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Last week began with the passing of the Domestic Abuse Bill on Monday; a historic piece of legislation that strengthens protections for victims of domestic abuse and ensures that perpetrators will face the full force of the law at the earliest possible stage.


Parliament is still an odd place to be at the moment, with so few staff and visitors, and social distancing measures around the estate as well as in the Chamber itself.


Post #9 in this series was back on the 15th March, which I must confess seems half a lifetime ago. Since that date my team and I have created nearly 2000 cases, and provided assistance and representation to hundreds of constituents during these incredibly difficult times.

Certificate for Children

I'm delighted to have been able to work with the local NHS Trust and Newcastle-under-Lyme police to produce this certificate for families to give to children that have been staying at home. I know how difficult it is for them and you!

Visit to Cobra Biologics

I would like to thank the team at Cobra Biologics on Keele Science Park for inviting me to come and speak with their CEO and Chief Scientific Officer today, followed by a tour of their manufacturing and research facilities.

Covid 19 Support Network is now LIVE

If you live in Newcastle-under-Lyme and either need support, or can offer support, the #COVIDー19 Support Network is now live.

Support Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Realise charity are co-ordinating support across the Borough.

Visit to Newcastle College

Each month Newcastle College holds a ‘Student of the Month’ awards presentation that highlights and recognises the individual effort, progress and dedication of Newcastle College students throughout the academic year. This month, I attended to present the awards. 


My major news this week was in the constituency, where we had a very successful official shop opening on Friday afternoon. I owe particular thanks to all my staff, especially Office Manager Graham Hutton who has been responsible for securing the lease and fitting out the shop.

Shop sign up!

I am currently in Westminster but my team in Newcastle have kindly sent me a photo of the sign above my new shop which looks pretty smart. We are at 3 Queens Parade, ST5 1RW, directly opposite Castle House.