Help Residents Affected By HS2 Get A Fair Deal

I voted against HS2 at the Second Reading stage (the principal of the project) and the Paving Bill to provide HS2 Ltd its funding however it has now passed and will go ahead. It is important that now I and affected local communities focus efforts to ensure that we get the best possible financial deal from the project. 

I have been sharing resident concerns with the Committee reviewing HS2 and with the new independent review.  While the process of acquiring land and seeking compensation has been swift and efficient for some, for others it has been a very slow and frustrating process.

I am also regularly raising concerns over how HS2 will affect our local environment, pressuring the company to not only plant more than 12,000 trees in the constituency, built homes for bats and birds and offer landscaping bunds to reduce the visual and noise impact but I have also been pressing for HS2 to give back to the communities affected.

There is a local pot of money which projects can apply to and there has been a lack of applications across Staffordshire, so I would urge you, if you are affected by the project, to see if any of your ideas, community groups or projects can bid.

I am always happy to raise resident concerns directly with HS2 Ltd, be it about your land, the wider impact or facts and figures about the process.  I will continue to lobby for less waste, better progress and ensuring that those affected get a good deal.



HS2 Minister visits Drayton Bassett

Last Friday, Christopher Pincher MP secured a visit to Drayton Bassett from the HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson MP. Mr Pincher brought the Minister to a local farm to see the physical route of the line and how it affects the local farming community.

The Budget 2020

Yesterday the Chancellor unveiled a Budget that delivers on our promises to the British people to level up our whole United Kingdom and spread opportunity across every community. 

Meeting with West Midlands Trains

Yesterday I met with the MD of West Midlands Railway to put forward the important issues you email and call me about. 🚂

Issues like cancelled and delayed trains, parking build ups in Shenstone, frequency of service and getting an update on when the new trains will be delivered.

West Midlands Trains - Update on Services

I know a number of you have been contacting me about the cancellations of West Midlands Trains.  While the majority of these services in my constituency run through Shenstone.  I know many residents make use of Lichfield City, Lichfield Trent Valley and Blake Street, all of which are served by We

Casework Report - January

Now that I have been re-elected, I wanted to get back to providing monthly casework reports.  It helps local people gain a better insight about the topics that residents are raising with me throughout the month.

Govt wants YOUR budget ideas

The Government will soon be delivering its first Spring Budget.  The Budget is currently scheduled for 11th March 2020.

Funding For Rail Tech Innovation

Organisations and individuals developing new technology focussed on making railway journeys faster, cleaner and greener can put their ideas forward and potentially be in for a share of £9.4 million to bring them to life!

The Queens Speech

Today's queen's speech reaffirmed that the NHS is our number one priority which is why we will become the first ever Government to enshrine the increased NHS budget of an extra £33.9 billion per year into law.

The Queen's Speech also set out our plans to:

Thank you for your support!

I would like to thank the people of Tamworth and surrounding villages for supporting me in the recent election.

Thank you especially to the Returning Officer, elections team and local police who helped ensure we could all cast our votes and that election day ran smoothly.

West Coast Mainline Partnership Changes

Today the Department for Transport announced that the award for the West Coast Partnership has gone to First Trenitalia.  This is the line which most people catch from Tamworth station at Platform 2 heading south to London (currently ran by Virgin).