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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...

HS2 - answers needed, as is local investment and focus...

I have always supported greater transport investment in the North. For too long we have seen major regional differences between ourselves and the South, and indeed when it comes to Transport generally, we lag behind our European counterparts.

That’s why I support HS2 – we need major investment and we need to improve speeds, and HS2 can achieve this. But not...

Keeping up the fight for a better bus service

Mersey Transport bosses on board in Arriva battle! 

As residents will know, I’m leading a campaign to bring back the 21 Bus service, after private company Arriva scrapped it earlier this year.

Following an overwhelming response to the petition, I’ve raised it with Metro mayor Steve Rotheram, and Merseytravel chair Cllr Liam Robinson who have joined me in demanding answers form Arriva as to why they have cut the route.

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Make Bridge Free at Christmas!

Today I've launched a campaign for the bridge to be free at Christmas. I am of course still campaigning for the government to keep their promise - but I think whilst we continue that campaign, the toll operators should make the bridge free for a defined point over Christmas. I explain why below! Let me know if you support my campaign. Mike

 

Supporting Leasehold Reform

As many constituents are aware, I have been campaigning in parliament to secure a fair deal for those affected by the current leasehold scandal. I questioned Sajid Javid directly on this issue at a recent CLG select committee, and have also followed this up further with letters and questions. I have another meeting with residents affected shortly, and I continue to demand action from the government.

My colleague Justin Madders has...