An update from Victoria Atkins MP: Louth & Horncastle.
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Victoria Atkins MP 
Newsletter: September - October 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May & Victoria Atkins MP
Much has happened locally and in Parliament. Parliament is now back in full swing after the Conference season.

At Conservative Party Conference, during which the Prime Minister set out her plans for our country, forging a new relationship with Europe and the rest of the world, whilst ensuring the economy works for everyone here at home. There has also been much to celebrate locally from the success of my inaugural Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair to the Davis Cup visiting Horncastle Tennis Club.
Conservative Party Conference
Victoria Atkins MP at PM's Conference Speech
The Prime Minister took the opportunity at Conservative Party Conference to set out her vision of our country's place in the world. Securing the best terms for our exit from the European Union is an important part of this. The Prime Minister's announcement that Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March 2017 proved the Government's commitment to delivering Brexit.

The Prime Minister seemed to have Lincolnshire in mind as she described her plans for working people. Her determination to create a country that works for everyone through hard work and merit will have struck a chord with many people locally. 

She also highlighted the need to improve broadband in rural areas - one of my key campaigns. I took the opportunity at Conference to meet Internet Service Providers and associated organisations to discuss poor broadband and possible solutions for the hardest to reach areas. In the words of the Prime Minister, “It’s just not right... that half of people living in rural areas, and so many small businesses, can’t get a decent broadband connection.”
The issue of local broadband and “notspots” will be discussed at my Broadband Summit, to be held on the 20th of January 2017. This will be your chance to raise your concerns directly with providers.
If you wish to attend the summit please email me on
Louth & Horncastle Conservative Association
It was great to see so many members at Conference this year.  One of the joys of Conference is meeting friends and catching up.  I hosted a reception for the Association and a good time was had by all.
Louth & Horncastle Conservative Association at Conference
My call for action on Horncastle bottleneck
Victoria Atkins MP in Transport Questions
I spoke for up local residents in Parliament stating “Every day this summer, my constituents, tourists and I had to wait up to 45 minutes to pass through the traffic lights at the Bull Ring in Horncastle, where the very busy A153 crosses the even busier A158.”

I told the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP thatThe single carriageway road cannot cope with the volume of traffic between the city of Lincoln, the market town of Louth and the east coast.”

The Minister was concerned to hear of the transport issues in Horncastle, which he understands well as a fellow Lincolnshire MP, and offered to meet Victoria and local councillors with his officials to examine solutions to the bottleneck in traffic jams.

I was pleased to hear that the Minister listened to my concerns. What I want to do is let the Minister know local people’s views on how to resolve these traffic jams. I therefore invite residents and businesses affected by these traffic jams to write to me with their views.
At home, highlights of the last few weeks have included being made Honorary Chairman of the Coastal Community Team for Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea, seeing the world-famous Davis Cup at a packed Horncastle Tennis Club and opening a pub in the constituency. Life is never dull as your MP!
We also celebrated the success of the first of my Jobs & Apprenticeship Fairs to help increase employment locally, support successful businesses and develop skills in training and apprenticeships. Many prominent local and national companies, including Luxus, Polypipe, BAE and National Grid, educational establishments and other organisations were present to offer advice, encouragement and, hopefully, jobs and apprenticeships to local people.

I held my most recent surgery in Mablethorpe. The ability to help constituents with the difficulties they are facing is one of the most important - and fulfilling - responsibilities of being your MP. I hold regular Advice Surgeries throughout the length and breadth of the constituency so if you would like my assistance do contact my office at
Louth & Horncastle Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair
In Parliament
Victoria Atkins MP in Education Questions 25/05/16
There has been much to debate and decide, both at home and abroad in the weeks since Parliament returned.

I was moved by the emergency debate on the onslaught of cruelty in Syria and its consequences across the world. The rise of international travel and the internet means that the world feels smaller than ever and, sadly, the violence in a country thousands of miles away has consequences here at home, through the refugee crisis and terrorism.

I also took part in the moving debate on baby loss. The heartfelt speeches from a number of my colleagues, from all sides of the House, touched us all. We now need to work together to secure the changes to make sure that the support for families suffering this loss is improved in the future.

I asked the Prime Minister about the issue of so-called “safe spaces” in our universities undermining the fundamental British value of freedom of speech and was pleased she agreed with me that that so-called “safe spaces” in British universities restrict innovation and debate.

Away from the main chamber, I joined Lincolnshire colleagues in Westminster Hall to speak in the debate raising the importance of cycling in our constituencies. I paid tribute to the work of the Louth Navigation Trust, East Lindsey District Council and Sustrans in their efforts to reopen the route along Louth canal for cycling, walking and other activities.
You can contact me via email, phone call or letter, details below:


Tel: 0207 219 5897


Victoria Atkins MP
House of Commons
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