College Must Think Again on Campus Closure

I am extremely concerned at the news that Warrington and Vale Royal College is set to largely close its Hartford Campus.

I have spoken to the Principal to express my concerns, and asked her and the governors to think again in order to protect staff, students and courses and retain facilities in Northwich. ...

I will be seeking an urgent meeting with the leader of the council and...

March Surgey Dates

I will be holding surgeries on the following dates in March:

Runcorn – 17th of March, 9-10am, at Halton Direct Link next to Runcorn Shopping City

Northwich – 23rd of March, 5.30-7pm, at Northwich Library


Appointments are 10 minutes so please book in advance. To book a slot, just call my office on 01928...

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.

Read more →

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...

Read more →

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...

Read more →

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. 


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.

I have written a piece for the Read more →

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...

Read more →

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...