As your MP, I have been working hard to serve the community in Stafford and deliver on my local priorities in this Parliament:
1. Delivering Brexit
Seven days after I was elected as MP for Stafford, I voted to get Brexit done and delivered on one of my key election pledges.
2. Fighting for Local Services
NHS: I have repeatedly raised NHS provision for Stafford in Parliament including during PMQs. I have also founded and launched the Stafford Mental Health network with the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. I will continue to make the case to the Government of the importance of our County Hospital and how A&E services are critical local infrastructure.
Schools: I'm committed to fairer funding for Staffordshire's schools and colleges. As MP for Stafford, I have helped secure Government funding for numerous schools and colleges in the constituency. This continues to be a top priority for me, and I will keep standing up for schools and colleges in Stafford.
3. Improving Infrastructure
HS2: Local residents have expressed concerns about the impact of HS2. I brought the HS2 Minister to Stafford to speak with local residents who have been affected. I have also visited affected villages for the proposed route, from Hopton to the Haywoods, and met with the Department of Transport. I have repeatedly raised constituents concerns both to HS2 and to Government and I will continue to do so.
Western Access Road: I was elected on a pledge to open Stafford’s Western Access Route. Having campaigned tirelessly both locally and in Parliament, I was delighted to attend the opening of Stafford’s Western Access Route in November 2021. This new route will ease congestion for local Staffordshire residents, as well as providing safer access through enhanced cyclist and pedestrian routes.
Superfast broadband: The Government is committed to rolling out super-fast broadband across the UK. I have repeatedly raised in Parliament the need for people in Staffordshire to have better rural broadband. I am pleased to have already helped to secure a broadband upgrade for over 76,000 homes and businesses in Staffordshire as part of the Government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit fund.
4. Supporting Rural Business and Agriculture
As someone who grew up in a small rural village, I'm committed to our farms and rural businesses which are at the heart of sustainable rural communities. I continue to stand up for Staffordshire farmers both locally and in Parliament, including holding a debate in Westminster Hall for Back British Farming Day. I have also launched and co-chair the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fruit, Vegetables and Horticulture enabling Parliamentarians to back British farming. I regularly meet with local NFU members and show my support for our local Staffordshire farmers.
5. Backing our Armed Forces
This constituency is privileged to have MOD Stafford in its boundaries. Since being elected as MP, I have visited MOD Stafford numerous times and continue to work closely with them locally and in Parliament to back our service men and women. I completed the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme over the course of a year helping me to gain further insight into military life and I will continue to support our armed forces and I thank them for their dedicated service.
6. More High Quality Jobs
I have campaigned tirelessly both locally and in Parliament to help to secure more high-quality jobs in Stafford. I am pleased to have held my first Jobs Fair in Stafford to help local people discover more employment opportunities in Staffordshire. I am also delighted to have opened the new Shire Hall Business Centre in Stafford delivering on another key election pledge. I raised the £1.6 million for this project with the Prime Minister at meetings in No 10 and directly with the Secretary of State. I will always continue to support those seeking work.
Please do get in touch if there are matters you would like to discuss with me.