On Wednesday 5 March 2014, I presented a petition to Parliament from my constituents, concerned about the overcrowding on our trains. As someone who uses the train network regularly, I agree entirely with this petition; our train carriages are overcrowded and we need more rolling stock, not less. First Trans Pennine Express, our local train [...]
I was delighted to present the prizes for the Junior Chess Tournament at Kearsley West Primary School on 13 February 2014. It was wonderful to see the children devote their time to such a challenging and stimulating activity, especially with over 50 children taking part. Chess is not only a good hobby; it is also [...]
I’m delighted that local charity Urban Outreach is celebrating winning £50,000 in The People’s Millions ITV contest. A film featuring the charity’s new project Friends of Fun Food was shown on ITV Granada Reports on Monday, when they went up against another charity from Middleton, near Rochdale. Children at St Thomas’ C of E Primary [...]
A third of hard-pressed North West families could not afford to fix a burst pipe this winter, while one in fifty people say they’d need to cancel Christmas. That’s the shock finding of research by water company United Utilities, which is urging homeowners to take steps to protect themselves. Fixing damage caused by frozen household [...]
Urban Outreach, Bolton’s homelessness and food bank charity, has reached the final of this year’s The People’s Millions, a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV where the public decide which local community projects get £50,000 of lottery funding. They will feature on Granada News at 6pm on 25th November and are asking Bolton [...]
I’m delighted with the announcement by Ed Miliband that gas and electricity prices will be frozen for 20 months if Labour wins the next election in 2015. This will give time for the energy market to be restructured in order to save a typical household £120 and an average business £1,800. The big energy firms [...]
The best of luck to Vikki Shakeshaft and her vInspired project in Bolton. She is currently in the process of setting up a project encouraging sustainability and recycling in the Bolton area and is looking to recruit a team of volunteers to help her do so. She is particularly looking for volunteers for the following positions: [...]
As the local MP I fully support the regeneration of Farnworth Town Centre. No-one, including the traders, is disputing that Farnworth Market needs re-vamping. But the proposed masterplan as it stands does not provide a viable alternative for them to continue trading. I believe it would have a strongly negative impact on Farnworth if the [...]
The first ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ will take place in Bolton on 23 November. Over 14,000 people are estimated to have Type 2 diabetes in Bolton. This is the highest proportion in the North West, joint with Halton and St. Helens. Around 5.1 percent of adults have the condition. This one-day event is [...]
I have added my name to an initiative to help people suffering from dementia. Dementia Friends was launched earlier this year by Alzheimer’s Society and is a trailblazing initiative that aims to make England more dementia-friendly and improve the lives of the 650,000 people currently living with the condition by turning improved public understanding into [...]
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