Francis Maude visits Morley and Wakefield

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, came to Morley and Wakefield.  We visited local business Hytal Kitchens  &  Bedrooms and we’re greeted by business owners Joanne Best and Mick Williams.

Council Hypocrisy in Leeds

New car parking charges coming into effect today in Leeds show how anti-motorist the Labour council is and their hypocrisy in claiming to help people with the cost of living. The new charges for parking in the evening and on Sunday in the city centre are an unnecessary extra burden on motorists and will hit city centre retailers and night life when the Council should be doing everything it can to help the local economy.

We need an EU referendum

Despite Labours’ blocking techniques, we the Conservatives are determined to give Britain a referendum and a choice about whether we wish to be a part of the EU. I receive many emails, letters and conversations from residents in Morley and Outwood regarding their frustrations of our current relationship with the European Union.

Baroness Verma visits Morley

I was very proud to introduce Baroness Verma the Under Secretary of State for Climate Change to Morley Waste Traders. Who are a fine example of a local family business that has grown from strength to strength under the direction of Stan Whittaker.


On Sunday I attended the Remembrance service in Morley. There were hundreds of people who lined the streets as the march proceeded through the high street towards the cenotaph.

Politically Speaking (Wakefield Express)

Ploughing extra money into an organisation does not guarantee services and standards will improve. We need to pull together, stop protectionist propaganda, be productive and face up to the fact all organisations including the NHS can be improved.

Campaigning & Casework

It has been an enjoyable week with lots of campaigning. We finished delivering our magazine last week and had two evenings telephone canvassing. On Saturday we campaigned in Kirkhamgate and Wrenthorpe and Alex Story our MEP candidate along with his son helped me for the day.

Discussing the future of Morley and Outwood with Eric Pickles

Campaigners have been given the chance to tell a senior Government minister about their concerns for the future of Morley and Outwood. Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government had a private meeting with Morley and Outwood Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate Andrea Jenkyns

Leeds University Freshers Fayre

I think it is important that young people are engaged in politics and that they have a voice. It was with this in mind that I helped out on the Conservative stand at the Leeds University Freshers Fayre. I met some great people who want to get involved, I especially want to say how I respect and admire the work that both Chris and Beth do for Conservative Future, the young Conservatives arm of the party. The are both relentless and work extremely hard.

Morley Business Awards Ceremony

It was a privilege to attend this years Morley Business Awards, which are a celebration of business and enterprise in Morley. I was sat on the same table as the owner of Sue’s Kitchen in Morley. I must admit I do have a soft spot for their homemade soups, and especially the Mushroom flavour and cannot resist calling in for a hot bowl. It was an eventful and enjoyable evening and there were so many outstanding local businesses who were nominated.