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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Jo Cox's murder has shocked us all

The tragic death of Jo Cox was remembered in Westminster in Monday. There is little I can add to the tributes that has not already been said. All our thoughts must be with her husband and two young children at this time.  Her murder is a reminder that terrorists can come from all sections of our community.

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A Queen's speech for hardworking families

Last week you may have seen the Queen coming to Westminster to open the new session of Parliament.

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Exciting opportunities ahead for Warrington

Last week I sat in on a meeting between the Secretary of State for Local Government and representatives from the local authorities of Warrington, Cheshire West & Chester and Cheshire East.

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Spread the word: Warrington IS the Northern Powerhouse

A FEW years ago, I was asked by a media organisation, whose modesty I will protect, as an MP representing Warrington, to comment on the news that Warrington had just been named, by some publication or other, as one of the 50 worst 'crap towns'.

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