The Leader Times series January 3rd 2020

The past year has been another dramatic year in British politics, with a new Prime Minister and a General Election. Brexit continued to dominate, as it has done since 2016, but the clear General Election result hopefully means plainer sailing in 2020.

The Leader Times series January 10th 2020

After the Conservative’s big electoral gains in northern England, including in neighbouring constituencies like Burnley and Keighley, the pressure is on to deliver on promises to spend more money improving road and rail links and ensuring prosperity is better spread across the UK.

The Leader Times series January 17 2020

Thank you to all those who came to speak to me at my Supermarket Surgery on Saturday, kindly hosted by Sainsbury’s in Colne. A number of people raised a range of concerns with me, which my team and I are now getting our teeth into.

The Leader Times series September 20th 2019

Whilst the row in the Supreme Court about whether Parliament should be sitting or not drags on, I have taken the opportunity to get out and about across Pendle.

The Leader Times series September 13th 2019

In last week’s column I mentioned my ongoing dialogue with Ministers to make the case for Pendle being included in the £3.6 billion Towns Fund.   I am delighted that my efforts paid off, with a deal of up to £25 million agreed for Nelson. 


The Leader Times series September 6th 2019

Away from the seemingly endless and unproductive Brexit debates in Parliament this week, my focus has firmly remained on my job – delivering for Pendle.


The Leader Times series August 16th 2019

For Earby residents, watching the events at the damaged Whaley Bridge dam may have brought back difficult memories of the 2015 Boxing Day floods that engulfed Earby, flooding homes and businesses. Anyone who has experienced flooding will know how disruptive it is.


The Leader Times Series August 9th 2019

On Sunday we heard about the death of former Mayor of Pendle Tony Beckett.  Tony was a popular figure across Pendle for both his work as a Councillor and for his work outside his political life.