Commitments 2017

COMMITMENTS I AM MAKING IN 2017 IF RE-ELECTED:

THE ECONOMY AND JOBS COMMITTED TO A MODERN, EXPORT-ORIENTED ECONOMY AND HIGH QUALITY JOBS.

I will continue to work for full employment in the constituency with more high-skilled jobs in the engineering, health and digital sectors. I will also work with new and growing businesses and social enterprises as they seek capital for growth. I will continue to support those seeking work through a job club.

CARERS COMMITTED TO RESPITE CARE AND SUPPORT FOR CARERS.

Carers are a backbone of our society as they look after their loved ones. They need time to recharge their batteries. Respite remains inconsistent and insufficient. I will work locally to improve availability of respite and other forms of support.

RURAL BUSINESS AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTED TO OUR FARMS AND RURAL BUSINESSES WHICH ARE AT THE HEART OF SUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIES.

I will work with rural communities and farmers to ensure that environmental protections and support for farming is maintained as we leave the European Union.

NHS AND SOCIAL CARE COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING LOCAL EMERGENCY, ACUTE AND ELECTIVE SERVICES AT COUNTY HOSPITAL; CONTINUING TO PRESS FOR A 24/7 EMERGENCY SERVICE; WORKING TOWARDS FULL INTEGRATION OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE.

The quality of services at our County Hospital continues to improve along with the facilities.

Wards, operating theatres and A&E are being refurbished and we have new chemotherapy, dialysis and endoscopy units as well as a permanent MRI scanner. I will work for the return of more children’s services to Stafford in addition to the Children’s Minor Injuries Unit as well as a 24/7 emergency service at County.

EDUCATION COMMITTED TO FAIR FUNDING FOR STAFFORDSHIRE’S SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES; AND TO WORKING WITH THEM TO SECURE THE HIGHEST STANDARDS FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

Our schools and colleges do fine work. But they are funded at well below the national average. Recent proposals show a small improvement but do not go far enough. I will continue to take a lead in the national campaign for fairer funding. I will also continue the Schools Debating Competition started this year and support improved links between employers, schools and colleges.

INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTED TO A LONG-TERM PROGRAMME OF IMPROVEMENT TO OUR TRANSPORT NETWORK, INCLUDING BUS SERVICES, ROAD SURFACES AND CYCLING PROVISION.

4-lane running on the M6 to J13 is complete and work will shortly start on J13-15. I am campaigning for more frequent emergency laybys. Work on the Stafford Western Access road from Newport Road to Greyfriars (A34) has started. I will continue to push for improvements to the road network to the East of Stafford between Beaconside, the A34 and J13. The new West Coast mainline junction is complete. Many road surfaces are deteriorating and this must be addressed urgently. I will work for improved bus services and better provision for cyclists and pedestrians.

DEFENCE COMMITTED TO PROPER DEFENCE FUNDING AND THE SUPPORT OF OUR SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY.

We are fortunate to have so many servicemen and servicewomen in the Stafford constituency. They contribute greatly to our community. I will continue to hold regular advice surgeries for service families. Nationally I will continue to support proper defence funding in accordance with our NATO commitments.

TECH HUB COMMITTED TO STAFFORD AND STAFFORDSHIRE BECOMING A DIGITAL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE.

We already host several successful technology businesses and more have set up in the past two years. The former Staffordshire University campus will remain a centre of higher education, committed to developing entrepreneurial and digital skills.

STAFFORD TOWN CENTRE COMMITTED TO SEEING THAT ALL PARTS OF THE TOWN CENTRE BENEFIT FROM NEW INVESTMENT.

The Riverside development, including Marks & Spencer, Primark and the new car park, is welcome. The new town centre cinema will open in 2018. The delay to the opening of the Kingsmead shops and car park has caused serious difficulties to local businesses. I will work with shops, market traders and the local councils to see the centre and north of the town centre revitalised, including the Shire Hall.