Working for the future of Bedford & Kempston

Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017. 

Parliament

Trade Speech 2016
During January, Richard made contributions in the House of Commons on counter-terrorism and the UK’s support for the Nigerian Army in seeking to defeat Boko Haram terrorists and a comprehensive speech on the UK’s policy on trade, export and innovation. Richard has also tabled questions on a broad range of subjects including NHS Continuing Healthcare, compensation for Equitable Life policy holders, delays by the Home Office in processing visas and government policy on access to taxis for wheelchair users.

As a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, Richard has taken evidence from key witnesses on the digital economy, the productivity plan and access to Higher Education. The Committee has also published its first report on the UK Steel Industry. The work of the BIS Committee can be followed here.

If you would like to follow what Richard is doing in Parliament, enter your postcode on the independent website theyworkforyou.com. On this site you can also sign up for an email alert every time Richard speaks in Parliament or asks a parliamentary question.

 

Bedford and Kempston MP, Richard Fuller has been elected to the Select Committee which will scrutinise the Government’s policies towards businesses and Colleges of Further Education such as Bedford College. The Select Committee is a cross party Committee chaired by the Labour MP for Hartlepool, Iain Wright.

Commenting on his election, Richard said that he wanted to be a voice for the small, family owned businesses that are so important to our town and other towns like Bedford across the country. He also focussed on the importance of the Living Wage and ending the era of ‘corporate welfare’ where some companies keep pay low because they know taxpayers will make up the difference through in-work benefits.

“I am delighted to be able to work with MPs from all parties to ensure that this government pursues policies that support working people and encourage people to start their own business so our economy can continue the solid progress it is making.”

You can follow the work of the Committee on Parliament’s website.

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Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, used the last Prime Minister’s Question time before Christmas to ask the PM what the Government can do to help young people in Bedford and Kempston on to the housing ladder.

You can watch Richard’s question and the Prime Minister’s answer by clicking the image above.

Afterwards, Richard commented,

“Right to Buy has been really popular locally, reducing the deposit required by first time buyers to purchase their own home. It was great to hear that the Government has now launched the Starter Homes Initiative offering 20% discounts on new affordable homes to buyers aged under 40.”

More information on the schemes is available at:
Help to Buy
Starter Homes

On Tuesday 5th February, the House of Commons debated a Bill aimed at allowing same sex couples to marry. I attended the House of Commons for the entirety of the debate because I wanted to listen to points raised on both sides, and I am glad that I did so. I also spoke in the debate to explain why, though I share the ambitions of the Bill, I would be abstaining in the vote in order to ensure that concerns expressed with anomalies in, and potential consequences of, the bill would be taken seriously as the Bill progresses. You can view a video of my contribution to the debate below, or you can read a transcript here.