£38 million government boost for local economic growth

Ely Southern Bypass Visualisation

Above: Ely Southern Bypass Visualisation It was announced today that our area has received a very welcome £38 million of government funding. The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has secured the major funding boost via the second phase of its Growth Deal negotiations with government Today’s announcement is great news and will help …

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Firefighters should enjoy same tax benefits as army volunteers

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Above: with Nick Foster, Area Commander, and Gary Mitchley, Group Commander. After meeting with representatives from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in the constituency office on Friday to discuss recruitment issues, I am set to lobby ministers in a bid to change the tax rules for on-call fire fighters. Group Commander Gary Mitchley explained that …

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Manea Fire Station needs you!


Manea fire service has launched an urgent SOS for new members to help keep the station open and I am backing the call. Members of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service including Mark Milner, who has served at Manea for nearly 10 years, met with me to discuss the problem of recruitment. Mr Milner explained a …

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Leverington Primary Academy hit the mark with ICT award

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Congratulations are due to pupils and staff at Leverington Primary Academy, who have been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark. The ICT Mark is awarded to schools who have reached a high standard of maturity in the use of technology. Rosie Simmonds, headteacher at the school, said: “We are delighted to have achieved ICT Mark accreditation …

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Statement on Maple Grove Infants School

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The announcement from Local Education Authority (LEA) that Maple Grove Infants School is to close on July 31 2015 and merge with Westwood Primary School, and that all existing staff both teaching and non-teaching will be made redundant and asked to reapply for their roles will be a cause of great concern to parents, staff …

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A ‘purrfect’ showing at Tydd St Giles cat show


Above: event organiser Stuart McEwen (photo credit: Wisbech Standard) Making the best use of local facilities and putting this area on the map are two things I feel strongly about and as the MP have tried hard to make happen. So I was really surprised and delighted when I went along to Tydd St Giles …

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The Princess Royal visits Neale-Wade Academy

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It was a pleasure to join Neale-Wade Academy for a visit from HRH The Princess Royal today. The visit shows what fantastic progress has been made by pupils, teachers, governors and parents at the school, under the leadership of Principal Jason Wing. Princess Anne was treated to a tour of the Academy, meeting teachers and …

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Speak up for better rail service


With Peter Wilkinson, the Department for Transport’s franchising director Residents have the chance to add their voice to my push for a better rail service across the district when a new contract is drawn up. Consultation on the next East Anglia franchise, which includes the service between Ipswich and Peterborough taking in Manea, March and …

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