Westminster News

Minister supports launch of Britain’s largest ever warship

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois was present at Rosyth Dockyard recently to witness the naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s largest ever warship, weighing in at 65,000 tonnes.

Minister pays his respects to the Parachute Regiment

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois, took part in a commemorative service to pay his respects to former comrades of the Parachute Regiment, when he attended a "Support our Paras" (SOPARA) event at the Old Sarum Airfield, in Wiltshire recently.

Minister welcomes Military Wives Choir to Parliament

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois, welcomed the original Military Wives Choir to Parliament recently, where they performed in Portcullis House to Ministers, MPs and their staff.

Minister helps welcome 7th Armoured Brigade to Parliament

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois joined the Secretary of State for Defence and other Members of Parliament in welcoming members of the 7th Armoured Brigade to Westminster recently, where they were formally thanked for their service in Afghanistan.

Mark Francois attends opening of new Dogs Trust home in Wickford

Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, recently helped open the brand new Dogs Trust home in Nevendon, Wickford, where he had the chance to meet several of its new canine inhabitants, before being shown around the £7.3 million state of the art facilities.

Mark Francois MP pays tribute to D-Day Veterans in Normandy

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois travelled to Normandy recently to play a part in the events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, which began the process of liberating Europe from Nazi Germany.

Minister officially launches Ten Tors Challenge

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois officially launched the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor recently, which is a test of navigation skills and endurance for young people. During the challenge, competitors have to visit ten tors on Dartmoor, within 34 hours, in some cases travelling distances of 55 miles.

Minister visits the Marines

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois, spent a day in Plymouth recently, visiting Three Commando Brigade Royal Marines. The Brigade, who form one of Britain’s elite rapid intervention forces, are headquartered in the Plymouth area and, as part of his ministerial duties, Mark was given briefings on the Brigades’ amphibious and wider military capabilities.

Minister thanks British troops on UN duty in Cyprus

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois, recently paid a brief visit to Cyprus in order to meet British troops who are serving on the Island, as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force. Whist there Mark was given a tour of parts of the "Green Line" which separates the Republic of Cyprus from the Turkish occupied area in the North of the Island. Mark walked along the "no man’s land" area in the capital of Nicosia, which has remained unoccupied since the Turkish invasion in 1974.