Christopher Pincher shares Tamworth’s Road Safety Dashboard

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

20 mph signChristopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, has drawn attention to the Constituency Road Safety Dashboard developed by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) alongside Direct Line.

The PACTS Road Safety Dashboard was developed to compare and analyse road casualty data in order to consider the progress already made, and how it can be improved.  It allows analysis of local areas to be run against national scores.  The United Kingdom has a good road safety record but there is still more to do to reduce casualties nationwide.

Mr Pincher said, “It is reassuring to see that Tamworth’s KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) index is 30% lower than the national average, and that the work being done across the constituency to improve road safety is taking root.

“There are still too many victims of motoring incidents and too many grieving families and we should not take accidents for granted.  There is still work to do and this resource is invaluable to see where we can tailor our action as a community to stamp out road incidents in Tamworth and surrounding areas.”

To explore local results yourself using the Dashboard, visit www.pacts.org.uk/dashboard.

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Local MP Urges Local Residents to Prioritise Fire Safety

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

fire safetyTamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher, wants to make sure local people are kept safe from fire and to inform of the new services provided by Staffordshire Fire’s new Community Advice Team.

In order to ensure your home is safe from the dangers of fire, you should make sure you have a smoke alarm installed on each floor.

The Community Advice Team has been set up to provide tailored advice on how to protect your home or business from fire.  You can also book a risk assessment, which can include the fitting of equipment or smoke alarms.  Smoke alarms are an important way to ensure extra time for escape in the event of a fire by providing early warnings.

Each death involving a fire is thoroughly investigated and costs the Fire & Rescue Service and other blue lamp services approximately £1million.  So investing in fire prevention and awareness is not just the right thing to do, it is the cost effective thing for everyone to do.

Mr Pincher said, “I urge anyone with concerns about potential fire risks to contact the Community Advice Team now.  The services they offer can allow local people to fireproof their homes and businesses, as well as locate any potential risks that may have been overlooked.

“Do not take the chance of a fire in winter.  People should get their homes thoroughly checked this summer.”

Anyone interested in contacting the Community Advice Team can call 0800 0241 999 between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.

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Christopher Pincher urges Applications for National Lottery Investment in First World War Centenary

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

SommeAs the nation marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Tamworth’s MP has called on local residents to apply for Heritage Lottery Fund money to explore their local stories of the First World War.

Following the success of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s community grants programme ‘First World War: then and now’, an additional £4 million has been made available for communities looking to explore, conserve and share their local heritage from this period.

Grants are available between £3000 and £10,000.  There are already 1,520 First World War projects taking place across the United Kingdom, with communities discovering interesting and inspirational stories of how events such as the Somme campaign impacted their local area.

Mr Pincher said, “It is remarkable to see such a range of projects emerging across the country, with such a variety of inspirational tales from the First World War.  It is important that we remember the impact this war had on our nation, and it would be fantastic to see Tamworth’s heritage remembered as part of this campaign.

“There is still time to apply for National Lottery investment and I would urge anyone in Tamworth with an idea for a project to get in touch.

”My own great grandfather, William Pincher, was killed on the first day of the Somme fighting in the South Staffordshire Regiment.  He came from Darlaston but he never went home.  His body was never found and his name is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial to all those killed on the Somme but with no known grave.

“I hope other local people will see if the Heritage Lottery Fund can help Tamworth unearth more Somme stories from this town.”

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Local MP Calls on Public to Vote for Staffordshire Regiment mascot as “Westminster Dog of the Year”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Watchman VChristopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, is calling on local residents to support Staffordshire Regimental Mascot, Sgt Watchman V, in the Westminster Dog of the Year competition.

The 2016 competition will take place on September 8th in Parliament and will see the canine friends of MPs and peers battle it out to be named Westminster Dog of the Year – a very competitive, and political, event.

The competition is organised by the Kennel Club and the Dogs Trust and the winner is in part chosen by a public online vote. The competition celebrates the unique bond between man and dog – and aims to promote responsible dog ownership.  It is open to all dogs, regardless of breed, creed or “pawlitical” persuasion.

Sgt Watchman V has been nominated by Staffordshire MPs Amanda Milling, Jeremy Lefroy, Andrew Griffiths, Gavin Williamson, Bill Cash and Michael Fabricant, together with Mr Pincher.  The MPs are keen to see our local regimental mascot crowned Parliament’s top dog.

Mr Pincher said, “Watchman is a great Staffordshire icon and is the first military mascot to make it to the short list of the Westminster dog of the year competition.  I call on everyone in Staffordshire and especially Tamworth to vote for him in the competition and help him get the recognition he deserves.

“The Watchman mascot is a unique tradition and is owned by all the people of Staffordshire.  The tradition goes back generations. When a Watchman mascot dies, not only does another take his place, but the old mascot is buried with full military honours.  Something unheard of elsewhere in the country and is a matter of great pride to our local soldiers.  As a mascot of Staffordshire’s fighting men and women, this honour would be shared by them and the whole of the Staffordshire regimental family.”

The mascot tradition of the regiments of Staffordshire (which includes Staffordshire and the Black Country) stretches back to the 19th Century.

In 1882 The South Staffordshire Regiment was ordered to march with Lord Wolseley to the relief of General Gordon who was besieged in Khartoum.  They entrained at Cairo with their Staffordshire bull terrier, “Boxer”. Unfortunately Boxer leapt from the moving train and was seen lying unconscious or dead at the side of the track.  A few days later when the Regiment encamped at Assiut awaiting orders for the final phase of their march, a very thin and bedraggled dog staggered into their camp and collapsed. Boxer had walked for over 200 miles along the scorching desert railway track to rejoin his regiment.

From then on the tradition of having a Bull Terrier as a mascot continued with the battalions until after the Second World War. Since then the mascots have all been called Watchman, with one taking over from previous mascot.

Warrant Officer Greg Hedges, Handler of Watchman said, “It is a great honour to have Watchman recognised in such a prestigious competition. Watchman is a familiar sight at local parades and military events and we hope everyone can get behind him and support his nomination.  It would mean so much for the Staffordshire Regimental family.”

Adrian Burder, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, explained, “The Westminster Dog of the Year competition is so much more than a canine beauty pageant. The competition is strictly apolitical; judges will be looking for the dog’s good deeds and devotion to their owner – rather than policies, opinions or ‘bottle’.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, continued, “The serious side of this competition is about MPs getting together with the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership and develop a partnership on dog welfare issues.  The competition itself is light-hearted and an entertaining day out – not least because of the unusual criteria on which the dogs are judged!”

Click here to vote for Sgt Watchman V in the competition.

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Philip Hammond Appointed Chancellor

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

.Philip HammondGreat Britain’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appointed the former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Having been in Parliament since 1997, Mr Hammond is one of the Conservatives’ most experienced politicians and it is said that he has long wanted the role of chancellor.

Before becoming a politician, Mr Hammond had a career in business – in the medical equipment industry.

Mr Hammond studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and is seen as a “fiscal hawk”, which means he believes in prudent public finances.

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The Rt Hon Theresa May MP – the New Prime Minister of Great Britain

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa May mp has been appointed the United Kingdom’s second female Prime Minister in a private audience with the Queen at which she was invited to form a Government.

Mrs May kissed hands with the Queen in a simple procedure at Buckingham Palace which made her the 13th holder of the post of Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury during Elizabeth II’s reign.

Mrs May arrived at Buckingham Palace by ministerial car with husband Philip, having set off from the House of Commons only after receiving the signal that predecessor David Cameron’s resignation as Prime Minister had been accepted by the Queen and that he had advised the head of state to appoint the former Home Secretary in his place.

Theresa May joins Margaret as the second female Leader of the Conservative Party to become the UK’s Prime Minister, a feet not matched by any other UK political party.  Mrs May is also the 9th Conservative Party Leader to hold the post of Prime Minister during Elizabeth II’s reign.

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Message from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP – Leader of the Conservative Party

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Theresa May MPI am honoured and humbled to have been chosen by the Conservative Party to become its leader.

I would like to pay tribute to the other candidates during the election campaign, and I would like to pay tribute to Andrea Leadsom for the dignity that she has shown today.

During this campaign, my case has been based on three things.

First, the need for strong, proven leadership to steer us through what will be difficult and uncertain economic and political times.  The need of course to negotiate the best deal for Britain in leaving the EU and to forge a new role for ourselves in the world.

Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it.

Second, we need to unite our country.

And third, we need a strong, new, and positive vision for the future of our country. A vision of a country that works not for the privileged few but works for every one of us.

Because we’re going to give people more control over their lives. That’s how together we will build a better Britain.

Thank you,

Theresa May
Leader of the Conservative Party

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Local MP Welcomes Government Progress on Fairer School Funding

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Chris Pincher MPTamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher, has welcomed the progress, which has been made in implementing the Government’s pledge for fairer funding for schools across the country.

The Government is currently at the consultation stage of the process to redesigning the funding formula.  There are two stages to the consultation and the Government has completed the first stage of the consultation, with the second stage of consultation about to commence.

Mr Pincher said, “I am pleased to say that the Government has completed the first of two stages of consultation in the process of introducing fairer funding for schools.  This first stage has discussed the basic foundations and the method of implementing the fairer funding formula.

“This means that we are one step closer to seeing fairer funding for Staffordshire and Tamworth.  If we get it right, that will be of huge benefit to Tamworth.  I will keep local schools up to date so they know what to expect and what we can all do to encourage a better set of school funding rules.

“This something a number of us at Westminster have been pressing for several years.  We will keep at it.”

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Local MEP’s Report Says all Farmers Must Benefit from Technological Advances

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Anthea McIntyre MEP

Anthea McIntyre MEP

Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, Anthea McIntyre, has secured European Parliament approval for a report calling for the greater use of technology in agriculture.

It calls for sustained investment in research and help to ensure new ideas and techniques are commercialised.  Innovative breeding to develop disease resistant crops and precision farming are among the advances that should be made available to all farmers, whether beef or arable, large or small, conventional or organic.

Miss McIntyre, MEP for the West Midlands, said, “Feeding a growing population while preserving the environment is one of the biggest challenges facing our world.  I believe harnessing technology is the only way to square this circle.

“We need to develop technological solutions not only to increase production but to improve the means of distribution and to tackle food waste.  We must raise awareness and understanding of new advances among both farmers and the general public.

“For example, agriculture accounts for 70 per cent of the world’s fresh water use but this can be significantly reduced by the use of precision farming techniques.”

The report stresses that EU regulations must not act as a barrier to innovation and urges a partnership between academia, industry, breeders, the agro-chemicals sector, farmers and food manufacturers to ensure European agriculture does not fall behind its international competitors.

Miss McIntyre added, “We must all work together to ensure we have the best research and that we translate research into practice.  From lab to farm to fork.”

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Pincher Speaks out on Queen’s Speech

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Chris Pincher MPChristopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, last week contributed to a debate on the Economy and Work following the Queen’s Speech in the House of Commons.

He welcomed measures for delivering security for working people, increasing life chances for the most disadvantaged, and strengthening our national security.

The Queen’s Speech he believes will improve lives across the country, and contains measures that will continue progress in delivering the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitments.  Since 2010, the Government has been working to do this, and we have seen:

  • 31 million people given a tax cut
  • 58 million people in work, up 2.5 million since 2010
  • Over 2.6 million new apprenticeships started across England
  • 9 million workers directly benefiting from the introduction of the National Living Wage
  • Over 753,000 new homes provided

In his speech, Mr Pincher praised the success of West Midlands and Tamworth firms in driving the local economy forward.  He paid tribute to local employers Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Invotech and Alcon.

He also praised the Government on their work with the Help to Buy scheme, which has been seminal in getting people on to the property ladder.  However, he called for more homes that people want to live in the West Midlands and urged the Chancellor to encourage smaller SMEs and small developers into the supply chain.

Crucially, he also used the opportunity to call for further work to improve and upgrade the A5 running through Tamworth.  Mr Pincher believes Wall Island must be redeveloped and the Stonydelph junction near the M42 re-drawn to stop traffic backlogs.

Mr Pincher said, “This was a Queen’s Speech for aspirational people who want to do the right thing and get on.  That is why we made gains in the local elections in my constituency just a few weeks ago.  In a town that had nearly 30 Labour councillors 16 years ago, there are now just seven.  After the general election, Jon Cruddas was quite right to write in his, I hope, non-ironic document “Labour’s Future”, Labour lost because voters didn’t believe it.”

Following the debate Mr Pincher added, “We’ve seen people’s taxes cut, wages boosted, more homes built, and jobs and apprenticeships created.  New Bills will help people save money, buy a home, get fast broadband access, as well tackle some of the deepest social problems in our country, and strengthen our national security.  All of this will mean a better and brighter future for Tamworth.”

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