The Future of Winifred Kettle

Due to a decision by Bolton Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group, the intermediate and respite care beds at Winifred Community Care Centre have been closed.  This was done to change the focus to much more care in the home so that people can be with their friends and family rather than to save money – beds will still be available within the borough just not in Westhoughton.

Bolton School Debate

Bolton School invited local parliamentary candidates to speak at a debate and then answer questions from the audience.

Charity Champions Visit Downing Street

Throughout the Bolton West constituency and across the country there are many who work for and contribute their time and talents to supporting many of our great charities and voluntary groups.  There are opportunities for MPs and candidates to invite local champions to receptions in the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street and I was delighted to do so.

Long-term Economic Plan for the North West

The phrase ‘long term economic plan’ is frequently used by Conservative politicians both to state the nature of our ambition but also to distinguish us from the short termist Labour Party.

Horwich Needs More Investment in Sporting Facilities

There are huge plans for more houses to be built in Horwich including 1,700 at the Loco Works site and 140 on the Victoria Road Bolton College site.  This is going to place a burden on transport infrastructure, local schools and medical facilities.

Checking to see that we’re ready for Winter

A huge amount of preparation is required to ensure that our roads are clear of snow and ice during the Winter months so I was delighted to be invited to visit the Westhoughton Motorway Maintenance Depot and see the preparations they have made.

Top Class Apprenticeship Training in Horwich

For many years there has been an over emphasis on academic education and, with a desire that 50% of people should go to University, an undervaluing of vocational education.  It is good to see that there is an increasing understanding of the importance of vocational education and the support and funding needed to ensure good quality apprenticeships.