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I am opposing Warwick District Council’s proposals to sell off their Riverside House site for exclusive use of private housing and build new offices on part of the Covent Garden site in Leamington alongside a new multi-storey car park. As a result, there will be no car parking available on the Covent Garden Car Park for at least 20 months.
The complete absence of affordable housing in their plans is scandalous. The cost of the project in a time of austerity makes it totally unjustifiable. 800 people rely on Covent Garden Car Park per day. Half of those who use it do so to shop in Leamington Town Centre, while up to 35% of shoppers are from Coventry. The loss of 800 people a day not coming to Leamington will seriously undermine the viability of many Leamington Town Centre businesses.
15 hours ago
It was fantastic to visit the New Inn community pub in Norton Lindsey this weekend.Thanks to Greg Judd, Danny, Amy, Zanna and Phillip of the management committee pictured below.I was impressed with the measures in place to keep staff and customers safe. Great beer too!As the economy reopens, I would urge residents to (if they feel safe to) support local businesses with their custom to play their part in our economic recovery. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago
Happy Birthday to the amazing NHS. Thank you to all care workers, doctors, nurses, NHS staff and key workers who put themselves on the line to protect us all – now, and for the last 72 years.Below is a video of the event I organised two years ago, bringing together 70 people who were born in every year of the NHS' 70 year history. It reminds us of the personal impact the health service has on everyone.Once more, there's a final clap for the NHS tonight at 5pm. I'll be joining in and encourage residents to join me in doing so.We’re sending the NHS a thank you card: please feel free to sign the card and leave your message of thanks here: labour.org.uk/thankyounhsHere’s to the next 72. #ThankYouNHS ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
Thanks to your sacrifice - and that of all of us who didn’t go to Barnard Castle - the NHS has managed to cope (just) through the first wave of the Coronavirus. As bars and cafes re-open this weekend, please go easy, follow the guidelines and ensure you are not at risk. And, please don’t put the NHS at risk either...More businesses will be opening from tomorrow – a great relief for their owners who have been seriously affected by lockdown. It’s important that we help get the economy moving again, but we can’t ever put public health in jeopardy. We are not out of the woods yet, and we still have a relatively high infection rate of the virus compared to our European counterparts.Be under no illusion, if we don’t do this right, we could see what is happening in Leicester be replicated here in Warwick and Leamington as well as all over the country. It will come at ever greater cost to our economy. More jobs will be lost. This is what is happening in the US.Please, stick to all social distancing measures and enjoy yourself responsibly. We’ve lost too many loved ones and sacrificed too much – we simply cannot afford more loss and hardship.Stay well. ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
Schoolchildren still don't have the laptops they need - I'm holding the Government to account over their failings.Last month the Government told me that they ordered 230,000 laptops for disadvantaged children on 19 April, all to be delivered by the end of June. It turns out tens of thousands still haven't been delivered, and they actually ordered them a month later than they said. This is another Government failure in dealing with the pandemic. The most disadvantaged families have been let down by this delayed and slow roll-out of laptops, who many will have missed out on crucial education as a result.How is this 'levelling-up' education?Today, I questioned the Education Secretary over this. I'll continue to press for the interests of parents and pupils. ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
On Sunday, our fantastic NHS turns 72. I'm asking for school children in Warwick and Leamington to show off their creative skills and draw or make a birthday card for the NHS.I'll share the art work on my Facebook and Instagram so everyone can see how much we all appreciate the NHS, as well as all the nurses and doctors doing so much for us during this pandemic and throughout the last seven decades.Please send pictures to me at email@example.com by 2pm on SaturdayDo tag and share this with parents who may have children who would like to take part.For everyone else, you can sign our birthday card to the NHS here: labour.org.uk/thankyounhs ... See MoreSee Less