View from the House - 30th Nov

It’s no surprise that Brexit dominated most of the activity again in Parliament this week. However, there were also a lot of other debates and laws which continue to take place. Just because we are dealing with Brexit the day-to-day business of Government must continue.

Firstly some uplifting news. At the beginning of the week I announced that William Pearson of Coton Green Primary School has won my Christmas card competition. William submitted a very festive design involving polar bears and penguins and I’m very pleased to award him a House of Commons teddy bear and a tour for him and five of his friends or family of the Parliament.

The runners up were ‘Sean’ in Class 3/4M Oakhill Primary School, Rhea Ward at St Leonard’s Primary School, Hannah Kimber also at Coton Green, and Jessica from 1st Stonydelph Brownies. All the runners up received a House of Commons bookmark and ruler.

Thank you to everyone that took part. I received over 150 designs so it was a very difficult decision. Also my thanks go to the teachers and schools that allowed their pupils to take part by taking time out of their day. I’m very grateful.

On Monday there was debate on a petition relating to the current laws around the sale of fireworks. A few residents had written to me on this subject particularly in light of the incidents that we have witnessed around Tamworth and how, unlike past years perhaps, celebrations involving fireworks seemed to be most nights throughout November. It was interesting to hear the debate and the views put forward.

Every month Staffordshire MPs, led by Jeremy Lefroy who is the MP for Stafford, get together with the County Council to discuss a number of items. This month’s meeting takes place on Monday. The agenda is always fairly open and I shall be raising how issues are currently reported to the Council and response times, but also our good friend potholes as the worst of the year’s weather approaches. If you have any feedback or comments then please do let me know on

All that’s left to say is that I hope you have a great weekend whatever you are doing and wherever you are.