Weekly Column 02.05.18

Many of you may see me in the news sometimes these days in Northern Ireland but I hope also you see my regular newsletter going out and both my website and facebook pages that have details of my activities as your local MP. 

I continue to meet local healthcare professionals and was pleased to meet Simon Whitehouse and Neil McKay from the STP for an update on Leek Moorlands Hospital. I have been assured that 2018 will be a year of engagement and consultation with 2019 being the year of delivery of services that meet the health and care needs of the people of Leek and the Moorlands.

I also met Inspector Mark Thorley to discuss local policing, chaired a meeting of the Pointon Liaison group and met the local Ambassador for the 70/30 campaign who are dedicated to bringing about a 70% reduction in child maltreatment by the year 2030.

On Friday I was delighted to show another coach trip of residents from Staffordshire Moorlands around Parliament together with a question and answer session. These coach trips have proved really popular with local people, we do have more coming up so please do contact my office if you are interested in joining us.

Finally I would like to announce that my next Senior Tea Dance will be in Biddulph on Friday 29th June from 3 – 5pm. Entry is free and admission is by reserved ticket only – again please contact my office for details. The Biddulph Ukulele Group have kindly agreed to give their services again, for which I am very grateful and our charity this time will be the Royal Voluntary Service.

Please do pass this on if you have elderly relatives, friends and neighbours who you feel might benefit from a couple of hours of tea, dancing and friendly conversation.