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 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.

Having long campaigned to keep health services free and accessible I was pleased to vote for the Bill. Privatisation allows companies to take the profitable parts of the NHS and strip down services whilst the taxpayer continues to pay to keep the system afloat. Thank you to everyone who got in touch about the vote – I will continue to campaign to keep our health services public that put patients before profits.

I have been contacted by McDonalds who are working in association with the FA, Nike and Adidas as they are giving away a free football kit to every FA accredited club with a junior team. Local teams may have already been contacted by the FA about this scheme, but for those who haven’t I strongly recommend you take up this chance to get your junior team a free kit. If your team is interested in a kit please contact my office on 01909 506200 for further details.

Last week Worksop based charity, Hope for the Homeless was recognised in Parliament for their work. Hope provides a variety of services to people who are most in need in our area and they were runners up for prize of the best civil society organisation to tackle poverty. I was delighted to welcome the team to Parliament and it is right that they are congratulated both nationally and locally.

This week several representatives of the Worksop Town Supporters Trust and I travelled to Stamford in Lincolnshire to visit the Borderville Sports Centre which is home to the latest all weather 3G pitches and facilities. The centre has been funded by the FA and the Football Foundation as part of their campaign to improve grassroots football and offers the kind of facilities I would like to bring to Worksop. At the ground we met with both the FA and the clubs that use the facility and had a good discussion about how we can develop our own plans for a new Worksop Town stadium.

After several years of inviting the Business Secretary, Vince Cable to come to Bassetlaw, he finally came this week and saw the excellent work that some of our companies are doing. He visited MBA Polymers and Brunton Shaw, both of which have seen their businesses grow and expand despite the recession and it is vital that senior Ministers like Vince Cable travel to northern areas like ours to see what more they can do to help business communities thrive and develop.

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