Tuesday 15, May 2012
Welcome to this my 121st news bulletin.
Last week was about as varied you can get in the life of an MP.
Parliament went back to business, kicked off by all the pomp and ceremony of the Queen's visit for the State Opening. It still feels a bit odd to be summoned to see the Queen by a man wearing tights and carrying a black stick, but as you learn in Parliament, everything happens for an important historical reason.
Then it was on to learning more about important male health issues with the Blue Ribbon Foundation, before heading back to Crewe to write back to constituents and visit Shavington Primary School to hear about their involvement in the Comenius Project, which helps pupils to understand different European cultures.
The week ended on a high note, albeit an unusual one. I had the pleasure of playing at the Wistaston Cricket Club President's Day, which actually made a very nice change from my usual charity football matches and marathons, helped by being asked to officially one their newly licensed bar!
I also learnt that the club have three palyers from their girls team currently playing for Cheshire, a testament to the progress they have made in developing the club in the community. Can I express my thanks to Rod, Mike and all at Wistaston Cricket Club who made the day so enjoyable.
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I have recently...
- Met with the Vice Chancellor University of Chester to discuss ways we can promote Cheshire as a place to come to study and work.
- Attended the launch of The Blue Ribbon Foundation helping to raise awareness of male health issues – particularly cancer.
- Visited the Comenius Project at the Shavington Primary School.
- Contributed to the debate on the Queen's Speech in the House of Commons.
- Played in the President's Day at Wistaston Cricket Club.
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Edward at the Crewe & Nantwich Jobs Fair with co-organisers the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce
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One in Eleven Appeal
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust launched their 'One in Eleven' appeal to raise funds for a new neonatal unit at Leighton Hospital, Crewe.
Patrons of the appeal include Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs & Edward Timpson MP.
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Crewe Campaigner Praised in Parliament
A CAMPAIGNER who fought to stop Cheshire East Council setting up a Gypsy site in Crewe has been commended in Parliament.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson commended local campaigner Glenn Perris on his success in defeating the proposed Gypsy and Traveller site earmarked for Parkers Road.
Mr Timpson told the House of Commons: “In Crewe, a local action group led by Glenn Perris has campaigned successfully, with my support, against the imposition of a council Traveller site, assisted by the new Government policy of working with the private sector to meet any unmet Traveller need. Can we find time for a debate on this important common-sense policy and congratulate Mr Perris and his team on their sterling work?”
Sir George Young MP, leader of the House of Commons, replied: “I endorse what my hon. Friend says about what is happening in his constituency.
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“He will know that on March 23 we introduced a new light-touch policy on sites for Travellers, and I hope that that will be developed in his constituency in consultation with local communities.”
COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles is urging housing associations to treat the elderly with 'enormous dignity' after the controversy surrounding Wulvern Housing
COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles is urging housing associations to treat the elderly with ‘enormous dignity’ after the controversy surrounding Wulvern Housing’s proposals to close Linden Court in Crewe.
Mr Pickles, who visited the sheltered accommodation complex a few years ago with Edward Timpson, was responding in the House of Commons to a question from the Crewe and Nantwich MP.
Mr Timpson told Mr Pickles how he had been helping the Linden Court residents after Wulvern Housing attempted to move them out “on just a few months’ notice in order to redevelop the site’.
“Will my right honourable friend the Secretary of State use his good offices to encourage housing associations to treat the elderly with the care, courtesy and respect that they deserve, particularly those whom they are considering moving out of their homes?” he asked.
Mr Pickles (Con) replied: “I am not sure that I need to use those powers, because my honourable friend has used his considerable influence and I now understand that the housing association is having a rethink and looking into other ways of dealing with Linden Court which I visited with him a few years ago.”
Mr Pickles added: “It is important that, when elderly persons are being moved out of their homes, they should be treated with enormous dignity, and local authorities and housing associations need to go about that task at a leisurely pace.”
Two weeks ago Wulvern Housing announced it had paused plans to bulldoze Linden Court and was going to explore further options.
Last week an independent survey was carried out.
Wulvern has promised to meet with residents within a month for a full update.
2,000 People Turn out to Jobs Fair at Crewe Alex stadium
MORE than 2,000 people from all walks of life turned out in force to get a leg-up on to the employment ladder at the Alexandra Stadium in Crewe on Thursday.
Students, job-hunters and young apprentices flocked to the all-day fair – organised by Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson – where more than 45 of the area’s leading companies were on hand to showcase their job opportunities and offer advice.
Mr Timpson hailed the jobs expo – backed by the Chronicle and The South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce – as a huge success and added that it emphasised the many opportunities available in South Cheshire’s vibrant economy.
Edward Timpson explained: “I am thrilled to see my initial idea to help boost employment and business confidence in Crewe & Nantwich become a reality.
“With more than 45 local businesses and around 2,000 job seekers attending on the day, the success of the jobs fair went way beyond expectations.
“The feedback we have had has been extremely positive and already people are asking when the next one will be held.
“There were some unexpected bonuses from the day too, including one business that created new local jobs exclusively on the back of the fair.
“Although the vast majority of job seekers were from the local Crewe &Nantwich area, we also saw people from as far afield as Stockport, Telford and North Wales, showing how the fair helped put Crewe on the map as a place that is definitely open for business.”
The fair featured a distinguished cast of the area’s biggest employers including Bentley Motors, BAE Systems and Mornflake whose staff were on hand to share their experiences and offer advice.
Bentley’s senior recruitment officer Nikki Elliot said: “I’ve been thrilled with the response. We have received some extremely well-prepared CVs from people with a vast variety of skill sets and our apprentices have also been very busy sharing their experiences.”
Alsager’s BAE System’s human resources manager John Stoodley said: “We have a massive commitment to the local economy and our four-year apprenticeship scheme is a big part of that.
“I think the turnout has been fantastic and it has been a fantastic opportunity for us, and many other firms, to meet people face to face and talk about the wide variety of roles we offer.”
Meanwhile, a number of firms were actively recruiting at the fair and by 11am Vicky Sugden, creative director of At One Communications in Crewe, already had an armful of CVs.
She said: “I have an admin position available and I’ve been delighted with the response. We were a late entry into the fair and I didn’t really have any expectations but it’s been really positive.
“There have been a number of people who fit the description of the employee I’m looking for perfectly.”
Meanwhile, one local firm had even created a number of posts and apprenticeships in anticipation of the fair.
Steve Floodgate, communications director of people and site management and health and safety specialist SG World in Crewe, said: “Apprenticeship really seems to be the buzz-word at the moment and it’s a great route for people to get experience and for businesses to find and even mould great employees.
“We already had one vacancy available but we thought with this in mind that we could create a few more in a variety of roles and hopefully find the right candidates.”
Cheshire East A-Team marketing apprentice Amy Rowe, 21, was on hand to tell other young job-seekers about the considerable benefits of learning on the job.
The former Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College student from Warmingham, said: “We all know young people often get knocked back for jobs because they don’t have enough experience or qualifications.
“Apprenticeships are an amazing way of achieving them both and getting a foot on the career ladder. I’ve loved every minute of it and it’s been a fantastic experience.
“There are 30 places available every year and above all, the council is looking for people who are determined to work hard and achieve.”
Job-seeker and college student David Baggaley, 17, said the fair had opened his eyes to a number of potential career paths.
He said: “I’m currently in my first year of college but I’m weighing up my options and, if I could, I’d get on the career ladder this year.
“I came here looking at manufacturing apprenticeships but after talking to a lot of other companies, I’m really spoilt for choice.
“I’m really glad I came and it has been really inspiring to find out I have so many more options than I thought I did.”
Reaseheath College construction student Sean Smythe, 19, said: “I heard about the fair from friends who saw it in the Chronicle.
“I’m going into my last year and I didn’t think I would find much here but I’ve been really pleased and found out a lot about apprentice schemes.”
The armed forces were represented including the air cadets as well as the territorial and regular Army.
Sergeant Glen Gittins insisted the fair was a great opportunity to meet potential applicants who may be put off or intimidated by walking into an army recruitment office.
He said: “There are more than 140 careers in the army so obviously we need a diverse range of people.
“The fair’s been a great opportunity for us to meet people and let them know actually what to expect if they then decide to sign up.
“It’s all about commitment and fitness is a major aspect which a lot of young people underestimate.”
South Cheshire Chamber’s acting chief executive Paul Colman was ‘delighted’ with the event.
He said: “The turnout has been fantastic and it’s great news for the area that jobs are available.
“There is obviously a national picture which reflects the difficult times we face but locally this sort of event inspires confidence and shows the rest of the country that South Cheshire has great foundations for investment.”
Edward Timpson, added: “I want to put on record my sincere thanks to all at Crewe Alex for providing such a great venue, to the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce for their full support of the event and to the Chronicle for making sure as many people as possible knew about the fair.
“Finally I want to thank all the local businesses and job seekers who embraced the fair and made the day so worthwhile.”
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