Meeting staff and students at St Nicholas School


Meeting Students at St Nicholas School


This week I was pleased to meet staff and students at St Nicholas RC School in Hartford. I spoke to senior staff about a number of concerns, including funding, curriculum reform, and the effect of the Apprenticeship Levy on schools - many of which I have been raising in parliament.

I was then grilled by the school council – and I can...

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Rodney Bickerstaffe - RIP

Demanding clarification from the Transport Secretary

Earlier today I wrote to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling calling for urgent clarification on his views about tolling plans for the Mersey Gateway Bridge, after a senior cabinet colleague announced at Conservative party conference that Mr Grayling “fully understood the significance” of abolishing tolls on the Severn Bridge in South Wales.

Wales Secretary Alun Cairns MP used part of his speech to praise the government’s decision to abolish tolls on...

Tricorn Pub - Sign the Petition

Response to Ince Marshes Proposal

The British Geological Survey have recently announced proposals for a significant piece of development and research work at Ince Marshes.

I’ll be asking for an urgent meeting to seek assurances about the nature of the project and will continue to monitor developments in the area closely.   Although research into alternative energy sources is needed, many in my constituency will be rightly concerned that this could pave the way for fracking...

Challenging Justine Greening on Funding Cuts

I recently challenged the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening in the Commons about underspending on aged 16-19 education. As well as cutting overall funding three times since 2011, her department has also underspent on 16-19 education by £135 million in 2014/15, and £132 million in 2015/16.

She dodged the question because the government knows it is underfunding our education system and letting our young people down. I will...

Leasehold Issues - taking action in parliament

I recently wrote to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid after a number of constituents in Northwich contacted me about leaseholds. 

The government is currently consulting on plans to stop the practice in the future, but that doesn’t help those who are already in this situation, so I’m calling on them to expand the scope of these reforms to those already impacted.

I will be raising this face to face with him...

Brexit - Government must change direction

Few issues have proven as politically divisive as Brexit, and I recently joined Labour colleagues and others from across the House of Commons trying to force a change in direction from the government in its approach to the passage of Brexit through Parliament.

Firstly, I want to emphasise that this Bill is not about whether Britain leaves the EU. That issue was settled by the referendum result and the Article...

Devolution for Cheshire - but government mustn't dictate how

I have written a piece for the Labour List website calling for greater power, funding and responsibility to be devolved to all our area - but via an approach that is chosen and shaped by us locally, rather than central government.

You can read the article here

September Surgeries - reminder to get in touch

A quick reminder of when my surgeries are for any residents who want to meet me. I am committed to being available and accessible to residents throughout Weaver Vale, and hold regular appointment based advice surgeries, street surgeries, and other meeting opportunities throughout the year and across the constituency .

Upcoming details are as follows - and future surgeries will be advertised as soon as details are confirmed.

Friday 8...