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MARIA MILLER, MP MEETS HAMPSHIRE'S CHIEF CONSTABLE

Maria Miller MP met with Chief Constable Andy Marsh yesterday in Parliament with other Hampshire MPs to look ahead and discuss future changes.  Maria said: “It is crucial that MPs communicate with the heads of our local police departments and that we cooperate with them in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.  The meeting with Chief Constable Andy Marsh was valuable in clarifying matters and making us all aware of what is to come with the future of Hampshire Constabulary.”

MARIA MILLER, MP SUPPORTS SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

Maria is supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge - the UK’s largest reading for pleasure promotion – and help libraries set a Guinness World Records title at the same time.
Research shows that reading for pleasure is vital for children’s life chances, and that children who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers.  It builds confidence and independent reading, while preventing the dip in children’s literacy levels during the long break from school.
The Summer Reading Challenge is a unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK and got 810,000 children reading in the summer holidays in 2014.

MARIA MILLER, MP WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT ON PASSENGER IMPROVEMENTS

Further to Maria’s campaign for passenger improvements on the Wessex Route, she has welcomed the announcement that improvements will not now be delayed until 2019.  The route currently operated by South West Trains is one of the most overcrowded in Europe yet is the only rail line in Britain to actually make a profit. The Government has announced that plans to extend the current franchise by two years have now been axed in favour of improving this important passenger service from 2017.

MARIA MILLER, MP CALLS FOR AN END TO "CATTLE CLASS" TRAIN TRAVEL

Following last week's meeting with South West Trains, Maria met Transport Minister Claire Perry today calling on Government to support urgent action to cut unacceptable levels of overcrowding on Basingstoke trains. Mainline trains into Waterloo run regularly with standing room only at peak time despite South West Trains promises of more, longer trains.

MARIA MILLER, MP CALLS FOR ACTION ON OVERCROWDED TRAINS

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller held talks with Tim Shoveller of South West Trains and Members of Parliament on the Wessex Route as part of her continuing campaign to secure the investment needed to tackle overcrowding on trains operating on the main line Wessex Route services into Waterloo. She was joined by Mims Davies, MP (Eastleigh) and Ranil Jayawardena, MP (North East Hampshire).

BASINGSTOKE ELECTION AGENT RETIRES

Beverley Carpenter, election agent for Basingstoke Conservatives, has retired after 17 years as a Conservative Party Agent  Her retirement was marked by a luncheon at the House of Commons on Monday, attended by the Rt. Hon. Maria Miller, MP. Also present were Beverley's other erstwhile parliamentary candidates and several of the many Association Chairmen and Presidents she has served over the years. Michael Mates and James Arbuthnot, both now retired from Parliament, recounted their experiences of working with Beverley, ably supported by her most recent candidates, MPs Damian Hinds, Maria Miller and Steve Brine.

MARIA MILLER, MP GETS UPDATE ON BLACK DAM ROUNDABOUT

Basingstoke MP, Maria Miller, has met Highways England for a review of the roadworks at Black Dam roundabout. Maria asked for the briefing following the delay in completion of this important infrastructure project.

Maria Miller MP meets Chamber of Commerce

Maria Miller MP addressed a breakfast meeting of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in Basingstoke today. Maria commented “It is wonderful to meet with so many diverse local businesses who play a key role in creating an environment which not only provides jobs but creates such a wealth of products and services in the area. Basingstoke is a town in which businesses can thrive.”