Weekly Column 08.05.19

After a busy week in Westminster, it was lovely to be back in the Moorlands on Thursday to campaign for our great Conservative candidates. It is always great to speak to local people on the doorstep and hear your views and opinions.

I was also delighted to be invited to the opening event at the Great Grounds new Centre of Excellence for careers education in primary schools on Friday in Dilhorne. There I met Tony Millar, Director and his colleague, James Smith Education Coordinator, to see how the plans we had discussed previously at one of my surgeries have become a reality.

There were many organisations there including Primary schools, Keele University, The Careers Enterprise Company, Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) - organisations that have worked closely with Great Grounds to develop their unique range of services for schools.

It was a pleasure to see over 100 children there, getting involved in a range of activities and enjoying learning outside the classroom. Congratulations to everyone involved.

I am often invited to visit local schools in Staffordshire Moorlands and I was delighted to be able to visit James Bateman Junior High school in Knypersley to congratulate them on having recently become an Academy. I always enjoy speaking to the staff and students and after a tour of the school, I joined in an assembly and held a questions and answers session. Thank you to everyone for making me so welcome.

I then visited Biddulph Artisan market together which is full of fabulous stalls with a fantastic selection of local produce, plants, arts and crafts and textiles. My family and I always try to support our local markets and it was great to see so many shoppers sampling the many delights that we have here in Staffordshire Moorlands.