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Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, has defended two of his local libraries, in Hockley and Hullbridge respectively, which are under threat as part of Essex County Council’s consultation on Future Library Services.

MP welcomes the decision to suspend RDC's Traveller Consultation

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois has today welcomed the announcement by Rochford District Council that they intend to suspend their recently announced consultation document on potential new Gypsy and Traveller sites across the Rochford District.


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.