Local News

The next East Midlands Railway franchise:

Recently, I was informed that Abellio East Midlands (AEM) had successfully been awarded the next East Midlands Railway franchise. This franchise is due to run from August 2019 for 8 years and AEM will introduce new modern trains to the network, providing cleaner, greener, services.

Crazy Hats charity walk:

I was delighted to go along to this year’s annual Crazy Hats walk and support this amazing local charity, who do vital work in our community supporting all aspects of breast cancer care. It was another great event, with an excellent turnout, and I was honoured to have been a part of it!

Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month:

Prader-Willi Syndrome affects approximately 1 in 20,000 people, including people in our community. As part of Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Month, I was pleased to visit Gretton House – a first-class residential home for those affected by the condition.

Visit to Tata Steel:

I was pleased to make one of my regular visits to Tata Steel in Corby – an integral part of our community’s rich history and a key local employer. As ever, I enjoyed talking with the works manager and looking round the site, and to see for myself the production line in operation.

London Marathon 2019:

This year’s London Marathon was a fantastic event and I was incredibly pleased to finish it in under 4 hours, and in the process have raised thousands of pounds for both Corby Mind and Care after Combat - two brilliant causes, doing fantastic work.

Barclays dinner with local businesses:

I recently went to a dinner organised by Barclays to meet with local businesses from across Northamptonshire. It is always good to stay in touch, so that I can hear their concerns and work with them to find solutions.

Local Government in Northamptonshire Update

It has recently been confirmed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government that the existing councils in Northamptonshire will be replaced with two new unitary authorities as of the 1st April 2021, following the decision to restructure local government in the county.

Visit to Pen Green Centre:

As ever, it was good to be back at the Pen Green Centre in Corby, and to discuss how we can further work together to get nursery provision, and early years maintained schools specifically, the funding they need.

Visit to Bishop Stopford School:

Although just over the border in the Kettering constituency, many Corby & East Northamptonshire young people go to Bishop Stopford School and I really enjoyed visiting to be interviewed by Oscar Cullinan, a pupil at the school, for their school magazine, ‘Reflections’.