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Matt Warman | Member of Parliament for Boston and Skegness
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November/December Newsletter

 

Dear <<First Name>>,

2016 Round-Up

2016 has certainly been an eventful year. From the results of the EU referendum in the summer to the election of a new US president this autumn, the world will be a different place in 2017. From a personal perspective, becoming a father has given me a new viewpoint on life as well as reducing my sleep somewhat. My clear position since the referendum vote has been to deliver the best possible Brexit for the people of Boston and Skegness. To that end I have been actively involved in discussions around securing additional funding for Boston under the new Controlling Migration Fund. In Parliament, I have backed the Government's position on triggering article 50 and their approach to the negotiations to follow. My local areas of focus have remained unchanged - universal access to broadband has consistently been the top subject of discussion on doorsteps and in my postbag which is why I recently held a backbench debate on the issue - more on that below. I've continued to focus on extending the season in Skegness to help build the sustainable vibrant coastal economy we all want. And whilst never forgetting there are issues in Boston which need to be addressed, I have also been shouting about all it has to offer. I'm excited to continue working with my fellow Lincolnshire MPs to maintain the focus on fairer funding for Lincolnshire, whether that's transport and roads, policing, schools, or health and I'm pleased that together with my newly elected colleague Dr Caroline Johnson we have a united voice on these issues. It has been an honour to represent Boston and Skegness as your Member of Parliament this year and I look forward to what we will achieve together in 2017.

You can watch my contribution to the Brexit debate here
Boston Barrier
The Boston Barrier will be the subject of a Public Inquiry in the New Year. This was always factored in to the project timetable and allows another opportunity for discussion to ensure we get the very best solution to protect Boston. In the meantime I am continuing to engage with groups who have an interest in the Boston Barrier project and recently held a meeting with the Boston Fishermen, Haven Navigation Group, Inland Waterways Association, Environment Agency and others to discuss opportunities and concerns.
The Ballad of Carrington Post Box

Parliament has the privilege of handling a host of issues, from foreign policy to welfare reform and – more recently – planning how best to make a success of our departure from the European Union.

Each of these is nationally important, and it is a challenge and an honour to be asked to address them on behalf of the people of Boston and Skegness. But it is sometimes the most local issues that provide an equal sense of satisfaction, and in the village of Carrington I was recently delighted to be able to help deliver something that has been missing for longer than many people can remember.

It was in all likelihood about 10 years ago that one of Carrington’s postboxes was stolen, from the Short’s Corner junction. Over many years there was a recurring agenda item on the clerk to the parish council’s notes: get the postbox back.

When Mrs Victoria Clark took over recently, she was told that this was not a task that was likely to be achieved. Like all good parish clerks – and there are many across Lincolnshire – Mrs Clark took this to be a challenge.

I should confess that when I received the first letter about the Carrington postbox, I was not totally convinced that it was an issue I could easily resolve. If various councillors and others had failed to get it sorted, was this something that was beyond even the reach of Westminster?

And should, in these days of email and Facebook, one less letterbox be tolerated anyway? It seemed to me that, whatever the case, the fact that this particular amenity had simply been stolen, rather than closed after consideration, meant that it should be reinstated.

Unfortunately, this view did not immediately tally with that of the Chief Executive of Royal Mail. Moya Greene informed me that her ‘senior team’ was reviewing the matter, and that my predecessor had sought to address it too. Let’s say I could hear the rustle of an issue being kicked into the long grass. It took a host of letters, phone calls and persistence from my dedicated staff before we finally received an email: a new box was operational, and even the parish council’s offer to supply the post on which to affix it was not required.

The people of Short’s Corner – few in number but important – had their amenity restored.

I do not pretend that every issue an MP deals with is of equal weight – but there is an important principle that these small issues demonstrate.

When I stand up to speak in Parliament, it is, I hope, from a position of knowing not just what many people tell me they think of Syria or children’s service – but also from making sure that I do all I can to keep in touch with the issues that constituents tell me they care about.

Politicians are often accused of not living in the real world: postboxes, casework, surgeries and Facebook are all parts of my best efforts to make sure that I’m as approachable as I am engaged.

Broadband
Access to Broadband continues to be the biggest single issue in my postbag and continues to be a key area of focus for me, particularly reaching the 5% of properties not covered under existing rollout plans.
With this in mind, BT have made a £2 million grant available for communities to apply for funding to set up Community Fibre Partnerships. If your Parish or Community is in an area not currently planned for fibre broadband this could be the solution for you. More information can be found via the link below, and I would be happy to assist any community thinking of pursuing this route. Please contact me using my contact details at the bottom of this newsletter.
BT Community Fibre Scheme

Matt Warman MP holds Commons Debate calling for future-proof Broadband Universal Service Obligation

 
I recently called a debate in the House to call on the Government to ensure that its broadband Universal Service Obligation is fit for the future.
 
My position in my opening speech was that I hoped that the debate will send a message from the House that “universal” in USO should mean that it is genuinely available to all, whether businesses or consumers, even if that has to be through a satellite connection or preferably, in due course, a 5G connection; that “service” should mean that the connection keeps pace with the quickening web requirements of the modern era, for upload and latency as well as for download; and that “obligation” should mean that it is provided by 2020 with a road map for each individual premises and a penalty on the provider if it has failed to deliver on time.
 
The debate on Thursday 15th December, called for and led by myself, was attended by MPs from across the country and from all the main political parties, who highlighted why their constituents need access to high quality broadband speeds so that they can remain connected to the modern world – whether that be for online shopping or accessing government services.
 
I also suggested that communications regulator Ofcom might consider making recommendations each year to see the USO rise incrementally, so that it can keep pace with new technologies, such as 5G, which will require faster speeds and remain future-proof.
 
My comments after the debate were that I was pleased that the Digital Minister agreed with me that we need a broadband service which works for everyone and that the UK’s digital infrastructure must meet both today’s and tomorrow’s connectivity needs. The USO of 10 Mbps must be a starting point, not an end goal, and we must remain open to reaching it through a range of technologies. As I said in the debate, broadband is the single biggest issue in my postbag, so I will certainly continue to push Ministers for the best possible connectivity solutions.
 
The full debate can be accessed here-
It's always a pleasure to visit local businesses and groups in the Constituency. If you would like me to arrange a visit please do get in touch through any of the many methods listed below.

I've also continued to hold constituency surgeries and write my regular columns for the local press. If you missed them then they are all available from my website.


As ever, do contact me with events, issues, celebrations - my contact details are below. You can contact me via my website, twitter, facebook, phone, post and email.
All the best for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Matt is always available to meet constituents by appointment and in addition holds the following monthly events around the constituency.
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Email : matt.warman.mp@parliament.uk

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Matt Warman MP      
        
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London                                                   
SW1A 0AA                                           
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Tel 0207 219 8643  

63 Wide Bargate
Boston
PE21 6SG

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