Visit to McDonald’s in Somercotes

I had the pleasure of visiting the McDonald’s restaurant in Somercotes on Tuesday to see how its business works.

While I was there, I spoke with the owner of the restaurant, Jacqui Moore (pictured above), about her own experiences of running a restaurant business in the area. I also had the…

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Different Minds, Same Hearts

On Friday I met with my constituent Claire Shortland who came to me to discuss her campaign ‘Different Minds, Same Hearts’. Her project is a very inspirational effort to improve awareness and treatment about and for patients who present with self-harm and suicide attempts in hospital, based around hers and…

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In Parliament Update

Finance Bill Debate – 2nd July

In a speech during a debate about the Finance Bill, I touched on tax simplification measures and the tax reform affecting pensioners:

“It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Jonathan Edwards). I shall make a few brief remarks on…

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Derby Telegraph Article: The Economy

As published in the Derby Telegraph, 27th July 2012

Parliament went into recess last week with some good news in the form of the upgrade and electrification of the Midland Mainline network to electrify the rail all the way from London to Sheffield. This project, part of an £800 million infrastructure…

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Midland Mainline Electrification

I would like to welcome the announcement made on July 16th by Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Transport, that the Government has green-lighted an £800 million investment in the electrification of the Midland Mainline, part of its £9 billion investment in UK infrastructure.

The electrification will cut journey times…

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Heanor Mighty Mile

On Saturday 7th July I joined a team to abseil a mile down St Lawrence’s Church as part of the Heanor Mighty Mile challenge. The team included County Councillor Kevin Parkinson, the local vicar, Dan Pattimore, Shipley parish council Chairman Gary Wells and Simon Minto from the Traders’ Association. To…

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Rolls Royce Visit

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Me with a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine, built for the Airbus A380.

Rolls-Royce employs over 560 of my constituents in Amber Valley, and it’s businesses like it that will lead the way in rebalancing the economy and in taking forward Britain as a country that makes things…

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Heanor Mighty Mile

On Saturday 7th July I’ll be abseiling down St Lawrence’s Church (Market Place) in Heanor eleven times to give a total of a one mile abseil. Proceeds raised from the event, which will also feature other community leaders including Cllr Kevin Parkinson, will go to Heanor’s community fair.

I’d be most…

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Big Lottery Fund Grant Awards

I would like to congratulate Swanwick Hall School & Sports College, Heanor Village Hall and Heanor Town Football Club on being awarded Big Lottery grants totalling £29,650.

This is welcome news and I am really pleased that these organisations have secured these grants.

From providing an opportunity to bring the community together…

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Scrapping of the 3p fuel duty rise

The Government has announced that the planned fuel duty rise on 1 August has been scrapped and fuel duty frozen for the rest of the year  – this means that 12p of rises planned by Labour while they were in power have been scrapped by the Government.

I met with the…

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