Friday 16, August 2013
Welcome to this, my 139th news bulletin.
It was a privilege to bring the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to Crewe and Nantwich, to welcome the announcement that Bentley Motors' new SUV will be launched in 2016 and manufactured locally, like all of Bentley's cars.
As I told the assembled press on the day of the announcement, Crewe has one of the finest manufacturing workforces in the UK. That's why I lobbied with the Prime Minister for this: it represents an £800m German investment in Crewe; it will create a further 1,000 new jobs; it cements Crewe's position as a premier location for investment and expansion.
It's fantastic that David Cameron took such a personal interest in the fortunes of our town throughout this process, and I was pleased that he was able to come to Crewe, to celebrate the decision with the workforce at Bentley.
On his visit, the Prime Minister took the time after the big announcement to answer questions from Bentley employees. I was delighted that while he was in the local area, he was also able to accompany me to Leighton Hospital, to see at first hand the fruits of more than £21million in government investment.
I could not be more proud of our area. In Bentley, we have a world-class manufacturer, flourishing and branching out, and in Leighton Hospital an example of our National Health Service delivering successfully for patients and the community, despite high demand.
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Locally I have...
- Welcomed the Prime Minister to Bentley Motors' headquarters, on the announcement of Bentley's new SUV, which will be built here in Crewe.
- Cut the ribbon at the A-T family Fun Day at the Funky Monkey Cafe. The fun day raised money for the A-T Society and awareness of the rare genetic disease, Ataxia-Telangectiectasia.
- Attended a street stall in support of the 'Hands off Wistaston' group, campaigning against overdevelopment in the Green Gap.
- Completed the "Step Out For Stroke" family walk in Queen's Park, with my daughter Lydia. I was also pleased to speak at the event, organised by the Stroke Association, to highlight the Government's approach to stroke care.
- Attended the opening of the new exhibition, "Summer Eats", at Nantwich Museum - celebrating 100 years of food shopping, the exhibition has been researched and produced by volunteers.
- Visited Europac3d - a growing business on Crewe Business Park, one of the most advanced 3D laser scanning and 3D printing companies in the country - to discuss their plans for the future and to offer my support in securing faster business broadband connections locally.
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I was pleased to open at the A-T family fun day in Nantwich. Organised by local campaigner Sinead Ward, the day raised money in support of research into Ataxi-Telangiectasia: a rare, neurodegenerative condition, and I was delighted to add my support to their fantastic cause.
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Crewe mum’s fundraising efforts top £10k
Crewe Chronicle: A MUM who vowed to raise awareness of her two-year-old daughter’s devastating illness has raised more than £10,000 in just seven months.
Sinead Ward, from Crewe, was left heartbroken when daughter Orla was diagnosed with a genetic condition called Ataxi-Telangiectasia (AT). The neurodegenerative disease causes severe disabilities, meaning Orla is likely to be in a wheelchair by the age of seven and may not live past her early 20s.
Since Orla’s diagnosis in January, Sinead has been working tirelessly to raise as much money as possible for the A-T Society, a charity designed to offer support to families, as well as carry out vital research into potential cures.
A family fun day at the Funky Monkey Cafe in Nantwich last month raised £3,600 for the cause, and the total is still rising. This brings the family’s fundraising efforts to £10,740 – a huge step toward their £60,000 target.
Sinead said: “We’re hugely grateful to all the family, friends and businesses that supported the event, all giving of their time for free so that 100% of the funds could go to the A-T Society.”
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson was on hand to officially open the fun day.
He said: “When I met Sinead earlier this year I was struck by her positive determination to raise awareness of AT and her efforts to support the research needed to help find a cure.
“Only around 70 children in this country have been diagnosed with AT, two of whom live in our local area. That’s why I was so pleased to be able to open their fundraising fun day and lend my own support to their fantastic cause.”
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MP Edward Timpson celebrates Bentley news with Prime Minster
Crewe Chronicle: Local MP Edward Timpson said he is confident Crewe has 'one of the finest manufacturing workforces in the UK'. The Crewe and Nantwich MP was speaking after visiting Bentley Motors with Prime Minister David Cameron to celebrate the announcement of the SUV being built at Pyms Lane.
"I am confident that Crewe has one of the finest manufacturing workforces in the UK. That's why I've lobbied with the Prime Minister for this £800m German investment in Crewe, which will create a further 1,000 new jobs, and reinforces Crewe as a premier location for investment and expansion," said Mr Timpson.
"It's fantastic that David Cameron has taken such a personal interest in the fortunes of our town throughout this process, and makes it even better that he has been able to come here today to celebrate the decision with us and answer questions from Bentley employees."
Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones was delighted with the news. "This is fantastic news, a real vote of confidence for Crewe and Cheshire East, bringing in massive new investment and new high-skill, high-value jobs," said Cllr Jones.
"I'm also delighted that the Prime Minister was able to see first-hand the tremendous work going on in growing and developing the workforce here at Bentley – one of the most exciting and respected companies in the country. This is further proof that our economy is now on the right track and that large companies like Bentley are optimistic about the future."
The council leader added: "Skills lie at the heart of today's announcement and the new University Technical College we are planning for 2015, which will focus on engineering, will play an important part in developing a skilled, ready-made workforce for employers like Bentley."
South Cheshire Chamber chief executive Paul Colman said: "Bentley has once again proved a real inspiration to the local business community. The company continues to put Crewe on the map for engineering excellence and today's news allows us to fly the flag for our skills base here in South Cheshire.
"There have been some very encouraging statistics indicating early signs of economic recovery in the area and news like this allows us all to feel more confident about the future."
Nantwich MP Edward Timpson joins “Step Out For Stroke” walk
Nantwich News: Crewe & Nantwich MP Edward Timpson teamed up with his young daughter Lydia to complete the "Step Out For Stroke" walk.
The event, which was held in Crewe's Queen's Park, was organised by the Stroke Association. The sponsored family walk on Sunday (July 21) offered a chance to raise essential funds for the Stroke Association and increase awareness of stroke.
The day included family activities such as face-painting, raffles, craft stalls, guess the name of the teddy and live music.
Money raised will help prevent strokes and reduce their effect through campaigning, education and research, and also help support 1.1 million people in the UK adjusting to a life after stroke.
Mr Timpson made a speech at the event about the government's approach to stroke care in England. He said: "With someone suffering a stroke every five minutes in England, it's important we continue to improve efforts to prevent strokes, take action more quickly when they do and make sure the best possible support is in place afterwards.
"This Step Out for Stroke awareness walk is a great way of showing that, with a positive attitude and excellent supply from carers, families and volunteers, stroke suffered can still go on to achieve amazing and inspiring things. "Congratulations to Rachael Glover and all the Stroke Association team based at Leighton Hospital on pulling together such an impressive occasion."
The Act FAST campaign, which is supported by the Stroke Association, aims to raise awareness of symptoms of stroke so patients can get to hospital faster and receive quicker treatment, helping to save lives.
Prime Minister visits Leighton Hospital
Crewe Chronicle: Prime Minister David Cameron has made a private visit to Leighton Hospital. The PM paid a whistle-stop visit to see the progress being made with the hospital's capital projects following the award of £25.2m from the Department of Health. He was accompanied by Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson and spoke with Mid Cheshire Hospital Trust's chief executive Tracy Bullock and chairman John Moran about the hospital and the services it provides to the local area.
Mrs Bullock said: "We work closely with Edward to ensure that we meet the health needs of our local population, and it is a great compliment that he has been so enthused about the care that we provide that he invited the Prime Minister to come and meet with us too. Mr Cameron was very interested in our A&E department, as we are managing to maintain our performance whilst many other trusts are struggling.
"We also spoke to him about our future plans, including our brand new theatres and intensive care unit which is currently being built, and is being paid for in part by £21.69million of Government funding."
Mr Timpson said: "Leighton Hospital is a key asset to Crewe and Nantwich, and I'm delighted that the Prime Minister was able to visit and hear for himself some of the positive things that are happening for the benefit of patients and the community in general. I am very proud to have Leighton Hospital in our local area and to be a patron of their 'One in Eleven' charitable appeal to help fund a new neonatal intensive care unit.
"Having worked alongside hospital staff last year, I have a great admiration for the hard work and dedication that is shown throughout the organisation, from nursing and healthcare staff through to the domestics and kitchen teams."
Speaking after the visit, which was closed to the press and took place immediately after the Bentley visit last Tuesday, the Prime Minister said: "I was delighted to meet some of the staff at the hospital's treatment centre, and am pleased to hear that the hospital is performing well despite high demand.
"I hope that this Government funding can help renew Leighton Hospital, and improve the services offered to patients in Crewe and Nantwich even more."
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