The outcome of the “Tampon Tax” debate

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I’d like to thank all those who have taken the time to contact me, via email and Twitter, to share their views on the “tampon tax”. I would like to clear up some misinformation about the outcome of last Monday’s vote on the removing of VAT from sanitary products, or the “tampon tax”. Under Labour, …

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Local Success over Chatteris Sorting Office

 Royal Mail have announced a U-turn on the planned closure of Chatteris Sorting Office following a local campaign to save it.  Postal staff, residents and I have been told that plans to close Chatteris sorting office have been suspended for the foreseeable future. This is great news for residents, especially the elderly and those who …

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Fens drier than Jerusalem – even rain now unlikely to stop drought

There has been less rainfall in the East of England over the last 12 months than Jerusalem, with drought conditions officially still in place and warnings of worst to come from the Environment Agency.  With reservoirs at record low levels and long term weather forecasts predicting below average winter rainfall, the Government needs to urgently …

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Benwick Dickensian Christmas Market Opened

Bright winter sunshine and the sound of pipes from the Peterborough Highland Band greeted visitors to the Dickensian Christmas Market in Benwick on Saturday, which I had the honour of officially opening for the second year running. The event is run by The Benwick Residents Association and was a great success.  The market was first …

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A47 Road signs could be provided by local suppliers for 99.5% less than the Highways Agency

There has been a huge response to my recent blog and subsequent appearance on the local news exposing the Highways Agency’s £30,000 estimated cost for two small signs at Thorney Toll.  It is clear that this sadly is not an isolated incident.  Many people have written to me outlining similar experiences, and shared my disbelief …

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First Friday with Steve Barclay

Local businesses often receive little flexibility from the taxman.  So you might be surprised to learn that Vodafone was given five years to settle its bills, whilst Goldman Sachs was let off tax on its bank bonuses following a private supper with the country’s top tax official.  I have been working with colleagues on the …

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Two road signs estimated to cost £30,000

Two road signs, to warn motorists of the hidden entrance to Thorney Toll Village Hall would cost £30,000 according to the Highways Agency. I have recently been calling for greater safety measures on the A47, following meetings with residents.  As a result the safety camera was re-activated, and I wrote to the Highways Agency asking …

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Probation Service Chief commits to keeping staff in Wisbech

Concerns for the future of Fenland probation staff based in Wisbech look to have been put to rest, after assurances I have received from Probation Service Cambridgeshire Chief Executive John Budd at a meeting at the House of Commons. The closure of Wisbech Magistrates Court raised doubts that the 16 staff in Wisbech might be …

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Kingsfield Pre-School opens following £47,000 investment

I recently opened Kingsfield Pre-School after it received a £47,000 investment from the Rural Development Programme for England. The purpose built facility in Chatteris will now provide childcare for 56 children, offering a popular all day option which supports parents who wish to go back to work. I am delighted to open this new facility.  …

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Hard Pressed Rail Users left out of pocket with 44 different types of ticket from March to London

Rail users are being left out of pocket due to the complexity to the ticketing scheme used. Research I have done recently in conjunction with passenger focus has revealed that there are 44 different fares on the single route between March and London, with prices ranging from £8 to £264.90. This dizzying array of fares, …

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