Welcome news on the economy

The ONS announced this morning that the economy grew in the last quarter by 1%. This not only marks the end of the recession, but is particularly welcome because these are the best growth figures since Quarter 3 2007, just before the worst of the financial crisis hit Britain.

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Derby Telegraph Column

As published in the Derby Telegraph, 19th October 2012.

Parliament returned this week after the break for the party conference season and the week started with a flurry of announcements. First of them was the deal for the referendum on Scottish independence. I have no problem with the Scottish people having…

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Derby Telegraph Column

As printed in the Derby Telegraph, 7th September 2012

The return of Parliament this week has been dominated by the Government reshuffle. This has seen promotions for 2 of my neighbouring MPs: Patrick McLoughlin has become Secretary of State for Transport and Anna Soubry has become a Health minister. My congratulations…

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Ripley Hospital Centenary

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I was delighted to attend the Ripley Hospital Centenary service, which took place last Friday, where I was joined by Cllr John Nelson, Mayor of Amber Valley, and Cllr Stuart Joynes, Borough Councillor for Ripley.

The service was to mark the 100-year anniversary of this vital community…

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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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