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Friday 4, November 2011
Welcome to this my 101st electronic news bulletin.
The Eurozone countries have made very good progress on the key issues they needed to make progress on - recapitalising the banks, reinforcing the firewall and resolving the Greek situation. We now need to get the detail but the crucial thing is to maintain the momentum and to put the deal into practice. It is going to be a difficult road ahead, but they are on the right road.
Britain has had real influence in putting pressure on the Eurozone to sort out their problems. And our voice is going to continue to be heard on key issues like the single market or on competition policy on financial services. Solving the Eurozone crisis is in Britain's national interest as well in the interests of the Euro.
But the United Kingdom is not in the Eurozone and that is why we will not be directly contributing to the bailouts or the new firewall fund. We are pleased that we managed to get the UK out of the permanent bailout fund agreed by Labour so that our exposure to possible bailouts through the EFSM will end in 2013.
British taxpayers should not contribute to the so-called special purpose vehicle, the special fund, discussed last night to bail out other Eurozone members. Other countries like China, who have got a surplus, can but since Britain has a deficit we just do not think it's right for us to contribute.
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I have recently ...
- Held a surgery in my Crewe office
- Met with representatives of major employers from Crewe and Nantwich at the Parliamentary franchising reception
- Attended the National Care Leavers’ Week Conference in London
- Participated in the Westminster debate on the Effectiveness of the Regional Growth Fund where I was able to highlight the £4.4m total investment into Bentley Motors in Crewe by the Government through the fund. Read more here
- Went with students from Malbank Sixth Form College in Nantwich and the Holocaust Education Foundation on a day trip to Auschwitz, an extremely challenging and thought provoking experience
- Hosted the group on Looked-After Children and Care Leavers in Parliament at the beginning of National Care Leavers Week
This weekend I will be...
- Holding my On Your Street session in Haslington bringing my surgery to your doorstep
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Photos & Video ...
Edward visiting Auschwitz with students from Malbank Sixth Form College
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Richmond Village in Nantwich hosts black tie charity ball for the ABF Soldiers Charity
A BLACK tie charity ball held at a Nantwich residential complex has raised thousands of pounds for the ABF Soldiers Charity.
The event at Richmond Village was enjoyed by 75 guests, including VIP visits from the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs, MP Edward Timpson and Deputy Mayor of Nantwich Cllr Graham Fenton.
Guests tucked into a three-course dinner with entertainment from local DJ and entertainer Chris Radford, before Brigadier Rodney Walker CBE, representing the South Cheshire branch of the ABF, gave the official welcome.
A charity auction was held with prizes including a signed Crewe Alex shirt, a meal at The Residence in Nantwich, a VIP visit to Nantwich Town Football Club and a two-hour radio show on Cat Radio.
The evening was rounded off with dancing until midnight to a jazz band.
In total, the night is expected to have raised about £2,500.
Co-organiser and village manager Alison Harding said: “We are delighted to have hosted this event on behalf of the ABF and hope that this will be the start of a number of events to help raise awareness and funds for this wonderful charity.”
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Bentley Motors lands £3m grant to develop new engine
LUXURY car-maker Bentley has won a £3 million Government grant to help it sell more vehicles in China.
The firm's latest Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grant will pay for the research and development of new engine technology geared towards the Chinese market.
The award comes six months after the Crewe-based manufacturer secured a £1.7 million grant from the same fund to train its workers.
Bentley, which has already sold 1,000 cars in China this year, says the latest grant will safeguard more than 200 jobs in its 900-strong engineering department.
Chairman and chief executive Wolfgang Dürheimer said: "This is a real boost for Bentley, which has one of the most highly-skilled automotive workforces in the country and, uniquely, has now been awarded two RGF grants.
"It shows the Government recognises the importance of Bentley and the contribution we make to high-value manufacturing and UK exports.
"Our customers expect the best in terms of exclusivity, technology, quality and engineering excellence, which requires significant ongoing investment in research and development. This is why we retain such a strong engineering capability exclusively for Bentley here in the UK.
"This grant will help safeguard those operations as we look to develop new engine technology which appeals to new markets and new customers."
Customers in emerging markets like China have traditionally been drawn to Bentley's four-door models like the Mulsanne and the Continental Flying Spur, although they are increasingly showing interest in the new two-door Continental GT and GTC.
Research and development on the project will take place at Bentley's Pyms Lane headquarters, which employs almost 4,000 people.
It comes as the company is planning to double this year's 40-strong graduate and apprentice intake next year, in anticipation of continuing global growth.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, pictured below left, said: "This is a great show of confidence in Bentley, and will be to the benefit of thousands of my constituents who work for Bentley, their families, and those who work in the Bentley supply chain."
Bentley was among 119 companies and projects awarded a total of £950 million from the second round of the RGF yesterday.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "The Regional Growth Fund will help businesses like Bentley drive local growth."
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Nantwich Players welcome VIPs
Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
NANTWICH Players were joined by local MP Edward Timpson and Nantwich Mayor Arthur Moran for the penultimate performance of the French farce Don’t Dress for Dinner last week.
The VIP guests were able to see an example of the quality of production for which Nantwich Players win regional awards every year and the constraints of the small 82 seat theatre.
The guests also had the opportunity to meet the cast and backstage crew responsible for the sell-out production.
In November, the Players are embarking on the main fundraising phase of the Nantwich Theatre Project to build a new theatre and arts space for Nantwich on the existing Love Lane site.
Mr Timpson, impressed with the quality and endeavours of the Players, said: “The Government has increased the amount of Lottery money going to the arts through Arts Council England and is keen to see local community groups like Nantwich Players taking a lead by applying for capital grants.”
Commenting on the theatre project, Nantwich Mayor Arthur Moran said: “We’re right behind your fundraising efforts.
“The proposed arts space and larger theatre will be greatly appreciated by the townspeople of Nantwich.”
Fundraising will take at least two years and meanwhile Nantwich Players continue with their 84th season of productions with The Railway Children.
Tickets for the production go on sale on Monday November 21 from the Nantwich Tourist Information Offic
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