Telent boss to review plans to close site

1:02pm Wednesday 28th November 2007

I was disappointed to hear that Telent was planning to close its site in Carr Lane with 160 jobs leaving the area.

Call for Government to boost hospice funding

11:16am Tuesday 23rd October 2007

With Parliament now back in full flow I am eager to present the petition relating to hospice funding to ministers in Westminster.

Local homes for local people

11:06am Tuesday 23rd October 2007

Housing shortages in Chorley are becoming a growing problem and a greater portion of complaints I receive from constituents, either at surgeries or through the mail bag, are centred upon housing shortages.

Huge support for sporting village

11:19am Wednesday 26th September 2007

The concept for a dedicated sporting village in Chorley has received widespread support from sporting and community groups throughout the borough.

Go Chorley cyclist

4:16pm Monday 23rd July 2007

With the Tour de France over half-way, it is good to see that the British riders are still competing and Chorley based Bradley Wiggins doing his best to finish the race.

Welcome for new select committees

4:13pm Monday 23rd July 2007

For many years I have been arguing in favour of establishing regional select committees allowing MPs from regions across England to hold government departments and quangos to account.

Pressing for more NHS dentists

4:01pm Monday 23rd July 2007

I have been actively campaigning for a greater provision of dental services within the Chorley area.

New PM set for a challenge

1:06pm Tuesday 26th June 2007

This week witnesses a huge change in British politics as Gordon Brown takes over the reigns of power from Tony Blair.

Petition for hospice funding

1:05pm Tuesday 26th June 2007

Funding for our hospices continues to be a major issue and I am working with local campaigner Mrs Carol Gregory in organising a petition which calls on the government to increase funding to hospices through the NHS.

Memories of "a great friend"

12:59pm Tuesday 26th June 2007

It was with great sadness to learn of Jack Wilson's sudden death.

Gordon is the right choice for PM

2:27pm Wednesday 30th May 2007

Tony Blair announced that he will resign as Prime Minister on June 27 following a speech to Labour Party members in his constituency of Sedgefield.

Garden declared open

9:42am Wednesday 2nd May 2007

I was pleased to visit Hillside Methodist Church for the dedication of the garden of remembrance and the re-developments in the church hall.

First class performance

7:13pm Tuesday 27th March 2007

The Chorley Capers entertained audiences throughout the weekend with their production at the Chorley Little Theatre.

Lifestylers visit Commons

7:11pm Tuesday 27th March 2007

This week I welcomed visitors from Chorley's Lifestyle Centre for the over 50s.

A budget for the people

7:09pm Tuesday 27th March 2007

In a packed House of Commons, Gordon Brown delivered his final Budget and announced that spending on public services is set to increase with investment in education rising to its highest ever level.

Brave Pals deserve a memorial

11:52am Wednesday 28th February 2007

Last week I joined local military historians and veterans to launch a campaign for a memorial to be erected for the Chorley Pals.

Jonathan's death is a tragedy

11:51am Wednesday 28th February 2007

I would like to express my condolences to the family of Jonathan Holland.

My delight at healthcare decision

11:48am Wednesday 28th February 2007

In recent months a significant portion of my time has been dedicated towards the future of our local hospital in relation to the introduction of the new Clinical Assessment, Treatment and Support (CATS) service.

Your view counts on health services

4:26pm Monday 5th February 2007

Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust has launched an eight-week consultation to seek the views of the public on the planned establishment of a new Clinical Assessment, Treat and Support (CATS) service.

Celebrating English identity

4:28pm Tuesday 30th January 2007

With the recent results of the British Social Attitudes survey we have learned that more and more people do not necessarily feel British, but distinguish between England, Scotland and Wales.

Lessons still need to be learned

4:27pm Sunday 28th January 2007

Chorley took part in commemorating the holocaust with its very own Holocaust Memorial Day held at Astley Park.

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