Weekly Worksop Guardian Column

On Monday I was the only Nottinghamshire Member of Parliament who voted to stop fracking, against the advice of the party whip. I supported the ‘moratorium’ on fracking which would have put a halt to fracking until a full independent assessment of the risks and benefits had taken place.

Worksop Guardian: 30 January 2015

On Monday I was the only Nottinghamshire Member of Parliament who voted to stop fracking, against the advice of the party whip. I supported the ‘moratorium’ on fracking which would... Read more

This week in Parliament I have been working to amend the Government’s proposed new laws on fracking. I have put down an official amendment which would mean that no fracking wells should be drilled within 2km of any town or village. I am also supporting an amendment calling for a complete pause on fracking until there has been a full assessment of the economic, health, environment and climate risks. MPs will be voting on these next week. My mind remains open on the pros and cons of fracking but I am absolutely clear that our water aquifers must be completely protected and most significantly, we need more evidence before fracking goes ahead.

Worksop Guardian: 23 January 2015

This week in Parliament I have been working to amend the Government’s proposed new laws on fracking. I have put down an official amendment which would mean that no fracking... Read more

Must be elections coming up as I have picked up a rumour  being circulated outside Sainsbury by someone that there are plans to build Europe’s largest incinerator in Worksop and that I have been involved in this. Total rubbish. I usually ignore idle gossip but this time I felt that given the seriousness of the allegations I should set the record straight.

Worksop Guardian: 16 January 2015

Must be elections coming up as I have picked up a rumour  being circulated outside Sainsbury by someone that there are plans to build Europe’s largest incinerator in Worksop and... Read more

The debacle over the speeding fines people have been given on Farmers Branch has developed further. I have been contacted over a hundred residents who have been issued with speeding penalty notices on Farmers Branch by Nottinghamshire Police over recent months.

Worksop Guardian: 9 January 2015

The debacle over the speeding fines people have been given on Farmers Branch has developed further. I have been contacted over a hundred residents who have been issued with speeding... Read more

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope that you have all had time to rest and enjoy the company of friends and family over the festive period.

Worksop Guardian: New Year Edition 2015

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope that you have all had time to rest and enjoy the company of friends and family over the festive period. Read more

Merry Christmas to all readers of the Worksop Guardian. Like most people for me the festive period is a time for celebration, joy, family and rest. I always take the opportunity to attend a good church service where I can sing some of my favourite Carols.

Worksop Guardian - Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas to all readers of the Worksop Guardian. Like most people for me the festive period is a time for celebration, joy, family and rest. I always take the... Read more

In the last month there have been three serious house fires in Bassetlaw resulting in two tragic deaths. The causes will be determined by the appropriate authorities, but the spate of fires should make us all take extra care this Christmas. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue has released advice on the hazards most likely to cause problems at this time of year. They advise avoiding overloading sockets with plugs for several sets of lights, turning off and unplugging Christmas lights, taking extra care if using candles and never leave cooking unattended.

Worksop Guardian: 19 December 2014

In the last month there have been three serious house fires in Bassetlaw resulting in two tragic deaths. The causes will be determined by the appropriate authorities, but the spate... Read more

Recently the Church of England has taken some principled and difficult stances. Unlike other establishments that have covered up child abuse, the Archbishop of Canterbury has launched an investigation into every member of the clergy since 1950, alive and dead, for any indication that they knew about or were involved in child abuse. All relevant information is being handed to the police, an example I am calling on political parties to follow.

Worksop Guardian: 12 December 2014

Recently the Church of England has taken some principled and difficult stances. Unlike other establishments that have covered up child abuse, the Archbishop of Canterbury has launched an investigation into... Read more

This week there has been a lot of noise in the national media about the Autumn Statement. This is the Chancellor's chance to update the country on the Government's plans for the economy. Following the hype, excitement or disappointment surrounding certain building projects or spending plans with a bit of digging we often find things quickly unravel or are identified as repeated old news.  Once more we see the problems that come from planning everything centrally in London.

Worksop Guardian: 5 December 2014

This week there has been a lot of noise in the national media about the Autumn Statement. This is the Chancellor's chance to update the country on the Government's plans... Read more

Hundreds of people from Bassetlaw asked me to vote in Parliament last Friday for a new NHS Bill. This high level of interest demonstrates yet again the level of concern locally about the risks privatisation poses for our health services. The vote last Friday was for a bill to reverse the privatisation of NHS services that has already taken place since 2010 and to channel funding away from bureaucratic reorganisation and towards providing the doctors and nurses that this country needs.

Worksop Guardian: 28 November 2014

Hundreds of people from Bassetlaw asked me to vote in Parliament last Friday for a new NHS Bill. This high level of interest demonstrates yet again the level of concern... Read more

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