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MP for North Herefordshire

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Bill Wiggin MP joins Radio 4 Farming Today panel to discuss how Britain’s food and farming industry is preparing for Brexit

This weekend, Bill joined an expert panel on Radio 4’s Farming Today to look at the practical implications of leaving the EU with or without a deal.

Debating the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU on Britain’s agriculture industry, Bill commented:

“I think it is the dawn of a very exciting change for farming.

Many people did not believe that Boris would put forward a sensible deal but he has. The EU must now consider the necessary compromises.

The tariffs we have seen so far are responses to a worst case scenario that the Government has published in order for people to see what a worst case could be. However, what we all actually want is a future trading relationship with our European friends and partners, not this negative tariff-based regime.

Our focus is therefore on getting the best possible deal for the future of the UK’s businesses and communities, and that is what the Government is trying to do.”

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On Environmental Standards:

“We are dealing with the Withdrawal Agreement at this stage, but the future trading arrangement is where regulations like environmental standards will be agreed.

It is important that people remember we didn’t vote to leave the EU because we didn’t like their environmental standards. We voted to leave because we had no control over them.

I think that people do like EU standards by and large, and that as they are mostly desirable we will keep them.

Where I think the advantage lies is that we can also improve on them, so that we can have standards that are far more specific to the UK.

We will therefore be able to raise our standards and have better environmental regulations than the EU.

I don’t think the EU will have a problem with that. What I want to see is the EU agreeing that we don’t need all these tariffs.

At this stage we must prepare people. That is why it is in everybody’s interests for us to move forwards as quickly as possible to arrive at the part where everybody benefits, which is the trade negotiation, rather than fighting over this element, which is the divorce part.”

Listen to the full debate at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00092t3

Letter from the Prime Minister 02/10/19

A copy of the letter I received from the Prime Minister regarding the UK proposals for a new protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

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Update from the Department for Transport regarding the Thomas Cook Group

A copy of the letter I received from The Secretary of State for Transport on 26/09/19.

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Brexit Update 25/09/2019

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the suspension of Parliament was unlawful.

While I have the highest respect for our judiciary and the independence of our courts, I disagree with yesterday’s Supreme Court judgement.

Parliament does not need the protection of the Supreme Court. Parliament can protect itself if required.

However there is an important difference between illegal and unlawful. Until a court rules, it is not possible to know if something which has no law attached is unlawful. This is quite different to choosing to break an existing law which would be illegal.

The UK will not be deterred from getting on and delivering on the will of the people to come out of the EU on 31 October, because that it was we were mandated to do.

We will simultaneously refuse to be deterred from delivering on what will be an exciting and dynamic domestic agenda, intended to make our country even more attractive to live in and to invest in.

We are pushing on with investing in our NHS, reducing violent crime and cutting the cost of living and to do that we will need a Queen’s Speech to set out what laws we are going to bring in.

People want to see us delivering a strong domestic agenda and they want to see Brexit delivered by 31 October.

There is only one way to settle this now.

We need a general election.

I shall continue to support and vote for a General Election so that our precious democracy is not hijacked.

In comparison, Labour have repeatedly failed to support the Country having its say in an election, because they do not trust the people.

Best wishes

Bill Wiggin MP

Bill Wiggin MP attends annual Kington Show

Bill Wiggin MP visited the annual Kington Show in his North Herefordshire constituency over the weekend.

Commenting on the day, Bill Wiggin MP said:

“It is always a pleasure to attend this excellent show and to witness so many local producers, such a variety of stalls and of course see all of the superb livestock on display.

It is clear that a huge amount of work goes into organising this show, and on a gloriously sunny day it was great to see such a high numbers in attendance.

These events are important to Herefordshire. It is always a pleasure to meet people from our fantastic Agricultural community, and I was pleased to be able to speak with local farmers on a wide range of topics from beef to preservation of the world’s rain forests.”

Bill Wiggin MP update following meeting with Herefordshire Council

Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, has today offered an update following a ‘constructive’ meeting with Herefordshire Council on Friday 6th September.

Mr Wiggin met with Council chiefs to discuss numerous issues – including the Hereford bypass.

After the meeting Mr Wiggin offered an update saying:

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with the new Administration of the Council and ask them to consider the risks that these delays pose to the bypass project. I made clear my views that the funding was at risk and my own priority has to be the majority of my constituents who want a bypass as soon as possible.

The Council said they wanted to investigate further so we must hope that sense will prevail. I initially fought for an Eastern route but I would prefer any bypass to no bypass. I will continue to press for the western route.

We also discussed other pressing issues like the economy and Housing and Planning and I hope that we can work positively together to ensure a bright future for Herefordshire.”

Bill Wiggin MP welcomes new funding for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

The recent mass roll out of EV chargepoint infrastructure shows that the Government is stepping up its strategy to help people and businesses make the switch from petrol and diesel to electric vehicles.

In light of the launch of the £400 million Chargepoint Infrastructure Investment Fund this month, Bill Wiggin commented:

“I welcome the £70million funding specifically for EV charging infrastructure announced by the Department for Transport last week.

Following my Ten Minute Rule Bill on standardised electric vehicle charging portals last November, I am pleased that the Government is committed to seeing all new rapid and higher powered chargepoints provide card payment by spring 2020. There are now more chargepoint locations in the UK than petrol stations.

Increased funding for EV infrastructure is a vital step towards lowering our emissions and improving air quality.

It is important that rural areas are not overlooked in the allocation of this funding, and I will continue to argue for improved EV infrastructure in rural areas in North Herefordshire.”

Bill Wiggin MP delight as Leominster set to benefit from record Government investment

Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, has reacted with delight at the news that Leominster is set to receive £2 million as part of a record government investment aimed to breathe new life into historic buildings on the nation’s high streets.

The £95 million funding will be used to revitalise 69 historic high streets across England – the biggest ever single investment into the UK’s built heritage.

Commenting on the announcement, Bill said:

“I very much welcome this biggest ever investment into our built heritage. Leominster is a wonderful and historic town with many excellent independent retailers. I am sure this money will help to benefit businesses, support our much-loved buildings and help to make this community an even more attractive place to live, work and visit.”

Letter from the Department for Transport regarding The Thomas Cook Group

A copy of the letter I received from the Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, regarding The Thomas Cook Group.

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