Westminster News

New Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman warns against FCO cuts

Crispin Blunt MP, the newly elected Chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, asked at Prime Minister’s Question Time today for assurances that the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) would not undermine the ability of the Foreign Office to deliver the country’s strategic foreign policy objectives.

Crispin Blunt becomes new Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman

Crispin Blunt MP has been announced today by the Speaker as the new Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, winning the election in the secret ballot open to all Members of Parliament. He will be taking over from Sir Richard Ottaway who retired from Parliament at the last election.

MPs and anti-Gatwick groups come together to hand in joint statment to Number 10

Six local campaign groups opposed to Gatwick expansion and four senior MPs have called on the Government to recognise the devastating impact of a second runway at Gatwick, the lack of local political support and the strength of feeling among local residents against changes to flight paths already in and out of Gatwick.

All Party Parliamentary Jordan Group Statement

The All Party Parliamentary Jordan Group wishes to offer its condolences to the Jordanian people and Government, and express its horror at the brutal murder of First Lieutenant Muath al-Kasasbeh at the hands of ISIS.

Crispin Blunt meets Transport Secretary over rail chaos

Reigate MP has today met with the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, to discuss the rail chaos brought about by the Thameslink upgrade works at London Bridge, and to again press the Government to work on a fare reduction scheme for the duration of the rail disruption.

Gatwick refuse public questioning by local MPs

Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) has refused to appear publically before MPs at the House of Commons to answer questions on their second runway proposal, it was confirmed today.