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[10/11/2015 | No comment]

Trade unions are one of the foundations of a fair society. They give people, who may not otherwise have one, a voice and a degree of control over their working lives.

Trade unions are key partners in building a modern, competitive economy where work pays, rights are respected and workers are never treated as mere commodities. Look at the huge amount of success we’ve had recently in the car industry – a direct result of constructive trade union and employer engagement, supported by government. Throughout our economy, we need to spread the success of the trade union movement.

A strong economy requires our trade unions to meet new challenges with the same energy and imagination as they have shown in the past – instead the Tories want to restrict their rights for petty party political gain.

That’s why today I am voting against the Trade Union Bill and I will continue to champion strong rights for working people.


[03/11/2015 | No comment]


Last Friday, I held a “patch walk” around Thurcaston Road with local residents, the Police and representatives from the Council’s Highways team to examine the problems with heavy lorries accessing the Wastecycle recycling site on Wesley Street.

This is part of the wider work I am doing to address local residents’ concerns about noise, smells, dust, rats and flies coming from the site.

We discussed a number of actions the police and Highways team could take to deal with the traffic problems. I will be holding a follow up meeting with local residents before Christmas which will include a report on these options. If you have concerns about these issues, or would like to attend the meeting, please do get in touch with my office either by writing to 42 Narborough Road, Leicester, LE3 0BQ, via email at {at} parliament(.)uk or phone on 0116 2044980.

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[03/11/2015 | No comment]


I went to Caldecote Community Primary School last week to help present prizes to pupils who’ve gone the extra mile in class. During my visit, I also discussed the work Caldecote is doing to boost standards, achievement and aspiration with the Head Teacher, Mr Alcock and Deputy Head, Mrs Briggs.

Giving children the best possible start in life is really important, and I will continue to do all I can to support the efforts of our local schools.

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[28/10/2015 | No comment]

Mark Group

You may be aware that Mark Group, formerly the UK’s largest installer of energy efficiency improvements, went into administration a couple of weeks ago. With its head office in Beaumont Leys, the company was a major and very valuable local employer so this news came as a devastating blow.

My immediate priority has been to the hundreds of my constituents and their families who woke up to find that they no longer had a job. On Thursday 15th October, I held a jobs fair to provide practical support and opportunities for my constituents, and over 40 local employers took part.

My work with those affected won’t stop here. I want to see a proper long-term plan to help businesses in the solar industry like the Mark Group, which is why I’ve written to the Government’s Business and Environment Secretaries to ask for a meeting so I can press for a better deal.

You can read coverage of this issue here, here and here.

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[28/10/2015 | No comment]

Ellesmere College

Achieving and Learning Together, is the motto of Ellesmere College – a special school for children with a range educational difficulties, which specialises in sport.

I recently visited the college for a tour of their amazing new facilities. The college has a new sensory room and fantastic outdoor spaces to help cater to the needs of each and every one of their students. Ellesmere College also offers its space to the wider community, like the Guru Nanak Gudwara Ladies Football Club, which uses the colleges new football pitch to train on.

The amazing developments at Ellesmere show that when we make the most of local facilities we can get the best for our whole community.