More and more apprenticeship starts for young people

Earlier this year I held an Apprenticeship Fair at the Parr Hall.

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Time to turn the tables on the ambulance chasers

A few weeks ago, the Defence Secretary announced that he was shutting down the Iraq Historic Abuses Tribunal (IHAT).

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The ties that bind.....

Even by the brutal standards of the First World War, the Battle of the Somme stands out as particularly bloody. On the first day alone, the British Army lost nearly 20,000 men – most of them in the first hour. The Germans lost over 10,000 men and the French lost a further 1,500.

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Draft National Funding Formula

Regular readers will know that I’ve campaigning for a new, fairer funding formula for schools for some time. It’s simply unfair that two schools with almost identical characteristics should receive vastly different levels of funding.

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My reflections on 2016

As this will be my last column of 2016, it seemed like a good opportunity to look back at the year we've just had and revisit some of the topics that I've previously written about.

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Development needs thinking through

The news that land around Appleton and Grappenhall is due to be developed has caused concern to many in south Warrington.

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Shale Gas could be a homegrown success story

Recently, the Government approved an application for Cuadrilla to drill for shale gas in Lancashire. A second application has been deferred pending further research.

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Further progress on Ship Canal

A few weeks ago I met with representatives from Peel Ports to discuss a range of issues relating to the Manchester Ship Canal.

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Looking forward to my new job

4 weeks ago I got a phone call on a Saturday morning which I certainly wasn’t expecting. It was from the new Prime Minister asking me to join the Government as a Junior Minister.

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Labour now blocking devolution deal

Regular readers may recall that two months ago I wrote about an exciting new devolution deal which would benefit Warrington. I finished the article by expressing a hope that local politicians of all colours would rise to meet the challenge.

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