Local unemployment falls again and funding for potholes

I am delighted with the latest figures showing that unemployment levels in North Warwickshire & Bedworth have fallen again – it is lower than both last month and also this time last year. The unemployment figure has dropped by 22 from February, which is really important - 22 more people in work, 22 more families benefiting from the security of a job. 

National Living Wage is launched

April marks the start of a new financial year and means good news for workers as it is also the beginning of the National Living Wage.

My Speech in the HS2 Debate

I spoke in the HS2 debate urging Parliament to support my amendments and those of colleagues. Very disappointed at the short time given in the Chamber for such an important issue. I voted against the third reading, to stop the project, sadly I was one of just 42 MPs to do so; the project now looks to be going ahead. I had to shorten my speech due to time constraints, however this was the full version:

Initial funding secured for Whitacre Heath Pumping Station

Local MP Craig Tracey and County Councillor Joan Lea have welcomed an agreement between the Environment Agency, Warwickshire County Council and Nether Whitacre Parish Council for maintenance of a surface water pump. The pump will help to prevent flooding in the village.

Local MPs speak out against Borough Plan decision

Bedworth and Nuneaton’s voices in Parliament have criticised the Borough Council following further delays over the Borough Plan. Craig Tracey MP and Marcus Jones MP expressed ‘disappointment and concern’ over the news.
The Borough Plan determines local planning and housing over the next decade and has seen some controversial proposals for house builds in our area.