Opinions

Eric Pickles Praises SDDC

I was delighted that the Secretary of State joined with me in congratulating our local District Council who have worked hard to keep our council tax down whilst continuing to balance the books. 

Derbyshire Day in Parliament

From porkpies to Christmas pudding, yesterday local food and drinks producers across the county showcased the finest artisan and handmade products from Derbyshire. 

Countryside Alliance App to Help Improve Broadband

I have learnt about a new app and would recommend that my constituents download it. It is a simple diagnostic tool, provided by the Countryside Alliance and Actual Experience’s BbFix project, to improve their broadband service. 

Derbyshire Day in the House of Commons

I am delighted to announce that there will be another Derbyshire Day in the House of Commons on the 3rd of December. This is a great opportunity for producers of Derbyshire to showcase their goods to MPs, the Press and hopefully, as last year, the Prime Minister!

Opening of Brunel Healthcare's New £1 Million Site

Last week I had the honour of opening Brunel Healthcare’s new factory in Swadlincote. This is the culmination of over £1.5 million of investment and the creation of 70 new jobs that they are currently recruiting to fill.

Employment Allowance

I have recently an update from the Minister, David Gauke MP regarding employment allowance, which will cut the tax bills of millions of businesses in the UK.

Speaking Out for Rolls-Royce Employees

On Wednesday I raised my concerns about the redundancy plans of Rolls-Royce Aerospace Group in the House of Commons. This is understandably unsettling news for all of Rolls-Royce employees, many of whom live in South Derbyshire and the surrounding areas.

Voting for Real Recall of MPs

On Tuesday night I voted for the motion for ‘real recall’ of MPs. Having listened to the debate and having sat on the Standards and Privileges Select Committee for over three years I realised that the time was right for registered voters to be able to take responsibility and have their voices heard by signing a petition at the Town Hall if they feel that their MP had acted so egregiously that recall ought to happen.