E-Newsletter from Stephen Mosley MP – June 2012

Stephen Mosley MP
June 2012
Hello and welcome to my latest email news bulletin.
Since my last bulletin, the first parliamentary session of the Coalition Government has come to an end and a whole new set of legislation has been proposed in the Queen’s speech.
This next session is set to be as busy as the last and I look forward to debating the important issues that are affecting our country.
As always, you can find a taster of what’s happening in Chester below, but for more information, please visit www.chestermp.com.
Kind Regards,


Stephen Mosley
Member of Parliament for The City of Chester

Jobs, Jobs and more Jobs

Over the past couple of months we have seen a succession of extremely encouraging announcements that will help to boost the local jobs market for years to come.
One of the most significant of those announcements was made last month by Vauxhall’s owners General Motors to build their new Astra Model in Ellesmere Port. 2,100 jobs have been saved and a further 700 more will be created as a direct consequence of their decision and it is also estimated that up to 3,000 additional jobs will be created in the supply chain as a result of the £125m investment GM are putting into the plant.

This decision came hot on the heels of an announcement by Jaguar Land Rover to create 1,000 new jobs at their Halewood plant and up to 500 more positions at a new logistics facility in Ellesmere Port.
Other positive announcements include the recent decision by HSBC and M&S Money to launch the new M&S Bank. Over the next two years, 50 M&S Bank branches will open in M&S stores across the UK, creating 400 new jobs in branches across the country and, importantly, around 100 at the company’s new head office in Chester.

M&S Money is an extremely valued local employer and I am delighted that up to one hundred new jobs will be created at the Business Park to support this nationwide rollout.
Additionally, Waitrose have recently submitted a planning application to the local council to regenerate the Boughton Retail Centre. With just short of 300 jobs set to be created, this is more good news for the local labour market and I’m sure the regeneration of the canal area will be welcome news for the city.
The Government’s strategy for growth is centred on the private sector and I am delighted that so many companies are lining up to invest in Chester and the surrounding area. Chester is in the premier league of places that people and companies want to invest in, and long may that continue.

More of Labour’s Fuel Duty Increases Scrapped
Earlier this week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that August’s 3p increase in Fuel Duty, introduced by the then Labour Government in their March 2010 Budget, has been postponed. Thanks to the Government’s action, Fuel Duty is now 10p per litre lower than if Labour’s original plans had been allowed to go through, saving the motorist £159 on filling up the average family car by the end of the year.
This is good news for motorists, families and businesses coping with tight finances.
By taking action on fuel pump prices, along with freezing council tax and cutting income tax for millions of people, the Coalition Government are providing real help to people with the cost of living during what remains an extremely stringent economic period, simultaneously helping to boost Chester’s economy.

Panel announces date of Hillsborough families’ disclosure
The Hillsborough Independent Panel, appointed by government in January 2010 to ensure the maximum possible disclosure of documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, made a statement last week about the conclusion of its work. It reads:
“The Hillsborough Independent Panel is now approaching the completion of its work of securing maximum possible disclosure of documents relating to the disaster and its aftermath. Disclosure, as it has been made clear, will be first to the Hillsborough families and then to the wider public.  At the same time, in line with its Terms of Reference, the Panel will publish its Report explaining how the disclosed documents add to public understanding.
“… Earlier this year the Panel announced that because it was still receiving new material it would complete its work in the Autumn.  The Panel is on course to achieve this and announces today that the disclosure to families will take place on Wednesday 12 September in Liverpool.”
This is extremely welcome news for all of those so sadly affected by the Hillsborough disaster. The panel have worked tirelessly to ensure full disclosure of all the relevant documents and I’m pleased that we now have a fixed date when the families will have access to this vital information.
There are so many questions that remain unanswered and we are gradually getting closer to the truth of what happened on that tragic day in 1989. 

Cheshire Day in Parliament

In May, Cheshire descended upon parliament for the first ever ‘Cheshire Day’, aimed at highlighting everything that our county has to offer to the rest of the country. The event was a huge success.
Cheshire is a fantastic place to live, a beautiful place to visit, and a great place to do business. It is important that we put ourselves in the shop window as often as we can and Cheshire Day certainly delivered on that goal with local MPs and businesses pulling together to showcase all of the strengths and opportunities that exist for economic growth in Cheshire.
Cheshire is not only in an amazing position to take advantage of domestic investment, but also to make the most of the global opportunities that are available to us. Of course it helps that we have the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as a fellow Cheshire MP, fighting in our corner, and he was eager to highlight the many positive economic initiatives which are already taking place across the region.
But while there are great things happening in Cheshire, we all know that more can be done and we have to step up to the challenges and take advantage of the fantastic opportunities that lie ahead.

Out and About in Chester

Since my last bulletin, I have…

Representing Chester in Parliament
I have since my last bulletin…

Asked oral questions to:

  • The Health Minister Simon Burns about the transition to local Clinical Commissioning Groups in Chester
  • The Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon about the Government’s success in reforming the European Common Fisheries Policy
  • The Leader of the House of Commons Sir George Young about Cheshire West and Chester Council’s exciting proposals to build a new theatre
  • The Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan about the economic impact of having different Corporation Tax rates on either side of the Anglo-Welsh border

You can also view in full my contributions in Parliament. Please see my website http://www.chestermp.com/in-parliament 


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In person:                            Additionally, you can come and meet me at one of my regular surgeries in Chester. Call 01244 458120 to book an appointment. 

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