Archive | April, 2016

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MP highlights importance of staying in the EU as he welcomes German car company’s 400 new jobs in Chesterfield

Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, welcomed the news that German firm Ferdinand Bilstein UK has signed a deal with Derbyshire County Council to move to the Markham Vale Business Park, creating up to 400 jobs.

Mr Perkins said, “This is fantastic news for Chesterfield and more evidence of the attractiveness of our town as a place to do business. The jobs and investment that Ferdinand Bilstein bring will boost the local economy and I look forward to welcoming the company in person.”

Ferdinand Bilstein UK is an automotive parts specialist, providing parts distribution for companies like Porsche, Ford and Mercedes-Benz. The company has picked Markham Vale as the ideal site to distribute to UK and European customers.

Mr Perkins added, “This news highlights the importance of remaining part of the EU. Many people do not realise that the Markham Vale regeneration was supported by EU funding. Here in the East Midlands we received over £219m from the European Regional Development Fund between 2007 and 2013 helping create or attract 1,000 new businesses to our region, generating thousands of jobs. Ferdinand Bilstein’s move to Markham Vale is further evidence of the EU’s ongoing importance to Chesterfield’s economy”.

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Toby Perkins MP backs the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign to protect terminally ill workers

On Monday 18th April, Toby Perkins attended a cross-party event in Parliament to support the TUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign which is seeking to change the law to provide additional employment protection for terminally ill workers.

Dying to Work was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

Toby Perkins, the MP for Chesterfield, said: “People battling a terminal illness deserve choice and shouldn’t be forced to undergo stressful HR procedures with the risk of losing the positive stimulation and distraction of work. Furthermore, it is shocking to think that if people with terminal illnesses are dismissed or forced out of their jobs that their loved ones will lose the death in service payments that the employee has planned for and earned through a life-time of hard work.”

In addition to support from across the political spectrum, the campaign has also been endorsed by a number of trade unions and charities, including Breast Cancer Care and Second Hope.

Furthermore, the company, E.On have today (Monday 18th April) become the first company to sign the Dying to Work voluntary charter to provide support to their employees and the campaign in a ceremony in College Green.

Toby Perkins MP continued: “I am proud to back the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign and why I will be encouraging businesses in my constituency to sign up to the TUC’s voluntary charter to help ensure that the current law is changed.

TUC Deputy General Secretary Paul Nowak said: “Worrying about your job should be the least of your concerns when you receive a terminal diagnosis.

“It’s fantastic to have this event in Parliament as a chance for MPs from all parties to show their support and get involved in this campaign to make terminal illness a protected characteristic.”

Toby TUC“Hopefully now more employers will now follow E.ON’s lead by signing the Dying to Work Charter and we will see further action in Parliament to deliver this vital employment protection for terminally ill workers.”

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BLOG – Toby Perkins MP: Why I will be voting to remain in the EU

The EU referendum on the 23rd June will be the most important political decision this country has faced in over 40 years, one that will effect everybody and leave a legacy that will impact on our nation for generations to come.

Polls show that public opinion is very split on the matter, and so I have to appreciate that I will have come to a different conclusion than many people who voted for me in May. The European Union is far from being a perfect organisation, but I will be voting to remain and will encourage my constituents to do the same.

I won’t assert during the campaign that the EU is a perfect body. It and our relationship with it, will be one of constant reform, but I do believe that the benefits to the UK from being part of the EU are enormous. The EU is the world’s largest single market and benefits the UK economy in the region of 4-5% of GDP or £90 billion per year. Furthermore, research by the House of Commons Library shows that 4.5 million jobs in the UK are dependent upon EU exports.

Many people point out that Britain imports more than it exports and so expect that their (the EU)’s need to keep us is greater than our need of them. But the truth is that if we ceased trading we would lose 48% of all our exports whilst individual EU countries would lose just 8% of theirs. This suggests to me that in any post Brexit negotiations, the need for us to sign a trade deal would actually be far greater than theirs.

Some people have suggested that other markets such as China and the US are more important markets, yet the UK sells more to the Netherlands alone than to the whole of China, and Brexit could see us frozen out of the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated. I also believe that our EU membership facilitates our trade with non EU countries rather than obstructing it.

The two key concerns about our relationship with the EU centre on immigration and the costs concerned. There seems little doubt that any future trade deal we signed with the EU would require freedom of trade and labour, so it is unlikely that we see radical change on immigration and as an aging population attracting young healthy working age people is a benefit to our economy.

The EU has done much to help people across Europe; safe working hours, higher levels of annual and parental leave, protections from discrimination, cheaper air travel, cheaper mobile calls, tighter food safety and labelling regulations, free medical care when holidaying on the continent, safer working conditions, just to name a few.

Those who question the costs of membership overlook the amount of money that comes back in. The cost associated with EU membership comes under two broad categories- investment and administration.

The investment category covers money we pay in to funds like the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which the North Derbyshire area has been a major recipient of; here in the East Midlands we received over £219m from the European Regional Development Fund between 2007 and 2013 helping create or attract 1,000 new businesses to our region, generating thousands of jobs. EU funding has also been crucial to projects like the Markham Vale regeneration project, the redevelopment of Staveley Town Basin, the Avenue Coking Works and other environmental clean-up projects, the Hornsbridge roundabout sculpture, the upcoming Chesterfield Northern Gateway, the Dunston and Tapton Innovation centres and many more positive contributions.

When it comes to the costs of administration of the EU, they are substantial. The EU Commission has over 23,000 civil servants. But in comparative terms the entire EU Commission, servicing all of the European trade deals, employs just over 4% of the civil servants than we have working here for the UK Government alone (527,000).

So on balance I believe Britain, as a country that has never been frightened to take a leading role in the world, should be looking to maintain our global significance by working with global institutions not walking away from them. Europe needs Britain, and our continent as well as our country is stronger by having a strong British voice at the centre of a reformed Europe and the changes that the Prime Minister negotiated will enhance the benefits we get from our membership.

Whatever the outcome, I hope as many people vote as possible, so that the final outcome is truly representative of the view of all the people in the UK.

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Toby Perkins with UK Youth Parliament representative Ivan Zailac

Parliamentarians stand together against hate crime

Chesterfield’s MP Toby Perkins was lobbied by his youth counterpart as a part of the youngster’s campaign to tackle discrimination.

Toby Perkins with UK Youth Parliament representative Ivan Zailac

Toby Perkins with UK Youth Parliament representative Ivan Zailac

Ivan Zailac, a 15-year-old pupil at Hasland Hall School, serves as Derbyshire’s representative in the UK Youth Parliament. The schoolboy met with Mr Perkins to raise his concerns about hate crime.

In Derbyshire, 413 instances of racially-motivated hate crime were recorded in between 2014-15. On top of this figure were 49 incidents of hate crime relating to sexual orientation and 18 occurrences relating to disability.

Ivan has pledged to raise these issues when the UK Youth Parliament meets later this year. He said: “Hate crime, of any sort, has no place in our society. It is concerning that these figures show hundreds of incidents were recorded in Derbyshire last year.”

He added: “I hope that by raising these issues in the Youth Parliament, we can challenge negative attitudes around race, religion and disability and promote integration in Derbyshire.”

Mr Perkins commended Ivan for tacking discrimination. He said: “Raising awareness is key to ending these kinds of discrimination and I hope Ivan’s campaign helps make a difference.”

The UK Youth Parliament is made up of 11 to 18 year olds from across Britain. It meets annually for a debate in Westminster to discuss issues that young people raise.

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Toby Perkins and Evolution Funding's Jeremy Levine

Expanding firm is ‘motoring to success’, says Toby Perkins

One of Chesterfield fastest growing companies has caught the eye of the local Chesterfield MP.

Toby Perkins and Evolution Funding's Jeremy Levine

Toby Perkins and Evolution Funding’s Jeremy Levine

Evolution Funding Limited was visited by Toby Perkins MP after the Whittington Moor-based firm was recognised as the tenth best performing SME in Chesterfield by the Derbyshire Times in their recent listing of top local firms.

Launched in 2002, Evolution Funding has become one of the largest point-of-sale motor finance intermediaries in the UK, processing £330 million worth of car loans annually. The firm employs 200 people and hopes to take on more staff to meet demand.     

Mr Perkins commended Evolution Funding on their success. He said: “Firms like Evolution create the jobs and growth that are vital to Chesterfield’s economy.

“It is great news that Evolution are looking to employ more people here and that some of the current workforce have been promoted from apprenticeships and junior positions to managerial roles. Chesterfield is a great place to so business and I’m pleased to hear that Chesterfield Borough Council has been helpful in helping the company expand.

“The raft of awards the Evolution has won from its peers in the finance and insurance sectors, as well as their large body of long-standing customers, shows that this business is getting things right.”

Mr Perkins added: “I wish all the team at Evolution good luck for the future.”

 

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Toby Perkins MP speaking to the ‘A Spire Right’ Substance Misuse Recovery Group at the Proact Stadium

MP provides an assist to Chesterfield FC’s substance misuse recovery programme

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins visited a new group programme being delivered at Chesterfield Football Club aimed at helping people who have a history of drug and alcohol misuse to get more physically active and do something positive with their lives.

The Chesterfield FC Community Trust received a £40k grant from Derbyshire County Council to run the ‘A Spire Right’ programme, which is hoped will help people with their recovery.

Toby Perkins MP speaking to the ‘A Spire Right’ Substance Misuse Recovery Group at the Proact Stadium

Toby Perkins MP speaking to the ‘A Spire Right’ Substance Misuse Recovery Group at the Proact Stadium

Toby said, “This is a fantastic programme and I thank the Club and the Council for taking such a positive step to help people who have battled to overcome their substance misuse issues. I had a really good discussion with the group about the recovery programme, politics, voting, the EU referendum, local health services and whether the Spireites will manage to avoid relegation”

Members of the group go three times a week from 9.30am to 1pm. The first hour is focused on a theory topic, such as healthy eating or budgeting, followed by two hours of physical activity, including gym work, boxing and football. The participants have the use of all the Club’s facilities, including a hydrotherapy pool.

The scheme is free and is expected to help between 60 and 70 people this year.

Toby said, “Chesterfield Football Club puts a huge amount of effort into community activities and I am always glad to offer my support. Programme’s such as this one not only change the lives of the members, but by helping people stay off drugs has a positive effect on the community as a whole”.

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