New Year Column

As we move into the New Year, it is time to look back and reflect on the many events of 2018. It has certainly been an eventful year in politics with the Brexit negotiations and also the Cabinet reshuffle in January where I was honoured and humbled to be asked by the Prime Minister to become Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. 

I have been working hard as your MP both in Westminster and in Staffordshire Moorlands on a number of issues including amongst others, saving Leek Moorlands Hospital. The consultation organised by the local CCG namely “The Future of Local Healthcare Services” is now open and will run until 17th March 2019. I would urge as many people as possible to make their views known – the link is:

As your MP it is always a privilege to be invited to many local events. I have been delighted to attend important local events in 2018 such as the Leek Show, Leek Club Day, the Biddulph Festival and the Christmas Lights switch-on. I have also visited local charities, schools, businesses and farms in Staffordshire Moorlands, the Police Resolution centre and our local fire fighters just to mention a few. In addition, I attended and called for many meetings, took part in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project by working together with local Councils and school children to plant 5 trees in Staffordshire Moorlands, organised coach trips to Parliament and held three lovely Senior Tea Dances to bring people together and help combat loneliness and elderly isolation.

I also run a busy constituency office in Leek where my staff and I try to help with various issues. For more information on my work as your MP please do see my website

I wish everyone in Staffordshire Moorlands a very Happy New Year!