Monday 30, April 2012
Welcome to this my 119th news bulletin.
It is often assumed that politicians are distant beings on another level from their voters, and that they hide away in the ivory towers in Westminster debating the big issues of the day. This was certainly true of Victorian Britain (a quick read of a 19th century MP's diary reveals a visit to their constituency twice a year was the norm!), but couldn't be further from the way I work.
I spend three to four days a week in Crewe and Nantwich. If I didn't, I wouldn't know what was going on, I wouldn't be on doorsteps talking to my constituents, I wouldn't be at meetings with residents discussing their concerns or with worthy local organisations celebrating their successes.
In fact, I wouldn't have much to talk about during my three days a week in Westminster, the majority of which I spend taking what I've learned locally and wandering the corridors of power to fight for a better lot for the people of Crewe and Nantwich.
My 'Crewe and Nantwich first' approach has resulted in a number of successes recently.
I worked hand in glove with the Crewe Against Traveller Site group recently to have the application for a gypsy and traveller site on Parkers Road withdrawn. I had to lobby the Council, but I also had to lobby ministers, and make sure that a new, more flexible Coalition policy on traveller sites was implemented locally.
In the last fortnight I helped make sure that Wulvern Housing halted its plans to rush a move of the elderly residents of Linden Court into new accommodation they didn't want. I had to drop my plans to attend an emergency meeting with local councillors, and my office worked through a Sunday to ask the Council to step in and force the housing association to reconsider.
On Thursday this week I have organised a jobs fair at Crewe Alex, kindly supported by the Chronicle, so that instead of just talking about unemployment, we can actually do something about it. If you're out of work or want a change - then come along. You'll find the info at edwardtimpson.com/jobsfair.
That's the same day as Boris Johnson's election in London, and I'm in trouble for not helping out, but I'm Crewe and Nantwich's representative to Westminster - not the other way round!
Finally, my job would be made much harder if local people didn't help me to understand their views and campaign on them. So thank you to you all.
Keep in touch, and I hope we experience many more successes together in future.
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Member of Parliament for Crewe & Nantwich
I have recently...
- Recovered from running last week's London Mathon with my wife Julia raising in excess of £5,000 for Crewe charity Climb
- Held a surgery in my Crewe office
- Showed my support for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at a reception in Parliament
- Visited Oakfield Primary School to meet with staff and discuss a number of issues
- Supported the Patient Advocates for Newborn Screening (PANS) celebratory event raising awareness of the further health benefits that can be secured for children with rare diseases
- Attended the launch event of One in Eleven at Hunters Lodge raising funds for a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit based within Leighton Hospital. For more information click here
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Photos & Video ...
Edward & his wife Julia have run the 2012 London Marathon in 3 hours 55 minutes
You can still donate to this year's charity, Climb, click here
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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!
Prime Minister David Cameron backs Crewe and Nantwich jobs fair
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 www.edwardtimpson.com/jobsfair.
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.”
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson and wife Julia complete Virgin London Marathon and raise money for children' charity
HUSBAND and wife team Edward and Julia Timpson completed the London marathon under four hours and raised thousands for charity.
The couple were running to raise money for worthy charity Children Living with Inherited Metabolic diseases CLIMB
Crewe and Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson, said: “Running the marathon doesn’t get any easier, so to go round the course with my wife Julia from start to finish made the whole experience all the more enjoyable. By the end it was Julia setting the pace and I suspect I was holding her back!
“I am proud of her achievement and delighted we have been able to raise such a decent sum of money for a great national charity based here in Crewe.”
Julia Timpson said: “I never imagined I would take on the challenge of a marathon, but running for CLIMB was the best motivation I could have had. As it turned out, all my hard training over the winter paid off and I am ecstatic to have finished in under 4 hours.”
She added: “I am even more pleased to have raised over £5,000 for CLIMB, so a huge thank you to all those who sponsored me and Edward, including many businesses and generous individuals from Crewe and Nantwich.”
5 ways to contact Edward Timpson
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- On the web: edwardtimpsonmp.com
- By phone: 01270 501 725
- By post: 30 Victoria Street, Crewe CW1 2JE
- In person: Click here to see surgery times