Graham Stuart MP

Summer Newsletter
Parliament has now adjourned for its summer recess after a busy few weeks of scrutinising and voting on important legislation.

The Counter-Terrorism & Sentencing Bill will ensure that terrorist offenders will stay in prison for longer, the Stamp Duty Bill will cut tax on homes for almost 9 in 10 people, and the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill will help protect victims from this abhorrent crime.

At the same time, we are carefully and cautiously returning life to as close to normal as we can. Indoor gyms and pools have reopened, and our Eat Out to Help Out scheme starts on Monday - a 50% discount on your restaurant visits to help reboot our economy and keep our high streets afloat. Find which local restaurants have registered for the scheme here.

Although lawmaking is taking a break until 1st September, my team and I will still be working over the summer to help with any number of issues - from bins to benefits - so please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Please do contact me by email or at 01482 679687 if I can be of any help.

New fund for our high streets

Speaking of supporting high streets, I recently welcomed the Government's new funding for the centres of Beverley, Hedon, Hornsea and Withernsea.

The East Riding will get around £300,000 to improve and modify high streets to make it easier to practise social distancing and ensure towns can reopen as safe and welcoming places.

Examples include pedestrianising more places so that restaurants can provide al fresco dining, and introducing hand sanitising stations around town.

I'll always do everything I can to help businesses get the support they need to get back on their feet. Read more here.

Visit to Withernsea's Shores Centre

I had a fantastic time visiting the Shores Centre with Cllr Lyn Healing the other day, for a catch-up with its inspirational leader Jayne Nendick.

Normally found assisting the residents of Withernsea by offering community groups, a social care programme, jobs fairs, and countless more services, the centre has found its help in even greater demand than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They have delivered over 12,000 meals to those in need over the last few months, as well as securing 10 bicycles that they've used creatively to get essential food and prescriptions to those self-isolating or shielding.

On top of this, Jayne told me about their new 'Shores Pantry', where people can register to pick up 10 groceries a week for just £3.50 a pop, and about how they're going to be using the bikes to boost tourism in the area. Read more here.
Withernsea rock armour

While in Withernsea I also got the chance to see the start of the extension to the rock armour near Golden Sands Holiday Park, with Cllr Lyn Healing.

This vital protection, which will secure the future of the important road link to the villages south of Withernsea - not to mention hundreds of homes - has been years in the making and comes off the back of hard work from Lyn and her fellow South East Holderness Councillors Dave Tucker & Paul Whitehead.

It's a great relief to see the rocks finally there, delivered in batches weighing tens of thousands of tonnes from Norway, as it's been quite the journey to secure funding from Government. I was delighted that the Minister at the time, Jake Berry, approved its ERDF funding after I invited him up to see the coastal erosion for himself.
Beverley-York rail line through to next stage of Government fund

I'm pleased to say that the bid to reinstate the old rail line from Beverley to York has been accepted and will now be considered by an expert panel including the Rail Minister, the Regional Growth Minister and the Chair of Network Rail.

As the bid's sponsor, I look forward to championing the benefits of the route to the panel - including reducing congestion on the A1079, increasing resilience and freeing up space on the existing routes going west out of Hull, and boosting tourism along the line.

Huge thanks to the Minsters Rail Campaign and East Riding Council for their work on the feasibility and benefits of the bid.
Virtual lobby for a green recovery

I very much enjoyed the chance to meet recently with constituents over Microsoft Teams as part of the Climate Coalition's #TheTimeIsNow campaign.

Making our economy cleaner and greener is a huge passion of mine, and we've done well so far to cut our emissions more than any other G7 country, but we can't afford to rest on our laurels with an issue this important.

Topics up for discussion included making sure that new homes are built to be as energy efficient as possible and investment into electric vehicles.

I'm delighted to say the Government is planning to bring forward its ban on petrol and diesel cars to 2035 in line with the recommendations of the Independent Committee on Climate Change.
All best wishes,

P.S. If you want to stay up-to-date with events in the constituency, please like my Facebook page, or visit my website.

Graham Stuart
Member of Parliament for Beverley & Holderness
9 Cross St, Beverley, HU17 9AX
Tel:      01482 679687
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