Rolls Royce Visit

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Me with a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine, built for the Airbus A380.

Rolls-Royce employs over 560 of my constituents in Amber Valley, and it’s businesses like it that will lead the way in rebalancing the economy and in taking forward Britain as a country that makes things…

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Heanor Mighty Mile

On Saturday 7th July I’ll be abseiling down St Lawrence’s Church (Market Place) in Heanor eleven times to give a total of a one mile abseil. Proceeds raised from the event, which will also feature other community leaders including Cllr Kevin Parkinson, will go to Heanor’s community fair.

I’d be most…

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Big Lottery Fund Grant Awards

I would like to congratulate Swanwick Hall School & Sports College, Heanor Village Hall and Heanor Town Football Club on being awarded Big Lottery grants totalling £29,650.

This is welcome news and I am really pleased that these organisations have secured these grants.

From providing an opportunity to bring the community together…

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Scrapping of the 3p fuel duty rise

The Government has announced that the planned fuel duty rise on 1 August has been scrapped and fuel duty frozen for the rest of the year  – this means that 12p of rises planned by Labour while they were in power have been scrapped by the Government.

I met with the…

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Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate

Members of Derbyshire Conservatives selected Cllr Simon Spencer as their candidate for the upcoming November Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Simon, who has previously stood in Parliamentary elections in both South Derbyshire and Derby South constituencies, will fight the election in November to ensure a Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner is…

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Paralympic Games Representation

I was delighted to hear that Tom Hall-Butcher of Somercotes has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Paralympic Games in London. Tom will make his Paralympic debut in London in the men’s wheelchair fencing sabre class A event.

I wish him all the best and hope to see him…

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Pasty Tax

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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…

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Alfreton Grange Funding

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…

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Electrification of Midland Mainline

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…

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Derby Telegraph Article: Budget 2012

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…

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