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Saturday 21 April 2012

MP’s 118th Bulletin


Edward Timpson MP

Friday 20, April 2012

Welcome ...

Welcome to this my 118th news bulletin.

This week’s unemployment figures are a step in the right direction but we still have a long way to go.

We are pushing ahead with our strategy to promote investment and new jobs in the private sector and support people currently without work to take up those jobs. It is particularly encouraging that overall employment is now growing despite reductions in the public sector.

There are still economic challenges ahead and the government is reacting by helping people to find employment through initiatives with the private sector at their heart.

In the past month 160,000 incentives of £2,275 have become available to employers who take on young people in the Work Programme as part of the £1 billion Youth Contract.

There are now only thirteen days left until the Crewe and Nantwich Jobs Fair that I have organised in partnership with the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce which is to take place on May 3rd at the Crewe Alex Stadium. Around forty exhibitors are attending offering everything from jobs and apprenticeships to advice and further training.

There is no need to register in advance for the jobs fair, just go along to the Alex between 10.30am and 6.30pm to register at the desk, and make the most of all the opportunities on offer.

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Please 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...

  • Held an On Your Street session bringing my surgery to the streets of Leighton
  • Held a surgery in Shavington
  • Hosted a tour of the House of Commons for magistrates on the South Cheshire Bench  and introduced them to Law Courts Minister Jonathan Djanogly
  • Held meetings of the Parliamnetary Groups on Adoption & Fostering as well as Looked-After Children & Care Leavers both of which I Chair. For more information click here.
  • Attended a demonstration of fire fighting by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Services

This weekend I will be...

  • Running the 2012 Virgin London Marathon (my 8th!) with my wife Julia for local charity CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases) of which she is a patron. Click here to donate.

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Edward & his wife Julia are running the 2012 London Marathon on Sunday

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The Crewe & Nantwich Jobs Fair

In partnership with the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Edward Timpson MP has organised a Jobs Fair for the local community.

The fair will take place at the Crewe Alexandra FC on the 3rd May from 10:30-1830.

To find out more about the fair click here

Do you have community news to share? Email me and it could be here too!

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Prime Minister David Cameron backs Crewe and Nantwich jobs fair

The Chronicle

THE Prime Minister has given his seal of approval to a jobs fair in Crewe.

More than 35 employers including Bentley, BAE Systems and Morning Foods will attend the employment fair organised by Edward Timpson MP at the Crewe Alexandra football stadium on May 3.

The event is backed by the Chronicle and The South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce.

As well as giving the ‘jobs expo’ his personal blessing, The Prime Minister praised local employers for their role in helping to host the landmark event.

David Cameron, said: “I warmly welcome this jobs fair. Events like this offer extremely valuable information and advice to support people to make good choices about their future careers.

“I urge all local people to attend this event, and to make the most of the opportunities and experiences and to offer.

“It is great to see Crewe and Nantwich employers pulling together to support this locally organised event. I am delighted that so many businesses and organisations are taking part and providing an inspiring example of what communities can achieve.

He added: “I wish you all the very best for the event.”

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, said: “It’s good to know that the jobs fair has support at the very highest level, and nice to know that my efforts and the support of local companies has been recognised.”

“Now all we need is lots of support from the public on the day, so make sure you tell friends who could benefit from the jobs fair all about it!”

There’s no need to register - just turn up and get as much out of talking to over 30 of the companies and organisations in Crewe and Nantwich who are best placed to help. Job Centre staff will be there too.

For more information about Edward’s jobs fair go online to

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Controversial traveller site plans set to be scrapped

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian

CAMPAIGNERS in Crewe are celebrating after controversial plans for a gipsy and traveller site look set to be thrown out.

Conservatives on Cheshire East Council have voted to put forward a motion to withdraw the application for the Parkers Road site at the next council meeting on April 19.

The action follows changes in the Government’s planning policy which gives greater scope for local authorities to carry out their own assessments of the housing needs of gypsies and travellers and plan accordingly.

Clr Derek Bebbington, who led the vote, said: “I believe these changes in policy have been brought about because of the excellent campaign and hard work of the action group Crewe Against Traveller Sites (CATS), who with the support of Edward Timpson and myself, have been continuously pressuring the council, and the Government, to have the planning application withdrawn or the policy changed.

“In that time, more than 5,000 thousand people signed a petition of protest against this application. I am told that so many people have written to the council objecting to the site, they had to set a new department just to deal with the correspondence.”

The site has attracted huge opposition from the start. In December, campaign group CATS marched on Downing Street to deliver a petition signed by 5,400 angry residents.

Clr Bebbington added: “Both CATS and the people who supported the campaign should be proud of what they achieved and are to be congratulated.”

Cheshire East Council says it is now looking in detail at the Government’s new planning policy for traveller sites and intends to study the document thoroughly before making any future decisions on provision in the borough.

Clr Rachel Bailey, cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “This new planning policy is good news and gives us the opportunity to assess our own needs.”

The new planning policy also encourages earlier and more effective engagement with the gipsy and traveller community around their accommodation needs.

Clr Jamie Macrae, cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, added: “We have been lobbying the Government for some time on the need to allow local authorities determine what provision is needed for gipsies and travellers. This is what this new planning policy recommends.”

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London Marathon test for MPs

Total Politics

Next Sunday is the gruelling London Marathon and among the over 50,000 competitors eight MPs from across the political spectrum will be competing in the 26-mile course.The MPs have come together from all parts of the UK to raise money for a variety of charities.

The MPs competing in the 26-mile marathon include Ed Balls, Edward Timpson, Graham Evans, Greg Mulholland, Chris Kelly, Phillip Lee and Jack Lopresti.

The experience is set to be a new one for several of the MPs, who despite all the training have yet to run a full marathon.

These first-timers include the shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, Graham Evans, Alun Cairns, Chris Kelly, Phillip Lee and Jack Lopresti.

Vale MP Alun Cairns got lost during a practice run in London and had to ask a road-sweeper for directions. Fortunately the novices are in good company with fellow MPs Edward Timpson and Greg Mulholland competitors in previous marathons. In fact, Crewe MP Timpson has seven London marathons and two New York marathons under his belt.

North West Leeds MP Mulholland is another marathon veteran, previously competing in the Belfast Marathon and most recently the Paris Marathon. The London Marathon will conclude his 652-mile challenge for Jane Tomlinson Appeal which raises money for children’s and cancer charities in the UK and abroad.

Charities that are being supported by the MPs include Action Heart, Action for Stammering Children,  Atal-y-fro , Barry for MIND, CLIMB, Dudley Group of Hospitals Charity,  East Cheshire Hospice, Halton Haven Hospice, the  Jane Tomlinson Appeal, the Royal British Legion, Thames Valley Hospice and Whizz Kids

The MPs may be dedicated to raising money for these charities, but there is another issue that may help motivate them - what their overall finishing time is going to be.

The best record for any MP in the London Marathon was set by former Conservative MP-turned-journalist Matthew Parris who completed the marathon in just two hours, 32 minutes and 57 seconds. The record was set in 1985 and has yet to be beaten by any sitting or retired MP.  The second best time was by the former Labour member for Newcastle-upon-Tyne North, Doug Henderson, now 62 years-old. In 1989 he completed the marathon in two hours, 52 minutes and 24 seconds.

If you wish to donate to any of the MPs and their respective charities you can find more information on  or

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