Retford Times: 15 January 2015

I have been contacted by Virgin Atlantic regarding their pilot career programme. They are looking for people aged between 13 and 25 to attend an introductory day which will give details about the opportunities they have. No flying experience is necessary and successful recruits can expect to train in both the UK and the US and to be able to fly long-haul flights after 18 months. The introductory day takes place on 24th January. For further details please contact my office on 01909 506200 or email me as soon as possible.


I spent a good part of the break from Parliament over Christmas speaking to hundreds of local people. It is the most effective way of knowing what people in Bassetlaw want from their local MP and keeping updated with any issues that crop up. If politicians in London spent more time knocking on doors in the towns and villages of the UK we would all be far better represented.

I am keen to welcome more readers of the Retford Times to Parliament. Since I became MP hundreds of people from Bassetlaw have been to Parliament to see the buildings, learn about its history and see all the inner workings that are not always shown on television. If you would like to visit please register your interest with my office on the number above.
This week over three hundred people who have survived child abuse will come to London for a meeting that I have organised. The aim is to ensure that the victims have a voice and can push for justice despite the shambolic attempts at setting up a national inquiry into historic child abuse. A number of local people have bravely come forward to report what they know about abuse in Bassetlaw and the wider area and anyone else who has information can contact me with a guarantee of complete confidentiality.
A Home Counties man received a good Christmas present when asking me about my campaign on the extra taxes that George Osborne levied on new self-build houses. I was able to explain how I overturned Mr Osborne’s decision, saving this Herts man £300,000 of taxes. In reality they meant he could not even begin to build his new family house.

Across Bassetlaw the figures are more like £30,000 that is not being taxed- still a critical amount well beyond the majority of people. Of all my victories in 2014 this one is perhaps the sweetest.


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