Audley councillor is welcomed to Conservative Party

Former Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Wilkes has joined the Conservative Party, on the day that the UK left the European Union.

I was delighted to meet with Ian in Audley, to welcome him to the Conservative Party and to talk about his priorities for our area.

Diglake Colliery disaster victims honoured

Two new sculptures have been unveiled at Audley Methodist Church to mark the 125th anniversary of the Diglake mine disaster, which claimed 77 lives. A memorial walk and service was observed by local people to commemorate the occasion.

Newcastle Brownies celebrate centenary

The 1st Newcastle Brownies Pack are the oldest continuously-existing Pack in the area and one of the oldest in the country. I was very pleased to attend the open day at St. Giles' in celebration of their 100th anniversary.

Prime Minister at JCB pledges to get Brexit done

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has visited JCB in Staffordshire to reiterate his commitment to getting Brexit done, if the Conservative Party wins a majority of seats in the House of Commons.

Ministers backing Aaron Bell for a fresh start in Newcastle

Government Ministers Priti Patel and Gavin Williamson have joined the election campaign trail in Newcastle today.

I'm very grateful to the Home Secretary and Education Secretary for visiting Newcastle, to meet local voters in support of my campaign.

Election hustings debate the big issues facing Newcastle

Newcastle Baptist Church has hosted a public election debate on behalf of the local churches, where all five candidates vying for the Newcastle-under-Lyme constituency have faced questions from members of the public.

Health Secretary welcomes investment at Royal Stoke

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has today hailed the positive effects of more than £26m recent investment in our local hospital trust, to create more beds, relieve pressure on A&E during winter months, and speed up cancer detection to improve treatment.

Newcastle Weekly Blind Social Club seeking new members

I met today with members of the Newcastle Weekly Blind Social Club at their regular meeting, in Silverdale. Thank you very much to Elizabeth Glover for inviting me to come and join the meeting of the Queen's Award-winning social club.

Halmerend Miners' Welfare Institute

I would like to thank Audley Parish Councillor Mike Joynson for showing me around the Miners' Welfare Institute in Halmerend.

Walley's Quarry - UPDATE

I have now had a response from the Environment Agency to my letter asking them to publish their findings from their study earlier this year.