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
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.