November 30, 2018

Tomorrow, 1st December, is Small Business Saturday!

I've spent this morning visiting one of Mansfield's newest independent businesses, The Pud Store. This is a children's clothing store run by Fran Bishop (of Apprentice fame!)

I also met Barclays UK business relationship managers...

November 29, 2018

Big News:

Parliamentary Beard of the Year has returned for 2018.

This year, Corbyn is back in the race, so my title is at risk!

I was incredibly honoured to have won last year and would be delighted to keep my title.

Remember, it isn't about the quality of the beard but about the q...

November 28, 2018

Last night, I met with the Matt Hancock to discuss Labour's disastrous PFI deal, which consumes a huge percentage of Sherwood Forest Hospitals' budget each year through repayments.

The Chancellor announced new measures to manage PFI more effectively in the recent Budget.

I want M...

November 27, 2018

Some of you may have seen a familiar face on your TV screens on Sunday, as I was a guest on BBC East Midlands Sunday Politics.

You can catch up and watch the whole show here. Or, you can watch short clips below:

 Coalfield Regeneration


November 26, 2018

Over the weekend, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA), a national organisation who lobby for low taxes and value for money in local government, focused their campaign on Mansfield District Council.

The TPA came with their roulette table and leaflets, questioning why the Council choose...

November 24, 2018

It was a pleasure to welcome Gavin Williamson to the One Call for lunch yesterday, alongside local business leaders.

Gavin spoke about Foreign Affairs and Defence, as well as Brexit and Education, touching on questions from the guests. He also praised the work of local cadet for...

November 23, 2018

I met with the Home Secretary and we discussed issues in Mansfield around drugs and policing. I also heard more about our post-Brexit immigration policy which, deal or no deal, we will have full control over once we leave the EU.

I've told him that driving down crime and offeri...

November 23, 2018

I'm delighted to report that, following yesterday's meeting, Berry Hill Park will no longer be closing on the 30th. It has been agreed that the Council will take over maintenance of the park to keep it open and safe, whilst longer term options are discussed. That could include...

November 22, 2018

Earlier this week, I raised my meeting with the Federation of Small Businesses with Government during BEIS questions. I asked that they do as much as they can to support small business owners in keeping their businesses going and their staff in employment when times are tough....

November 21, 2018

Earlier this week, I received an update form Mansfield Police about their Operation against drug use in the town centre, with some positive stats from the summer.

The Police obviously step in as a last resort once offers of support and intervention from services have failed, it...

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