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.


My week in Westminster began with the exceptionally moving National Ceremony marking Holocaust Memorial Day (pictured), which including contributions from both those who survived the Nazi Holocaust, and also those who survived later genocides such as Srebrenica.

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.


As I head back home, the train journey gives me a chance to reflect on a very busy week in Westminster. The House considered the text of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill throughout the last three days, and I was personally delighted to vote for it this afternoon at Third Reading.

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.