On Monday 21st March, I took the opportunity to ask the Department for Communities and Local Government about progress to pursue a Devolution Deal for the East Midlands and asked him to confirm that a devolution deal would not be imposed on local councils without their consent. I was reassured that…Read More
Earlier today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his 2016 Budget, where he outlined his spending and fiscal plans to Parliament, introducing great measures for workers, drivers, savers, business owners and the self-employed in Amber Valley, and not to mention further support for infrastructure and investment in the East Midlands…Read More
Following the recent reforms to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) contained in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which has now been approved by both Houses of Parliament, which a number of you have contacted me about, I wanted to clarify why these measures have been introduced and how they…Read More
During Work and Pension Questions on March 2nd, I took the opportunity to ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the independent review of the state pensions age which will be led by Sir John Cridland. The review will make recommendations for the Government to consider, to…Read More
The Prime Minister has now called the EU Referendum for the 23rd June 2016, fulfilling the manifesto commitment we campaigned on last year – and delivering on something I have called for since I was elected in 2010.
I have decided that I will be campaigning to Leave the European Union…Read More
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Welcome to my latest newsletter to keep you updated on my work in Parliament and around Amber Valley.
As always, you’ll find a selection of what I’ve been up to over the last month and details of upcoming events. You’ll also find…Read More
I’ve co-signed a new report from the British Infrastructure Group of MPs (BIG) revealing that, despite £1.7bn of taxpayers’ cash being pumped into subsidising the construction of UK high-speed broadband, there are still a staggering 5.7million people across Britain who cannot access the internet at the Ofcom required 10 Megabits…Read More
I’m pleased that a Jobs Fair and Training Event will be taking place at Alfreton Leisure Centre on Friday, 29 January 2016 from 10am-3pm.
I’ve been working with the Job Centre, local Councils and employers to arrange a special jobs fair after Leaderflush Shapland fell into administration over the Christmas period,…Read More
As I write my first column of 2016, I would like to wish all readers a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. The start of a new year is often the time for plans and resolutions, so this is the perfect opportunity to consider the challenges and priorities for Amber…Read More
The Chancellor announced the outcome of his Spending Review to Parliament this afternoon, outlining departmental spending for the year ahead and the Government’s vision for the future of Britain. The Spending Review is the occasion when the Chancellor sets out public spending plans for the Parliament – and in this…Read More