Welcome to my September e-newsletter. It has been a busy two months since my last update. I was hard at work in the constituency during the Parliamentary recess, including running a summer campaign week of street surgeries and grass-roots engagement with constituents.
I hit the ground running when Parliament returned, making a number of speeches and interventions. On the first day back, I spoke in the debate on the Fisheries Bill which will enable us to take action on marine conservation when we regain control of our fishing waters at the end of this year. You can read the Hansard report of my speech here.
Other issues I have raised on the floor of the House of Commons include maintaining the arms embargo on Iran, Covid protection in care homes, tackling rough sleeping, and including more black history in the school curriculum.
I’ve continued my campaign to ensure trade negotiations do not undermine our high food and animal welfare standards. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to express their support on this. I wrote recently for the Mail on Sunday on the importance of keeping out unsafe food imports and my article is published here.
I am happy to report that Barnet Council’s planning committee has rejected plans to build ten story high blocks of flats at Victoria Quarter in New Barnet. There were over a 1000 objections and I spoke against the proposal at the virtual planning committee hearing. Now the application goes on to the Mayor of London. I’ve also been speaking out in the national media on the need to ensure that planning reforms under consideration do not lead to over-development in Barnet.
Finally, following a number of reports from constituents who have struggled to obtain a Covid test, I raised these concerns directly with the Secretary of State for Health. Further information on how to obtain a test can be found here. I’ve been keeping in touch with Barnet Council, Barnet Hospital and other local groups regarding the Covid situation, and have been scrutinising the Government’s action on the virus closely.
For more information on my local campaigns and activities, you can click on the links below to articles on my website. Please pass on this email to anyone you think would be interested to see it or join my mailing list. You can also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/theresavillierscb.
With warmest wishes
Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers
Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet
Save our Schools!
MP Theresa Villiers has proposed a cross-party campaign so that maintained nursery schools in Barnet and elsewhere receive funding in the forthcoming Government Spending Review. Read more....
New ward for Barnet Hospital
To help cope with winter pressure, a new 35 bed ward will open soon at Barnet Hospital, news which has been welcomed by Theresa Villiers. Read more....
Barnet Council rejects tower blocks for New Barnet
Theresa Villiers said today she was delighted that councillors have thrown out plans to build 652 flats – with blocks of up to ten storeys high - at Victoria Quarter in New Barnet. Read more....
Villiers comes to the aid of local Greek School
Our local MP has stepped in to assist Ashmole Greek School reach agreement with the Ashmole Academy to enable them to carry on renting school facilities at weekends. Read more....
Changes to 384 bus route condemned
Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers has condemned the London Mayor for allowing transport bosses to change the 384 bus route despite widespread opposition to the plan. Read more....
Statement on the UK Internal Market Bill
Responding to constituents who have been in touch about the UK Internal Market Bill, Theresa Villiers has published the following statement. Read more....
How to contact Theresa
Your local MP and her team are working hard to respond to constituents’ concerns; but some changes have had to be made to the way Theresa and her staff are working in order to comply with social distancing rules and public health advice
If you need Theresa’s help you will need to email her on
email@example.com, ring her constituency office on 020 8449 7345, or write to Theresa Villiers MP, 163 High Street, Barnet, Herts, EN5 5SU.
In order to comply with social distancing and avoid any crowding in her constituency office, all Theresa’s surgeries are now appointment-only and meetings will take place via Zoom where possible. The next surgery takes place on Saturday 3rd October. Anyone wishing to see Theresa or her staff will need to make an appointment in advance. You will NOT be seen if you turn up without a pre-booked appointment. Bookings can be made using the contact details set out above.
The waiting room which is normally available during surgeries will be closed. Constituents will need to arrive at the time of their appointment and will be asked to queue outside if they are early, or if there are delays to the appointment schedule. We apologise for this inconvenience but it is necessary to minimise the number of people in the constituency office at one time.
Promoted by Dominic Lowe on behalf of Theresa Villiers both at 163 High Street, Barnet, Herts, EN5 5SU.