Cottingley Springs Expansion Called in by Secretary of State

I welcome the news this week that the proposed Cottingley Springs Travellers site expansion has been called in by Eric Pickles. I know that both Cllr Finnigan and MARC (Morley Against Reckless Construction) have been working hard and showing great opposition to this too; that is why I took them to meet the Secretary of State last year to put forward views on this and other proposed  developments.

MOBA Business Association Launch

Andrea Jenkyns successfully establishes the Morley and Outwood Business Association (MOBA) On Thursday 20th February, the minister for housing at the Department for Communities and Local Government Kris Hopkins MP, together with local businesses and local politicians celebrated the launch of MOBA.

Andrea Jenkyns launches new website

Thank you for your support at the last election. Because of you, David Cameron is the first Conservative Prime Minister in 13 years and the Government’s plans to build a strong economy and a big society are in full swing. Now, to help us communicate with you, we've launched this new local website.

The Apprentice: Small Business in Morley and Outwood

I was brought up in a family with an entrepreneurial spirit. My Dad was a lorry driver who then went on to have his own transport company and then a small bedroom furniture manufacturing business. I remember helping Dad in his factory from 12 years old; helping to make bedside cabinets, sweeping up the sawdust and making tea and coffee for the workers. I was also a bit of a bossy boots, which hasn’t really changed.

Policy Forum: Planning

Last night I held a CPF meeting (Conservative Policy Forum); this is where party members and the public come together to discuss policy ideas and views (Warts and all), which are then sent off to the relevant government minister of state, who will respond within 8 weeks with a formal report. However, it is important to note, these meetings are a forum for people in the community to have their views heard and as a way in which to influence future policy changes.

Mike Penning, Disability Minister visits Wakefield

This afternoon we had Mike Penning the Minister for disabilities, met with Keith Orrell, the coordinator of Wakefield Support Group Parkinson’s UK. Mr. Orrell discussed the difficulties that Parkinson’s sufferers have to deal with and the support that the group offer. Andrea followed up on the concerns from yesterdays visit at the station with Mike Penning and discussed that we need better access for the disabled and those with pushchairs.

Updates: Street Stall, EU and Immigration

On Saturday I held a street stall in the constituency; it was a bustling day with people doing their Christmas shopping. It took me back to my retailer days as this time of year is the highlight of the retailers’ calendar.  Recent data shows that the retail industry continues to show growth and in October the quantity bought increased by 1.8%.

Autumn Statement Overview

It is much welcomed news that we received today in the Autumn Statement and demonstrates that Britain’s economic plan is working, but the job is not yet done – we need to keep taking the difficult decisions to secure the economy for the long-term. The biggest risk to Britain comes from those who would abandon the plan – and borrow and spend more. Our long-term plan will secure a responsible recovery for all. The Chancellor is cutting business rates which will mean a discount on business rates for all premises with a rateable value up to £50,000 worth £1,000 for small shops, pubs  and restaurants.