Local News

Armed Forces Minister visits historic WWI airfield in Essex

  Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois recently spent a Friday afternoon visiting Stow Maries Airfield near Maldon, which is Britain’s sole remaining WWI aerodrome and which was used to help provide the defence of London in the Great War against German Zeppelins and by plane bombers. Mark was joined on his visit by the local MP, John Whittingdale OBE.  

Mark Francois MP delighted at FitzWimarc’s success in becoming an Academy

  Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, has expressed his delight at the news that FitzWimarc School in Hockley Road, Rayleigh, has now been allowed to convert to become an Academy from 1st March 2015. The decision was approved at the end of February by the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, and means the school can now change its status which will give greater autonomy to the Headteacher, Mr Robert Harris, and his Governors in the running and organisation of their school.  

Armed Forces Minister visits his old Regiment

  Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois, who served as a TA Infantry Officer in the Cold War recently paid a visit to the Headquarters of his old Regiment in Bury St Edmunds, to see how what is now the Army Reserve is developing in the 21st Century.  

MP “Jeremy Paxmaned” by Greensward Academy politics students

  Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, paid a recent visit to Greensward Academy, in Hockley, where as well as witnessing the major rebuild of the school which is currently underway, he was grilled by year 12 Government and Politics Students, which he jokingly described as akin to those delivered by Newsnight host, Jeremy Paxman!  

MP backs planning application to expand Tesco car park

  Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, has formally written to Rochford District Council to give his backing to a recent planning application by Tesco to expand the car park outside their convenience store on London Road, in Rayleigh.  

MP gives formal support to FitzWimarc’s Academy Bid

Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, has formally replied to FitzWimarc School’s consultation on its bid to become an Academy and has offered his "wholehearted support" for the school’s proposal.  

MP meets Plumberow School Council

  Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, recently paid a visit to Plumberow Primary Academy in Hockley, where he had the chance to meet the school council and learn about their role as councillors.