Ed Vaizey’s Parish News for April 2017

Thank you to all those who contacted me after the incident which took place in Westminster last month. My team and I are fine and offer our sincerest condolences to each of the victims and their families. PC Keith Palmer lost his life protecting MPs and their staff and his bravery and professionalism will never be forgotten.

The Government have now invoked Article 50 and formally commenced the UK’s process of withdrawing from the European Union. Over the next two years, the Government will now be tasked with negotiating a positive new partnership with the EU’s remaining member states. The Prime Minister has made clear that she will attempt to deliver an outcome that works in the interests of the whole of the UK and will not ignore those who voted to ‘Remain’. MPs will be able to debate, scrutinise and vote on important negotiating decisions and I will make sure that the voices of the constituency are heard throughout.

Some of you may be aware of the 1940s film “Magic Town” in which the owner of a company which performs consumer surveys lacks the funds to compete with its larger rivals in the field. Instead, he comes across a small town which he believes is perfectly representative of the nation’s views and uses it to conduct his research. This month, the team at ASI Data Science used modern data science methods to establish an English “Magic Town” – an area that is most representative of the whole country. Their verdict? Our very own Didcot! Of course, we have always known that Didcot is indeed a “Magic Town”, but it is great to see it finally get the official recognition it deserves!

I am pleased to see that the Oxfordshire Cycling Network has launched its vision of a future Strategic Cycle Network for Oxfordshire. This will be a county-wide ‘all ages, all abilities’ cycle network linking major towns, workplaces and transport hubs with safe, direct and attractive routes. The 366-mile network could cost £120m and take 15 to 20 years to build, but it would bring transport and health benefits of worth at least 7 times that in the 20 year period alone.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with.  Either myself or one of my team will get back to you as soon as possible and do what we can to assist. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly.   Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please complete the online form on my website.

Ed Vaizey


Tel: 0207 219 6350 W: www.vaizey.com


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