Westminster News

Local schools working together

Damian was delighted to join Bohunt School and Bedales School at Westminster this week, celebrating collaboration between schools from the independent and state sectors.

Local climate groups leading the way

Action being taken by local climate groups and individuals was praised this week by Damian as he introduced a Westminster Hall debate on the Net Zero target and decarbonising transport.

Hospitality Apprenticeship event

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Damian attended a Hospitality Apprenticeship event in Parliament, meeting many young apprentices working in the sector, and heard the many opportunities now available.

Debate on decarbonising transport

Damian introduced a Westminster Hall debate this morning on how goverment, industry and others can work together to accelerate decarbonisation, to maintain UK leadership and reach Net Zero. The full 90 minute debate can be viewed via the link below:



QA Hospital gets upgrade in cancer testing facilities

Damian Hinds is delighted that Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital is one of the NHS sites to benefit from a multi-million pound funding programme to up-grade cancer testing and detection services.

Damian welcomes the Environment Bill

Damian spoke yesterday in Parliament in the debate on the Environment Bill. He welcomed action on air quality, biodiversity, tree cover and waste & recycling, and was also able to highlight some of the great local action - like the East Hants schools bringing in crisp packet recycling.

Wages rising ahead of prices

New figures out today show that wages have risen again, ahead of prices for 19 consecutive months, with average weekly earnings for employees increased by 3.8 per cent compared with a year earlier – growing by 2.0 per cent after adjusting for inflation. 

Damian welcomes school funding increases

Next year, the government will allocate at least £5,000 for each secondary school pupil and at least £3,750 per primary pupil (and £4,000 from 2021-22).  This brings the minimum funding allocated for a primary school class of 28 (the average primary class size in Hampshire) next year to £105,000

Policy package good for East Hampshire

At the conclusion of the party conference season, Damian has said that the package of measures is a good one for the local area.  Among the specifics he highlighted:

NFU event in Parliament

This morning Damian attended the NFU Back British Farming Day in Parliament.

Damian said: