latest news from liz »

[17/02/2015 | No comment]

DSCF6589Inspector Nicola Preston has been appointed the West Area Commander, which is a new role that’s been created following the shakeup of our local police. Hinckley Road and Beaumont Leys Local Policing Units have had to effectively merge so Inspector Preston now has a big job.

Many of my constituents have been worried about the changes to our police, particularly their impact on neighbourhood policing and the loss of New Parks Police station, but I’ve taken these issues up with the Police and Crime Commissioner. My discussion with Inspector Preston focussed more on the local instances of crime and antisocial behaviour that people have raised with me, including mini motors near the Stadium Estate and in Beaumont Leys. We also discussed a recent rise in car break-ins, which provides a good opportunity for me to remind all of my constituents to keep your valuable items hidden when leaving your car.

[17/02/2015 | No comment]

 

DSCF6582

Mencap’s “Hear my Voice” campaign is working to ensure that Britain’s 1.4 million people with a learning disability are heard in the run up to the General Election. I was delighted to support one of their local events at the Brite Centre in Braunstone.

I met with a group of disabled constituents and we discussed a wide range of issues, from difficulties with filling out benefit forms to support for carers. They were really supportive of my position on the bedroom tax, which is to have it scrapped immediately.

E-mail IconSubscribe to my newsletter

RSS Articles Facebook Twitter Follow what I'm doing

 

my priorities »

Jobs, skills and training »

[17/02/2015 | No comment]

Liz-meets-British-Gas-apprentices-Sep-2013
I’m a huge champion of apprenticeships because they boost productivity, help companies succeed and equip my constituents with the skills they need to get ahead in their job.

I’ve seen this first hand at British Gas, Pepsico, Greenacres and Leicester College, which is why I’ll be campaigning hard for Labour’s pledge to guarantee an apprenticeship for every school leaver who gets the grades.  This will be a big step towards our long term goal of ensuring as many school leavers begin an apprenticeships as go to university.

In return for guaranteeing more high quality training places, we’ll give employers more control over the near £1bn-a-year apprenticeship budget. We’ll also require large firms hiring skilled workers from outside the EU or bidding for government contracts to offer apprenticeships.

Jobs, skills and training » Supporting families »

[17/02/2015 | No comment]

Braunstone Frith Digital Classroom I’m passionate about education, because it holds the key to a better future for so many of my constituents. That’s why I’m backing Labour’s recently announced plan to protect the Department for Education’s entire £58 billion budget if we win the General Election on May 7th.

This proposal is really important because I don’t think our children’s centres and colleges could cope with the scale of damaging cuts planned by other parties. But it’s not just a question of money, we’ll also cap class sizes at 30 for 5, 6 and 7 year olds and double the number of childcare places offered by our children’s centres.

Jobs, skills and training »

[17/02/2015 | No comment]

DSCF6365

Dock, in Leicester West’s up and coming Pioneer Park, is a purpose built hub for high tech, low carbon and innovative businesses. Built with a £5.9 million investment from the European Union, City Council and Homes and Communities Agency, it offers 55 workspaces including offices, labs and workshops.

I held a meeting of my Leicester West Business Forum at the fantastic facility back in the summer but I dropped by again this week to catch up with the businesses and meet some of the newest tenants. Lewis Wright runs Viva IT, a young software development company that have really benefitted from the opportunities Dock provides to support business growth.

I’m backing innovative businesses like Viva IT because they’ll deliver the decent jobs we need to improve living standards, pay for public services and get our country’s deficit down.