Westminster News

UK Support for Australian Bushfire Responders

Over the past four months, bushfires in Australia have killed at least 28 people, displaced thousands more and destroyed over 2,000 homes. 11 millions acres of land have been burnt and millions of people have been affected by poor air quality.

Increase in National Living Wage

Families in 'Daventry' can look forward to receiving a well-earned pay rise with a new National Living Wage (NLW) of £8.72 per hour from 1 April 2020, its biggest cash increase ever – and a rise from the current value of £8.21

Update on New Broadband Rollout

Since 2010, the Government has delivered a series of initiatives that has seen superfast[1] broadband availability rise from 50% to 96% of UK premises.  Due to increased coverage and take-up, average broadband speeds for UK consumers have increased from 5.2Mbit/s in 2010 to 54.2Mbit/s in 2018.  A

Future Free Trade Agreements

Last month, The Prime Minister negotiated an excellent Withdrawal Agreement which will allow us to leave the EU. Once this deal is put into action and we’ve left the Single Market and Customs Union, we will be able to strike new trade deals with countries all around the world.

Launch of the New Office for Veteran's Affairs

This week I received a letter from colleagues announcing the launch of the new Office for Veteran's Affairs.

The Office will pull together all functions of Government and charities to provide the support that we all agree veterans deserve. 

Government's New Brexit Proposals

On Wednesday the 2nd of October, Boris Johnson sent a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Council to outline proposals for a new arrangement on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

Thomas Cook - Supporting Employees and Consumers

On the 23rd September, Thomas Cook ceased trading and was placed into compulsory liquidation. All flights were cancelled, and all of the company’s retail shops were closed. The Government is aware that this is a tough time for both customers and staff at Thomas Cook.