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Welcome to the Tamworth Conservative Association Website

Tamworth Conservative Association is made up of many members across the area and aims to build a better Tamworth Constituency by promoting the Conservative cause.

The Association has the responsibility for supporting and raising funds for our elected MP, Christopher Pincher, as well as Conservative candidates in Local and County Council elections .

With an active social calendar, suitable for all ages, Tamworth Conservatives organize a wide range of activities from pub quizzes to formal dinners and drinks receptions.

We invite you to join us at any time throughout the year.

To learn more about membership and what we do please contact us or you can join immediately online by clicking here.

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Tamworth’s MP Attends Good Hope Services Meeting

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

GOOD HOPELast Friday Heart of England Foundation Trust officials came to the Holiday Inn Express in Tamworth to talk to local people about proposed changes to services provided at Good Hope hospital.

Two information sessions were held on the day with Tamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher who persuaded HEFT to hold the event, in attendance at the morning session.

Each session featured a presentation by the Trust on its proposals, a short video and a Question and Answer session with clinicians. Their object is to create a “centre of excellence” in surgery in each of their hospital sites so that patients receive a better outcome.

Mr Pincher said afterwards, “First of all I am pleased that Trust officials and surgeons made the time to come to Tamworth to outline their proposals in a very clear and I think transparent way. Their approach is an object lesson to other Trusts in how to engage with people.

“The proposals will see services such as orthopaedic and thoracic (chest) surgery moved from Good Hope to Heartlands. However the Trust was keen to point out that only the surgery element would be moved with all pre and post-operative care and support taking place locally such as at Good Hope.

“My key concern is to ensure that as they aim to improve quality of care, the Trust does not lose sight of the importance of access to care. Heartlands is a notoriously difficult hospital to get to and we must ensure that any change does not make it more difficult or more costly for patients, and importantly their families, to get to hospital.

“The doctors and officials made clear they are aware of this and promised to ensure that transport options will be provided for the surgery element of care when those patients need to go to Heartlands. I will keep a careful watch on this issue as getting transport right is crucial to these proposals.

“But I was pleased to learn that some new surgery services will be moved into Good Hope such as urology and some gastro intestinal surgery. That means for some local patients, they will now be able to get their operations done at Good Hope and will not have to travel as far as they do now.

“My biggest concern however is to ensure that both HEFT and the Burton Trust are talking to each other so that the cumulative effect of their individual proposals at Good Hope and the Sir Robert Peel do not reduce care services for my constituents. I was pleased to hear that HEFT is planning to have detailed discussions with the Burton Trust in the next two weeks and I have asked that they keep me in touch.”

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Christopher Pincher Meets Health Secretary to Raise Peel Concerns

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Christopher Pincher and Jeremy Hunt in the Department of Health last week

Christopher Pincher and Jeremy Hunt in the Department of Health last week

Last Wednesday Tamworth’s Member of Parliament, Christopher Pincher, secured a private meeting with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP at the Department of Health to highlight his concerns about the proposed change to services at the Robert Peel hospital, which are being pursued by the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Pincher told Mr Hunt that the Burton Trust wants to transfer day case surgery to other hospitals. He said that will leave patients at risk of having to travel further and wait longer for their day surgery. He spent over half an hour in a private meeting with the Secretary of State.

After the meeting Mr Pincher said, “I am pleased I was able to see the Secretary of State and raise my concerns about the Burton Trust’s proposals at the highest level. Mr Hunt was very concerned by what he heard and has promised to look into the situation urgently.

“We all accept that the NHS is not set in aspic and is not immune to change. It has changed a great deal over the last sixty years in response to new medicine and new needs and it must continue to adapt to meet changing demands from an increasingly ageing population across our country. But changes, which unfairly disadvantage local people, are not acceptable. We also need to hear from the Burton Trust what new services they will operate from the Sir Robert Peel in response to changing patient needs.

“I will let local people and hospital staff know when I hear back from Jeremy Hunt. Meanwhile, if people want to raise the issue with me, they can do so by emailing christopher.pincher.mp@parliament.uk or by writing to me at 23 Albert Road, Tamworth B79 7JS.”

Earlier this year Mr Pincher highlighted his concerns about potential changes at Sir Robert Peel in a special debate on the issue in the House of Commons. Together with Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton, he also led a local health delegation to see junior Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter.

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Christopher Pincher Stands Up for Hopwas Wood

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Hopwas Woods

Hopwas Woods

Tamworth and Hopwas MP, Christopher Pincher, has spoken up on behalf of objectors to the proposals for a quarrying site in Hopwas Wood.

He has written to Staffordshire County Council making his objections clear and has delivered hundreds of surveys to local residents in Hopwas to ensure that they make their concerns clear.

Mr Pincher said, “I am hugely concerned about these proposals which will do great damage to our local landscape around Hopwas Wood if they are ever implemented.  I have already written to the County Council about their Minerals Local Plan and have sought meetings with County officials.

“I know that there has long been quarrying in our part of the world, and some local people are employed by the quarries, but the scale and impact of the extension towards Hopwas woods is just not acceptable.  The proposals must be rejected.  The woods, some of which is ancient, could be ruined and their loss is irreplaceable.

“I encourage everyone to give their clear opinions to the County Council, which is running a consultation on its Minerals Plan, to ensure the idea is rejected.  Residents can do this by contacting the County direct or by writing to or emailing me, and I will pass on their concerns.

“I will also raise my concerns with fellow Members of Parliament, with ministers and in the House of Commons.  I am pleased my colleague and local County Councillor Alan White has spoken out too.”

The current site option is also located less than 200m from Hopwas village which is where owners LaFarge Tarmac want to quarry.  You can object by writing to Staffordshire County Council directly using the details below.

Email: planning@staffordshire.gov.uk.  Write to: Planning, Policy and Development Control, Staffordshire County Council, Wedgewood Building, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH.  Tel:  01785 277275.

You can visit the consultation online: https://consultation.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/new-minerals-local-plan-additional-sites-consultat

The deadline for County consultation submissions is Friday 5th December 2014.

If you would like to make clear your objections to the proposals on my website, please follow this link and I will make sure I send your objection to the County.  http://www.christopherpincher.com/your-issues/hopwas-wood

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New Figures Show Crime has dropped by More Than a Fifth Under this Government

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

policeTamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher, was happy to hear that this week new statistics revealed that crime nationally has dropped by more than a fifth under this government.

Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics revealed that crime has dropped more than one fifth since June 2010. The independent Crime Survey for England and Wales also paints a similar picture with crime falling by 20%. This year there were more than 2.3 million fewer crimes than the year before this Government came to power.

Responding to the new statistics Mr Pincher stated, ““I am delighted to hear of the news that crime has decreased by a fifth since June 2010, more proof that the long term plan this party is laying out is working for the people of Britain. The action plan we set out includes freeing the police to fight crime, giving criminals tougher sentences to put victim’s minds at rest and tackling the root causes of criminality.

“Since June 2010 there were 413,000 fewer violent crimes, a massive success in keeping people safe on our streets. It is great news that this government will continue to cut unnecessary red tape within the police force to ensure that police can focus on what really matters – fighting crime for safer communities around Tamworth.”

There were 962,000 fewer incidents of criminal damages, 413,000 fewer violent crimes and 290,000 fewer vehicle crimes since June 2010.

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Christopher Pincher Welcomes Fall in Tamworth’s Unemployment

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

job centreChristopher Pincher, Conservative MP for Tamworth, welcomed figures released that show unemployment in Tamworth has fallen once again to a new low.

Figures published by the ONS show that the number of unemployed claimants in Tamworth constituency in September 2014 was 515.  This represents a rate of just 1.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64.

This number of claimants is a massive 725 lower than September 2013 and 63 lower than in August 2014.  In fact, unemployment in Tamworth has almost halved in the last six months.

In March, the number of unemployed was approaching 1000.  This means that Tamworth now has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the country.

Responding to these figures Mr Pincher said, “It is excellent news that unemployment in Tamworth has fallen once again and continues to drop below levels seen before the Labour government’s recession.  Together with the fall in inflation, which we also saw last week, it is now clear that the government’s long-term economic plan is working, businesses are creating jobs and people are getting back into work.

“But we must not be complacent, there is still much to do. We must continue to make Tamworth the place to set up or expand a business and that is what I am trying do helping both the council and local enterprises.

“We must take care to guard against the old bad habits of the past which relied too much on public sector and financial services jobs as Gordon Brown and Ed Balls did.  We need more small businesses and more skilled workers to deliver a broad-based recovery.”

Nationally too unemployment continues to fall.  Between June and August, unemployment across the United Kingdom stood at 6%, the lowest figure since before the crash of 2008.

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UK Unemployment at Lowest Since Before the Recession

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

job centreUK unemployment fell by 154,000 in the three months to the end of August to 1.97 million, the first time it has been below two million since 2008, official figures show.

The drop took the unemployment rate to 6%, its lowest level since late 2008 and the employment rate is now 73%, close to its all-time high of 73.2%, the Office for National Statistics said.

Over the year, the number of unemployed people fell by 538,000, the largest annual fall since records began.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in September fell by 18,600 to 951,900; the drop marks the 23rd consecutive monthly reduction. In total, there are now a record 30.76 million people in work.

Youth unemployment – covering 16-to-24-year-olds – fell by 88,000 over the quarter to 733,000, giving a jobless rate among the age group of 16%.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said, “Today’s record figures show that the government’s long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is proving successful.”

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