015

MK Apprenticeships are working

Positive news to start the New Year!  Statistics show that 1800 young people in Milton Keynes have taken advantage of an apprenticeship scheme over the last twelve months. The breakdown of the most popular schemes make interesting reading, with Business, Administration and Law at the top of ... Read more >

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14 JAN 2015

Investment For MK Infrastructure

A £79.3m investment into the South East Midlands has been given the official go-ahead, with Minister Greg Clark MP signing a Local Growth Deal that will create at least 3,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes in the area by 2021. SEMLEP has also supported three overlapping Local Enterprise Partnership... Read more >

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22 DEC 2014

SAVE THE YMCA EMERGENCY HOSTEL

This Christmas as you prepare to sit down and enjoy your turkey with the family, spare a thought for the many rough sleepers in Milton Keynes who have no immediate family at hand and a warm place to sleep. I have spent the night sleeping rough in Milton Keynes and experienced just how depressing a... Read more >

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16 DEC 2014

MP's Christmas Card Competition with a MK Twist!

The MP's Christmas card design competition was once again hotly contested by youngsters across Milton Keynes. The Year 5 & 6 boys and girls were asked to create a card that represented MK but with a concrete cow twist. Many colourful and creative designs were submitted and the phrase, "Mooey... Read more >

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03 DEC 2014

AUTUMN STATEMENT 2014: Stay On Course For Prosperity

This Autumn Statement shows that our long-term economic plan is working. Four years ago Britain was on the brink. Today unemployment, inflation and the deficit are all falling, while Britain is forecast to be the fastest growing economy of any major advanced economy in the world. This Autumn State... Read more >

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03 DEC 2014

Help to Buy Scheme: MK hits top 5 in the UK

New figures from the governments Help to Buy Scheme reveal that my constituency, Milton Keynes North is in the top five of the UK table. In total 327 constituents in MK North have been able to access an affordable mortgage and get on the housing ladder. These figures, once combined with MK South... Read more >

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02 DEC 2014

Backing Small Business Saturday

It went so well, they're doing it all again! Small Business Saturday on 6th December is going to be even bigger and better. Small Business Saturday coincides with the busiest shopping day of the year and is designed to encourage people to shop locally and celebrate our fantastic independent stor... Read more >

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02 DEC 2014

Mark Gets A Grilling in Westminster

I found myself being interrogated in the Houses of Parliament and the line of questioning was relentless! Students from eight schools across Milton Keynes took part in a Q&A session, pressing meon the Redways and my thoughts on crossing roads safely in busy areas of Milton Keynes. There was ... Read more >

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26 NOV 2014

Council Heed Conservative Calls for New Council Homes

MK Council is set to announce plans to spend £10 million on building up to 100 new council homes following calls from local Conservative leaders. Back in October the City's leading Tories joined forces to urge MK Council to tackle the housing shortage in Milton Keynes by building more council... Read more >

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26 NOV 2014

MKFM - Listen Again

Once again, I had another great opportunity to meet Darren and the team at the MKFM pod last week. We had many things to discuss, touching on local and national issues and sharing my thoughts for the forthcoming election.   Listen again https://soundcloud.com/mkfm/mark-lancaster-talks-h... Read more >

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17 NOV 2014

Another Major Slide in Unemployment

Another positive announcement from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which showed unemployment in Milton Keynes fell by 25% over the last year. Nationally, the ONS also announced that for the first time since 2009 wages are now increasing faster than inflation, easing the pressure on familie... Read more >

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17 NOV 2014

£5 Billion for Elderly Home Care

The Government have announced plans to add £5bn to a funding pot designed to improve home care for the elderly. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said an "army" of 18,000 people would be deployed to deliver the additional services. Another focus of the Better Care Fund is to reduce the number o... Read more >

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17 NOV 2014

War Pensions Secured

Having marked a very poignant year and dutifully recognised those who have fallen, Government has fulfilled its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. From 1st April, 2015 changes to the Armed Forces & War pension schemes will mean that widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of all m... Read more >

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13 NOV 2014

£1 Million for MK Schools

Thanks to PE & Sports Premium primary schools across Milton Keynes will receive a £1 million funding boost to transform PE lessons for thousands of our youngsters. Head teachers have already used the PE and Sports Premium, a fund worth more than £150million a year, which will help... Read more >

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11 NOV 2014

Transparency for MK North Taxpayers

I welcome the announcement that from the beginning of November 2014, over 24 million hardworking taxpayers will start to receive a new, personal Annual Tax Summary. This will set out how much direct tax constituents pay and how that money is being spent by the Government. From now on hardworking ... Read more >

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06 NOV 2014

Mark Pays His Respects

As a serving member of the Armed Forces, I joined around 30 other MPs, all of whom had either served or continue to serve in the military, to take part in an act of Remembrance ahead of Sunday's official national commemorations. With the MPs drawn from across a number of parties, the Guards Chape... Read more >

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31 OCT 2014

EU Demand

THIS week's surprise demand from the EU that the UK should pay a £1.7billion tax for our economic growth is an outrage and I'm delighted that the PM has ruled out paying it. Why should the UK be supporting failed European economies that have not taken the tough decision that we have over the ... Read more >

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29 OCT 2014

Taxi Licensing

The BBC Sunday Politics show invited me to comment on the review currently being discussed in parliament regarding the issuing of licences for taxi drivers.  We need to ensure that those who work in the industry are properly scrutinised and that the procedure for doing so allows passengers to... Read more >

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22 OCT 2014

Employment Allowance Pays Dividends. Are You In?

Since the introduction of the Employment Allowance in April's Budget, businesses can benefit by having £2000 wiped from their National Insurance bill. Many employers in MK have already used the allowance to help take on new staff, hire an apprentice or invest in their business. But there ar... Read more >

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16 OCT 2014

Unemployment Figures Continue To Fall

Yet another decline in the September unemployment figures was announced for Milton Keynes North yesterday. Statistics show that during the month of September claimants have continued to fall significantly. Compared to this time last month, there are now 152 less claimants and overall there ha... Read more >

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08 OCT 2014

Its the Real Thing in MK!

I was fortunate to be the first to take a look at Coca Cola's brand new £810,000 Education Centre which opened in MK this month. The opening marks a total of £4 million invested by CCE in its national education programme since 2011 which to date has reached over 300,000 young people. M... Read more >

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08 OCT 2014

WET, WET, WET!

The Ice Bucket Challenge went to another level when I was invited to tip a bucket of water over 85 year old MND campaigner, Brian Wilson! Brian invited Iain Stewart MP and I to the Peartree Centre for lunch to meet those who live with MND and their carer's. One particular topic was on the agenda... Read more >

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08 OCT 2014

Taxi Licensing Review

Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport has responded to my letter regarding the regulations on taxi licensing. In her letter she states that the Government is in conversation with the Law Commission, who conducted a review of taxi licensing policy in 2011. The recommendation is for a stan... Read more >

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08 OCT 2014

MK Hospital A&E Phase 1 & 2 Underway

Work has started on the £2.9 million upgrade for the A&E at Milton Keynes Hospital. Just last week Iain Stewart and I visited the site to see the first phase, where five new bays have already been completed and a further six are currently being constructed for phase two. The £2.9... Read more >

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07 OCT 2014

MKFM Quizzes MP

It's always great to have the opportunity to be able to answer questions directly from the public and to understand their concerns, either on a national or local level. Darren D posed a variety of questions ranging from if I had any plans to join UKIP (!), what investments are being made in our A... Read more >

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26 SEP 2014

MP Backs ISIL Vote

After todays motion in parliament I have committed to support military action against ISIL. My experience of participating in the Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts has resulted in me setting a pretty high bar before I am prepared to commit our troops to war. A crucial factor today in decid... Read more >

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23 SEP 2014

Graduation at Westminster

MK based Adam Wynne has completed the Barclays Degree programme and graduated at a ceremony held at the House of Commons. The event celebrated his hard work and success following the completion of a degree programme at Barclays. Adam gained his qualification after spending three years working in... Read more >

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19 SEP 2014

Welcoming the 'No' vote - Time for Change

I've welcomed the news that Scotland has voted 'No' in the referendum meaning that it will stay part of the United Kingdom, but I've added my voice to those calling for equality for England. During the campaign all three party leaders agreed that further powers should be devolved to Scotland, suc... Read more >

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18 SEP 2014

Unemployment Continues to Slide

More great news! Unemployment figures continue to decline month on month for Milton Keynes North. Compared to this time last year there are now 730 less claimants and 85 less than in July 2014. This news demonstrates a positive message that this government is determined to provide opportunitie... Read more >

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15 SEP 2014

Free Courses for MK Primary Schools

The Tesco store in Kingston are committed to educating our children about where food comes from and understand the importance of healthy eating. I had a great time making savoury pancakes with the youngsters during the summer and hearing that the team at Tesco want to reach as many schools as possi... Read more >

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10 SEP 2014

Thumbs up for Business Start Ups!

Over 150 entrepreneurs attended our initiative to support new businesses in Milton Keynes last month. Over the past year, figures reveal that MK saw 2,200 new start-up businesses and with this positive news, both Iain Stewart and I recognised the need to create a "one stop shop" to provide a soli... Read more >

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04 SEP 2014

Dementia Roadshow hits MK

As you may be aware I have been working closely to support and promote the work of dementia organisations here in MK. Having become a Dementia Friend, I am especially pleased to share the news that the Dementia Community Roadshow will be visiting MK on Friday 12th September.  Stocked with fr... Read more >

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29 AUG 2014

MK Business Start Up & Enterprise Fair

MK start-up businesses and entrepreneurs will be offered a range of free advice and information as part of a new initiative by myself and Iain Stewart MP, launching next Friday, 5th September. As Milton Keynes has proven to be one of the best places in the country to run a business, the event has... Read more >

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20 AUG 2014

MK Hospital - Building Begins

News that the first phase of work to expand our A&E department has already begun is fantastic and a clear sign of the confidence the government has in our hospital. With an election coming, we all know why some people are keen to talk our hospital down, but I always have been and always will ... Read more >

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20 AUG 2014

August Mobile Surgeries

I'm hitting the road again! Every year I make a point of taking my surgeries out to the more rural areas of my constituency and this year is no exception! During the winter months my regular surgeries are held at the Civic Offices but come the summer, I always find it beneficial to reach those who... Read more >

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01 AUG 2014

Medals for MK!

MK continues to herald more and more sporting successes! Our very own, Greg Rutherford, recently winning Gold at the Commonwealth Games and not forgeting the Adcock's, bringing home a hard won Silver for their astonishing performance in the Badminton. I hope that these local heroes will inspire t... Read more >

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30 JUL 2014

WW1 - Lights Out Campaign

I wholeheartedly urge the people of MK to get behind the "Lights Out" campaign to mark the centenary of the start of World War One. Lighting a single candle for just one hour at 10pm on 4th August is a fitting tribute to those who fought to secure the future for so many generations to come. A si... Read more >

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30 JUL 2014

Perfect Pancakes at Tesco!

Savoury pancakes were on the menu for me and youngsters from MK at Tesco's Kingston store for the "Eat Happy Project". The 5-7 year olds (and I!) learnt vital cooking skills in how to make healthy balanced meals in the new series of cooking courses taking place in the Kingston store. The Farm to... Read more >

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23 JUL 2014

Increased funding for MK schools

More positive news from Government with the announcement that schools in some of the least fairly funded local areas will benefit from a £390 million cash boost.  The biggest step towards fairer schools funding in a decade. What does this mean for schools in Milton Keynes? The schools ... Read more >

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23 JUL 2014

The MK Mythical Maze Challenge

School holidays are upon us and I am encouraging all children across MK to take on the Reading Agency's 16th National Summer Reading Challenge. MK Libraries are asking children between 4 -11 years old to read, or have help reading, six library books during their summer holidays. The 2014 theme i... Read more >

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21 JUL 2014

Olney Shop of the year 2014

Who will win the title of Olney Independent shop of 2014? Who will get your vote? We all know that Olney has some wonderful independent businesses and I am launching this campaign to give customers the chance to thank their favourite butcher, florist, grocer etc. and give them the recognition th... Read more >

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18 JUL 2014

A&E Investment

Positive news this week from the Department of Health that the A&E department at Milton Keynes Hospital is to receive £2.9m of investment. Having campaigned to support and fund our hospital for over 10 years it has always been an emotive issue. Both Iain Stewart MP and I have been worki... Read more >

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26 JUN 2014

Uniform to Work Day

As a serving Member of the Army Reserve I joined thousands of other reservists by wearing my uniform to work in the House of Commons to help promote the role of reserves in today's society. Currently serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers I've been a member of the Army Reserve for... Read more >

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20 JUN 2014

Proud to be a Dementia Friend

I've taken a personal step towards helping end the stigma surrounding dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend. I recognised a need to share knowledge and information across all MK agencies working to support those with dementia and so, in February this year, the Dementia Forum was created. The for... Read more >

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20 JUN 2014

The MP, the Dragon's & the Entrepreneurs

A visit to meet the Year 6 children at Giffard Park School by Mark Lancaster MP was as warm as the sunshine last week. The children had embarked upon a 'Young Enterprise' project to set up their own businesses to sell either products or a service and were keen to show me their business skills.he ... Read more >

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11 JUN 2014

Employment Figures Continue to Rise

More positive news for the MK economy as employment figures continue to rise. The number of unemployed in Milton Keynes North for May 2014 was recorded as 2,058. Meaning that this is 662 lower than in May 2013 and 52 lower than in April 2014. Employment figures for the South East continue to rocke... Read more >

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11 JUN 2014

MK Community Urged to Back Child Rescue Alert

I am urging the community of Milton Keynes to get behind two new government initiatives and lead the way in keeping our children safe. The recently launched Child Abduction Hub and a Child Rescue Alert system will issue alerts via email and text message at the touch of a button when a child has dis... Read more >

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11 JUN 2014

Mark Digs In For Scout Community Week

Scout groups across the UK were rolling up their sleeves during Scout Community Week to do something positive and meaningful for their local community. Led by Andy Lane, Beaver Scout leader, the 6-8 year olds of the 1st Middleton Beaver Scout Colony have taken up the challenge and created a spectac... Read more >

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06 JUN 2014

Increased Housing - Great News for MK

Great news for housing opportunities in Milton Keynes. Planning and housing supply has been a hot topic recently and one that has been enshrined in the Queen's speech at the State opening of Parliament. The announcement will begin to add momentum to the Governments already rolling ball. Since Ap... Read more >

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03 JUN 2014

Bucks Biz = Expansion & Growth

An invitation to tour Bucks Biz in Newport Pagnell was yet another clear message that economic growth in Milton Keynes is going from strength to strength. Bucks Biz is a family business operating over three sites in MK; Bletchley Business Campus, Denbigh Business Park and Interchange House, Newpo... Read more >

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03 JUN 2014

Xen Consultants Two Years On

I felt a little underdressed when a colourful celebration of pink and black greeted me at the opening of the new offices of Xen Consultants in Wolverton Mill. This was a welcome return for me, as it was only two years ago I was invited to open Xen Consultants brand new premises and in this time t... Read more >

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03 JUN 2014

Bring Back Our Girls Campaign

Central Milton Keynes was the venue for the first rally of local campaigners aimed at raising awareness of the Chibok girls. In April 2014, nearly 240 girls were kidnapped from their homes and schools in Chibok, Northern Nigeria by extremist group Boko Haram. An international outcry resulted in ... Read more >

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28 MAY 2014

MP's Future Hanging By A Thread

Two MP's futures hung by a thread at the weekend, not because of local election results which pointed to a successful return in 2015, but because of a charity abseil in aid of the Milton Keynes MS Society. I took part in the charity abseil with my wife Caroline Dinenage who is the MP for Gosport.... Read more >

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28 MAY 2014

Mark & Jamie Wrap It Up!

I rolled up my sleeves for Jamie's Italian for Food Revolution Day! Ably assisted by 30 children from Two Mile Ash Primary and the enthusiastic team at Jamie's Italian, I learnt about the importance of healthy food and how to make cooking fun. Armed with instructions and the tools to make a rainbo... Read more >

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28 MAY 2014

Good News for Small Businesses

Welcome news for the much needed changes to business rates for small business owners. The Chancellor has extended the current small business relief provisions for a further year, until April 2015. With the new tax changes coming into effect last month, previously properties with a rateable value... Read more >

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23 MAY 2014

MK Talent about to Rock The House!

Milton Keynes nominees for the MP's Rock the House contest have been selected and are ready to do battle! The artists selected by myself and Iain Stewart will go forward to the next stage, with the ultimate winners playing in parliament for high profile music legends such as Brian May and Rick Wake... Read more >

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15 MAY 2014

Somali TV discuss the Khat ban

Mark has been interviewed by Somali TV this week to discuss the outcome of his campaign to ban the drug known as Khat.   Khat is a plant grown in Kenya and chewed mainly by the East African Community in the UK. It contains the banned substances Cathine and Cathinone. The UK is the only Weste... Read more >

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07 MAY 2014

MP's Duel Abseil for MS Society

Having taken the plunge and got married earlier this year, Mark is now going one step further and without an ounce of apprehension, will be abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on 24th May for the MS Society. Mark and his wife, Caroline Dinenage MP, will be putting their nerves to one... Read more >

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28 APR 2014

Walking & Talking with Guide Dogs

Mark grasped the opportunity to experience travelling around Milton Keynes as a visually impaired person this week. Blindfolded and armed with a white cane Mark very quickly became aware of the barriers visually impaired people have to face. Travelling on a bus to Milton Keynes Central, the team... Read more >

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16 APR 2014

Bosom Buddies - Its A Piece of Cake!

An enthusiastic welcome and a very large chocolate cake greeted me and my fellow MP Iain Stewart when wemet Bosom Buddies founder Pauline Giles. After reconstructive surgery for breast cancer Pauline was motivated to create a greater awareness of the disease and recognised the urgency to educate ... Read more >

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10 APR 2014

Truancy Figures Fall in MK

Truancy falling in Milton Keynes under this Government Mark Lancaster MP & Iain Stewart MP have welcomed the news that the number of pupils persistently skipping school in Milton Keynes has fallen by 26.8 per cent since 2010. In 2009/10 2,025 pupils were persistently absence from school, but t... Read more >

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08 APR 2014

Ground breaking tax cut to support jobs

Mark has welcomed the bold new tax cut for businesses and employers in Milton Keynes North which takes effect from the 6th April. A new Employment Allowance will take £2,000 off the National Insurance bill of every employer – open to businesses, charities and community amateur spor... Read more >

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01 APR 2014

Mark achieves ban on Khat

Mark has expressed his delight at a historic vote in Parliament to classify the plant known as Khat as a class C drug. The vote came despite opposition from Liberal Democrats on the committee who voted against a ban. Mark, who has been campaigning to reclassify the drug after requests from his con... Read more >

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31 MAR 2014

Sainsbury's - A new trainee joins the team!

Where else could you learn to make a pizza, bone a fish and carve a ham in a morning? I was delighted to discover that I was the very first MP to ask to work at Sainsbury's! Working my way through each counter at the Witan Gate store, I was fascinated to learn how much preparation and attention to ... Read more >

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20 MAR 2014

Budget Summary 2014

This Budget is part of our long-term economic plan to give economic security to the families of Britain. HELP FOR SAVERS Make ISAs simpler by merging the cash and stocks ISAs into a single New ISA. The annual limit will increase to £15,000 a year – for either shares, or cash, or a co... Read more >

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17 MAR 2014

BBC Sunday Politics Show

Last Sunday I was invited to the BBC studios in Cambridge to discuss a number of topical issues for the Sunday Politics Show.  It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to be able to speak on behalf of my constituents in Milton Keynes and the government.  Here's the link to the programme&... Read more >

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10 MAR 2014

MK MP's support Business Expo 3.0

       Business owners, MPs and community leaders have praised a Milton Keynes entrepreneur and hailed the success of her second business expo in the town. Business Expo 3.0 was held at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, next door to the MK Dons football stadium and  organised ... Read more >

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05 MAR 2014

Flipping Fantastic!

This was my 10th Olney Pancake Race and it was "flipping fantastic!"  Being a resident of Olney, there is no place I would rather be, this is such an important moment in the town's calendar. The crisp early morning saw many spectators line the streets for the youngster's races, followed by t... Read more >

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26 FEB 2014

Broadband Funding Boost

Milton Keynes will receive substantial funding to provide superfast broadband speed and over the next couple of years £3.18million will be allocated to support homeowners, schools, businesses and the like. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has just announced that there will be an a... Read more >

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24 FEB 2014

A421 Road Improvements

Milton Keynes MP's, Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart are delighted that after a successful bid for £8.81m of Government funding, the plans are now in place to start road improvements on the A421and Kingston roundabout. In creating a dual carriageway, the road improvements will alleviate the ... Read more >

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12 FEB 2014

Primary Schools Are Keeping Fit!

Milton Keynes is to receive a share in the Governments £150million funding scheme to increase sporting activities in Primary schools. This is in addition to the recent announcement that MK schools, over the next 3 years, are to receive over £54million giving them the opportunity to ma... Read more >

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12 FEB 2014

Mark fights heart disease by ramping up the red in pop-up Parliament shop

Mark supported the British Heart Foundation (BHF) when the BHF revealed their first ever pop-up shop in the Palace of Westminster. Mark met shop staff and volunteers to hear how BHF shops raise vital funds for life-saving research. During the visit, Mark added their voice to the call for people ... Read more >

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31 JAN 2014

MK in the top ten!

Great news from Centre for Cities which reported that Milton Keynes is continuously ranked in the top ten cities in the country from housing growth to average earnings. Mark said, "As a city we should be extremely proud of the way we present ourselves on the national scene. We have led the way to e... Read more >

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27 JAN 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day

Monday 27th January will mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history. Marking Holocaust Memorial Day, Mark signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment in the House of Commons,... Read more >

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23 JAN 2014

Papworth Trust is making a difference

A new charity to Milton Keynes has already made a vital contribution to the young, old and the disabled. The Papworth Trust Home Solutions team were in full swing when Mark Lancaster MP went to see the construction of a disability ramp at the rear of a client's home. The Papworth Trust offers ... Read more >

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23 JAN 2014

Unemployment Figures continue to fall

Figures out today show the number of claimants for Milton Keynes North are 720 lower than in December 2012 and 98 lower than in November 2013. This continuing decline shows the long-term economic plan is working. Government has created more jobs by backing small business and enterprise with bett... Read more >

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20 JAN 2014

Mark supports Business Achievement Awards

There are ten categories in which to enter your company and the organisers, MK Business Leaders, are encouraging all businesses to take the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate their successes over the past year. You must register your business before the official closing date, which is the 1... Read more >

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20 JAN 2014

Mark praises the Olney Dementia Project

During my visit to the Olney Dementia project, I was fortunate enough to spend time with the group and in doing so, learnt that the Friends of Cobbs Garden Surgery are working hard to establish a 'Dementia Friendly Community' in Olney. This has been achieved by working closely with local people liv... Read more >

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10 JAN 2014

Two Government Ministers visit MK

  Mark Lancaster MP has been proud to welcome not just one but two Government Ministers to Milton Keynes this week. Baroness Susan Kramer, the Minister of State for Transport, officially launched an all-electric bus route in Milton Keynes and Nick Boles, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State... Read more >

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08 JAN 2014

Let's Rock the House!

Mark is calling for all local musicians to enter parliament's Rock the House competition. Rock the House gives musicians the opportunity to enter their original material to their MP, who will ultimately nominate one entrant to go forward to the next stage of the competition. A panel of industry ... Read more >

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08 JAN 2014

Major funding to increase MK school places

Welcome news that the Government has announced an extra £2.35 billion to create more school places. This is in addition to the £5 billion that is already being spent in this parliament. This means that between 2014 and 2017 schools in Milton Keynes will receive £54,243,479. This... Read more >

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07 JAN 2014

Moving into 2014

At the beginning of 2013 we were looking at the possibility of the recession taking a tighter grip on the country, a major change to the welfare system and the continuing task of tackling the unemployment figures. These were just a few notable challenges facing the government and whilst there is ... Read more >

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19 DEC 2013

Mark welcomes £20m Health Funding Boost

Mark has welcomed news that Milton Keynes is set to have a £20 million major funding boost for healthcare over the next two years. The news announced today by the Department for Health, means that the Milton Keynes Clinical Commission Group (CCG) responsible for commissioning many of the heal... Read more >

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19 DEC 2013

Nun Wood Wind Farm refused

Local MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the news that a controversial wind farm application at Nun Wood has been turned down on appeal by the Secretary of State for Local Government Eric Pickles MP. The site which fell over three separate Counties and comprised 12 wind turbines was originally refused... Read more >

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17 DEC 2013

Mark supports YMCA Christmas Market

To be greeted by the aroma of gluhwein and warm mince pices were a welcome treat as I met the team at the YMCA German Christmas market last week. This was my second visit to the YMCA in recent weeks and I am always keen to support all the efforts of the young people of Milton Keynes in anyway I can... Read more >

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05 DEC 2013

City MP Welcomes Defence Discount Service

Earlier this month Mark Lancaster MP met with Defence Discount Service, the only official MOD discount service which represent the Armed Forces and Veterans across the UK. Defence Discount Service provides discounts online through its closed group website as well as on the high street through its... Read more >

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03 DEC 2013

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The winners for the city MP's Christmas card competition have been revealed. Nisreen Ghozzal, nine, from Green Park School has been chosen as the winner from Mark's constituency for the North.  For the south, Iain Stewart's winner was Prakriti Mall, eleven, who attends Caroline Haslett Primary... Read more >

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02 DEC 2013

Mark backs Small Business Saturday

Mark is backing the first UK Small Business Saturday being held on 7th December. Small Business Saturday coincides with the busiest shopping day of the year and is designed to encourage people to shop locally and support their independent store owners. Originating in America back in 2010 the cam... Read more >

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26 NOV 2013

Mark welcomes Skills 4 Life training programme to the Jesus Centre

Mark Lancaster MP, met with the MD of City London College at the Jesus Centre in Milton Keynes to celebrate the launch of a new training skills programme. A partnership has been forged with the Jesus Centre to focus on providing training skills for adults over the age of 24 years. The Skills 4 Lif... Read more >

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26 NOV 2013

Mark visits Day Centre

City MP Mark Lancaster welcomed a visit this week to the Jesus Celebration Centre to see for himself the diverse support and services they provide. One project, Cry of the Homeless Day Centre, based in Secklow Gate West, were delighted to have the opportunity to share their stories and to sing the ... Read more >

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26 NOV 2013

Mark visits Buskers Coffee Shop

Mark Lancaster MP enjoyed a musical visit to Buskers Coffee Shop in the Wolverton Park development this week. With regular supper club events combined with live music from local buskers and all food being locally sourced, it is a winning combination. Owner, Martin Wakley, keeps it real and in tr... Read more >

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13 NOV 2013

Mark visits local business Screenetics

City MP Mark Lancaster visited local business Screenetics to congratulate them on their success. Screenetics is a leading supplier in Health and Wellbeing Services to the corporate sector, private organisations and the general public and specialise in giving medical tests with on the spot results... Read more >

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11 NOV 2013

Mark supported National School Meals Week

City MP Mark Lancaster has supported National School Meals Week. Running between the 4th-8th November, the week aimed to raise awareness of School Meals and saw each school child being provided with a meal. Mark visited Greenleys Junior School where he sat and enjoyed, with the children, a healt... Read more >

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07 NOV 2013

Local MPs visit hospital children¬’s wards

Local MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart pledged to support Leo's Appeal this week, after visiting the children's wards at Milton Keynes Hospital. On Friday November 2 both MPs spent time on the hospital's children's wards, accompanied by Chief Executive Joe Harrison and Senior Sister Denise Cam... Read more >

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07 NOV 2013

Mark welcomes the launch of the current account switch service

Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the launch of the current account switch service. The service has been designed to make switching current account from one bank or building society to another simple, reliable and hassle free. The Current Account Switch Service is hoped to help red... Read more >

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05 NOV 2013

Mark visits Concrete Cow Brewery

Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster has visited the Concrete Cow Brewery following its recent success at the Beer Festival at the Buszy. Established in August 2007 the brewery is run by Dan Bonner, who single handed brews the nine different kind of beers. The Concrete Cow Brewery was recently a... Read more >

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28 OCT 2013

Mark welcomes Nick Boles MP to MK

City MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the Governments planning supremo to Milton Keynes to see firsthand how the city is delivering new homes. Planning Minister Nick Boles MP made his second visit to MK this year to tour the Brooklands site in the Eastern expansion area. The visit came on the same d... Read more >

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25 OCT 2013

Mark welcomes new economic figures

Local MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the economic figures which were announced today. This morning, the Office for National Statistics announced that UK economic output has risen by 0.8% between July and September according to the official GDP figures. With unemployment in Milton Keynes at low lev... Read more >

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25 OCT 2013

Mark supports World Milk Day

  City MP Mark Lancaster has visited Emberton School to celebrate World Milk Day. World Milk Day was established by the United Nations to celebrate children drinking milk in school and early years settings on one day of the year all across the world.This Launched in 2000, the day is used to... Read more >

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21 OCT 2013

Mark welcomes fall in truancy numbers

CITY MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed news that truancy in schools across the country has fallen by a third. The news comes after the government has given schools new powers to discipline pupils who are failing to attend school. The number of schoolchildren regularly missing school has fallen by alm... Read more >

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09 OCT 2013

Mark and Iain pleased with good news for commuters

An overhaul of rail fares by the Government could see commuters from Milton Keynes paying less for their tickets. This saving for rail commuters comes about as the Government introduces a wide-ranging review of the railway ticketing system. One important measure limits the ability of train operator... Read more >

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07 OCT 2013

Mark fighting for Baby Clinic

City MP Mark Lancaster is fighting to protect the Baby Clinic currently available in Wolverton. Mark, who has been contacted by a number of concerned residents, has written both to the Secretary of State for Health and to the Community Health Service, asking them to reconsider the decision to close... Read more >

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20 SEP 2013

Milton Keynes MPs visit Oakhill Secure Training Centre

Oakhill Secure Training Centre welcomed Milton Keynes' MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster on Monday to see the work done with young offenders. As part of the visit, they saw how young people are paying back the local community through their sentences. Oakhill, operated by G4S on behalf of the Mini... Read more >

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19 SEP 2013

Mark visits local charity MK Melting Pot

City MP Mark Lancaster has recently visited local charity MK Melting Pot based in Kingston. The organisation, founded by Jade Jaiyeola, works to bring the different communities in MK together to share cultural experience. Food and music are the essential tools it uses to connect cultures and it is ... Read more >

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16 SEP 2013

Mark supports Heritage Weekend

Local MP Mark Lancaster has supported MK Heritage Open Days by visiting local museums. The Milton Keynes Collection which comprises of Cowper and Newton Museum, City Discovery Centre, Bletchley Park, the Living Archive and Milton Keynes Museum, holds Heritage Open Days once a year and Mark was happ... Read more >

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11 SEP 2013

Mark welcomes unemployment fall

NEWS of an increase in the number of those in employment has been welcomed by the city MP Mark Lancaster who has credited this to the growth of British businesses up and down the country. Latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that UK unemployment fell in August. In Milto... Read more >

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11 SEP 2013

MP's welcome £2.7million government funding for A&E

Milton Keynes A&E is set to receive £2.7 million in government funding to deal with any additional demand on services this winter. The announcement has been welcomed by city MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart who launched the campaign with the Citizen for an expanded A&E. Speaking i... Read more >

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10 SEP 2013

Meeting held with new Railcare owners and Secretary of State

MP for Milton Keynes North Mark Lancaster has today met with Business Secretary Vince Cable to discuss the future of Railcare. The meeting which saw Mark, the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills together with the new owners of the Wolverton works, Knorr-Bremse, meet to discuss fut... Read more >

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09 SEP 2013

Mark visits the Urgent Care Centre

City MP Mark Lancaster recently visited the Urgent Care Centre based on the MK Hospital site. The Urgent Care Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7days a week and provides a Doctor and Nurse treatment service for urgent problems. The out of hours service is staffed by local GPs and Nurses for urgent pro... Read more >

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21 AUG 2013

Mark is holding his mobile surgery next week

Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster is holding his annual mobile surgery. Held every year since he was elected, Mark goes on the road and visits the more rural areas of the Milton Keynes North constituency to make sure those who don't find it easy to get into the city centre have an opportunity t... Read more >

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20 AUG 2013

Mark visits HIV charity

City MP Mark Lancaster recently visited Milton Keynes based charity STaSS. STaSS delivers free, confidential and inclusive support services for people infected and affected by HIV and has been running in MK for the past 5 years. Mark was impressed to visit the charity, which has just been awarded ... Read more >

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14 AUG 2013

Mark visits local business Autowerks

City MP Mark Lancaster has recently visited Autowerks Car Bodyshop based in Bradville Industrial Estate. Autowerks was established two years ago by David Marriott and Matthew Scotchford which is a car bodywork business, fixing cars that have issues with their paintwork or a bump in the body work. ... Read more >

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14 AUG 2013

Mark requests meeting with Secretary of State over Railcare redundancies

City MP Mark Lancaster has written to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills asking for a meeting as quickly as possible, to discuss Railcare and the redundancies being made there. Since the announcement of Railcare going into administration, Mark has been working with BiS, the ... Read more >

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06 AUG 2013

City MP visits Cadet Force at Annual Camp

City MP Mark Lancaster recently joined Army Cadets from Milton Keynes on their Annual Camp. The Cadets, who are members of the Buckinghamshire Army Cadet force based locally in Wolverton, Blakelands, Kents Hill and Bletchley, were on their Annual Camp in Sailsbury. Mark, a serving member of the Ter... Read more >

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02 AUG 2013

Statement from Mark regarding redundancies at Railcare

The announcement of redundancies at Railcare today is very worrying both for the workers themselves and the wider community. I am determined to continue to do all I can to support those who have been made redundant and have already been in touch with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure i... Read more >

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30 JUL 2013

Mark catches up with Market Traders

MILTON Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster recently met with the Milton Keynes Market Traders Association to discuss progress they have made since they formed earlier this year. The association, who formed in response to proposals to build a Primark on part of the current site of the Market, are now wor... Read more >

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24 JUL 2013

MPs call for time on nuisance calls and text messages

City MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster are calling on MK residents to make their voices heard as part of a parliamentary inquiry into nuisance telephone calls and text messages. The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has decided to focus on the current regulatory system and its enforcement, the e... Read more >

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17 JUL 2013

Mark welcomes fall in unemployment

NEWS of an increase in the number of those in employment has been welcomed by the city MP Mark Lancaster who has credited this to the growth of British businesses up and down the country. Latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that UK unemployment fell in June. In Milton ... Read more >

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15 JUL 2013

Mark backs FSB¬’s Top Tips for online business security

City MP Mark Lancaster has urged businesses to think about cyber security. The Federation of Small Businesses recently published a report, Cyber security and fraud: the impact on small businesses, which shows that cyber crime costs its members around £785 million per year as they fall victim ... Read more >

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12 JUL 2013

MP's impressed by Age UK venture

City MP's Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart have visited Age UK to hear about their Take Home and Settle scheme. Age UK have been working with MK Hospital to try and reduce the number of elderly people who are avoidably being admitted to hospital. The scheme has seen employees of Age UK based at the... Read more >

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08 JUL 2013

Mark backs National Transplant Week

Local MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed National Transplant Week. National Transplant Week aims to raise awareness of Organ Donation by encouraging people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and talk to family and friends about your wishes. The need for organ donation is expected to rise as there is... Read more >

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03 JUL 2013

MP Mark's Campaign to Ban Khat set to become Law

Mark Lancaster MP is celebrating the news that his 4 year campaign to get the drug Khat banned has proved to be a success following the Governments decision today to classify the drug as a class C substance. Mark's campaign started when he was contacted several years ago by members of the Somalian ... Read more >

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02 JUL 2013

Mark opens new Post Office

Mark recently attended the opening of the new Milton Keynes Post Office, which has undergone a major refurbishment at a new location. To celebrate the launch of the new open-plan Crown Office, Mark joined Branch Manager Deborah Penwarne. Moving the branch has enabled the Post Office to offer servi... Read more >

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01 JUL 2013

Mark and the Mayor welcomes Solider home

LOCAL MP Mark Lancaster and Mayor Brian White have received a plaque from City resident Gunner Frank Apeadu to mark his return from Afghanistan.. Frank, who comes from Milton Keynes and is a Gunner with 32 Royal Artillery Regiment based in Salisbury has been on two tours in Afghanistan and one of I... Read more >

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27 JUN 2013

Mark highlights work of new charity Healthwatch

LOCAL MP Mark Lancaster has added his support to the new charity Healthwatch. Healthwatch, who launched in April, have taken the place of Link. They are an independent patients watchdog who confidentially log complaints about the Health and Social Care services in Milton Keynes and report any tren... Read more >

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26 JUN 2013

MP welcomes Spending Review

Local MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the Chancellor's Spending Round for 2015/16. When the Government came into power it had to address one of the biggest economic crises since the Second World War. While it is never straightforward, Britain is moving out of intensive care – from rescue to re... Read more >

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26 JUN 2013

City MP speaks out for residents in Wolverton

City MP Mark Lancaster has spoken up for residents in Wolverton. Mark has been contacted by numerous residents from Wolverton dismayed at the announced closure of the Nationwide branch in the town. Concerned by the impact it will have on the high street, for which there are currently plans to rege... Read more >

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24 JUN 2013

Mark asks people to support Armed Forces Week

LOCAL MP Mark Lancaster has called for residents in Milton Keynes to support Armed Forces Week. Running from the 24th June and culminating on Saturday for Armed Forces Day, the week aims to raise awareness, celebrate and commemorate the work done by our armed forces. With two TA units in our city ... Read more >

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18 JUN 2013

Mark criticises Labour's plans to hit pensioners

Research by local MP Mark Lancaster has shown that Labour's plan to cut pensions would hit 33,470 pensioners in Milton Keynes, many of whom depend on their Basic State Pension to pay their bills and put food on the table. Labour have revealed that in their plans they would chosen to cap pensions ra... Read more >

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12 JUN 2013

Mark backs campaign for a referendum on the EU

Local MP Mark Lancaster has added his weight to the "Let Britain Decide" campaign. The "Let Britain Decide" campaign has been launched to unite people of different political persuasions behind allowing the British people a chance to have their say on the UK's relationship with Europe through a refe... Read more >

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10 JUN 2013

Mark welcomes commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War

City MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed an announcement of events which are to be held next year to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. The announcement from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, will see school children visit the battlefields, a service of commemoration at... Read more >

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07 JUN 2013

Mark Lancaster MP welcomes greater say for local communities over wind farms

City MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed changes introduced by the government to give local people a greater say over the building of wind farms in their community. The announcement today will see a shift in the balance of power to local communities in deciding whether to agree to onshore wind proposa... Read more >

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06 JUN 2013

City MPs hold emergency meeting after mosque attack

Following the recent suspected arson attack on a local mosque, City MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster held an emergency meeting with a packed room of forty community leaders to reassure and ease any tensions. Also in attendance were senior representatives from Thames Valley Police who were roundl... Read more >

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05 JUN 2013

Local MP Mark Lancaster supports carers in Milton Keynes

CITY MP Mark Lancaster has offered his support to Carers Week which is taking place next week on the 10th-16th June. Carers Week is a national campaign which tries to highlight and celebrate the work 6.5million carers do on a daily basis in the UK. In 2013 Carers Week will be focusing on whether t... Read more >

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04 JUN 2013

Mark gets stuck in with a local litter pick

City MP Mark Lancaster recently rolled up his sleeves and joined Great Linford Parish Council on a Tidy Up morning around the local shops. Helping with the litter pick, Mark was staggered by the amount of rubbish in the area which after a mornings work came to 5 buckets of glass, 9 bags of recyclin... Read more >

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04 JUN 2013

Mark welcomes cheaper Energy Bills

City MP Mark Lancaster has praised the news that the Energy Bill passed through parliament recently, will save families in Milton Keynes up to £158 on their utility bills. The bill has bought measures in to help people switch to the cheapest tariff their energy company offers. The most vulner... Read more >

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03 JUN 2013

City MPs welcome J13 improvements

City MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster have welcomed a large Government investment in Milton Keynes roads. £10m will be spent to dual the A421 from J13 of the M1 into Milton Keynes and make improvements to the Kingston roundabout to improve traffic flows. This investment forms part of the ... Read more >

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30 MAY 2013

Mark calls on charities to bid for grants to help reduce global poverty

MARK Lancaster MP is encouraging charities and not-for-profit groups in Milton Keynes to bid for money from a £4m fund to support efforts to reduce global poverty. The Global Poverty Action Fund's Community Partnership Window allows small, UK-based organisations to put forward innovative idea... Read more >

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29 MAY 2013

Local MP Mark Lancaster praises reduction in immigration

CITY MP Mark Lancaster has praised efforts of the government to reduce immigration to the UK. Statistics revealed last week saw net migration down by more than a third since June 2010 and that it is now at its lowest level for a decade. Net migration was 153,000 for the year ending September 2012 ... Read more >

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24 MAY 2013

Local MP Mark Lancaster welcomes new rights for park home residents

NEW rights giving park home residents the protection they need from unscrupulous site owners come into force this week. Park homes offer many people an affordable opportunity to escape to the country, but some dishonest park home operators abuse their position to make a profit at their residents' e... Read more >

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20 MAY 2013

Local MP supports mobility business in 20th year

City MP Mark Lancaster has celebrated the 20th year of Milton Keynes Mobility being in business. Milton Keynes Mobility (also known as Carver Care) originally opened a shop on Newport Pagnell High Street 20 years ago, offering care solutions and equipment to those in need. During the past 20 years... Read more >

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17 MAY 2013

Mark celebrates 20th anniversary of the MS Therapy Centre

The Milton Keynes Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Group have celebrated their 20th year in operation. City MP, Mark Lancaster, attended the celebration at the MS Therapy Centre in Stacey Bushes, which offers those who suffer from MS therapeutic massages, use of an Oxygenation Chamber and Passive Exercis... Read more >

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15 MAY 2013

Local MP's back moves to help homeless people

Homless people are to receive better help once they leave hospital thanks to £10million funding announced by the Government. It is estimated that currently 70 per cent of homeless people are discharged from hospital back onto the street without their health and housing problems being properly... Read more >

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13 MAY 2013

Local MP's back local charity for Sainsbury's award

City MP's Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart have nominated Men in Sheds to be Sainbury's local charity of the year. The Sainbury's based in the hub, who run a scheme which sees them partnering with a local charity each year in order to raise funds and offer other forms of support, opened nominations ... Read more >

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13 MAY 2013

City MP lends support to local education charity

Primary students' attitude to work is being transformed by a new teaching resource 'World of Work', a classroom activity for children aged 9 to 11 where they play cards and talk to real workers. The scheme, developed in Milton Keynes by educational charity Worktree in partnership with primary school... Read more >

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09 MAY 2013

City MP Mark Lancaster welcomed the contents of Queens Speech yesterday

Mark welcomed the speech, which sets out the governments legislative agenda for the year, as it will see further measures bought in to help those who work hard and are trying to get on. With 20 new bills mentioned in the speech, measures to stop immigrants accessing public services that they are no... Read more >

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07 MAY 2013

Minister shown way forward for development in Milton Keynes

Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Cities, Greg Clark MP, was given a full tour of Brooklands in Milton Keynes to see just what is being achieved in the city despite the difficult economic climate. He was brought to see the multi award-winning scheme by city North MP, Mark Lanca... Read more >

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07 MAY 2013

Mark Lancaster MP calls on local schools to take part in My Money Week

MARK Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, has called on local schools to take part in My Money Week (3 to 9 June), giving pupils the chance to learn more about money and personal finance. Every primary and secondary school in Milton Keynes is being given the chance to take part for free in My Mon... Read more >

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30 APR 2013

Mark takes Willen Surgery closure to the top

City MP Mark Lancaster has taken the issue of Willen Surgery to the Secretary of State for Health. Mark was contacted by residents following the sudden closure of the local surgery and offered to hand their petition to have the surgery reopened to the Health Secretary. On handing the petition ov... Read more >

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30 APR 2013

Mark opens Newport Pagnell Post Office

Newly modernised, Newport Pagnell Post Office, 30-32 High Street, Newport Pagnell, MK16 8AQ, was officialy opened by Mark last week. To celebrate the launch of the new style open-plan branch, subpostmaster Andrew Craddock was joined by Mark, who cut the ribbon at Newport Pagnell Post Office. Mr La... Read more >

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29 APR 2013

MP for Milton Keynes North hears about hidden slaves in Milton Keynes

MARK Lancaster MP attended an exhibition in the House of Commons, highlighting the hidden nature of Modern Day Slavery. The exhibition depicted the four different kinds of slavery hidden away in our society. Curtains, doors, drawers and tea chests concealed the stories and photographs of survivors... Read more >

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29 APR 2013

Mark welcomes recorded crime reduction in the TVP area

Local MPs Mark and Iain have given a warm welcome to news that recorded crime in the Thames Valley Police area has fallen over the last twelve months. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that recorded crime in our region fell by 11 percent. Commenting, Mark said:... Read more >

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26 APR 2013

Mark supports TechBacc which will give young people the skills they need to get on

Mark Lancaster MP for Milton Keynes North, has welcomed the new Technical Baccalaureate designed to help young people get the high-quality vocational education they deserve. The TechBacc, announced by the Government this week, will combine three key elements – a rigorous vocational qualificat... Read more >

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25 APR 2013

Mark has nominated a local Indian Restaurant to a House of Commons competition

The Tiffin Cup is an annual competition held at the Houses of Parliament to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country. MP's can nominate the best South Asian restaurants in their constituency to go up against others in the country. Mark has nominated The Four Pillars restaurant in Olney f... Read more >

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23 APR 2013

City MP Mark Lancaster has spent the day working with the Ambulance service.

Mark, who has been spending time doing different jobs across Milton Keynes, has spent the day as an Ambulance man going from emergency to emergency around the city. The South Central Ambulance service which covers the Milton Keynes area, attends over 500,000 emergency and urgent calls a year. They ... Read more >

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22 APR 2013

MP welcomes jewellery business to Milton Keynes

An oriental jewellery brand says Milton Keynes was the 'perfect choice' for its base in the UK. AiJade Jewellery uses jade from the Hetian region of China, the same as the substance chosen by the emperors from the Ming to Qing dynasties. And because jade symbolises peace, Milton Keynes North MP ... Read more >

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17 APR 2013

Mark joins Milton Keynes' bin men in a post Easter collection

The days of the 'bin man' are gone, to be replaced by the modern 'Waste and Recycling Operative', political correctness gone mad, or a true reflection on what really happens to our rubbish here in Milton Keynes? To find out for myself I volunteered to join one of our collection teams in Bletchley l... Read more >

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02 APR 2013

Mark welcomes largest non-food franchise in the world to MK

Mail boxes etc - one of the world's largest franchises has come to Milton Keynes. Conveniently located near the station in Elder house , Eldergate, Mail boxes etc offers a convenient one-stop shop for printing, photocopying, packaging, stationery, mailbox rental and worldwide parcel delivery. No... Read more >

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27 MAR 2013

Mark welcomes new steps to control immigration

Mark Lancaster MP for Milton Keynes North, has welcomed new steps set out by the Prime Minister to ensure we have an immigration system that favours people who work hard and want to get on in life. Tough reforms of all the routes of immigration to the UK have already been implemented by the Conserva... Read more >

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26 MAR 2013

Mark calls for residents to join Neighbourhood Watch Association

City MP Mark Lancaster and Councillor Alice Bramall have encouraged Milton Keynes residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch Association. The Neighbourhood Watch Association brings residents together to reduce crime, the opportunity for crime and also the fear of crime within their local are... Read more >

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26 MAR 2013

Mark holds a Reading Campaign

CITY MP Mark Lancaster has been raising awareness of the importance of reading to school children across Milton Keynes. Visiting over 30 schools in his constituency, Mark has been trying to encourage children to find enjoyment in reading and to do more of it. World Book Day took place on the 7th M... Read more >

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20 MAR 2013

Mark pleased with budget announcements

City MP's Mark Lancaster has applauded moves announced by the Chancellor in the budget. The budget saw personal tax allowances increased to £10,000 a year earlier than expected, the government offer an equity loan of 20% of the value of a house for people trying to get on or climb up the prop... Read more >

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19 MAR 2013

MK primary schools to receive £744,000 to develop school sport

An extra £744,000 will go to primary schools across Milton Keynes to develop school sport, improve coaching for the youngest pupils and help inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future. The money comes from a £150 million Olympic legacy fund announced by the Prime Minister to... Read more >

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15 MAR 2013

Mark supports Red Nose Day

City MP Mark Lancaster is celebrating Red Nose Day today by wearing his Red Nose at his constituency visits. Red Nose Day raises money for the charity Comic Relief which was founded in 1985 by Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry who originally wanted to stop the famine in Ethiopia. Events are being hel... Read more >

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12 MAR 2013

Mark helps secure future for Hodge Lea Meeting Place

Mark  is delighted that after months of deadlock it appears that there is a future for Hodge Lea Meeting Place after his intervention on behalf of local residents. Mark was contacted by Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council and community groups who were concerned that they would have to spend o... Read more >

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11 MAR 2013

Mark believes apprenticeships are part of the ¬‘new norm¬’ in MK

During National Apprenticeship Week, Mark Lancaster has supported the Prime Minister's vision for it to become the new norm for young people to either go to university or start an apprenticeship. Across Milton Keynes 2230 people started apprenticeships in the academic year 2011-12, and another 650 ... Read more >

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08 MAR 2013

Mark calls on residents to celebrate International Women¬’s Day

Mark Lancaster has today called on households, businesses, and organisations across Milton Keynes to celebrate International Women's Day. Conservatives in Government are using this year's International Women's Day to highlight the problem of sexual violence and work to prevent it in the UK and arou... Read more >

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06 MAR 2013

City MP backs Government move to triple Prompt Payment pledges in drive to support small businesses

Mark Lancaster MP has today welcomed the news that in just four months the number of FTSE 350 firms signing up to the Prompt Payment Code has tripled. There are now 126 FTSE 350 firms signed up to the code, with 94 new firms since November last year. Three quarters of FTSE 100 companies have signed,... Read more >

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05 MAR 2013

Milton Keynes North MP backs anti-hunger campaign

Mark Lancaster, the Conservative MP for Milton Keynes North, is supporting a major new campaign, designed to tackle hunger and food shortages across the world. The IF campaign is bringing thousands of people together to put pressure on world leaders to make changes to the broken food system. On Fr... Read more >

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04 MAR 2013

Mark is taught how to cross stitch by Mr X

Mark recently met with Cross stitcher, Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers to be taught how to cross stitch. Jamie is also working with some of the members from MK Women and Work have and the group had been taking part in an international project by Save the Children's called "#imapiece" which Mark was in... Read more >

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04 MAR 2013

MP backs council on wind farm action

Milton Keynes Council appeared in the High Court last week following being Judicial Reviewed by RWE NPower. RWE NPower JR'ed the council following the passing of the Supplementary Planning Document which saw the D5 Policy about wind turbines updated. The policy introduced minimum distances from ho... Read more >

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04 MAR 2013

MP's hold Food Forum

City MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart will be holding a Food Forum at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone on Thursday 8 March. Bringing together food retailers, storage and logistics companies with charities working with those affected by food poverty, the meeting aims to support the work of or... Read more >

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01 MAR 2013

Fairness finally delivered for British HGVs as foreign lorries face new levy

Mark Lancaster has today welcomed the new law to make foreign HGVs pay a levy to use our roads. This week the HGV Road User Levy Bill received Royal Assent and passed into law. With British HGVs paying to use European roads, this Bill delivers fairness for British hauliers, and rights a wrong that ... Read more >

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27 FEB 2013

Mark Lancaster MP welcomes proper recognition for WWII heroes

Mark Lancaster MP for Milton Keynes North, has welcomed the Government's announcement that World War II war heroes who served on the Arctic Convoys and in Bomber Command will be eligible to receive new recognition. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army Mark is particularly pleased that fi... Read more >

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25 FEB 2013

Milton Keynes businesses urged to apply for training fund

Mark Lancaster MP for Milton Keynes North has welcomed further investment to help companies set up the training schemes they need to meet specific skill requirements. £150 million has been put into the second round of the Employee Ownership Pilot (EOP), a scheme designed to get funding direct... Read more >

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22 FEB 2013

Mark Lancaster getting households a fair deal on their energy bills

CHEAPER energy bills for people across Milton Keynes came one step closer today with Ofgem's reforms to the energy market. These reforms follow the plans set out by the Prime Minister last year to ensure consumers get the cheapest deal. Ofgem's reforms endorse the proposals in the Government's Ener... Read more >

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19 FEB 2013

Mark supports FutureLearn expansion

CITY MP Mark Lancaster today celebrated the news that the Open University's FutureLearn scheme was to be expanded. Based in Milton Keynes, the Open University created the idea of FutureLearn which offers open online courses to all from leading universities across the country. On a trade delegation... Read more >

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19 FEB 2013

MP's celebrate City Deal sucess

Milton Keynes' bid for the Government's City Deal has progressed to the next round. This news was confirmed to city MPs Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster by Treasury Ministers. City Deals are a key part of the Government's objectives of rebalancing the economy and boosting private sector growth. It ... Read more >

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18 FEB 2013

MP's pleased with decision to scrap the Regional Spatial Strategy

THE Government has decided to revoke the Regional Strategy for the South East of England. This announcement is of great importance to local planning decisions in Milton Keynes. In his Statement to the House confirming this decision, local government secretary Eric Pickles said, "Localised planning... Read more >

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13 FEB 2013

MP supports plans to cap care costs

MP for Milton Keynes North, Mark Lancaster, has welcomed plans which will see a cap placed on the amount of money elderly people will have to spend on care. Mark's support comes after the announcement made earlier this week by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, which will see personal ... Read more >

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06 FEB 2013

Comment: Same Sex Marriage Bill

Yesterday saw parliament vote on the Same Sex Marriage Bill. Considering the importance of the bill, it is understandable that I have been contacted by many residents from Milton Keynes asking me to vote one way or another. I hope that my explanation below will shed some light on to why I voted the ... Read more >

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06 FEB 2013

MP's attend debate about the Hazara Community

City MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart yesterday attended a debate in Parliament which saw the persecution of the Hazara Community in Pakistan discussed. With a large Hazara community living in Milton Keynes and having been working both locally and nationally to raise the profile of the problem... Read more >

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04 FEB 2013

MP's Jobs Fair

Young people across the city, and some from further afield, had the opportunity to meet with employers and training providers at a job fair organised by the city's MPs. The event was held at the Buszy in Central Milton Keynes by Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart to link local employers with young peo... Read more >

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01 FEB 2013

Mark celebrates record number of apprenticeships in Milton Keynes

Mark Lancaster has today welcomed new statistics that show a record number of people in Milton Keynes started apprenticeship in 2011/12. The data also has provisional results for the number of apprenticeship starts in the first quarter of 2012/13 – in August to October 2012 650 people started... Read more >

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30 JAN 2013

MP supports Business Expo 3.0

Mark Lancaster MP recently visited the offices of Rapid Sales Solutions (RSS) Ltd, as the organisers and sponsors of the Milton Keynes Business Expo 3.0 to held on the 8th March 2013. Mark met with Victoria Beale, CEO Rapid Sales Solutions LTD (founder and organiser of Business Expo 3.0) and the... Read more >

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29 JAN 2013

Mark encourages people to keep an eye out for the Homeless in our city

MP for Milton Keynes North, Mark Lancaster has encouraged residents to help the homeless people of Milton Keynes. Following the outbreak of cold weather, Mark has called for residents in the city to keep a close eye out for those sleeping rough around MK. With various homeless charities working ha... Read more >

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28 JAN 2013

Mark meets with Market Traders

MP Mark Lancaster met over 100 traders from MK Market  to hear their concerns about proposals to build over their home of 30 years in Market Square, Secklow Gate for the proposed Primark development. Traders said they had been shocked to find out that the centre:mk proposed moving them to a sm... Read more >

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23 JAN 2013

MP to continue the fight for Khat Ban

Milton Keynes MP, Mark Lancaster's 7 year campaign to secure a ban on the drug Khat has been dealt a blow this week, as the Drugs Council have failed to recommend that the drug become illegal. Mark said, 'Having provided a great deal of evidence of the damage this drug wreaks on minority communitie... Read more >

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21 JAN 2013

Mark pleased about extra money for local businesses

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, has welcomed the opening of the next round of Regional Growth Fund applications. £350 million has been made available from the Fund to help companies grow. This is the fourth round of funding, bringing the total amount to £2.6 billion. The fi... Read more >

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17 JAN 2013

Mark signs Holocaust Memorial Book

City MP Mark Lancaster signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons. In doing so he has pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day, honouring those who died during the Holocaust. Sunday January 27th will mark the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concen... Read more >

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14 JAN 2013

MP welcomes cold weather payouts

MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the cold weather payments which have been made this week to residents of Milton Keynes who qualify. Cold Weather Payments of £25 per week are paid by the Department for Work and Pensions to people on certain benefits. The payment is made automatically when the t... Read more >

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11 JAN 2013

Mark welcomes moves to protect Pub Landlords

City MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed moves by government to support local publicans who are being unfairly pressured by pub companies by holding a consultation on the creation of a statutory Code and Adjudicator to oversee their relationship. The government initially instigated a self regulatory app... Read more >

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10 JAN 2013

Mark Lancaster MP: Cutting taxes for 46,101 in Milton Keynes North and capping increases in benefits

New research has revealed that Conservatives in Government are cutting taxes for 46,101 people in Milton Keynes North from April next year. The Government will lift 1,866 out of tax altogether. The Government is reforming Labour's 'something for nothing' welfare culture, by capping the amount one h... Read more >

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09 JAN 2013

Mark Lancaster MP welcomes Start-Up fund boost for young people in Milton Keynes

This week the Government has announced a £30 million boost to Start-Up Loans to create thousands of new businesses and help young people find jobs in Milton Keynes. The Prime Minister's announcement brings the total pot for Start-Up Loans to more than £110 million over the next three ye... Read more >

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09 JAN 2013

City MP delivers Christmas encouragement to Royal Mail posties at Newport Pagnell Delivery Office

Mark Lancaster MP has visited Royal Mail's Newport Pagnell delivery office to pass on best Christmas wishes and encouragement to the postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Mr Lancaster was shown round the office by local Delivery Office Manager Greg Wilde and was introduced to all the pos... Read more >

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06 DEC 2012

City MP congratulates PM for Armed Forces Discount Card

City MP Mark Lancaster, who is a serving member of the Territorial Army, has congratulated the Prime Minister David Cameron on a new scheme which will see the armed forces receive discounts in high street shops. Ahead of his attendance at the Sun Millies Awards, the Prime Minister yesterday launche... Read more >

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04 DEC 2012

City MP welcomes the recognition of Stalking as a criminal offence

Two new laws to protect the victims of stalking have come into force, along with a raft of other supportive measures designed to tackle violence against women and girls. Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: "Stalking is abhorrent. It is a crime that shatters the lives of its victims, a... Read more >

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27 NOV 2012

City MP visits St John Ambulance training centre

One of the City's MPs has shown his First Aid skills during a visit to the St John Ambulance Training Centre in Greenleys. MP Mark Lancaster, who is a reservist with the Territorial Army, joined the cadets in reviving a dummy as part of a taster session. The North Milton Keynes MP visited the cen... Read more >

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27 NOV 2012

City MP welcomes the recognition of Stalking as a criminal offence

Two new laws to protect the victims of stalking have come into force, along with a raft of other supportive measures designed to tackle violence against women and girls. Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: "Stalking is abhorrent. It is a crime that shatters the lives of its victims, a... Read more >

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26 NOV 2012

City MP Mark turns his hand to hedge laying

City MP Mark Lancaster joins forces with The Conservation Volunteers to help lay hedges along one of the city's red routes. The Conservation Volunteers have been organising practical, green activities in our towns and villages for a number of years and are looking for more volunteers to help them t... Read more >

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05 NOV 2012

City MP represents the UK at Falklands Remembrance service

City MP Mark Lancaster will be 8,000 miles from his usual spot at Newport Pagnell War memorial this Remembrance Sunday as he represents the British Government by laying a wreath at the war memorial in Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Britain traditionally sends a Minister to represent the Gove... Read more >

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30 OCT 2012

The future is looking green for Wolverton

The future is looking green for Wolverton as it played host to local businesses looking to make it a more energy efficient and eco-friendly place to live. The Future Energy show was used to launch the E-Car scheme which sees Wolverton pilot the scheme for this Government backed project. Wolverton w... Read more >

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23 OCT 2012

Wolverton given Government backing for renovation

Wolverton Town Team are celebrating after the announcement that their application for £10,000 from the Government's Town Team Partner scheme has been successful. The scheme, set up by the Department for Communities and Local Government, is intended to recognise the effort of those towns who m... Read more >

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17 OCT 2012

City MP highlights the importance of self-examination this Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Local MP, Mark Lancaster, has visited a Milton Keynes business which is doing its bit to raise awareness of breast cancer and promoting self-examination. Over the past year, 61 Milton Keynes' women have been diagnosed with breast cancer through screening programmes which are being run across the Ci... Read more >

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16 OCT 2012

Warm Homes Campaign gets backing from local MPs

City MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart are backing a campaign for free heating help to those who can least afford their energy bills Mark Lancaster is backing an awareness push from Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice, Age UK and National Children's Bureau on free heating help available for the poore... Read more >

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19 SEP 2012

Mark pushes for regeneration funding for Wolverton

Two of the city's High Streets could soon get a Mary Portas-style makeover, thanks to £10,000 government funding. Bletchley and Wolverton were unsuccessful in their previous application for one of the twelve places up for grabs when the Portas Pilot was announced a few months ago. However, t... Read more >

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07 SEP 2012

Mark shuffled into Treasury job

City MP Mark has been promoted to become a Government Minister in David Cameron's first major reshuffle. The member for Milton Keynes North has been appointed as a Lord Commissioner for Her Majesty's Treasury. Mr Lancaster's primary role will be as a senior Government whip managing the Government's... Read more >

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05 SEP 2012

Mark nominates local man for national film competition

Prison Life 2012 by Andrew Brown has been shortlisted for the Parliamentary film competition FILM THE HOUSE, after being put forward by Mark Lancaster MP. Their entry will now be in the running for the national competition and have the chance to have their film screened in the House of Commons in Oc... Read more >

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03 AUG 2012

Mark's Mobile Surgery

Its that time of year again when Mark will be visiting the villages which make up his rural constitency to hold his mobile surgery. Mark usually holds his surgeries in Milton Keynes but for August he will be coming to a village hall near you. Mark said; 'My constituents aren't always able to come ... Read more >

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24 JUL 2012

Local MPs unveil flagship affordable housing development

Families in Milton Keynes are set to benefit from better access to affordable housing following the completion of a flagship development. Local MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart joined Jephson Homes Housing Association at the official unveiling of its Walton Grange scheme on Brickhill Street on F... Read more >

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17 JUL 2012

NHS budget will reflect population growth says Lansley

Mark Lancaster has today spoken in parliament and quizzed the Secretary of State for Health to ensure that healthcare funding in Milton Keynes will reflect the increase in population. Following the publication of the 2011 Census figures, which saw a 17% rise in population in Milton Keynes over the ... Read more >

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10 JUL 2012

MP joins fellow Reservists in 'Uniform to Work Day'

Mark Lancaster is joining thousands of other Reservists in participating in 'uniform to work day' on Wednesday 27th June by wearing his Territorial Army uniform to work in the Palace of Westminster. Uniform to Work Day is a national event when Reservists demonstrate the huge contribution that ordin... Read more >

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10 JUL 2012

International school twinning scheme gets thumbs up from MP

Local MP, Mark Lancaster, is contacting schools across Milton Keynes to take part in connecting classrooms. Connecting classrooms is a new scheme which will twin schools from the UK to others around the world. The scheme will allow schools to collaborate on curriculum projects, interact on an onlin... Read more >

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02 JUL 2012

MP Confirms Screening Review for SMA Suffers

City MP Mark Lancaster has pressed for a review of screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in Parliament today on behalf of his 3 year old Constituent Maya Czerminska of Olney. The call comes as 24 amateur cyclists have travelled from Le Mans to Olney to raise £40,000 for local girl Maya... Read more >

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15 JUN 2012

Girlguiding is seeking new recruits

Girlguiding Milton Keynes are looking for new volunteers to help carry on the tradition of guiding. Mark Lancaster, visited the girls at Heron's Lodge Guide Centre where he saw the Rainbows and Brownies in action. Mark said; 'It was great to see all of the girls learning different things in a fun ... Read more >

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14 JUN 2012

Local charity needs extra volunteers to keep its doors open

A Homeless drop-in centre, which is running to full capacity, is calling for volunteers to help keep its doors open. Open Door, operates a drop-in centre in Conniburrow and Bletchley, serving the homeless community within Milton Keynes. They provide shower facilities and food for the homeless and v... Read more >

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08 JUN 2012

Job club gets the thumbs-up from Mark

City MP, Mark Lancaster, paid a surprise visit to the Wylie Centre in Bradville to check out their new job club. The job club, which opened in 11th May, is run every Friday from 12:30 -15:30 and is supported by Milton Keynes Council and the Neighbourhood Employment Programme. The aim of the job cl... Read more >

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07 JUN 2012

Khat review needs local input

Khat, a drug which is chewed amongst some of Milton Keynes' residents has been the subject of much debate recently. Now, MP Mark Lancaster is calling for people in Milton Keynes to submit their evidence of the harm and social problems caused by the drug to him. The leafy plant is chewed to achieve ... Read more >

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22 MAY 2012

Milton Keynes MP joins fight for muscular dystrophy care

Mark Lancaster has vowed to back thousands of families across Berkshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire who are living with muscular dystrophy and related conditions, after meeting with patients and their families to hear about their fight for specialist healthcare. Mark met with famili... Read more >

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16 MAY 2012

Life skills classes praised by Mark

A school is offering ALL students in Milton Keynes the chance to learn essential life skills as part of a drive to ensure young people leave education with a basic grasp of vital everyday skills, from boiling an egg to opening a bank account. The Webber Independent School has launched a life skills... Read more >

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15 MAY 2012

Mark addresses the House on adoption

Mark Lancaster stood in parliament this week to discuss the challenges facing the adoption system. Following the introduction of the Children and Families Bill in the Queen's Speech, the government has proposed to cut the time it takes to become an approved adopter. Praising the work the governmen... Read more >

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14 MAY 2012

City MP speaks out about M1 roadworks

City MP, Mark Lancaster, raised the issue of the M1 road works in the House this week. The road works have been in place for several years between junctions 6a and 14 on the M1 between Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton. Not only has this had an impact on commuters who are frustrated by the amount... Read more >

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11 MAY 2012

Local MP visits forward thinking supported homeless hostel

Mark Lancaster visited Fishermead Hostel, one of Orbit Independent Living's supported homeless schemes to see how the scheme helps homeless adults to work toward independent living and to learn about a project to fit photovoltaic (PV) cells to the property's roof. With 20 single occupancy rooms,... Read more >

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03 MAY 2012

Khat arrests puts issue back on the agenda

Mark Lancaster's campaign to ban the drug khat was given new impetus today, following arrests relating to the illegal smuggling of the drug and funding of terrorist activity. The seven dawn arrests took place in locations across the UK, including Cardiff and London. Khat, a leafy plant grown i... Read more >

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01 MAY 2012

City MP visits local adoption agency

A specialist adoption agency based in Milton Keynes met with MP Mark Lancaster this week to discuss the current challenges facing the adoption sector. Mark has been raising the issue of adoption in Parliament, pushing for better support packages once an adoption placement has been made. Alison ... Read more >

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30 APR 2012

Mark supports local fundraisers

Mark has met with Drew Puxty and Stewart Wright, two local students, who are planning on climbing Mount Everest this summer to raise money for Childreach, a charity which supports children in developing countries. Mark was very interested in their climb and their charity which helps children in ... Read more >

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26 APR 2012

Mark asks Minister about Adoption Action plan

In the first Minister's questions following the recess, Mark stood in the House of Commons to ask the Secretary of State for Education about the progress of the Adoption Action Plan. The Action Plan, which was published in March, aims to cut delays in the adoption process, making it easier for c... Read more >

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16 APR 2012

Mark calls on Milton Keynes businesses to take part in programme to find the UK¬’s top manufacturer

Manufacturing Excellence from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers offers £20,000 worth of free consultancy to all businesses that enter. Mark is calling on local businesses to get in involved in Manufacturing Excellence 2012, the UK-wide awards programme which not only identifies and c... Read more >

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05 APR 2012

Mark defends hospital record

City MPs Mark and Iain Stewart are disappointed to see MK General Hospital having to defend itself from party political scaremongering. The concern has arisen following a series of press releases from the Labour spokesman in Milton Keynes suggesting that waiting and treatment times have increase... Read more >

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21 MAR 2012

Mark praises police for increase in patrol numbers

Milton Keynes North MP, Mark, has today praised Thames Valley Police Force for continuing to increase front line policing in Milton Keynes. Figures which were handed to the Home Office by Thames Valley Police have shown an increase in the number of police on patrol over the past two years. In 20... Read more >

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20 MAR 2012

Extra capacity for Olympic trains

Commuters from the city will heave a sigh of relief from next month as Virgin Trains provides 50% more standard seats on some of its busiest West Coast Main Line services, including the ones into London Euston. By lengthening its Pendolinos to 11 carriages, Virgin Trains will be providing 589 se... Read more >

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20 MAR 2012

Mark welcomes help for small businesses

Mark has welcomed the launch of The Directory which will help to provide sources of commercial finance for small businesses. The Directory which has been set up as an alternative to conventional bank loans or overdrafts, which some small businesses may have difficulty in securing, by offering le... Read more >

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19 MAR 2012

Boutique 73 impresses Mark

The corridors of Westminster are a long way from the catwalks of Paris and Milan, but this week Mark paid a visit to MK's own fashion powerhouse, Boutique 73. The two clothing stores, situated on Church Street and Stratford Road in Wolverton, have gone from strength to strength since first openi... Read more >

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15 MAR 2012

Mark receives honour from David Cameron

City MP and qualified bomb disposal expert, Mark Lancaster, has been honoured by Prime Minister David Cameron for his 23 years of service in the Territorial Army. He was awarded the Volunteer Reserve Service Medal at a ceremony in Downing Street this week. The experienced serviceman said of the ... Read more >

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14 MAR 2012

MPs complete Westminster Mile for Sport Relief

City MPs Mark and Iain Stewart are trying to encourage people to take part in the Sport Relief Mile. The MP's for Milton Keynes have taken part in the "Westminster Mile" which saw 40 MP's and Lords and Ladies run a mile around St James Park in London. The "Westminster Mile" was organised by Spor... Read more >

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12 MAR 2012

Mark supports NewBuy scheme

Mark has come out in support of the new opportunities for aspiring home owners. Following an announcement by the Min ister for Housing and Local Government, Mark has expressed his delight regarding the NewBuy scheme which will see people in Milton Keynes able to buy their own new home. The sche... Read more >

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09 MAR 2012

Coach commute to London for Mark

Mark used the City's coach way for the first time this week when he took his usual commuter journey to London on a National Express coach. The National Express Coach way has been open for just over a year now and has seen over a million customers through its doors. Mark helped to celebrate the c... Read more >

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08 MAR 2012

Mark welcomed two Ministers to Milton Keynes

THE city played host to big hitters from the Government this week when the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, and his Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, each made a whistle-stop visit to Milton Keynes. MPs Mark and Iain Stewart used the opportunity of the visits to dis... Read more >

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01 MAR 2012

Mark welcomes faster trains from Milton Keynes to London

Mark and Iain Stewart MP have welcomed news that commuters from Milton Keynes are on track to benefit from additional capacity on much faster train journeys into London. In a letter to both MPs, Rail Minister, Theresa Villiers, confirmed that the Department for Transport has agreed with London M... Read more >

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27 FEB 2012

Mark gets his hands dirty to clear community space

Mark recently joined BTCV on their Milton Keynes Railway Conservation project aimed at clearing spaces on the disused railways around Milton Keynes. Mark joined the Railways Conservation project which was working in Newport Pagnell, to clear shrubs and restore the woodchip path in the park area a... Read more >

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24 FEB 2012

Mark is delighted with 1,000 new jobs for MK

It has been announced this week that Network Rail will bring 1,000 new jobs to its headquarters in Milton Keynes. Mark is very pleased that Network Rail will be creating 1,000 new jobs in Milton Keynes, it is particularly good that they will be in such a varied range of skill sets meaning opport... Read more >

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24 FEB 2012

Mark encourages residents to sign up

Mark has today urged people in Milton Keynes to do their bit for people suffering with life threatening diseases by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. There are 7,698 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the UK, with 10 of those people living in Milton Keynes North. Sinc... Read more >

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20 FEB 2012

Mark receives award from the MK Somali Association

THE Milton Keynes Somali Association have honoured one of the city's MPs for his fight to ban the drug Khat. Mark was surprised to receive recognition for his campaign when he attended the inaugural meeting of the Milton Keynes Somali Community Association, which is the first group of its kind i... Read more >

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17 FEB 2012

Mark is urging more people to become blood donors

Mark recently visited the Lovatt Hall in Newport Pagnell, which holds regular blood donation sessions, to encourage more people to give blood. There is a constant need for regular blood donations in order to make sure that hospitals have enough blood to carry out operations, transfusions and othe... Read more >

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16 FEB 2012

Mark celebrates National Apprenticeship week

Mark was recently invited to Hanslope Park to celebrate the work of apprentices. Mark, who is a great supporter of apprentices, was invited to speak during a celebration of the work the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services apprentices have achieved over the past 40 years. With over 340 appr... Read more >

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15 FEB 2012

Mark is running the Milton Keynes Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 25th March

Mark will be taking part in the Sport Relief Mile in Milton Keynes on Sunday 25th March. Mark will be running the 3 mile course from 11am on Sunday 25th March, so please come along and give him a cheer. Mark has set up a fundraising page to raise money for disadvantaged people in the UK and over... Read more >

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13 FEB 2012

Mark urges constituents to claim free heating and insulation improvements for their home

Mark is urging all eligible constituents to take advantage of the Government's flagship energy help scheme Warm Front, to make their homes warmer and cut their energy bills. The Warm Front scheme - which offers heating and insulation improvements to households living on low incomes – is ex... Read more >

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13 FEB 2012

Young people in Milton Keynes given the Chance to be Chancellor and share their opinions on the Youth Budget 2012

Mark is supporting the launch of Chance to be Chancellor 2012 and is calling on schools and young people in Milton Keynes to take up the challenge to learn about, and share their opinions on, Budget 2012. Run by the Citizenship Foundation, in partnership with Aviva, Chance to be Chancellor is op... Read more >

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27 JAN 2012

Attend your GP practice Patient Participation Group (PPG) to influence your local NHS commissioners

MK Commissioning, the clinical commissioning group for Milton Keynes, is encouraging patients to join their GP practice's Patient Participation Group (PPG) to help influence healthcare decisions. Patient Participation Groups are established in the majority of the practices in Milton Keynes with ... Read more >

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27 JAN 2012

Mark is topping of the day at Domino's

Milton Keynes North MP, Mark Lancaster, yesterday visited Domino's at their new headquarters in West Ashland, as the company welcomes a new CEO and growth of 10% over the past year. Domino's is part of the Milton Keynes economic success story, as for the past few years and despite the recession... Read more >

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26 JAN 2012

Mark congratulates JustTextGiving scheme

Vodaphone have developed JustTextGiving which is a method of giving money to charity through your mobile phone. Mark has welcomed this new fundraising method which is free to set up and every penny raised is given directly to the charity. Commenting about this, Mark said; 'JustTextGiving will co... Read more >

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24 JAN 2012

Oakgrove students get tough on their MP

Mark took part in a question and answer session at Oakgrove Sixth Form on Friday, answering questions from some of its Politics students. After a short introduction where Mark informed the students about his role within the government and the constituency, he went on to answer a vast array of qu... Read more >

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12 JAN 2012

Mark speaks out about Khat in Parliament

Mark spoke during an adjournment debate in parliament last night to call upon the Conservative's previous pledges to ban the drug khat. He applied pressure on the Minister to carry out the promised action, which would see tighter controls on the 10 tonnes entering the UK every week, and better su... Read more >

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12 JAN 2012

Mark welcomes extra Virign services

Virgin Trains have announced that they will be providing extra carriages and making additional stops at Milton Keynes Central, which came into effect on the 9th January. This welcome news comes after Virgin revealed that over the past seven years, passenger numbers have more than doubled from 14 ... Read more >

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06 JAN 2012

Mark is delighted that the Olympic Tourch will be coming to Milton Keynes

It has been announced by the London 2012 Organising Committee, that Milton Keynes would be the first of 123 communities in the South East that the Olympic Torch would travel through on the 9th July next year. The torch will be carried by torchbearers nominated for their good work in the communit... Read more >

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06 JAN 2012

Mark has praised the 70% increase in apprentices

New figures recently released show that Milton Keynes has had a rise in apprenticeship starts from 540 to 920 in the past two years. Following an exchange in the chamber with John Hayes, the Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills where Mark pressed for a cut in the red tape businesses need... Read more >

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05 JAN 2012

Mark has welcomed further government investment for Milton Keynes¬’ housing

Ministers have announced that Milton Keynes could expect nearly £4.5million of investment from the New Homes Bonus Scheme. The scheme which matches the council tax raised for new homes and empty properties brought back into use, is aimed at encouraging development. Milton Keynes Council wi... Read more >

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21 DEC 2011

Christmas card competition a huge success

The winner of this year's Christmas card competition was announced at an exhibition at MK Gallery. The competition which has been running since 2005 is open to school children to design the front cover and seven finger-print designs on the back of the card, which is then used as Mark's Christm... Read more >

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20 DEC 2011

Mark urges people to get the flu jab

Mark has today urged those most vulnerable in Milton Keynes, including the elderly and those with heart conditions, to get their flu jabs this winter. Patients who have heart problems face a far higher risk of complications should they catch flu. Health officials from NHS Milton Keynes and North... Read more >

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16 DEC 2011

Mark welcomes the £10.1m NHS increase in Milton Keynes

MILTON Keynes is to receive a total revenue allocation of £371 million to fund its local NHS services according to the Health Secretary. In a letter to MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart, Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley informed them of this allocation for 2012-13, which amounts to an in... Read more >

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16 DEC 2011

Stantonbury wins schools debate

TWO of the city's secondary schools have gone head to head in a debate about the future of Britain in the Houses of Parliament. Stantonbury Campus returned to Westminster for the second year running to battle Milton Keynes Academy in a closely contested debate, after it came a close second in la... Read more >

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12 DEC 2011

Mark welcomes alternative to loan sharks and payday loans

Mark has become the latest new recruit to the Milton Keynes Credit Union. The MK Credit Union is a not-for-profit organisation, run by its members, that supports local people to save and access affordable credit. It provides an alternative for people who otherwise may have to resort to doorstep ... Read more >

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08 DEC 2011

Mark and Iain visit Multiple Sclerosis centre

Mark and Iain Stewart have visited the MK Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre to better understand the experiences of people living with the condition. As part of their programme of engaging with the various local health support groups in the city,Mark and Iain, went to meet Roz Heredia, who fundra... Read more >

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07 DEC 2011

Mark quizzes the PM about Nuns Wood

Mark has quizzed the Prime Minister today over controversial plans to develop a wind farm at Nuns Wood near Lavendon during Prime Minister's questions. The site which falls across three local authorities (Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Wellingborough) was assessed by each Authority independently... Read more >

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06 DEC 2011

Hospital makeover gets Mark's support

Employees at John Lewis Milton Keynes have been honing their decorating skills this November, as they take part in a volunteer project to makeover the Children's Outpatients Unit at the hospital. For a week starting on November 27, staff members from John Lewis, as well as the YMCA and Bedford c... Read more >

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02 DEC 2011

Mark welcomes Government Retention of Mobility Allowance

City MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the Government's decision to retain the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance for people living in residential care homes. The allowance, aimed at helping ensure that disabled people retain their independence was due to be stopped in October 20... Read more >

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01 DEC 2011

Mark urges Carers to seek support

Mark Lancaster MP, has lent his support to Carers UK's national carers' rights campaign, urging people caring for ill or disabled loved ones to access all the support they are entitled to. There are around 6.4 million unpaid carers in the UK who provide care support to family, friends and neighb... Read more >

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01 DEC 2011

Exciting business scheme launched in Milton Keynes

Barclays and Channel 4 have launched a new initiative which aims to inspire young people to generate enterprising business and community ideas in Milton Keynes. The Stake, which was launched on the 11th November, will be open to people aged 16-21 to put forward their business ideas for the chanc... Read more >

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30 NOV 2011

Mark welcomes boost to MK businesses in Autumn Statement

City MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the government's plans to introduce a £20 billion National Loan Guarantee scheme to ensure that small and medium sized businesses receive cheaper loans, which are essential to their growth over the next two years. As well as the creation of a new £... Read more >

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28 NOV 2011

Mark welcomes boost to apprenticeships

Mark has welcomed new measures which will ensure that young people and small businesses feel the full benefits of the expansion of apprenticeships under a new government scheme. Milton Keynes North has benefitted from this scheme by increasing apprenticeships by 380 in the past year. In Milton ... Read more >

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22 NOV 2011

Mark Visits Troops in Afghanistan

Mark visited troops in Afghanistan last weekend to see for himself the progress that is being made ahead of the proposed withdrawal of British combat Forces by 2015. The visit to camp Bastion represented a return for the city MP to the place where he served as a soldier on a 3 month tour in 2006... Read more >

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18 NOV 2011

MPs welcome additional funding for school places

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North and Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, have today congratulated the government for increasing the funding for school places in Milton Keynes. There has been an additional £5,282,380 put into Milton Keynes schools to increase school places.... Read more >

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17 NOV 2011

Milton Keynes community health workers recognised at awards ceremony

Community health workers in Milton Keynes were recognised at a special awards ceremony to recognise best practice. The annual Milton Keynes Community Health Services staff awards ceremony took place at Heron's Lodge on Wednesday 12 October 2011. The event was attended by approximately 150 staff ... Read more >

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17 NOV 2011

Mark looks at exciting renovation project at New Bradwell

Mark Lancaster MP has visited one of the top visitor sites in Milton Keynes, the New Bradwell Wind mill. Built in 1817 its one of only a handful of stone built tower mills remaining in the UK, with all the original machinery and sales still intact. However, as Mark saw, the grade II listed build... Read more >

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15 NOV 2011

City MP looks at changes to Campbell Centre

Mark Lancaster MP, has visited the Campbell Centre, to hear from Anna Selby and Mary Ann Monaghan about the changes and developments which the Centre is undergoing in order to provide a service to better suit the public. Mental illness is an issue close to Mark's heart, being in the military, he ... Read more >

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14 NOV 2011

MP supports change to non-emergency police number

Milton Keynes North MP, Mark Lancaster, has today come out in support of the change to the non-emergency contact number for the Thames Valley Police, which has been launched today. The number 101 will replace the current 0845 8 505 505 number, but both will run side by side until March when the ... Read more >

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26 OCT 2011

MP checks on Wolverton Progress

Local MP Mark Lancaster paid a visit to Wolverton Town on Friday to get an update on the progress of the major developments taking place. Wolves chairman Steve Greenwood showed Mr Lancaster around the facilities and explained how the monies, provided by planning gain from the Wolverton Park dev... Read more >

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15 SEP 2011

Mark Lancaster puts police red tape in the spotlight

A city MP has quizzed the government on how police officers can be freed of red tape to spend more time on the streets. Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, asked the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert what the government was doing to reduce the burden of health and s... Read more >

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06 SEP 2011

Mark visits new school launch

Mark was delighted to attend the launch of the new Webber Independent School this week. He met with children from the former Bury Lawn School and their new principal, Sue Vig, before enjoying a tour of the school's refurbished facilities. These included a new state-of-the-art Information Compute... Read more >

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05 SEP 2011

City MPs take first trip to The Quadrant:MK

Milton Keynes's MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart joined Network Rail today to kick off a year-long recruitment campaign to fill hundreds of new roles at the company's new national centre. More than 3,000 people will be based at the landmark building when it opens next summer. While many of th... Read more >

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12 AUG 2011

Mark dons MK Dons hoodie to celebrate young people's achievements

Mark has visited an innovative youth programme, backed by the government and being run in partnership with MK Dons Sport & Education Trust and The Football League Trust. 35 young people have been actively involved in team building and personal challenges as well as planning and delivering p... Read more >

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22 JUL 2011

Mark embarks on mobile surgery tour

Your MP is coming to visit you. Mark Lancaster is taking a four-day tour of more than 21 locations to learn about the concerns and problems in Milton Keynes North. From Monday July 25 until Thursday July 28, Mr Lancaster will park up in the towns and villages in a vehicle, which doubles up as a ... Read more >

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14 JUL 2011

Mark backs campaign to fight biggest cancer killer

Mark Lancaster has backed calls to save lives from England's biggest cancer killer by tackling variations in lung cancer services in England. Your chance of surviving lung cancer depends on where you live in the country, Mr Lancaster learnt when a new report from The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Found... Read more >

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01 JUL 2011

Mark welcomes facelift for Iron Trunk

Mark is delighted that a city engineering treasure is set for a facelift. The Iron Trunk aqueduct, just outside Old Wolverton, was voted by the public to win a £60,000 share of the Jubilee People's Millions. The bid was made by Wolverton and Greenley's Town Council. Mark, who supported the... Read more >

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01 JUL 2011

MPs visit troop supporting quilters

THE city's MPs have praised a local group who have shown their support for Britain's troops using their creative skills. Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart visited the Milton Keynes Group of Machine Embroidery Sewers (MKGEMS) after they created a 'quilt of valour' to in honour of the soldiers who r... Read more >

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30 JUN 2011

Mark responds to snapshot of city's health

Mark has once again responded to a snapshot of the city's wellbeing offered by the latest 'health profile'. The annual set of statistics, which was published today, reveals Milton Keynes's levels of illness, drug use, diet, education and crime. Mark was pleased to learn that deprivation in the c... Read more >

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29 JUN 2011

Mark invites retail guru to Newport Pagnell

Mark has urged a redheaded retail guru to visit one of the city's high streets. The city MP has written to straight-talking Mary Portas, who turns around the fortunes of businesses in TV shows such as Mary Queen of Shops, asking her to lend Newport Pagnell High Street a helping hand. In his let... Read more >

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20 JUN 2011

Health secretary assures Mark over specialised care of city charity

CHANGES to the NHS will protect specialised care provided by bodies such as the city's Spinal Injuries Association, the health secretary has promised. Andrew Lansley made the assurance after a prompt from Mark Lancaster, who visited the SIA last Friday to celebrate its £5,600 Big Lottery Fu... Read more >

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16 JUN 2011

Small businesses need a bigger voice says Mark

SMALL business is big business in Milton Keynes. That is according to a city MP who spoke up for the city's many companies which employ fewer than 250 people, in a special Parliamentary debate yesterday. During the debate, which called for Government support for such businesses, Mark Lancaster ... Read more >

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13 JUN 2011

Mark visits pioneering spinal charity

A CITY MP has visited a pioneering national charity to celebrate a recent grant win. Mark Lancaster went to see the Oldbrook-based Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) following their win of £5,600 from the Big Lottery Fund. Mr Lancaster attended the opening of the state-of-the-art facility i... Read more >

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13 JUN 2011

Mark supports bridge bid for restoration

Mark has thrown his weight behind the restoration of a 200-year-old city gem. The Milton Keynes North MP is encouraging everyone to vote for the refurbishment of the Iron Trunk Aqueduct, which carries the Grand Union Canal across the Great Ouse just outside Old Wolverton. People will get the ch... Read more >

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01 JUN 2011

Mark welcomes school admissions proposals

Mark Lancaster has welcomed proposed changes to school admissions after the current system left pupils waiting months for places or being sent to schools miles from home. The city MP is 'delighted' that the draft new admissions code addresses many of the points he raised in his Parliamentary d... Read more >

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20 MAY 2011

Prisoners must work in order to make prison work, says Mark

Mark Lancaster has called for prisoners to spend more time at work than in their cells. The city MP told Justice Minister Ken Clarke that his constituents are concerned that prisoners are 'not spending their time inside constructively'. His comments come at a time when a new Justice Bill is loo... Read more >

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19 MAY 2011

Mark warns against threat to radio communications during controversial debate

Mark Lancaster has hailed Milton Keynes the home of radio communication as he sought to defend the essential spectrum from the threat posed by new technology. The city MP brought the controversial issue of power line telecommunications devices (PLTs) to the House of Commons during his adjournmen... Read more >

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09 MAY 2011

Mark heaps praise on Hanslope Park

Mark Lancaster has heaped praise on a 'jewel in the crown' of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Milton Keynes North MP was speaking in the House of Commons about Hanslope Park, home to Her Majesty's Government Communication Centre. Minister Henry Bellingham paid tribute to the staff of Ha... Read more >

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07 APR 2011

Mark welcomes millions for infrastructure before expansion

The city is set to receive more than £2.5 million for building new houses. Mark Lancaster and fellow MK MP Iain Stewart welcomed the £2,513,998 given to Milton Keynes Council under the New Homes Bonus scheme this year. Until now, increased housing in communities has meant increased... Read more >

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04 APR 2011

High speed rail would nearly double trains to London

High speed rail would nearly double the number of trains from MK to London, a city MP was delighted to hear. The proposed High Speed 2 line would specifically ease overcrowding on the West Coast Main Line, which serves the city, increasing the direct services to the capital from 89 a day to 17... Read more >

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31 MAR 2011

Mark welcomes help for disadvantaged students

Mark has welcomed a positive steps to provide substantial help for the poorest students. The city MP was pleased that the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), which gave nearly half of all sixth-formers £10 to £30 a week in benefit, has been replaced with a provision which will... Read more >

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24 MAR 2011

Mark praises more money in the pot for potholes

The Chancellor has given Milton Keynes an extra £654,170 to fix its potholes. Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart were delighted that George Osborne committed an extra £100 million to addressing the national pothole problem in yesterday's Budget. Both MPs have been contacted by many co... Read more >

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23 MAR 2011

Budget heralds hope for residents says Mark

Today's Budget heralds hope for the residents of Milton Keynes, according to the city's MPs. The Chancellor's announcement on fuel was particularly welcomed by Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster, who have been contacted by countless constituents affected by the escalating price of petrol and dies... Read more >

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22 MAR 2011

Mark speaks out about intervention in Libya

Mark Lancaster has urged the Government to consider the future of its military action in Libya. The city MP argued in the Commons debate yesterday: "I fear that we have no clear exit at the moment in Libya." The Milton Keynes North MP praised the Prime Minister's swift action against the dict... Read more >

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15 MAR 2011

MP investigates private ops on the NHS

Mark Lancaster is investigating a steep increase in the number of operations in private hospitals that are funded by the NHS. In 2008, five Milton Keynes residents had NHS-funded operations in private hospitals, rising sharply to 319 in 2009 and 2,151 in 2010. The figures came to light follow... Read more >

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15 MAR 2011

Mark receives reassurances about rural bus route

Mark Lancaster has been reassured about the fate of a bus route on which a rural population relies. The city MP was contacted by residents from Ravenstone and Stoke Goldington concerned about the number 36 bus, which links the villages with Northampton, Olney and Newport Pagnell. He wrote to ... Read more >

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15 MAR 2011

The city¬’s MPs have praised a system which holds the antidote to illiteracy in schools.

The city's MPs have praised a system which holds the antidote to illiteracy in schools. Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart observed pupil Saizar McConnell and teacher Helen Stickland's Reading Recovery lesson at Wood End School in Stantonbury. The MPs for Milton Keynes North and South learnt how... Read more >

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14 MAR 2011

MP questions threat to NHS services

The Government is to investigate why reductions to NHS services have been proposed when the city's health budget is actually increasing. During Business Questions last week, Mark Lancaster MP asked for a debate on the subject after there was a consultation to reduce frontline services – d... Read more >

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09 MAR 2011

Mark Lancaster seeks reassurance on maternity staffing

Mark Lancaster has urged the Government to maintain improvements in the city's troubled maternity unit. The city MP put midwifery back on the agenda of the health secretary yesterday (Tuesday) when he urged Andrew Lansley to continue to train more midwives. The problems at Milton Keynes Hospi... Read more >

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02 MAR 2011

City MP praises council transparency

Mark Lancaster has praised the council for publishing all its expenditure – and encouraged others to follow suit. During Prime Minister's Questions today (Wednesday), the city MP highlighted that Milton Keynes Council now publishes all its receipts over £500, asking what was being d... Read more >

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17 FEB 2011

PM promises to look at Millie's case

Mark Lancaster has quizzed the Prime Minister about treatment for a young constituent with a rare genetic disease. The city MP asked David Cameron about six-year-old Millie D'Cruz, one of just 17 people in the UK who suffers from metochromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). Last month the Milton Keyne... Read more >

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15 FEB 2011

M1 improvements to benefit MK, says MP

Mark Lancaster has welcomed the start of road improvements which will better link Milton Keynes to the capital. The city MP is delighted that work on the M1 at junctions 11 and 12 will bring the hard-shoulder running scheme closer to reality. By 2013, the government's aim is to have the hard ... Read more >

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09 FEB 2011

Cut the number of power cuts, says Mark

Mark Lancaster is calling for cuts – in the number of power cuts across rural Milton Keynes. The Milton Keynes North MP contacted energy supplier Eon Central Networks after 2,202 homes in North Crawley and the surrounding area lost electricity on January 9. It followed continued compla... Read more >

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04 FEB 2011

Mark opens new gateway to Milton Keynes

The city's MPs have dubbed the new Coachway a 'fitting landmark' for Milton Keynes after opening the facility. Last week Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart took their first trip to the £2.6 million structure, dubbed 'the gateway to the city'. In stark contrast to the aging building it repl... Read more >

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04 FEB 2011

Kilo coins set to raise money for Olympics says city MP

The Olympic Games are set to be commemorated with the country's largest ever coins, thanks to a city MP. Today Mark Lancaster presented to Parliament his Private Member's Bill, which will enable the Royal Mint to strike coins weighing more than a kilogram. If passed, the Bill will allow the c... Read more >

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28 JAN 2011

Mark visits MK's newest estate

Mark Lancaster has seen the future of Milton Keynes take shape during a visit to the city's newest development. The city MP took a trip to the 360-acre site Brooklands, on the eastern flank, which will see 2,500 new homes developed over the next 15 years, alongside schools, green spaces and re... Read more >

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27 JAN 2011

Mark welcomes report on MK's strong economy

Mark Lancaster has welcomed a report which places Milton Keynes at the forefront of the country's economic recovery. The think-tank Centre for Cities singled out prosperous MK for being better-insulated from the economic impact of the spending squeeze. Mr Lancaster and fellow MK MP Iain Stewa... Read more >

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27 JAN 2011

There is a light for city commuters

There is light at the end of the tunnel for Milton Keynes commuters. That is according to the Secretary of State for Transport who was quizzed by city MP Mark Lancaster today (Thursday). Mr Lancaster told Philip Hammond that despite investment in the West Coast Main Line (WCML) in MK, this ha... Read more >

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18 JAN 2011

Pro peace MP views Gaza exhibition

A thought-provoking exhibition depicting the turbulence in Gaza 'makes the most powerful case for peace', Mark Lancaster has said. On Friday, he went to see Loss of Innocence, a display which comprises children's pictures of the 2009 upheaval in the city. The Central Library display, put on b... Read more >

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17 JAN 2011

Mark celebrates school's improvement

Mark Lancaster has praised a secondary school which is the most improved in the region. Last week the school league tables were released, revealing that The Radcliffe in Wolverton was the most improved in the south east. The city MP was delighted to learn that, last year, 52 per cent of its p... Read more >

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11 JAN 2011

City MP speaks out for rural communities

Mark Lancaster is seeking answers for his rural constituents after a massive power cut at the weekend. The MP's office took a call from the Parish Council Chairman at 9am about a power cut in North Crawley, which started on Sunday evening. Around 2,000 homes were initially affected, and 200 w... Read more >

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11 JAN 2011

Mark stands up for MK's TAs in defence debate

Mark Lancaster has been standing up for the city's Territorial Army soldiers during the Government's review of defence law. The city MP, who is also a serving TA officer, spoke out in the House of Commons yesterday (Monday) during a debate on the Armed Forces Bill. The Milton Keynes North MP ... Read more >

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15 DEC 2010

The Government has pledged to review the school admissions system after Mark Lancaster outlined the chaos in Milton Keynes.

The Government has pledged to review the school admissions system after Mark Lancaster outlined the chaos in Milton Keynes. The city MP called an adjournment debate on Monday on the 'sore subject', after being inundated with complaints about children sitting at home for months, awaiting school ... Read more >

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09 DEC 2010

Schools go head to head in debate final

After a keenly contested debate at the House of Commons, Shenley Brook End School has emerged winner of this year's Schools Parliamentary Debates organised by city MPs, Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster. The winner went head to head with Stantonbury Campus, who equally gave a sterling performance... Read more >

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09 DEC 2010

MP seeks reassurances over GP consortia

Mark Lancaster is striving to ensure doctors continue to devote their time to treating patients. The city MP quizzed the health secretary over how the two consortia, 'GP Healthcare MK' and 'Premier MK', will continue to provide medical care while controlling the city's health budget. He wrote... Read more >

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07 DEC 2010

Mark breaks the ice with local team

Mark Lancaster broke the ice with a sporting team by going to see them in action for the first time. Appropriately during the cold snap, the Milton Keynes North MP took a trip to Planet Ice on Sunday to see the ice hockey team MK Thunder take on Bristol Pitbulls in the English National League.... Read more >

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07 DEC 2010

Christmas card winner announced

Mark Lancaster has selected the winner of his Christmas card competition. Hundreds of entries were received by the MP when he asked his younger constituents to design a card to mark the festive season. Competition was tough but the final prize went to nine-year-old Georgia Sharpe-Harris of Ced... Read more >

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01 DEC 2010

MP raises life expectancy issue

Variations in life expectancy across the city have been put on the Government's agenda by Mark Lancaster. Mr Lancaster raised the issue as health secretary Andrew Lansley unveiled a new approach to public health yesterday (Tuesday). The Milton Keynes North MP highlighted that residents of som... Read more >

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29 NOV 2010

Maternity improvements welcomed by Mark

Mark Lancaster has welcomed massive improvements to city maternity services. The Milton Keynes Hospital maternity unit's 'midwife-to-birth ratio' is now one midwife per 31 births. Mr Lancaster dubbed this an 'impressive' decrease from 37 last year and between 39 and 40 the year before. The fig... Read more >

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26 NOV 2010

Mark puts broadband on Government agenda

Broadband problems in MK have been put on the Government's agenda by a city MP. On Thursday Mark Lancaster asked for a debate on the issue after being contacted by many constituents unable to access decent internet speeds. The Milton Keynes North MP welcomed the Government's national review of... Read more >

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26 NOV 2010

MP¬’s dedication to MK is unquestionable

Mark Lancaster is celebrating a record week of persistent Parliament questioning. In the last four days, the MP has asked six questions in the House of Commons chamber, based on issues raised in his constituency. Six successive ministers have been quizzed by the Milton Keynes North MP on scho... Read more >

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23 NOV 2010

Mark quizzes Government over 'wages' for people with learning disabilities

Mark Lancaster has quizzed the government after constituents with learning disabilities were no longer paid their 'therapeutic wage'. The city MP highlighted the legal 'grey area' in Work and Pensions Questions yesterday (Monday) after the £2-a-day payment was ceased for people working at... Read more >

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22 NOV 2010

Mark calls for improved fire safety in HMOs

A city MP has pushed for improvements in fire safety following a tragedy in Fishermead. Mark Lancaster spoke in Thursday's debate on houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), highlighting the tragic deaths of Bola Ejifunmilayo and her daughter Fiyin in September. He said: "I am sorry to say that ... Read more >

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19 NOV 2010

MPs fly chequered flag for MK

As the Milton Keynes-based Red Bull Formula 1 team celebrates the double in the F1 championship, the city's two MPs took to the track to prove that their city is in poll position. Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart continued the racing theme by visiting – and getting behind the wheel themse... Read more >

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19 NOV 2010

Yellow constituent lobbies MPs

The city's MPs have been lobbied by a furry, yellow constituent. Pudsey Bear attended a surgery held by Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart today (Friday), during which he described the plight of thousands of children in the UK and abroad. The injured-eyed Children in Need representative explaine... Read more >

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18 NOV 2010

PM reassures MP on business help

THE Prime Minister has pledged further help for Milton Keynes small businesses, following a national rise in employment. Mark Lancaster, who posed the opening question at yesterday's packed PMQs on the subject, said: "Small businesses in Milton Keynes are still concerned about both the cost a... Read more >

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16 NOV 2010

MPs welcome taxi inquiry

Mark Lancaster has welcomed a House of Commons inquiry into the licensing of taxis and private hire vehicles after months of campaigning. Local taxi operators and their representatives have made several complaints to the city's MPs by about the loss of business resulting from cross-border activ... Read more >

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16 NOV 2010

Villagers celebrate flood defence works

An MP has welcomed measures that will protect a village blighted by flooding. Mark Lancaster met with parish councillors of Stoke Goldington to see the work taking place on flood defences following 2007's terrible deluge. They invited the member for Milton Keynes North to see the diggers const... Read more >

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15 NOV 2010

MP continues to push lottery issue

Mark Lancaster is one step closer to ensuring soldiers are lucky in their quest to play the lottery abroad. The MP has been persistently raising the issue of the imminent blanket ban on National Lottery playing outside the UK, which will affect members of the armed forces. Now the Government ... Read more >

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15 NOV 2010

Mark speaks out about EU's bookkeeping

The European Union ought to be held to account over its accounts. That is according to a Mark Lancaster who was shocked to learn the EU's spending has not been signed off by its auditors. Last week it was announced that, for the 16th year running, its auditing body the European Court of Audit... Read more >

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11 NOV 2010

Mark opens food box scheme

Mark Lancaster has praised a new foody project which 'ticks all the boxes'. On Friday the city MP was honoured to officially open the Newport Pagnell Food Box scheme, which allows Neil Whitford and Carole Trillian to bring the quality of the high street to people's doorsteps. At the start of t... Read more >

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11 NOV 2010

MPs flying the chequered flag for MK

As a Milton Keynes-based Formula 1 team celebrates victory in the F1 constructors' championship, two MPs are taking to the track to prove that their city is in poll position. After Red Bull's milestone, Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart are continuing the racing theme by visiting – and get... Read more >

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09 NOV 2010

MP seeks result for armed forces playing National Lottery

Mark Lancaster is attempting to get a result for soldiers who want to play the National Lottery abroad. During defence questions yesterday (Monday), the MP asked whether the Government could look into allowing them to indulge in this 'simple pleasure'. The Milton Keynes North member previousl... Read more >

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09 NOV 2010

Mark takes seat in new chamber

Mark Lancaster has taken a seat in a new chamber – the Wyvern School council. The MP was given the temporary honour when he visited the Wolverton school on Friday. He explained to the children that his job was to represent Milton Keynes on a bigger version of their school council &ndash... Read more >

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08 NOV 2010

MP pushes for National Lottery opportunity for armed forces

Mark Lancaster is pushing for serving soldiers to be able to play the National Lottery. The city MP uncovered the 'unreasonable' restrictions on armed forces staff to be able to play the lottery while abroad in a Parliamentary question. Lottery players must live in the UK or Isle of Man and ar... Read more >

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05 NOV 2010

Mark takes to the streets to sell poppies

Remember to buy your poppy this November. That is the message from Mark Lancaster who has been selling the flowers to raise money for the Royal British Legion. With Remembrance Sunday fast approaching, the Milton Keynes North MP took to the Market Square at Olney on behalf of the charity whic... Read more >

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29 OCT 2010

Mark calls for review after internet reveals refuge

Mark Lancaster has called for a review of internet regulations after the whereabouts of a women's refuge was revealed by Google. The Milton Keynes North MP was speaking in a debate yesterday (Thursday) on internet privacy when he mentioned that the refuge, whose anonymity is crucial to the safe... Read more >

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28 OCT 2010

Mark celebrates green light for LEP

A boundary-pushing project supported by the city's MPs has been given the go ahead. Iain Stewart and Mark Lancaster welcomed the announcement approving the formation of a South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP puts Milton Keynes at the heart of a union which draws tog... Read more >

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27 OCT 2010

Mark meets Christian Aid campaigners

Residents have lobbied Mark Lancaster to seek his support for developing countries. The Milton Keynes North MP was heartened to meet with several constituents at the Christian Aid lobby last Wednesday, who echoed his concerns about several issues including the impact of climate change. The nat... Read more >

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22 OCT 2010

MP calls for change in electoral law

Mark has called for a change in the law following the problems at May's general election count. His Milton Keynes North constituency was affected by large queues, late counting and mixed-up ballot boxes, spoke in a debate in Westminster Hall yesterday (Wednesday). It was one of the 11 consti... Read more >

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21 OCT 2010

Mark puts himself on the line for YMCA

Mark is going to great lengths to support one of his favourite charities The Milton Keynes North MP has pledged to abseil down the AirKix building to help raise much-needed cash for the YMCA's latest project. The homeless charity recently received £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund toward... Read more >

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19 OCT 2010

PM praises city MP after TA question

The Prime Minister has paid credit to Mark Lancaster as he quizzed him during the debate on defence cuts. David Cameron was answering a question on military reserves this afternoon (Tuesday) following his statement outlining the Strategic Defence and Security Review. The MP for Milton Keynes ... Read more >

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15 OCT 2010

Mark's take on the latest unemployment figures

A CITY MP has welcomed figures which show a fall in the number of unemployed people in Milton Keynes. House of Commons Library statistics reveal that in September 2010 the number of unemployed benefits claimants in Mark Lancaster's constituency was 3,067, 642 lower than in September 2009. Thi... Read more >

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11 OCT 2010

Mark backs Smart Grid bid

A CITY MP has put his weight behind a scheme set to make Milton Keynes the low carbon capital of Europe. Mark Lancaster is supporting a bid by electricity distributor Central Networks to make the city a showcase for reducing emissions from transportation, homes and businesses. As a guinea pig... Read more >

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11 OCT 2010

Wolverton Park receives Mark's support

Mark Lancaster has been wowed by a new development which mixes the old with the modern to provide award-winning housing. The city MP took a tour of Wolverton Park on Friday to learn about how the area had been transformed by developer Places for People. He was shown the former Royal Train she... Read more >

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24 SEP 2010

MPs welcome MK becoming centre of enterprise

Mark Lancaster has pledged his support for a boundary-pushing project which puts Milton Keynes at the centre of enterprise Along with MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, Mark has praised the benefits the new Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will bring by uniting MK with neighbours in co... Read more >

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24 SEP 2010

Mark gives supermarkets food for thought

Mark Lancaster has given supermarkets food for thought by pressing them to help a local charity. Inspired by a visit to the Food Bank, the MP for Milton Keynes North has written to the city's seven leading stores and suggested ways they could assist the project. The Stacey Bushes-based warehou... Read more >

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16 SEP 2010

Mark presses PM after Fishermead fire

THE Prime Minister has described the death of a mother and toddler in Fishermead as an 'absolutely tragic case'. David Cameron was referring to the incident where Bola Ejifunmilayo and her three -year-old daughter Fiyin burnt to death in a house in multiple occupancy (HIMO) two weeks ago. He w... Read more >

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14 SEP 2010

Mark celebrates bridge bicentenary

Mark Lancaster has praised a unique feat of engineering which proves Milton Keynes North has a fantastic heritage. Mr Lancaster visited the exhibition dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Newport Pagnell's Iron Bridge in the town's library on Friday. The only working bridge of its kind in the W... Read more >

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13 SEP 2010

MP gathers with walkers for successful event

Hundreds of walkers voted with their feet by declaring the Newport Muster a massive hit on Saturday. Although Mark Lancaster was unable to take part, after breaking his toe on holiday, he joined in with the celebrations before the walkers set off. This year's Must er included local Mayors D... Read more >

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09 SEP 2010

MP seeks reassurances over houses after Fishermead tragedy

AN MP has called for a debate on houses in multiple occupancy after a mother and toddler died in a fire. Mark Lancaster spoke in Business Questions this morning (Thursday), after the tragedy in Fishermead at the weekend. The MP for Milton Keynes North said that he raised the issue of houses in ... Read more >

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08 SEP 2010

MP quizzes Government over police reorganisations

THE Government has been quizzed over police reorganisations by a city MP, following concerns about local access to resources. Mark Lancaster pressed ministers in the House of Commons on Monday over plans to scrap the Milton Keynes Basic Command Unit (BCU). Following his meeting with Chief Superi... Read more >

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07 SEP 2010

Mark comments on new health report

A NEW report has revealed a 'mixed picture' of Milton Keynes's health, according to a city MP. Mark Lancaster noted the contrasting findings of the latest Public Health Annual Report by NHS Milton Keynes, which shows that while life expectancy has increased, the gap between rich and poor has als... Read more >

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06 SEP 2010

MP marks end of mobile surgery tour

AN MP has completed a 150 mile trip - within his constituency. Over three days, Mark Lancaster stopped off at more than 20 towns and villages as part of his annual mobile surgery tour. In an effort to make himself as accessible to residents as possible, Mr Lancaster travelled in a hired people c... Read more >

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03 SEP 2010

Local MP backs credit union

A CITY MP has praised a fresh approach to banking that is taking off in the city. Mark Lancaster went to visit the Milton Keynes Credit Union (MKCU), based in Wolverton Square, to find out how the financial co-operative works. After five years of operation, MKCU, staffed largely by volunteers, o... Read more >

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03 SEP 2010

MP wowed by defence and aerospace manufacturer

A CITY MP has been wowed by a manufacturing company which produces missile, radar and space equipment. Mark Lancaster visited Cobham Sensor Systems, part of Cobham Plc, where high-skilled staff produce components for air, land and marine defence and also space-qualified components for satellites... Read more >

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25 JUL 2010

MP welcomes innovative addition to the city

Innovative technology is what Milton Keynes is becoming known for. That is according to city MP Mark Lancaster who was impressed with the work of technology company Zeroshift, who pioneer transmission design.The Knowlhill-based innovators got to prove their design's worth by treating the member ... Read more >

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09 DEC 2009

Milton Keynes¬’ residents left with £23,000 of debt thanks to Gordon Brown

Mark Lancaster, this week responded to the Government's new tax and spending proposals – the so-called Pre-Budget Report – by warning of Labour plans for higher taxes and record levels of national debt included in the small print. The Government's proposals include:• National Ins... Read more >

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07 DEC 2009

Milton Keynes¬’ teachers need more powers to tackle school bullying

Half of all children bullied, but fewer than five expulsions across Milton Keynes Official Government figures have revealed that just ninety pupils across the country were expelled last year for school bullying, despite a new survey finding half of all 14-year-old children have been bullied. Ac... Read more >

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04 DEC 2009

Mark Lancaster MP calls for faster action on planned canal

City MP Mark Lancaster has asked for faster progress on the proposed extension on the Grand Union canal between Bedford and Milton Keynes. Mr Lancaster asked the government for assistance in ensuring the project was started in good time in order to maximise the benefits it will provide. It is th... Read more >

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02 DEC 2009

Mark Lancaster MP unveils New Bradwell St Peter FC¬’s

Mark Lancaster MP attended New Bradwell St Peter FC last week to unveil its new changing rooms, training area and spectator facilities.The Football Stadia Improvement Fund, supporters of the Football Foundation, and the largest funder of non league football in the country, supported the project w... Read more >

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02 DEC 2009

MP Mark backs Recycling rewards for MK residents

Mark Lancaster has come out in support of the Conservatives new initiative to encourage recycling by rewarding vouchers. Mark is keen on keeping Milton Keynes green and thinks the voucher led incentive will encourage households in the city to recycle even more.The voucher led initiative supported... Read more >

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24 NOV 2009

Mark Lancaster backs plans to help protect local post offices, pubs, libraries and parks

Under new Conservative plans, far-reaching new powers could be given to people in Milton Keynes to protect community assets from closure and take over the running of public buildings and community assets. Mark Lancaster, MP has given his backing to the new 'Community Right to Buy' which would all... Read more >

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24 NOV 2009

Desert Rat returns to Tunisia

Newport Pagnell resident Ron Groom, who served in the RAF as a Desert Rat in Tunisia during World War Two has been awarded a National Lottery Grant for him and a companion to revisit some of the locations he served in during the War. The National Lottery's Good Causes grant was awarded to Mr Groo... Read more >

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19 AUG 2009

Mark is on the road again with mobile surgeries

YOUR MP is coming to visit you. Mark Lancaster is taking a three-day tour of more than 20 locations to speak to as many residents in Milton Keynes North as possible. From Wednesday, September 1 until Friday, September 3, Mr Lancaster will park up in the villages and towns in a people carrier, wh... Read more >

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19 AUG 2009

Local credit union banking on success

A CITY MP has praised a fresh approach to banking that is taking off in the city. Mark Lancaster went to visit the Milton Keynes Credit Union (MKCU), based in Wolverton Square, to find out how the financial co-operative works. After five years of operation, MKCU, staffed largely by volunteers, o... Read more >

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