Congratulations to our local students

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As a Member of Parliament, I feel very privileged to be able to meet such a wide range of amazing people across the constituency.

Many residents, without hesitation or question, give up their free time to help others.

Over the last few weeks, I have visited the Carers Support Group held on a Thursday morning at Littlewick Health Centre. Despite the carers giving up much of their time to support their loved ones, they were really cheerful and enjoyed sharing their experiences and having a natter with each other.

I met more carers when I went along to the open afternoon at Parklands in Long Eaton, enjoying a much needed piece of cake and a cup of tea, as well as joining in with the sing-along.

This is an anxious time of year for many students, with Years 11 and 13 receiving their exam results. It was pleasing to learn that a record breaking number of young people are taking core academic subjects at A-level, with this year’s A-level students among the best qualified in a generation.

More students than ever from all backgrounds will be able to secure a place at university or an apprenticeship – meaning more young people will get the skills they need to get on in life.

These results reflect the dedication of teachers and young people alike across Erewash. Every student deserves our congratulations – many will have achieved far more than they ever anticipated possible.

I am sure many people were surprised to learn that the planning application for the development of the Stanton site was withdrawn just before it was to be considered by the planning committee.

For some months now, I have been concerned about the lack of planning for the transport infrastructure of this key brownfield development of 2,000 houses and industrial units.

Ilkeston and the surrounding area already suffers from gridlock at many times of the day.

Ways must be investigated to ensure this development comes back to planning but with solutions in place to prevent further congestion.

In my maiden speech, I did state that without proper planning Erewash will just become one huge car park. We need to be bold with our vision not just provide piecemeal solutions.

Alongside many businesses and residents, I was disappointed to hear the Transport Secretary’s announcement that the electrification of the Midlands Main Line is being paused.

Rest assured, this is a pause and not a cancellation of this important project. It is vital when Government is spending public money that it is spent efficiently and on budget; I will make sure this is the case.

Any resident who needs to contact me, can do so via email at or post to Bridge House, Derby Road, Long Eaton NG10 1HU.

Unfortunately I am unable to accept visitors without an appointment at this office, however, as soon as I can, I will be opening a community office with open access.

The telephone number remains the same, at 0115 9722419.