Speaking in Parliament

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…

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Good news on Bombardier

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…

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Options for Housing Growth Consultation

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…

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Please support a local charity

Derbyshire Autism Services Group are currently running in NatWest’s CommunityForce competition and contacted me to ask me to vote for their project. If you too would like to help them in their vital work of empowering people on the Autistic spectrum by supporting and developing self-confidence and social opportunities, you…

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Bombardier update

In the couple of weeks since I last posted an update there have been various developments including:

1) I, with local colleagues Jessica Lee MP, Heather Wheeler MP, Pauline Latham MP and Andrew Griffiths MP,  met with the Prime Minister to raise the concerns of the thousands of local people angered…

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School Building Funding

At last we may have some good news on funding to rebuild the many local school buildings that are in a desperate state. The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, made this announcement a couple of hours ago (relevant extract is below) saying up to £2 billion of funding may be available.

The…

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Bombardier – what next?

I’m grateful for all the positive comments on the debate on the future of the UK train building industry, and my contribution to it. Many of you have asked “what happens next?”

The answer is that we have to keep up the pressure on the Government. We are still trying to…

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Phone hacking enquiry

The draft terms of reference into the phone hacking enquiry were published yesterday – they are available here. The terms should give us the comprehensive enquiry we need.

I do however have concerns at the way the terms alternate between “press”, “media” and “newspapers” at various points and have written to the…

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BSkyB Vote Today

The motion for today’s debate has now been announced:

“That this House believes that it is in the public interest for Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation to withdraw their bid for BSkyB.”

I will happily vote for this motion. I can’t see that anyone could oppose it.

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