Clive Efford (Eltham) (Lab): I add my congratulations to my right hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Williams). He was kind enough to ask me to be a sponsor of the Bill, but with his experience of the procedures of the House it was not the most onerous task to support his Bill as he is so capable of steering it through all its stages. It is no surprise that it has reached Third Reading this morning. Continue reading
Clive offered his thanks to the dozens of Barclays employees who gave up their time to come and work at the Middle Park Community Centre. The Bank runs a scheme that encourages staff to get involved in voluntary work. “I was delighted to see so many people doing such excellent work. Knowing Pat and Lynn who run the Centre so well, I warned the volunteers that they would extract every ounce of energy out of them before they would be allowed to leave!”
The Transport Select Committee, of which Clive is a member, has called for the rules governing parking to be overhauled. – The report said “It is…important that the Government, local authorities, and citizens work together for parking solutions which are sensible, fair, uniform in their essentials, but which are as responsive as possible to the wide variety of local requirements throughout the country.” Continue reading
As part of the National Sure Start Month Clive visited Cavidan Bargainer, a registered childminder in his constituency. He saw for himself the important role that home-based childminders play in the community.
Numbers have increased markedly over the last few years. The number of registered childminders in the Borough has doubled since 2000 and there are now 188 registered childminders in Clive’s constituency.
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Clive attended the Memorial Hospital to officially start work on building works which will transform the services offered at the site.
The work will include:
- Refurbishing the main building including a new day hospital for the elderly
- Building two modern wards for adults recovering from mental ill-health
- Landscaping the grounds
- Building a new car park
In all, the project will cost £15m and is being funded by the Treasury (not PFI). It was also highlighted as an “important strategic development” by Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt when she announced a £2bn capital investment programme for the NHS in February.
Once the work is complete, it will provide much needed improvements to the infrastructure at these sites, improving the delivery of services and functionality of the hospital.
Pictured right are: Clive unveiling a plaque to commemorate the start of the work; talking to Stephen Firn, Chief Executive of Oxleas Foundation Trust; and getting to sit in one of the diggers used on the site.