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Holocaust Memorial day

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

To pay my respects I signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, honouring those who died during the Holocaust as well as the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured. 

Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. It also serves as a reminder that we should continue standing up against all forms of racism and bigotry anywhere in the World.

The Hub @ Seevic College

It was an absolute pleasure to officially open 'The Hub' at SEEVIC college yesterday with Her Worship the Mayor of Castle Point, Cllr Mrs Maryse Isles.

'The Hub' is the new dining and social area at the college and it is a massive improvement to the campus environment for staff and students. I have to say it looks absolutely fantastic!

I know that SEEVIC takes its place in the community of Castle Point very seriously. It was great to see that the students had chosen to support a local charity, the Canvey Island Youth Project, with their recent Raise and Give events, raising £400 that was also donated at the ceremony.

It was also very good to see that SEEVIC invited local residents to come and have a look around as well.

A great evening and a big well done to all involved!

Glebelands Appeal

I have just heard the High Court has found in favour of the Secretary of State Eric Pickles on the Glebelands planning appeal.

I am glad the judge agreed with me and the Secretary of State that the council's lack of a viable five year housing supply should not outweigh the harm to virgin Green Belt that this application would have caused.

Conservative Future

On a bright, crisp Sunday morning most youngsters would choose duvet over civic duty but Castle Point MP, Rebecca Harris’ contingent of Conservative Future volunteers braved the chill to improve the appearance of a Thundersley Village sign.

The dreadful weather had left the sign a little crestfallen and in need of a thorough clean to make sure that visitors to the area experience a positive first impression of the Village.

The group led by Conservative Association Chairman, Colin MacLean and St Marys Ward Councillor, Andrew Sheldon were joined by youngsters Mark, Liz and Jessica.

Colin MacLean said “Forget the negativity which is often apportioned to the young within Society, there are plenty of good kids out there who genuinely care about the community in which they live. If organisations like the Conservative Party can help to harness that enthusiasm through schemes like Conservative Future then our Borough will be richer for our involvement.”

“The Future group is open to everyone aged 24 or under and is as much about socialising, making new friends and community social action projects as it is about Politics. I hope that others who may be interested in getting involved will come along to our next meeting.”

Further details are available by calling Castle Point Conservative Association on 01268 792992.

Mayors Christmas Carol Concert

Please support the Mayor of Castle Point, Maryse Iles by coming along to her Christmas Carol concert on Sunday evening. Entry is free of charge.

Rebecca backs Visteon Pensions Group

Signing a letter to the Chief Executive of Ford Motor Company on behalf of the Visteon Pensions Action Group, including several of my constituents.

My colleagues and I are demanding that Ford compensate their former employees following the collapse of Visteon UK which had a devastating effect on their pensions, despite years of previous loyal service with the company.

Canvey flood survivors thank the people of Canada

Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris and a delegation of 1953 Flood Survivors met with Her Majesty’s High Commissioner of Canada, Mr Gordon Campbell on Monday to formally thank the people of Canada for their generosity to the people of Canvey Island in the aftermath of the flood sixty years ago

Interested in Politics?

Our County Council candidates will be hard at work again this weekend, knocking on doors, hosting Street Stalls and making telephone calls. Why not get involved? Call 01268 792992 to find out how! 

Baroness Thatcher - a statement from Rebecca Harris MP

From Rebecca Harris MP "It is with great sadness that today, we have heard of the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher. My thoughts are with Carol and Mark, her two children. She was a great leader of Britain who won three General Elections, was the longest continually serving Prime Minister and the First Woman to hold the office. Her steadfast determination and courage was inspirational."