It has been an enormous privilege to serve as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and represent this special nation and integral part of our precious union. 
I would like to pay tribute to Theresa May for her continued support and commitment to ensuring the unique needs of Northern Ireland were met and respected in full.

Weekly Column 17.07.19

I always look forward to the Annual Club Day in Leek and the Biddulph Festival, two very important events for everyone here in Staffordshire Moorlands.
I started the morning with a visit to the Biddulph Churches Together Open Air Café. It was lovely to see the many people who came to support the Café and I enjoyed my tea and cake. 

Karen welcomes record number of people now in work

Figures released today show that in the West Midlands there are 2,787,874 people in work – meaning that, under the Conservatives, 312,235 more people have been able to access the security of a job since 2010.
In Staffordshire Moorlands, the number of people who are claiming key out-of-work benefits has fallen by 425 since 2010 – an overall reduction of 41% per cent, meaning fewer people now need this support because they have the security of a job.

Karen takes part in annual Club Day celebrations in Leek.

Local MP, Karen Bradley was pleased to join in the annual Club Day celebrations in Leek, an event that has been going strong for over 200 years.
This year it was the turn of Trinity Church to lead the worship in the Market Place and the procession around the town. After a colourful and vibrant service on the theme of “Walking the Way” by Trinity’s minister, Richard Pope, Karen walked in the procession with the lead church, as well as with the Mayor Cllr Sue Coleman, Town Crier Bill Lomas and Chairman of the District Council Cllr Keith Flunder.

Karen visits Biddulph Churches Together Open Café’

Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley was delighted to visit the Biddulph Churches Together Open Café during the Biddulph Festival.
Karen visited some of the stalls and was pleased to talk to some of the many stallholders and people supporting the Café’.

Karen helps clean up Westwood Rec in Leek

Local MP, Karen Bradley joined local Conservatives recently at a litter pick in Leek.
Litter blights our towns and roadsides and spoils our enjoyment of the countryside. It is also incredibly expensive, costing local councils hundreds of millions of pounds a year to clear up. Those who drop litter, even if it is just a cigarette end or chewing gum, can be fined or face prosecution.

Weekly Column 10.07.19

Saturday 29th June was Armed Forces Day and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the 11,300 people working in our Armed Forces and crucial defence jobs in the West Midlands.
It was the eleventh Armed Forces Day, and it is an opportunity to say thank you to those around the world who are in the regular service, the reserves, the cadets and those who served in uniform, our brave veterans. It is a chance to recognise the great sacrifice they have made for their country – often spending long periods of time away from home.

Weekly Column 03.07.19

I know that the many animal lovers in Staffordshire Moorlands will join me in welcoming the Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s new bill, introduced in Parliament last week, to enable tougher prison sentences for the worst animal abusers.