Childcare in Morley

I have met with several residents over the last few weeks, trying to listen and support them with any queries and concerns that they have.

Morley Literature Festival

I attended a luncheon at the Morley Literature Festival Literacy Lunch. The guest speaker was an author who had been a newspaper editor for many national tabloids. It was an interesting discussion about history and it was a speech made by David Cameron that was the inspiration for him writing his latest book.

Potholes in Outwood and campaigning

We have been out and about the constituency campaigning and delivering my latest magazine.  Today four volunteers and I went to Outwood.  I do enjoy being out there campaigning and meeting local residents, it also allows you to get to the heart of local issues and pick up concerns along the way.

Tribute to Mayor Brian Holmes

I know how difficult it is losing a loved one & my sympathy and condolences are with the family of Mayor Brian Holmes who passed away this week. I know he was a respected and well liked councillor.

Conservative Party Conference 2013

At Party Conference this year, I had many events and meetings lined up, which included meeting with charities to discuss how I may be able to help. I also had the opportunity of meeting with our Prime Minister David Cameron and was able to discuss with him constituency matters and highlight key concerns.

Morley Against Reckless Construction rally

I attended the public rally in Morley regarding the LDF (Local Development Framework) and the proposal to build nearly 8000 homes in the Morley Borough area. I also had the opportunity to address the 200 residents who were objecting to the Leeds City Council’s plans.

Wakefield Express Column

As mentioned in my last column, planning and development are indeed incredibly important issues affecting people within our area. The Labour run Leeds City Council is proposing to build 8,000 homes in our area which includes building on our greenbelt sites. We need new houses and development, but, we need to make sure the infrastructure is in place to cope with it and we must begin by making better use of our brownfield sites.

Diary of a candidate: Bolts from the blue (Total Politics)

Continuing the theme of writing; I was recently asked to contribute to the Total Politics Magazine. They wanted me to write a light hearted column regarding life on the campaign trail. So here is my first go at writing it:

Local Development Framework (LDF) meeting

Planning issues are still on-going and this week I have been to several meetings regarding such matters.  The constituency comes under the jurisdiction of two local authorities; both of which the Labour Party have the majority. I have had two meetings regarding the Local Development Framework (LDF) and the councils proposals to build 8000 homes in the area which is predominantly on greenbelt land.