Weekly Column 21.11.18

It was an eventful week last week with the Cabinet agreeing in principle the terms of the UK’s smooth and orderly exit from the EU, as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement.

After the Prime Minister’s statement and a visit to Northern Ireland to speak to businesses, it was back home to Staffordshire Moorlands for a series of meetings, visits and surgeries and of course the Christmas Lights Switch on.

Following my surgery appointments, I was pleased to visit SO Marketing in Leek to hear about the Christmas Toy donation they are organising for the Alice Charity. They are looking for gifts for children aged 0 – 18 for families who are on low incomes and don’t have much this Christmas. If you would like to help by donating a toy or a gift, please drop it into SO Marketing at 50 Broad Street in Leek.

It was also interesting to pay a visit to the Hanley Police Resolution Centre to see firsthand how these centres operate. It was useful to discuss the types of casework I receive concerning crime and the procedures they follow at the Resolution Centre.


After a spot of delivering leaflets updating people on my work as your MP and talking to local residents on the doorstep, it was a real pleasure to join in the Parade and the celebrations in Leek for the switching on of the Christmas lights. The evening demonstrated the great community spirit that exists in the Moorlands with so many people packing the streets to join in the fun and enjoy the music, the fair and the food stalls. Thank you to the organisers and everyone who took part to make it such a special event. Finally on Saturday morning, I enjoyed a visit to the Fine Food Market to see all the wonderful food they have on offer.