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Welcome to my latest newsletter to keep you updated on my work in Parliament and what I’ve been up to in Amber Valley.
As always, you’ll find a selection of what I’ve… Read More
On Thursday 10th September, I served on a Draft Legislative Committee which met to consider the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2015. This Amendment will see increases in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) across the board, most notably including a 21% increase in the NMW for apprentices. This amendment will… Read More
Last week saw the Queen visit Parliament to perform the official State Opening of Parliament, which marks the formal start of the Parliamentary session and includes the Queen’s Speech –which sets out the Government’s legislative agenda over the coming year.
I was particularly pleased by the inclusion of legislation for an… Read More
On 2nd April I was pleased to welcome Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, to Amber Valley. We visited David Nieper to meet the staff there and to welcome the Alfreton-based womenswear manufacturer’s sponsorship of Alfreton Grange Sports College, which was granted academy status in March – taking… Read More
Last night, I was delighted to be returned to Parliament as the Member for Amber Valley. I won the seat with a 9.2% – or 4,205 majority. In 2010, my majority was 536, so we achieved a 5.4% swing.
It is an honour and a privilege to be re-elected here, and I promise… Read More
2015 Marks the 750th anniversary of the Montfort Parliament, where elected representatives of the shires and boroughs came together for the first time. To mark this important year, the 2015 Flag Project invited Primary school students (ages 7-11) across the UK to design a flag to represent their constituency. Above… Read More
On Monday 2nd March, I asked the Secretary of State for Education about the benefits of local business involvement in schools. I welcome these developments as I believe local businesses can have a tremendously positive impact on schools they sponsor. I am aware that David Nieper Ltd, a well-renowned and… Read More
Getting unemployment down in Amber Valley was a promise I made to my constituents. I’ve worked hard to do this and I’m pleased to say that that claimant count is down from 4.9% at the time I was elected to 1.9% now. That means it’s more than halved – but… Read More
I share the concerns of my constituents about the closure of the Ozbox scheme, since I know how valuable it is to the local young people and wider community here in my constituency. I have today written to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Alan Charles, to highlight my… Read More