Hands is Top Tory for Constituency Work

Figures released this week by BBC London show that Greg Hands meets more constituents at his surgeries than any other Conservative MP. Around 1,000 local people are seen each year at his weekly constituency surgeries.Although MPs with so-called “safe seats” are sometimes accused of doing less work in their constituencies, this clearly doesn’t apply to the Chelsea & Fulham MP. He comes out on top for constituency work, despite having the largest percentage majority of any Conservative MP in London.

Government on track to save £8bn this year

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed interim results showing that government departments have saved £3.1 billion so far this financial year. They are now expected to achieve efficiency savings of more than £8 billion during 2012/13.

Remembrance Sunday in Chelsea

Greg Hands M.P. was honoured to join the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Christopher Buckmaster, who led a Remembrance Sunday service on Sunday 11th  November to honour the soldiers killed and injured in war and conflict.

The ceremony, which took place at the war memorial in Sloane Square, was observed by representatives from units of the armed forces which have the Freedom of the Royal Borough, cadets from many youth organisations and representatives from a range of civilian organisations. They were also joined by London MEP Dr Charles Tannock and all of the councillors representing wards in Chelsea.

Hands supports Big Energy Saving Week as winter approaches

Two thirds of people think their energy bill will be higher this winter, with many living in colder homes than they would like, according to new figures from Citizens Advice. It launched Big Energy Saving Week (22-27 October) to help people cut their winter fuel bills.

Heathrow complaints unit too busy to deal with complaints

Heathrow Airport's noise complaints unit are so inundated that they have given up providing individual responses to disgruntled residents.Theresa Gruber, Community Communications Manager at Heathrow Airport Ltd, emailed an H&F resident, who was complaining about increased aircraft noise last month, to say: “Thank you for your email and I hope this finds you well. Unfortunately due to the high volume of complaints we are receiving at the moment, we are currently unable to provide detailed individual responses. We aspire to providing individual responses in future.”

This Government means business over job creation

Being out of work can be a huge personal tragedy. That’s why the Government is dedicated to ensuring every single person who wants to work hard and get on in life has the skills they need to compete and thrive in the global race.

Apprenticeship numbers more than double in Chelsea & Fulham

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed the huge increase in the number of apprenticeships in Chelsea & Fulham.The Conservatives have delivered a record number of apprenticeships in England, with half a million people starting an apprenticeship last year. Thanks to the Government’s investment, 142 more young people in England are starting an apprenticeship every single day, an increase of 80 per cent. The number of people starting an Advanced apprenticeship increased by 105 per cent, while the number starting a Higher (or degree-level) apprenticeship increased by 133 per cent

Greg Hands MP’s response to the ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ consultation

1.    IntroductionAs the Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham, I have close connections with both Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital. Like any other resident, having lived in the constituency since 1990, I have unexpectedly found myself at both A&E departments over the years. My daughter was born at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in 2006, and my son at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in 2007. I campaigned hard against previous plans to downgrade services at Charing Cross, which emerged when I was still a local Councillor, and have been a member of the hospital’s Friends group for fourteen years. Likewise, I am one of the vice presidents of the Chelsea & Westminster Friends group. My constituents are heavy users of both Chelsea & Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals.

Boris Bikes to come to Fulham

Boris bikes could become a common sight in west London, after Hammersmith & Fulham Council agreed it would help bring them to the borough.The council decided in September that a £2 million contribution towards the popular Barclays Hire Scheme will be paid but that developers will foot the bill – not the council taxpayer.