Archive | June, 2013

Toby Perkins and Tony Benn with the Derbyshire Scouts Youth Council Representatives

Toby Perkins MP Meets Local Scouts in Westminster

A group of youngsters representing part of Derbyshire Scouts Youth Council were invited to The Speaker’s House on Monday. The group joined 150 other Scouts and Scout leaders from across the UK to mingle with MPs at the Speaker’s reception. The event, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Scout Group and the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, is a prestigious opportunity for young people in Scouting to meet with their own MP and others in the House of Commons.

Toby Perkins gave the group a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster before accompanying the group to the reception. The tour included a surprise encounter with Labour Party legend and former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn.

Perkins said: “The Scout Movement supports young people in their physical, mental and social development to enable them to play constructive roles in society. I am a great supporter of the principle of Scouting, which is encapsulated in their lesser known motto: ‘Do a good turn daily.’”

Toby Perkins and Tony Benn with the Derbyshire Scouts Youth Council Representatives

Toby Perkins and Tony Benn with the Derbyshire Scouts Youth Council Representatives

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Download your summary of the Labour Small Business Taskforce Report

Toby Perkins MP, the Labour Shadow Small Business Minister, has today launched a brief summary of the Labour Small Business Taskforce report, which is designed to be easily accessible for small business owners across the country.

Click here to download the Summary of the Taskforce Recommendations.

You can read more about the Taskforce’s work here.

 

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Shadow Minister spends time on the front-line with independent newsagent

An award-winning convenience store and newsagent in Isleworth, West London, was yesterday (25 June) visited by Toby Perkins MP, the Shadow Small Business Minister.

Isleworth“Best One” newsagent and Post Office is run by Alkesh Gadher, who invited Toby to spend a morning at his shop to see firsthand the issues impacting on the trade.

The trip was organised by independent convenience and newsagent trade magazine Retail Newsagent as a chance to put the needs of businesses like Mr Gadher’s higher up Labour’s priority list.

The visit was also part of Mr Perkins wider tour of the country where he is consulting with small businesses around the final recommendations in the Labour Small Business Taskforce report.

Up for discussion during the meeting was issues from the scourge of illicit tobacco, the state of the newspaper trade, Hounslow Council’s soaring business rates and Mr Gadher, who has run his shop on London for over two decades, was pleased to see a top political figure visit a store such as his: “This isn’t a manufactured shop for the cameras – this is how people work. So I’m glad he’s seen it,” he said.

Mr Perkins told Mr Gadher, “I’d owned my own business before becoming an MP, but talking to businesses like yours lets me see the changing attitude of the banks towards small businesses as the recession has developed and learn about particular issues such as those of the newspaper industry which were new to me when I took on this role.”

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Toby also had chance to see the letter box painted in gold in honour of legendary Olympian Mo Farah, which is just outside the shop.

 

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Toby Perkins MP: "Michael Caulfield will be sadly missed"

Michael Caulfield, RIP

 

Toby Perkins MP: "Michael Caulfield will be sadly missed"

Toby Perkins MP: “Michael Caulfield will be sadly missed”

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has paid his respects to former Chesterfield Mayor and Honorary Alderman Michael Caulfield who died on Sunday 16th June.

Alderman Caulfield was elected to Chesterfield Borough Council as Labour member for Moor ward in 1970. He represented the ward continuously until 1987, when he was elected as member for Dunston ward, which he represented until 1999.

He served as Chairman of the Environmental Services and Control Committee from 1978 to 1995 and as Mayor of the Borough in 1984-85.

In 2004, Chesterfield Borough Council conferred the title of Honorary Alderman on Mr Caulfield in recognition of his many years of service to the people of Chesterfield.

Commenting on Alderman Caulfield’s death, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: “Alderman Caulfield served our Borough diligently as a Councillor for almost 30 years. Many residents, particularly those living in the Dunston and Moor wards, will remember Michael as a hard-working advocate and consistent voice for our community.

“He will be sorely missed and my thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

 

Alderman Caulfield’s funeral has been scheduled to take place at St Hugh’s RC Church, Littlemoor, at 11am on Tuesday July 2nd.

The service will be followed by light refreshments in Committee Room 1 at the Town Hall.

His family has said that those wishing to pay their respects are most welcome at both the Church and the Town Hall afterwards.

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Work experience

My week with Chesterfield’s MP …

Click below to watch the video diary of local student Dominic Newman who did a week’s work experience at the Constituency Office of Toby Perkins MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield.

The video follows his work with the office, from administration and health and safety to important visits with the MP.

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19-year-old Bethan Salt shows Toby her piece 'Patterns and Culture'

MP Drawn to Students’ Art

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins was treated to a visual delight as a guest at Chesterfield College’s annual art exhibition opening night.

19-year-old Bethan Salt shows Toby her piece 'Patterns and Culture'

19-year-old Bethan Salt shows Toby her piece ‘Patterns and Culture’

Two hundred aspiring artists have work on public display in The Dome, on the College campus off Infirmary Road, with the work of a variety of ages and levels of study represented. The exhibition is open for public viewing from 24th to 28th June, between 9am and 5pm.

Art and Design at Chesterfield College continues to go from strength to strength with students travelling to the town campus from Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. A recent major announcement of a £1m European Regional Development Fund grant for the refurbishment of the College’s listed West Block, formerly part of Chesterfield Grammar School, as new art studios guarantees the college’s creative future.

After viewing the exhibition, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: “I was really impressed by the talent and creativity on display; the students’ work is of an extremely high standard and I encourage the public to come and take a look round the exhibition.

Jeremy Asquith and Toby Perkins view students' work

Jeremy Asquith and Toby Perkins view students’ work

“Chesterfield has long had a great reputation quality of the art teaching and it is pleasing that, even when faced with significant financial pressures, there continues to be such successful home-grown talent displaying their work. I hope to see more of it in the years to come.”

Chesterfield College Head of Art and Design, Jeremy Asquith, said: “It was great to welcome Toby to the opening and to show him the wealth of artistic flair there is here at the College. Worth almost £6 billion a year to the UK economy, the arts are an important employer so it’s great to have Toby’s support as we embark on the development of incubation space for new creative talent.”

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STUBBED OUT: Toby Perkins outside Bzee's

BUSTED: MP sends crooked business up in smoke

Fuming Chesterfield shopkeepers and the town’s MP have won a major victory over a rogue trader. 

STUBBED OUT: Toby Perkins outside Bzee's

STUBBED OUT: Toby Perkins outside Bzee’s

Bzee, a tobacconist and sweetshop on Cavendish Street, was raided by Police and Trading Standards in a dramatic offensive on Wednesday – following pressure from Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins to stub out the shop’s illegal trading.

Confirmed reports indicated the shop had been selling counterfeit and untaxed cigarettes for a fraction of the price of genuine products. A huge haul of contraband cigarettes with a significant street value was seized by officers and the shop’s staff were arrested.

Sniffer dogs had previously located thousands of pounds of illegal stock in two separate raids at the premises earlier this year, but the shop reopened after both incidents with new staff and more illicit tobacco.

Fake cigarettes are produced with a dangerous cocktail of ingredients, posing a greater danger to users than regulated legitimate products. Evidence also indicates that the illegal tobacco trade is used as a vehicle to fund more serious organised crime.

Frustrated lawful local traders, who say their takings have been hit by up to 35% since Bzees opened in December last year, went en masse to Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins just over a week ago to make their case. Legal loopholes and a wider police investigation had prevented lasting action being taken, but Mr Perkins took up the issue immediately with the Police, Trading Standards and the shop’s letting agent, coordinating a multi-agency approach and securing this closure within ten days of being made aware of the situation. The MP also pressed the premises’ letting agent to end Bzee’s tenancy permanently and immediately evict the proprietors, which was acted upon and guarantees these rogue traders won’t be returning to this premises.     

Finally closed

Finally closed

Following the raid, Toby Perkins said: “I was horrified to hear that fake cigarettes were being sold in Chesterfield and that Bzee’s irresponsible proprietors had been selling the counterfeit products to underage customers.  Law-abiding businesses were having their hard-won profits hit by this rogue trader and the public were at danger so I was determined to see this illegal operation shutdown.

“Concerns have been raised that Bzee was operating as a front for more serious organised crime so I’m delighted the shop has now been closed and that the shady figures behind the operation are now being brought to justice.”

Mr Perkins added: “I commend the respectable newsagents in Chesterfield town centre for standing up to this illegal operation and I’m delighted to have been able to help put a stop to this criminality.”     

John May, proprietor of the Sweet Stop on nearby Elder Way, who led the delegation of newsagents to see Mr Perkins, said: “We’re delighted Toby Perkins took up the case of the honest local traders so quickly and had Bzee’s shut in only ten days. We’re really grateful for his support.”

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Labour’s investigation of sales skills – how YOU can help!

IMG_4146The next One Nation Labour government is determined to be in the wind at the backs of Britain’s businesses, not the rain in their faces.  Therefore, the Labour Party is looking closely at all areas where an active government strategy could support British businesses and give them a competitive advantage.  This includes an investigation of how government can use its power and influence to promote sales skills, in partnership with business.

The review is being led by the Labour Shadow Small Business Minister, Toby Perkins MP, who himself has a background as a salesman and in running his own business.

Introduction to the Labour Sales Skills Investigation – which sets out the investigation work done so far and asks for those who have further ideas about how we can promote sales, to get in touch.

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries in Chesterfield and Staveley so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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