Local News

MPs share breakfast with Armed Forces Veterans

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Former Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois, joined his Parliamentary colleague Stephen Metcalfe MP and Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex to attend a special veterans breakfast at the Campanile Hotel, Basildon in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.

MP supports installation of Rayleigh Poppy Waterfall

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and former Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois recently attended a special ceremony to mark the installation of a waterfall of 12,000 hand-made poppies on display outside Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh - to mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice.

MP presents prizes at FitzWimarc Awards Evening

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois was among several local dignitaries who helped to present prizes to high achieving pupils at FitzWimarc School’s recent annual awards evening, held at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff.

MP views new mural at Wickford C of E Infants

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois was shown the results of painstaking efforts by pupils to create a beautiful mural depicting a religious scene, when he paid a recent visit to Wickford Church of England Infant School.

MP grills ambulance chiefs on their performance

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois recently held a meeting at his Westminster office with Mr Robert Morton, the Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) and Mr Karl Edwards the Deputy Director for Service Delivery, who has operational responsibility for the Trust in Norf

MP attends grand re-opening of The Cherry Tree

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois spent a very pleasant evening recently attending the grand reopening of The Cherry Tree pub on the Stambridge Road in his constituency.

The Bull is safe!

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois was delighted to receive a letter recently from Mr Greg Sage, Communications Director at Greene King, assuring him that The Bull pub, Hockley, will be rebuilt and reopened.

MP renews calls for discount for Greater Anglia Commuters

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois has reacted to the recent news that rail fares next year are likely to increase by in excess of 3%, by repeating his call to train operator Abellio Greater Anglia to give a discount to commuters, in return for all the disruption they have suffered on the Sou

MP supports local Royal Naval Association

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and former Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois was delighted to be one of the guests at the Rayleigh branch of the Royal Naval Association’s (RNA) annual dinner at Saxon Hall, next to Southend Airport.

MP praises Aaron Lewis Foundation

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and former Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois praised the local charity, the Aaron Lewis Foundation for all the good work they do when he attended their recent annual rugby tournament held at Westcliff Rugby Club near Southend Airport.