Support for Veterans with the cost of living 

Like people across our country, veterans are struggling to make ends meet, with many forced to rely on charity just to pay their bills. The Government is leaving those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country without the support they need. 

As Shadow Minister for Veterans, I asked the Minister how he can expect the veteran community to trust him, watch it here: 

The new Luton DART 

I was pleased to travel on Luton’s DART this week ahead of its opening. Luton Rising have done excellent work in ensuring the DART delivers social value to our town, with the ability to drive future business plans. It was clear how much consideration they have given to accessibility for those with disabilities as well as free travel for airport employees, disabled people and those with discretionary bus passes. Not to mention half priced travel for Luton residents if they register!

Rachel Hopkins MP on Luton DART
Rachel Hopkins MP on Luton DART

Paramedic ride-along 

I recently joined Paul and Niamh from the East of England Ambulance Service for a ride along. Paramedics save lives day in, day out. It was interesting to learn about the daily skills, knowledge and compassion their jobs require. 

Rachel Hopkins MP with paramedics in front of ambulance
Rachel Hopkins MP with paramedics in front of ambulance

Funding our local councils 

Local councils have suffered severe funding cuts by Government over the past 13 years, forcing many local services to be lost or overstretched. 

I spoke in Parliament about the importance of local councils receiving adequate, long-term funding. You can watch my speech here. 

Chatting with Caddington residents 

It was great to join the Caddington Cares coffee morning this month and chat with local residents. Especially interesting to chat to Doug, a veteran who served in World War Two. 

Celebrating the best of Luton 

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for or won a Luton’s Best Award! It was a pleasure to attend the event to celebrate the diverse talent that our town has to offer. It was a real testament to our town’s caring and collaborative community. 

It was great to see both Councillor Sian Goding and senior officer Nicola Monk recognised for their service to Luton. They’re both brilliant women leaders who I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Luton's Best Awards

Visiting our manufacturing industry in Parliament 

Luton’s manufacturing businesses are really important to our local and regional economy. 

I visited Vauxhall, Eaton Power and GKN Aerospace this month and was impressed by their commitment to creating local, high skilled jobs and recruiting young Lutonians, nurturing their careers within their companies. 

Rachel Hopkins MP and Sarah Owen MP with Vauxhall and Unite workers and representatives in plant
Rachel Hopkins MP and Sarah Owen MP with Vauxhall and Unite workers and representatives in plant

Standing up for football fans

The Government has published its White Paper on Reforming Club Football Governance. Its publication follows the fan-led review in 2021.

The White Paper must reassure fans that their voice will be heard in decisions that affect their club. I asked the Minister about whether their proposed regulator will supporters’ voices in its work.

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