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I had the pleasure of visiting the new Birds shop in Heanor to celebrate with them the fact that the Government has agreed to amend the so-called “pasty tax”. Amber Valley is home to a number of great bakeries and they form a vital part of… Read More
On Thursday 24th May, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced that Alfreton Grange Arts College would be one of the 261 schools to receive funding for building work under the Priority Schools Building Programme by 2014. It is the only school that will be rebuilt in Derbyshire outside the city… Read More
Faster rail journey times between Derbyshire and London are something which would certainly be welcomed in Amber Valley by commuters and businesses alike. I’ve been making representations on this issue since being elected and the campaign to upgrade the Midland Mainline (MML) has been building momentum in recent months with… Read More
The big political event this week has of course been the Budget. It’s worth a reminder of the overall context – despite all the difficult decisions taken so far we will still have spent £126 billion more than we’ve raised in tax this year. The financial crisis has left much… Read More
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I was delighted to greet the Prime Minister when he visited Amber Valley on Monday 16th April to launch the Conservative local election campaign. In his speech to activists, the Prime Minister said of Derbyshire: “This is the real heart of England. A placed… Read More
1 May – Immigration Queues (UK Airports)
Does the Minister agree that airports themselves as well as Border Force can do more to improve this process and make sure that the right number of staff are available at the right times to deal with the expected flight volume?
26 April – Planning… Read More
Over the past few weeks, I have spoken in debates about the regulation of the civil aviation industry and the future of town centres. I have provided extracts from these speeches below, which can be viewed in full by clicking the title of the debate or Bill.
Civil Aviation Bill
The Civil… Read More
A deal for Bombardier to build, in Derby, new rolling stock for Southern Railways has been announced today.
The contract is worth £188m in total – including £80m of additional Government funding announced in the Autumn Statement.
This is great news for everyone working at Bombardier and in the supply chain in… Read More
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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… Read More