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[22/10/2014 | No comment]

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On my most recent visit to Braunstone Community Primary School, I spoke in an assembly about my role as a local MP and discussed many of the career opportunities that exist if children aim high and work hard. I also took part in a reading session with a smaller group of young children to reinforce the importance of literacy in all aspects of their life.

My visit took place during Primary Futures Week, a national drive to promote the Inspiring the Future programme. This encourages people from all sectors and professions to visit local schools and colleges and talk about their careers as a way of inspiring the next generation. I’d strongly encourage you to get involved, if you’re a school, you can sign up here and if you want to volunteer, you can sign up here.

[22/10/2014 | No comment]

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Whilst out speaking with residents on the streets off Anstey Lane, I met a number of people who were very concerned by a parade of vacant shops on Whitwick Way. The shops haven’t been occupied for some time and they’ve been left in a poor condition, causing a real eyesore for the people who live nearby.

I have been working with the Fosse Ward Councillors, Cllr Sue Waddington and Cllr Ted Cassidy, to take this issue up with the City Council and the land owner. We’ve also carried out a survey to ensure that local people had their say over a planning application that seeks to convert the shops into flats. You can read the full report I submitted on behalf of local residents here.

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my priorities »

[16/09/2014 | No comment]

sunpol_3On Sunday 14 September I appeared on the BBC’s East Midlands Sunday Politics programme. We discussed care homes in the region, the East Midlands economy and the Scottish independence referendum.

You can watch the programme again here – the East Midlands part of the programme begins at 37 minutes in.

Speeches »

[12/09/2014 | No comment]

foreign_1I spoke in a recent House of Commons debate on foreign affairs, which focused on events in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, and the wider Middle East. I argued that the challenges we face today and the nature of global risk mean that we will only achieve security for British citizens if we seek to influence and engage with the world, not retreat from it.

You can read my speech in the Official Report here.

Jobs, skills and training »

[09/09/2014 | No comment]

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Lidl have been given permission to build a new store on Fosse Road North, which requires the demolition of what remains of St Augustine Church and the vacant Empire Pub.

Alongside the local ward Councillors, Ted Cassidy and Sue Waddington, I’ve been working hard to make sure that the views of my constituents were put at the heart of this decision. You can read my report here and the planner’s report here.

I know that many will be disappointed that the Empire couldn’t be brought back into use and renovated to its former glory. However, lots of my constituents were in favour of the Lidl proposal and I’ll now be working to maximize the benefits for local people. I am very pleased that the elected Councillors on the Planning and Development Control Committee added a condition to the planning permission, which requires Lidl to produce a local jobs plan for every stage of this development and I’ll now be working with them to ensure that the jobs go tos my constituents.