Weekly Column 27.03.19

It was good to be back home after a busy week in Westminster. As I walked up Derby Street in Leek, popping into some of the great shops we have here, I was, as always, pleased to see how local people come out to support our fantastic businesses. 

The Moorlands is such a special place and while I was out delivering leaflets in Kingsley Holt later on in the day, I thought that not only do we have great town centres in Leek and Biddulph but also some wonderful villages with, I think, some of the best scenery and views in the country.  

I am often invited to visit schools and today was the turn of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Leek which was particularly lovely as it was the school that my children used to attend. I popped into all the classes from the nursery right up to year 6 and was really impressed with the work that the children were doing. The new playground area outside is a fantastic addition and the children should be proud of all the work on display throughout the school. The Questions and Answers session I did with a group from years 4 and 6 was lovely and I would like to thank the children for their many thoughtful questions about my life as Member of Parliament for Staffordshire Moorlands. 

It was then back to the office for some surgery appointments and then up to the Fire Station to speak to local residents on Moorlands Radio. 

Finally I had a very productive Liaison meeting which I chair with representatives from the Environment Agency, John Pointon and Sons, Animal Health, Trading Standards, local residents and Councillors. 

This liaison group really seems to be working well and it really helps getting everyone together around the table to resolve local people’s concerns.