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MPs seeking answers on hospital plans

Myself and Labour colleague and Halton MP Derek Twigg will meet local health chiefs to seek assurances over the future of Halton Hospital.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has unveiled plans to create a £40m health and wellbeing campus in Runcorn.

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Visit to ABB in Daresbury

I had a fascinating visit to a Daresbury company recently which is on the very forefront of developing some truly revolutionary technology.  

ABB specialises in a range of advanced digital tech used in advanced industries such as robotics and vehicle electrification.

It recently went into partnership...

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Alstom Meeting

I recently met with Alex Burrows from Alstom UK and Ireland to discuss plans which could have a big impact of jobs in the constituency.

The company wants to develop a North West ‘rail cluster’ for advanced manufacturing, engineering and low carbon energy by providing a bridge for SMEs, innovators and large and small suppliers to drive innovation and growth.

Alstom currently employs 3,200 people across 12 industrial sites with an...

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Government must fund councils like Halton fairly

Earlier this week, along with my colleague Derek Twigg MP, I met with Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP to discuss the need for better funding for Halton Council. Like many councils, including Cheshire West and Chester, Halton is facing a funding crisis that is having serious consequences for the provision of services. Tory government funding reductions have meant that Halton has had to make cuts of over 60% in its budget since 2010. 

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Joint Transport and London Minister sends the wrong signal

Earlier this week I wrote to the Prime Minister expressing my concern about the appointment of Jo Johnson MP as both Minister for Transport and Minister for London. Leaving aside Mr Johnson's record in his previous Universities brief, I am concerned that the signal this sends is that yet again, the North is taking a back seat when it comes to infrastructure.

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Christmas Message 2017

As we approach Christmas Day, I’d like to start by sending a heartfelt thanks to the people of Weaver Vale both for doing me the incredible honour of electing me your Member of Parliament in June, and for making both me and my family so welcome in the community over the last 6 months. Moving home with family, and enrolling my son in a new school after the election win...

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December Surgeries

My surgeries in December are being held on Thursday 7th December, at 15.30 at Princeway Medical Centre in Frodsham, and on Saturday 9th December in Halton Direct Link, Shopping City, Runcorn.

 

Please call my office on 01928 620061 to arrange an appointment. As always, there are many issues that I am able to take up on behalf of constituents by phone or email so please also call my office if you...

Campaigning to Save Barclays Bank in Frodsham

I am hugely concerned to hear about plans to close Barclays Bank in Frodsham - it is the latest in a line of high street bank closures, and I fear it will leave far too many people financially stranded.

I have written to the Chief Executive of Barclay’s Bank and Business Secretary Greg Clark calling for an urgent rethink.

Barclays announced plans to axe its Main Street branch on February 23 next...

My Budget asks for Weaver Vale

Today is budget day. Over recent months I have raised a number of issues with the Chancellor and where relevant other Ministers, including the Transport Secretary and CLG Secretary.

 

We won't know the detail until it is delivered in the House, and indeed as is often the case, until some time afterwards when full information is published. However, my 5 tests for...

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Chemical Industry raises Brexit Concerns

As people will know parliament is today considering Brexit. Whilst I respect the outcome of the referendum, and recognise the choice of the people of Weaver Vale, the process of how Brexit is achieved is hugely important to jobs and industry.

I was concerned therefore to receive a joint statement from the European Chemical Industry Council and the UK Based Chemical Industry Association highlighting the dangers of leaving the EU without...