Vernon Coaker MP

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This morning, Vernon was very pleased to award badges to the newly elected "MPs" at Phoenix Infant and Nursery School in Gedling. Children across the school voted for classmates to represent them on the 'Phoenix Parliament'. Over 30 children were elected to work with their Head teacher, Mrs Harper, on improving the school in a number of different areas.

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Vernon meets Phoenix Parliament!

This morning, Vernon was very pleased to award badges to the newly elected "MPs" at Phoenix Infant and Nursery School in Gedling. Children across the school voted for classmates to represent... Read more

Today, Vernon was invited to officially open 'The Crossing' Social Club on Victoria Road in Netherfield. The building was recently constructed to house the London Midland Railway Club after they sold their old premises to developers.

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Vernon opens 'The Crossing' Social Club

Today, Vernon was invited to officially open 'The Crossing' Social Club on Victoria Road in Netherfield. The building was recently constructed to house the London Midland Railway Club after they... Read more

Today, Vernon was pleased to attend a football tournament arranged by Nottingham Lions FC to raise money for CALM, a charity committed to preventing male suicide in the UK. The Lions hosted the tournament in memory of their teammate, Andrew Johnson - known as AJ - who tragically took his own life.

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Vernon attends AJ Memorial Football Tournament

Today, Vernon was pleased to attend a football tournament arranged by Nottingham Lions FC to raise money for CALM, a charity committed to preventing male suicide in the UK. The... Read more

Many people have contacted me recently regarding the Government's regulations on fracking. I share their concerns about the Government's weak regulations, which allow for fracking to take place below national parks and other protected areas, and which I voted against on 16th December 2015.

When the Infrastructure Bill was being debated during the last Parliament, my Shadow Frontbench colleagues tabled an amendment to introduce tough environmental standards before any shale gas drilling could go ahead. This included a ban on fracking in areas where drinking water is collected and protected sensitive areas like our national parks or important wildlife sites.

At the time, the Coalition Government accepted this amendment. However, Ministers backtracked and tabled a redrafted amendment which removed a number of protections, notably the ban on drilling in or under national parks and where drinking water supplies are too close by. Unfortunately these weaker regulations formed part of the Infrastructure Act.

The current Government carried out a consultation between 4th November and 16th December 2015 on proposals to prevent fracking from new or existing wells drilled at the surface in specified protected areas. I was pleased by this Government U-turn but I appreciate groups such as Greenpeace remain concerned that the Government still intends to allow fracking to take place under these areas, and that in order to access shale gas reserves below the ground, fracking rigs will need to be located along the edges of our National Parks and other protected areas to drill down and then horizontally across. I share these concerns and believe there are still huge concerns over the environmental impact, including light, air, water and noise pollution.

Unfortunately, the Government appears set against giving all MPs the opportunity to debate this issue. Indeed, on 16th December 2015 there was a vote on the Government's weak fracking regulations without any debate. Because Government MPs supported the regulations, they were passed by a majority of 37.

I believe we should have a moratorium on fracking in Britain until we can be sure it is safe and won't present intolerable risks to our environment. In my view the Government is ignoring people's legitimate concerns and imposing fracking on communities. I will continue to press the Government to listen to genuine and widely held concerns about fracking.

Vernon's position on the new fracking proposals

Many people have contacted me recently regarding the Government's regulations on fracking. I share their concerns about the Government's weak regulations, which allow for fracking to take place below national parks...

Vernon has been getting into the Christmas spirit at many events across Gedling. On 4th December he attended his first carol concert with Netherfield & Colwick Senior Citizens Club and enjoyed the Netherfield Christmas light switch-on with Councillor Nikki Brooks, Gedling Mayor Meredith Lawrence and his wife Wendy. Then, he donned his party hat at the Carlton House Christmas Party (all pictured below). 

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Christmas across the constituency

Vernon has been getting into the Christmas spirit at many events across Gedling. On 4th December he attended his first carol concert with Netherfield & Colwick Senior Citizens Club and... Read more

This year, Vernon enlisted the help of 4th Nottingham Girls Brigade Company for his Christmas message. They kindly performed a song from their Nativity, The Golden Signing Star, to help Vernon wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Vernon's Christmas Message

This year, Vernon enlisted the help of 4th Nottingham Girls Brigade Company for his Christmas message. They kindly performed a song from their Nativity, The Golden Signing Star, to help... Read more

Vernon is always pleased to let constituents in on his life in parliament, so today he was delighted to welcome politics students from Carlton le Willows sixth form to Westminster.

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Carlton Le Willows visit Parliament

Vernon is always pleased to let constituents in on his life in parliament, so today he was delighted to welcome politics students from Carlton le Willows sixth form to Westminster.... Read more

Vernon was honoured to be invited to draw the raffle at Maggie's Nottingham today (pictured below). He was really humbled to hear about the invaluable support they provide for so many people in our area.

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Maggie's Cancer Charity Raffle

Vernon was honoured to be invited to draw the raffle at Maggie's Nottingham today (pictured below). He was really humbled to hear about the invaluable support they provide for so... Read more

A lot of people have been in touch to express their views on the Government’s proposal for extending air strikes against Daesh to Syria. I would like to make clear that the decision to send UK men and women into combat is one that I do not take lightly. It is the gravest responsibility of those who are elected to the House of Commons. With this in mind, I respect those who take a different view from me. All of us oppose terrorism and I respect people who take a different view from me about how we should deal with it.

It is clear that Daesh poses a clear and present threat to our country. It is a threat both at home and abroad. Daesh has attacked Ankara, Beirut and, of course, Paris, as well as likely blowing up a Russian passenger plane. It has already taken the lives of British hostages, and inspired the worst terrorist attack against British people since 7/7, on the beaches of Tunisia. Moreover, it has repeatedly tried to attack us in the UK. The police and security services have disrupted no fewer than seven terrorist plots to attack the UK, every one of which was either linked to Daesh or inspired by its propaganda.

The United Nations was also clear in assessing the scale of the threat posed by Daesh and the need for action. The UN Security Council passed Resolution 2249 unanimously. It states that Daesh “constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security”. It calls for member states to take “all necessary measures” to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically by Daesh and, crucially, it says that we should “eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Iraq and Syria”.

Arguments for war are rarely straightforward and are often clouded in uncertainty but difficulty cannot be a reason for inaction. The question of how to most effectively deal with Daesh is complex and multifaceted but I have long been convinced that there is a need for a military component to our strategy to defeat Daesh. Indeed we are currently carrying out air strikes in Iraq against Daesh targets, at the request of the Iraqi government. I believe our failure to extend those strikes beyond a border that Daesh itself does not recognise undermines the efficacy of our action in Iraq and diminishes our ability to degrade and ultimately defeat Daesh.

Military action cannot and will not be the only means of tackling Daesh, however. This must be part of a wider strategy, including ongoing political negotiations aimed at securing a lasting peace, and a comprehensive reconstruction plan in Syria. We also need a coordinated humanitarian effort to address the refugee crisis the war in Syria has created. We must also redouble international efforts to cut the funding to Daesh, through financial sanctions and action to close down black market trade in commodities.

However, having made the assessment that Daesh poses a threat to the UK; and given that we are currently carrying out air strikes in Iraq; and having been asked by our closest allies to extend those air strike to Syria with sanction from the UN to do so, I believe that we have a responsibility to act.

Again let me stress that I know for all of us this is a difficult and sensitive decision and the debate must be taken forward with respect and tolerance on all sides.

Please do feel free to be in touch: vernon.coaker.mp@parliament.uk

Extending air strikes against Daesh from Iraq into Syria

A lot of people have been in touch to express their views on the Government’s proposal for extending air strikes against Daesh to Syria. I would like to make clear that...

With Christmas 2015 just around the corner, Vernon has been thrilled to receive invitations for Christmas celebrations across the constituency.

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Christmas is Coming...!

With Christmas 2015 just around the corner, Vernon has been thrilled to receive invitations for Christmas celebrations across the constituency. Read more

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