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Monday, 18 October 2010

Mp’s news letter

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 65th electronic news bulletin.

This week has seen Parliament back in full swing, but it hasn't stopped me getting out and about in Crewe and Nantwich to support our local businesses.

Remember, you can always contact me directly if you have any questions for me.

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Best wishes,

Edward Timpson
Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich

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I have recently ...

  • Officially opened local charity IRIS vision resource centre's new facilities, in Crewe
  • Helped celebrate local business ESTC's 5th birthday, in Nantwich
  • Sat on the Department for Education Adoption Advisory Group, in Westminster
  • Attended the Army Benevolent Fund reception, in Parliament
  • Visited local business Alpha Omega Securities in Crewe, meeting with management & staff
  • Spoken on BBC Radio Stoke about promoting our Big Society & helping residents get involved in the constituency
  • Visited Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters in Winsford, with fellow Cheshire Members of Parliament
  • Met with Labour & Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament to discuss our joint cross party inquiry into the educational attainment of Looked After Children

This weekend I will be...

  • Holding a Constituents' Surgery in Morrisons, Crewe
  • Joining the Turn Nantwich Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness campaign in Nantwich town square

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Pink fire engine for Nantwich town centre!

Nantwichnews

People will be tickled pink in Nantwich town centre this Saturday – when they see this colourful fire engine!

It has been loaned to campaigner Ann Aspinall to launch the start of her Pink Nantwich week, run as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Nantwichnews revealed last week how Ann, who fought and survived breast cancer, has been campaigning to paint the town pink for one week.

Scores of shops, businesses and residents in the centre have joined in and will adorn their premises with pink flowers, scarves and other items.

And Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is jumping on board by loaning this colourful appliance which will be on show in the town square on Saturday.

Nantwich MP Edward Timpson will also be attending the launch of the week, which will culminate in a special Pink Party on October 23 at Nantwich Town FC’s Weaver Stadium.

Mum-of-two Ann, of Volunteer Fields, Nantwich, said: “The fire engine is great, it will really make people take notice and highlight what we’re trying to do.”

If you want to join in the campaign, you can contact Ann on 07743 240645, or email annaspinall@hotmail.co.uk

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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School and leisure centre project completed

Cheshire East News

A celebration of arts, dance, sports and technology marked the completion of the second and final phase of the Sir William Stanier Community School and Leisure Centre in Crewe.

Pupils from Beechwood Primary School performed with students from Sir William Stanier in the school’s new leisure centre as part of National School Sports Week. The ceremony signals the end of the £21m project. The school, which can cater for 1,050 students, opened last September.

The new leisure centre includes a sports hall, dance studio, drama studio, meeting facilities, a fully equipped computer suite and all-weather pitches. The new state-of-the-art facilities are available to both school pupils and members of the public.

© 2010 Cheshire East Council

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Nantwich woman accuses Cheshire East of "snooping" after council checked postal deliveries to her home

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

A “SNOOPING” council has been accused of using ‘Big Brother’ tactics after checking out postal deliveries to a Nantwich pensioner’s home.

Seventy-five-year-old Barbara Parr is asking Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson to investigate how Cheshire East knows her son’s post is delivered to her address – and how old he is.

She’s livid over what she describes as “Big Brother-style snooping” by Cheshire East to check whether she’s entitled to council tax discount.

The former Malbank School teacher said: “I’ve been a widow for four years and live alone and claim a single person’s discount from council tax. I filled in the form and sent it back.”
Mrs Parr then received a letter from Cheshire East Council challenging her right to the discount.

The query followed an investigation by Northgate, a company employed by the council to investigate whether people claiming single person’s discount are eligible to it.

Mrs Parr said: “I had to phone them and they said they had information that post was being delivered to my address for a male born in 1971.

“I told her that would be my younger son who uses my address for his post for convenience. But what right have they got to check people’s post? How do they know what year my son was born in?

“I’ve now made an appointment to see Edward Timpson.”

A spokesman for Mr Timpson told the Chronicle he would be writing to the council to see how it obtained its information.

A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “A letter was sent to seek clarification over her eligibility for a discount. It wasn’t sent to question Mrs Parr’s honesty.

“Unfortunately, a small, but significant proportion of those who claim the discounts are not eligible to do so.

“Northgate Public Services has a wealth of experience in this field and are able to crosscheck the council’s records against a wide range of other databases including the Electoral Roll and Experian, the credit information group.

“This is undertaken in full compliance with the Data Protection Act . On occasions this exercise will generate queries which Northgate need to check out.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Brine Leas High School's £7m sixth form building officially unveiled

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

Brine Leas High School’s £7m sixth form building officially unveiled

THE mayor of Nantwich and the MP for Crewe & Nantwich have officially jointly opened Brine Leas High School’s new sixth form building.

The Nantwich school welcomed its first intake of further education students last month in the £7m building, which has been named BL6.

Nantwich mayor Joyce Stockton and MP Edward Timpson were the special guests of honour for its unveiling.

Headteacher Andrew Cliffe said: “The desire for a sixth form has always been at Brine Lines since its creation in 1977.
“The route, where we could offer diversity of opportunity as well as excellence, came about through the High Performing Specialist College status that was awarded to the school together with being granted the specialist option of Applied Learning.

“The BL6 building and ethos was the result of many real but wide ranging partnerships.”

However, Mr Cliffe stressed the mission statement for the Audlem Road school and BL6 remains the same – ‘to provide a successful education for every student’.

The event was well attended with a wide range of people who have been associated with the school; Nantwich town councillors, governors past and present with the current chair of governors, Janet Furber, who made use of the opportunity to express her thanks to Mr Cliffe for his commitment and hard work.

Present staff and students were joined by ex-colleagues including Daphne Howard, who was the first headteacher of Brine Leas in 1977.

Mr Timpson unveiled a commemorative plaque and wished staff and students good luck for the future.

He was accompanied by students as he toured the facilities and stayed to chat to many of them about their studies before returning to Birmingham for the Conservative Party conference.

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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Crewe and Nantwich MP calls for arthritis service improvements

Crewe and Nantwich Chronicle

CREWE and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is supporting the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) on World Arthritis Day by calling for service improvements for people with the condition.

The theme of World Arthritis Day 2010 is ‘Let’s Work Together’.

Yesterday NRAS members, health professionals and Mr Timpson worked together to raise awareness of RA and of what needs to be done to improve outcomes for patients.

RA is a chronic and disabling auto-immune disease, affecting about 690,000 people in the UK. It has no known cause or cure.
It remains a major cause of people not working, and the overall cost of the condition to the UK economy is almost £8bn each year.

Mr Timpson said: “There are, on average 1,061 people with rheumatoid arthritis in each constituency. To support NRAS on World Arthritis Day, I’m working with them to raise awareness and the importance of early diagnosis so people can get the treatment they need at an early stage and continue to enjoy life and work.”

NRAS chief executive Ailsa Bosworth said: “We’re delighted Mr Timpson has chosen to work with NRAS to raise awareness of the condition in his constituency.”

“NRAS is committed to ensuring that services are fully coordinated across the whole health service and improving outcomes for people with rheumatoid arthritis.”

© 2010 Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales Ltd

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World Arthritis Day

Crewe Blog

Local Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is supporting the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) on World Arthritis Day in calling for improvements in services for people with rheumatoid arthritis. The theme of World Arthritis Day 2010 is ‘let’s work together’. On 12 October 2010 NRAS members, health professionals and Edward Timpson will be working together to raise awareness of RA and of what needs to be done to improve outcomes for patients.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic and disabling autoimmune disease, affecting about 690,000 people in the UK. It has no known cause or cure. It remains a major cause of people not working – almost 30% of people with RA surveyed by NRAS in 2007 gave up work within a year of being diagnosed with the condition. The overall cost of the condition to the UK economy is almost £8 billion each year. Mr Timpson said: “There are, on average 1,061 people with rheumatoid arthritis in each constituency. To support NRAS on World Arthritis Day, I am working with them to raise awareness of rheumatoid arthritis and the importance of early diagnosis so that people can get the treatment they need at an early stage and continue to enjoy life and work with the condition.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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MP Timpson's call to Nantwich charities over 'red tape'

Nantwichnews

MP Edward Timpson is urging Nantwich charities and voluntary organisations to help the Government cut the red tape holding them back.

The Coalition Government wants to create a Task Force to cut bureaucracy and reduce burdens on small organisations.

They say it is vital to make it easier to run a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation.

The task force will be chaired by Lord Hodgson, who has spent his career advising and working for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Lord Hodgson says he wants to consult widely across the UK to gain a complete understanding of the issues face by organisations.

Nantwich MP Mr Timpson said: “We all know cutting red tape and the burden of bureaucracy is vital to mobilise the voluntary sector, as well as small businesses.

“The Government recognises it is the organisations who deal with the issues every day who best know where the problems are.

“I hope organisations here in Crewe and Nantwich will take this opportunity to submit their opinions to the task force and really make a difference.”
Contributions should be emailed to red.tape.taskforce@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

© 2010 Nantwichnews

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MP hits winner

Crewe Blog

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson netted the crucial equaliser in tightly fought 2-2 draw between Conservative MPs and the Parliamentary press lobby before the Conservative Party conference. The honours were shared in Birmingham as the politicians twice came from behind to secure a well-earned draw. The Conservatives started badly as David Cracknell, formerly of the Sunday Times, put the press ahead early with a speculative long-range lob. But Phillip Lee MP took advantage of a defensive lapse to slot an equaliser coolly past the press keeper in the 17th minute. The teams went in even at half time with the match looking as though it could go either way.

After the break the press again started well; Dan Bentley converted from a scything low cross in the 52nd minute to put them 2-1 ahead. But again they weren’t ahead for long. Edward Timpson MP slipped his marker to score a thumping header from just outside the six yard box and level the scores in the 66th minute. After that neither team could break the deadlock, though the press had a strong appeal for a penalty waved away by the referee. The Crewe and Nantwich MPs equalising goal came as a relief for Conservative player manager Dave hart who said: "It was a good game and it should set things up nicely for the Conference now. It's very keenly contested every year when we play it, just before the Conference starts, and it's a real chance to get bragging rights over them for the rest of the week.”

Edward Timpson said: “It was great to get the equalising goal against the press. After going behind twice it would have been easy to let our heads drop, but the whole team kept fighting ‘til the end and we came away with a share of the points.”

© 2010 Crewe Blog

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