So what is happening with derelict buildings?

Constantine House During the works

Back in December Fenland District Council announced it was about to take potential legal action against owners of some of the area’s derelict buildings. At the time they refused to say which five buildings were the target of this action and since then we have had no further updates. I have repeatedly called for action …

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A new role

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I am very honoured to have been asked to join the Government as a Minister, taking on the role of an Assistant Whip. I will have specific responsibilities relating to the Department of Business, and Scotland. The Whips Office play a key role in Parliament, and even more so when the Government has a very …

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Growing local business shows no sign of Retreat

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The local economy is on the up with many businesses taking on more staff and investing in facilities including better premises, as demonstrated when I visited The Retreat in Exchange Square, Wisbech. The Retreat, which is located in newly refurbished premises, is run by husband and wife team Paul and Marie Faulkner. They started running …

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Thank you

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I would like to thank the voters of North East Cambridgeshire for the great honour of re-electing me as their Member of Parliament. It is particularly pleasing to have increased the number of votes, the percentage and the overall majority. I am also conscious that many people within the constituency either did not vote for …

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In the stocks as election day draws near

May day family fun day at St John's Church

Residents got a treat on Monday when they had the chance to pelt me with a wet sponge at a May Day event at St John’s Church in March. Around 400 people attended the event on a sunny bank holiday where children petted chicks and had a chance to meet Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. The …

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Tea, Jerusalem and antiques at WI get together

Isle of Ely Federation WI meeting with guests Steve Barclay and Eric Knowles

The Isle of Ely Federation of Women’s Institutes got together at the Neale-Wade Academy in March this week and I was pleased to be invited along. I was joined by fellow guests March Mayor Kit Owen and academy principal Jason Wing. The event, which was the first of the federation’s two annual gatherings, included a …

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Lining up for farmers’ questions at Fenland NFU hustings

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Green energy, a referendum on Europe and anaerobic digesters were all on the agenda at the Fenland NFU hustings this week. All five of the Parliamentary candidates were invited to take part in the event hosted by the March and Chatteris NFU branch at the Parkfield in Wimblington. However, only three took up the offer: …

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Securing investment for North East Cambridgeshire

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Above: at the Wisbech rail site Over the past five years we have secured a number of key investments in our area, such as £22m for the Ely Southern Bypass, £10.5m for Wisbech rail, a 7% per pupil funding boost in Cambridgeshire schools, £115m invested in school buildings, bereavement counselling services re-launched and loca blood …

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