Local News

MP explains his Brexit choice to local Tories

MP Mark Francois explained his reasons for backing Brexit to his local Party members at the Rayleigh and Wickford Conservative Association’s Annual General Meeting, which took place recently in the WI Hall in Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh.  The meeting, which was attended by around 50 members of the Association, heard Mark give three main reasons why he believes Britain should leave the European Union.

Queens Road to be resurfaced – at last!

 Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois has welcomed the news that Essex County Council are due to resurface Queens Road in Rayleigh by the end of June 2016.  The road has been in a very poor condition for a long time and Mark, along with County Councillor Malcolm Maddocks and District Councillor Cheryl Roe, have been collectively pushing the County Council for some four years in an attempt to get the road resurfaced. 

MP gets update on new sixth form plans

MP Mark Francois recently paid a visit to FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh where he was briefed on progress with the plans to establish a new sixth form, at the start of the new academic year in September 2016.

Would be PCC wants a “Special” in every village

County Councillor Roger Hirst, the Conservative Candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May, was joined by Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois when he explained to the Rayleigh Conservative Supper Club why he wants to see a Special Constable appointed in every village in Essex. 

Mark Francois MP urges local communities to apply for HLF funding to mark the Centenary of the First World War

The Centenary of the First World War is a chance to understand the war, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today.  At a recent Parliamentary event Mark Francois MP found out more about how the Heritage Lottery Fund supports projects across the UK that focus not just on the events of 1914–1918 but also on the lasting changes the war brought about.

MP helps put new museum on the map

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois recently paid a visit to the soon to open Rayleigh Town Museum, during which he donated a 100 year old Ordnance Survey Map of Essex to add to its collection.

MP meets Joseph and cast at FitzWimarc show

Rayleigh and Wickford MP joined a host of parents at Fitzwimarc School recently to see the school’s very lively production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.  The show, which had Felix Summers, aged 13, in the lead role, played for four nights and Mark attended on the final evening along with Headteacher, Mr Robert Harris. 

MP Joins Air Cadets for their 75th Anniversary

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois recently joined 1476 (Rayleigh) Squadron for a special dinner to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Air Training Corps in WWII.