Options for Housing Growth Consultation

Many constituents have asked me for my comments on Amber Valley Borough Council’s Options for Housing Growth consultation, so I have provided a copy of the letter I sent to the Council outlining my views. I have not at this stage commented on individual sites as local people, town/parish councils…

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Please support a local charity

Derbyshire Autism Services Group are currently running in NatWest’s CommunityForce competition and contacted me to ask me to vote for their project. If you too would like to help them in their vital work of empowering people on the Autistic spectrum by supporting and developing self-confidence and social opportunities, you…

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Bombardier update

In the couple of weeks since I last posted an update there have been various developments including:

1) I, with local colleagues Jessica Lee MP, Heather Wheeler MP, Pauline Latham MP and Andrew Griffiths MP,  met with the Prime Minister to raise the concerns of the thousands of local people angered…

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School Building Funding

At last we may have some good news on funding to rebuild the many local school buildings that are in a desperate state. The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, made this announcement a couple of hours ago (relevant extract is below) saying up to £2 billion of funding may be available.

The…

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Bombardier – what next?

I’m grateful for all the positive comments on the debate on the future of the UK train building industry, and my contribution to it. Many of you have asked “what happens next?”

The answer is that we have to keep up the pressure on the Government. We are still trying to…

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Phone hacking enquiry

The draft terms of reference into the phone hacking enquiry were published yesterday – they are available here. The terms should give us the comprehensive enquiry we need.

I do however have concerns at the way the terms alternate between “press”, “media” and “newspapers” at various points and have written to the…

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BSkyB Vote Today

The motion for today’s debate has now been announced:

“That this House believes that it is in the public interest for Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation to withdraw their bid for BSkyB.”

I will happily vote for this motion. I can’t see that anyone could oppose it.

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Debate on Bombardier

I’ve now updated my Bombardier page with the link to the written transcript of yesterday’s debate. Click here to visit the page. Below is the transcript of my speech:

I am grateful that we have the chance to debate and question the Minister on the future of the UK train-building industry,…

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News International/Phone Hacking/BSkyB

The recent revelations and accusations of disgraceful and wholly inexcusable conduct at the News of the World have prompted a record number of constituents to contact me to express their anger. I can only agree. How anyone could hack the phones of murder victims and relatives of bereaved soldiers is…

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Bombardier

I had the fortune to have my request for a debate on the Future of the UK Train Building Industry selected for debate today. We had a lively 90 minute session with general agreement from backbenchers on both sides of the house about the need to reconsider the Thameslink contract…

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