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  • Help-to-Buy ISA | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Help to Buy ISA 1st December 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the launch of a new Government backed savings account designed to help people saving for a deposit on their first home From today first time buyers will be able to save in a Help to Buy Individual Savings Account ISA which the Government will top up by 25 per cent up to a maximum of 3 000 For example if you save 200 a month the Government will add 50 up to a maximum of 3 000 boosting your ISA savings of 12 000 to 15 000 As with a traditional cash ISA you will also earn interest on your savings which will be free of both income and capital gains tax Fourteen different brands have signed up to offer the new ISA product which will provide first time buyers the opportunity to save up to 200 a month The accounts are available to each first time buyer not each household This means that if you are planning to buy with your partner for example you could receive a government bonus of up to 6 000 towards your first home To kick start your account in your first month you can deposit a lump sum of up to 1 200 Alok Sharma said First time buyers who are doing the right thing and trying to save for a deposit deserve support The new Government backed Help to Buy ISA will help first time buyers across the country achieve the dream of owning their own home and I am sure will be

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  • News | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Road Securing future for Circuit Lane Surgery Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links News Spending Review and Autumn Statement Chancellor delivers a true one nation Spending Review 25th November 2015 Unemployment Figures Unemployment in Reading West continues to fall 11th November 2015 SportInspired Sports Minister praises SportInspired 11th November 2015 Tilehurst Church Sharma cuts first turf to kick off building works at Tilehurst Church 9th November 2015 Dickory Docks Nursery Sharma praises Dickory Docks Nursery on Outstanding Ofsted rating 9th November 2015 Innovative Physics Alok Sharma supporting and celebrating innovative physics in business 3rd November 2015 previous 5 of 134 next Sign up for my e

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  • Dangerous Driving Debate | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Morland who were killed last year by a dangerous driver and called on the government to toughen the sentencing regime for those who kill through dangerous driving The debate was attended by the fiancées of Kris and John Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay and local Reading campaigner Karen Rowland Following the debate Alok Sharma said I was delighted that MPs from all parties spoke up in favour of strengthening sentencing for dangerous driving It was an excellent example of cross party consensus on the need for a change in the law I am also pleased that following the meeting that Tracey and Hayley and I had with the Prime Minister earlier this year the review of penalties for driving offences is fully underway within the Ministry of Justice and the points raised by Tracey and Hayley with the Prime Minister are being taken into account as a part of this review Alok continued Whilst the Minister responding to this debate could not give a precise timing for when the public consultation on this review will be launched he did note that the Government would publicise the public consultation as widely as possible and at the conclusion of this whole process we are likely to have a proposal for a change in the law which Parliament will have to vote on This will be another opportunity in Parliament to set out the case for strengthening the law Of course the courts and judges decide on the level of sentencing in each case but the framework for the sentencing levels is set by Parliament and MPs must act on this to reflect the strength in feeling across the country as shown in the fantastic e petition launched by Tracey and Hayley After the debate Minister Andrew Selous MP met with Tracey Hayley

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  • Alok Sharma leads debate calling for tougher sentencing for causing death by dangerous driving | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    I will fight by their side for justice for as long as it takes If we are able to achieve a change in the law and it is indeed strengthened it would be fitting if that law was referred to as John and Kris s law That would be a tribute to the memory of two family men whose tragic deaths led to a national campaign to strengthen sentencing for dangerous driving Hansard Minister s Response The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice Andrew Selous As always it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship Mr Hollobone Thank you for the efficient way in which you have chaired our proceedings I congratulate my hon Friend the Member for Reading West Alok Sharma on securing this important debate The seriousness with which dangerous driving is taken is evident from the strength of feeling among Members on both sides of the House I pay tribute to him for his persistence and for how he has brought this matter before the House Indeed I thank all hon Members for the non party political way in which these serious matters have been addressed My hon Friend was right to say that it is not possible for us to imagine the pain of the families who have lost loved ones to such terrible experiences I regularly meet victims and I will continue to be available to do that to try to give myself the best possible idea of what they have been through He mentioned the 102 000 signature petition which is a significant achievement I note that he has been to see the Prime Minister The shadow Minister spoke about the Prime Minister s supportive attitude on this matter I am also grateful to my hon Friend for mentioning the case of my hon Friend the Member for Stafford Jeremy Lefroy whose constituent a teacher was killed on account of someone browsing the internet while driving a lorry an atrocious thing to have done My hon Friend the Member for Reading West asked three particular questions and yes the five issues that he raised are being considered as part of the Government s review Secondly I hope to be able to move to the public phase of the review soon and we will do everything possible to attract the widest public attention Thirdly the reforms are likely to require legislation and so will be debated by Parliament All hon Members will have a chance as they have had this afternoon to put the views of their constituents in that debate Jim Fitzpatrick The Minister says that he hopes the review will move to its public phase soon Can he be more specific about the definition of soon When I was the Minister for a time a civil servant drafted an answer for me that said The answer to the parliamentary question will be published in the autumn I asked When is the autumn They said 23 December Minister I said Well that s usually Christmas They said It s the end of the autumn Session Minister The word soon is even less specific than autumn and certainly this year It would be nice to know whether that means the calendar year or the parliamentary year Andrew Selous The right hon Gentleman is a former Minister and he knows how such things work I am sorry that I am not able to be more specific but I can tell him and every other Member here that I get it There is clearly huge concern on both sides of the House about dangerous driving A commitment has been made to have the review and I assure the hon Gentleman that my officials and others are working on that in earnest I would be extremely grateful if he were good enough to accept that for now The hon Gentleman made an excellent speech and he is right that we all want safer roads He spoke about the language we use in such matters and I agree that using drink drugs or phones does not make it an accident Getting the language right matters and I hugely agree that enforcement is critical as my hon Friend the Member for Reading West also said As a former road safety Minister the hon Member for Poplar and Limehouse Jim Fitzpatrick brings great experience and knowledge to this debate The issue of prevention resonated most strongly with me and the public reporting of drivers who break the rules is an interesting idea He also said that the punishment should fit the crime I assure hon Members that Ministers and officials in the Department for Transport will be sent the transcript of this debate so that they can study what has been said because that is an important aspect of our proceedings The hon Gentleman specifically asked about prosecutions and despite the increased number of cars on our roads the number of incidents and more significantly the number of deaths on our roads have fallen very significantly As a result there are fewer prosecutions for causing death by dangerous driving but the sentence length has increased which is part of a long term trend I listened with great interest to the speech of my hon Friend the Member for Mid Derbyshire Pauline Latham Safety near schools is incredibly important and I commend her for continuing to campaign on that issue She made an important point which links to the point raised by the hon Member for Poplar and Limehouse about the need for effective enforcement Again I will ensure that that point is passed on to the Department for Transport The three E s mentioned by the hon Member for Hornsey and Wood Green Catherine West education engineering and enforcement are right She also made a useful contribution to our proceedings My hon Friend the Member for Henley John Howell told us of a personal experience from his constituency He speaks as a member of the Select Committee on Justice

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  • Prime Minister meets families of road crash victims | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    had previous convictions for 67 offences and was still on a four year driving ban Walter was jailed for just 10 years and 3 months Tracey and Hayley have launched a petition calling on the Government to introduce consecutive sentencing for each person killed by a dangerous driver which now has more than 80 000 signatures The Prime Minister started the meeting by expressing his sympathies to the family members and thanked them for their courage in pursuing their campaign Tracey and Hayley explained to the Prime Minister why they felt the law needed to be changed for the benefit of other families who may be affected in the future Alok explained that he had led a debate on the issue in the House of Commons and that there had been cross party support for a change in the law The Prime Minister outlined three areas he believed were important to consider in the ongoing review of all driving related offences and penalties being carried by the Ministry of Justice to help victims feel they were getting justice including Considering raising the maximum sentence that can we handed down by judges Whether sentences should be served concurrently or consecutively The amount of the sentence served by the offender before they could be released early on licence The Prime Minister promised to write to the Justice Secretary to ask him to consider these options as part of the review Alok Sharma said I would like to thank the Prime Minister for agreeing to meet Tracey and Hayley and for taking such an interest in this case I have a huge amount of respect for Tracey and Hayley who are pursuing this campaign not for their own benefit but to help provide justice for the families who may be similarly affected in

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  • Prime Minister to meet fiancées of John Morland and Kris Jarvis | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Gallery Contact Links Prime Minister to meet fiancées of John Morland and Kris Jarvis 20th February 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has organised a meeting for Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay the fiancées of Kris Jarvis and John Morland with Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss sentencing for dangerous drivers John Morland and Kris Jarvis were tragically killed in Purley by a reckless driver who was already disqualified from driving without insurance in a vehicle taken without consent was more than two and a half times over the alcohol blood limit had taken cocaine in the previous 24 hours and was driving at 70 miles per hour in a 30 zone whilst being pursued by police John and Kris s killer received just 10 years and three months in prison for his crimes Tracey and Hayley who set up an online petition calling on the Government to introduce consecutive sentencing for each person killed by a dangerous driver will meet with the Prime Minister on Wednesday 25th February 2015 The petition which now has almost 70 000 signatures can be signed online here http epetitions direct gov uk petitions 67911 The Ministry of Justice is currently reviewing all driving related offences and penalties and have committed to holding an extensive public consultation on the issue of sentencing following that review Alok Sharma said I am very pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to meet with Tracey and Hayley giving them an opportunity to make their case for tougher sentencing for dangerous drivers and to further influence the Government s policy on dangerous driving Alok continued The Ministry of Justice are engaged in ongoing discussions with victims as part of their review into driving related offences and I hope that they will publish their proposals

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  • Minister meets with dangerous driving victims Hayley and Tracey | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    disqualified from driving was driving 70mph in a 30mph zone whilst being pursued by police was two and a half times over the alcohol limit and had taken cocaine in the previous 24 hours The meeting was organised by Alok to provide an opportunity for Tracey and Hayley to present their campaign for tougher sentences for dangerous driver killers to the responsible minister ahead of the publication of a full review of all driving related offences and sentences being carried out by the Ministry of Justice Tracey and Hayley started an e petition earlier this year which calls for drivers to receive a maximum sentence of 14 years per person who has been killed with each sentence to run consecutively and not concurrently This has now received more than 28 000 signatures and can be viewed online by clicking here During the meeting Mike Penning said the Government was pushing ahead with plans to change the law to make sure that driving bans imposed at the same time as a prison sentence will be extended so that they continue to apply once the offender has been released This change is due to come into effect next year Mike Penning highlighted the importance of debate and consultation in this area and agreed to ensure that the views expressed by Tracey and Hayley were fed into the Review of driving offences and penalties Hayley Lindsay said It was a pleasure to meet with the Minister Mike Penning as we feel that tougher sentences need to be revised and put in place Families like ourselves and future families need to feel that there getting the justice they deserve after losing a loved one Alok Sharma said I am really grateful to Mike Penning for taking such a close interest in Hayley and Tracey

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  • Minister commits to holding public consultation at emotional debate on dangerous driving | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    on the Government to review sentences for those convicted of causing death by dangerous driving so that the law puts victims and the families of victims ahead of criminals Speaking during the debate Alok Sharma said John and Kris were family men and as a result of the accident seven children lost their father parents lost their sons brothers and sisters lost their siblings and the fiancées of John and Kris who are present and are listening to the debate Hayley Lindsay and Tracey Fidler lost the love of their lives the reality is that those families started a life sentence on 13 February By contrast Walters got 10 years and three months for killing two innocent men Hayley Lindsay and Tracey Fidler have launched an e petition which calls for drivers to receive a maximum sentence of 14 years per person who has been killed with each sentence to run consecutively and not concurrently The e petition has already been signed by 25 000 people and can be viewed here There were contributions from eight other backbench MPs from all three of the main political parties to the debate which is unusually high for a half hour debate Alok pointed out during the debate that this demonstrated the strength of feeling across the House on the issue Speaking in response to the debate Minister of State for Policing Criminal Justice and Victims the Right Honourable Mike Penning MP confirmed that the Government will hold an extensive public consultation on the issue of sentencing The Minister also confirmed that the Government will consider whether current penalties adequately reflect the nature of driving related offences Mr Penning said I will not pre empt the review but I agree that we need to look carefully at whether the punishment fits the crime

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