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Welcome to the twenty sixth edition of my Westminster Report.
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Tom Pursglove MP's Westminster Report

It's a huge honour and a privilege to be your Member of Parliament for Corby and East Northamptonshire.

Welcome to my Westminster Report, where you can find out more about what I've been doing as part of my Listening Campaign, both in Westminster and across the constituency.

As always, if I can ever be of any help to you, please feel free to contact me at any time using the following details:

Address:
Tom Pursglove MP
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA

Email:
pursglovet@parliament.uk

 

Telephone:
020 7219 8043

I also hold weekly advice surgeries around the constituency, and as I said in the run up to the General Election, I remain committed to being Corby and East Northamptonshire's voice in Westminster and not Westminster's voice in Corby and East Northamptonshire.


Now, for some of what I've been getting up to, both locally and in Westminster!

With best wishes,




Tom Pursglove MP
Member of Parliament
Corby & East Northamptonshire


Address:
Tom Pursglove MP
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA

Email:
pursglovet@parliament.uk

Telephone:
020 7219 8043

Website:
www.votepursglove.co.uk
Contents:

Introduction

Tom in Westminster

Tom in Corby & East Northamptonshire

Lobbying Campaigns

Tom in the Press
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TOM IN WESTMINSTER
Currently, it is party conference season, meaning Parliament is in recess and there is less news than usual from Westminster. However, it does mean that all the main political parties are holding their annual party conferences and setting out their aims for the year ahead. This is an interesting time, and a good opportunity for all the parties to set out what their vision is for the future of our country.
TOM IN CORBY & EAST NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Earlier this week, we heard that a number of Tata Steel sites have been bid for by a competitor - albeit Corby was not one of those referred to in the press reports.  In light of this news, I am actively in contact with Tata Steel UK to ascertain the up-to-date position around the future of the Corby site, and I will continue to do all I can to help secure its future, working with the unions, the industry and Ministers.  We need a strong and successful steel industry in this country - both high quality jobs and our national security depend upon it, and I will be sure to continue to keep local people up-to-date with my work on this vital issue.
Recently I have been contacted by the Post Office regarding the Corby town centre branch, and I am pleased to say that the Corby Post Office is going to be reopened. This service will be at Heron’s Foods store, in Corporation Street, and will offer the same range of services as the Corby branch did previously. The post office will re-open on the 3rd October at 1pm. This is great news, as I know how important these services are for many, and will mean that Corby has a main town centre post office again. We got there in the end!

I have also received communication from the Post Office regarding the Brigstock branch. After its closure in August, the Post Office will be reopening on the 14th October at 1pm, and the services provided will be exactly the same as they were prior to the temporary closure. This is fantastic news for Brigstock, as I know what a vital service this is for many people.
Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of again visiting Amaray where I met with the staff of the Corby site, along with several visiting representatives from the American branch of the company. It was interesting to catch up with the team and hear what they thought the most pressing issues currently facing the industry are - equally, it was also fascinating to chat to the American executives about their perceptions of the industry, and hear about the company’s plans for the future, both here in Corby, and in the United States. Amaray is a hugely impressive company which produces and exports great products - a shining example of British industry at its best!
I have recently received communication from East Northamptonshire Council, outlining their new Community Support Grants Scheme. This scheme is designed to help voluntary and community organisations to provide services and activities for local people, and the scheme will have £90,000 of funding available for projects that have the potential to benefit local communities. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 19 October 2016 at 5pm - a great opportunity for local organisations! For more information please visit: http://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/CSGtable
Last Tuesday morning, I was delighted to be a guest on Jim Byrne’s radio show at Corby Radio. During the hour I was on air, I was asked to select a list of songs of my choice which have some sort of significance, or evoke memories, for me. Although slightly daunted by this task at first, I really enjoyed chatting to Jim about some of my favourite tracks, and actually, I also enjoyed pondering and compiling the list! As someone who hugely admires the local community radio service that the station provides, I was delighted to take part and I hope that listeners enjoyed the hour as much as I did! You can listen in to Corby Radio at any time, here.

Last week, I went to meet with the Managing Director of Utility Bidder, to discuss an energy saving initiative that they are rolling out. Utility Bidder helps businesses, both large and small, save money by switching energy providers, and helps customers to find the best energy deal for them. It was very interesting to discuss the work they do, and their new initiative, and I am keen to help promote their work - the cost of energy for businesses is a huge challenge regularly mentioned to me during visits and it is clear that the service Utility Bidder provides could help deliver huge savings for companies both locally, and nationally. You can see more information about Utility Bidder, here.

Last Friday, I met with several farmers at Lyveden Farm in Nassington, which is a fruit farm, in order to discuss the current issues and concerns the farming community has. It was good to get an insight into the operation of the farm and to discuss the future of the farming industry with several local farmers, particularly in light of the EU exit negotiations. As the local MP, I am determined to ensure that the views of all sectors are heard loud and clear as part of these ongoing negotiations - this meeting has certainly been helpful in better understanding the needs and concerns of the farming sector.

Recently I received communication from Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) regarding the recent roadworks in West Street, Oundle, where there were works undertaken on the 25th and 26th August, as well as the 29th. Residents rightly raised concern with me about this, given that the road was resurfaced and then subsequently dug up! Having taken this up with NCC, I am advised that the road works, on two different occasions, in such a short space of time, was due to some necessary resurfacing, originally scheduled for the beginning of August, which was postponed due to a prolonged spell of hot weather. This was then followed by works conducted due to an urgent gas connection issue. The Council have assured me that they do endeavour to coordinate works in order to limit the disruption caused to residents, however, it was not possible in this case.
Last week, I was disappointed to hear that the controversial plans for a gasification plant at Shelton Road, Corby, were approved by Northamptonshire County Council. This was despite a well-run local campaign, which fought hard to try to ensure that the plans were not approved. The most recent plans for the plant did not address the concerns raised by local residents, which included environmental concerns about air quality, among other reasons. Along with many residents, I had strongly objected to this application, along with Cllr Rob McKellar, and I am disappointed that the wishes of local people have not been respected.
LOBBYING CAMPAIGNS
As you might be aware, I am now responding to standard campaign emails via my website, here.  For ease, I also wanted to share the links to the most recent replies, which you can find below:


Humanitarian Situation in Yemen 15-09-2016

Sustainability and Transformation Plans 15-09-2016

 
TOM IN THE PRESS
Would you like fries with that Mr Pursglove?

Northants Telegraph, 23rd September 2016


Gasification approval ‘a sad day for Corby’, says town’s MP


Northants Telegraph, 26th September 2016

Minister rules out hedgecutting review until after Brexit

Farmers Weekly, 19th September 2016
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