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Statement on Campaign volunteers

The Sun newspaper’s story in 21st April edition is entirely misleading.

The people working on my election campaign are doing so in a voluntary capacity.

Two of the Volunteers are students on 4 year Politics degrees who have during their third year have been based in my office in Westminster and wanted to volunteer in the General Election campaign.

The other two are local young party members who were between jobs and were wanting to dedicate themselves to the General election campaign.

The local party arranged to cover their expenses.

It is completely misleading to suggest that they are paid £4 a day, they are volunteers and they receive expenses towards costs incurred but are not paid at all.  For clarification, no further payments will be made and their status as Campaign Volunteers re-iterated to all local party members.

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Toby Perkins MP with bingo enthusiasts and representatives from the Bingo Association

MP’s bingo-ing all-out for popular game

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins joined some of the town’s keenest bingo players for a game on Friday and met with industry representatives to discuss taxation levied on the sector.

Toby Perkins MP with bingo enthusiasts and representatives from the Bingo Association

Toby Perkins MP with bingo enthusiasts and representatives from the Bingo Association

Bingo is enjoying its highest levels of popularity in a generation with record numbers of young people taking up the pastime. A recent survey found 61% of British adults said they feel bingo clubs provide an ‘important local service, and bring communities together’.

However, bingo is subjected to Gross Profits Tax of 20% – 5% more than the GPT levied at bookmakers and 7% more than lottery tickets.

Bingo industry leaders, backed by Mr Perkins, are now calling for a cut in GPT to 15%, allowing them to invest in their premises’ and create jobs.

Speaking to bingo enthusiasts at Mecca’s Foljambe Road hall, Mr Perkins said:  “I am pleased to support the bingo industry’s efforts to petition government to rethink how it levies taxes on the game.

“Bingo brings adults of all ages together to socialise in a lively and fun environment, and I am fully behind this campaign. I enjoyed the games I had at Mecca and I look forward to raising issues facing the sector with ministers in Parliament.”

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Small Business Saturday: butchers, bakers, local small traders…

Saturday saw the biggest celebration of small businesses Britain has ever known, as communities across Derbyshire joined the celebrations for the first ever ‘Small Business Saturday’.

Toby Perkins visited traders across Chesterfield on Small Business Saturday

Toby Perkins visited traders across Chesterfield on Small Business Saturday

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins MP’s efforts in recognition of the day, visiting 25 independent retailers, traders  and small businesses the length and breadth of his constituency saw Chesterfield featured in the national newspapers.

Starting out at ‘Best Wishes’ in Staveley at 9:30am and finishing at Hasland Pet Store at 5:00, he visited over 25 different independent retailers.  Toby visited butchers, bakers, candle makers, market traders, gift shops, bike shops, hardware stores, perfume stores and even a nail bar on his whistle-stop tour.

Said Toby: “Independent retailers are based in the heart of our community and form so much of what we have to offer that makes Chesterfield a unique shopping experience.  It really is a question of ‘use them or lose them’ as it is all too easy to get into the habit of using only the big retailers”.

“Independent retailers offer a unique shopping experience with high levels of customer service, a wide variety of unique or unusual goods, and a diversity on our High Streets that means we are not an identikit town”.

Toby added: “I’m calling on every one this Christmas to think small and to shop local to give our town a boost and our independent retailers a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.”

 

To see pictures from all the retailers Toby visited on Saturday, check out his Twitter pictures: www.twitter.com/tobyperkinsmp/media

View Toby’s route around Town on a map: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=213433295875974695238.0004ed1bb6151238af0f3

For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit: http://www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/

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Toby Perkins MP addressing September's public meeting on the future of Chesterfield Crown Post Office

Post Office bosses to consult on ‘dicey’ move

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is urging his constituents to attend a public meeting with Post Office bosses to share their views on ‘dicey’ proposals to relocate Chesterfield’s Crown Post Office into the Pavement’s Centre branch of WH Smith’s.

Toby Perkins MP addressing September's public meeting on the future of Chesterfield Crown Post Office

Toby Perkins MP addressing September’s public meeting on the future of Chesterfield Crown Post Office

A Post Office spokesman claimed the move is needed to save costs and is being carried out at 70 of their 373 ‘Crown Branches’ – larger stand-alone outlets, such as the branch in Chesterfield’s New Square. However, Mr Perkins has blasted the plans as ‘dicey’, saying they could “jeopardise the accessibility of the service”.

Mr Perkins continued: “The Crown Post Office in New Square is a vital service and iconic local landmark – I’d hate to see it disappear. I’m very concerned that this proposal would lead to a reduced level of expertise and a lower profile for important Post Office services. It’s hard to see how this service, which is often extremely busy, would function in the smaller space there is at WH Smith.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the Chesterfield Hotel, opposite the Railway Station, on Wednesday 11th December from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Anyone unable to attend can share their views on the move by emailing comments@postoffice.co.uk or writing to the Post Office, addressing envelopes ‘Freepost – Your Comments, Post Office Ltd.    

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Hady Primary Christmas card competition winners

Creative kids make MP’s Christmas

Budding young artists from a Chesterfield School have risen to a challenge set by their MP – to design his official Christmas card.

Hady Primary School Christmas card winners with Toby Perkins

Hady Primary School Christmas card winners with Toby Perkins

The Hady Primary pupils were asked by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins to produce a festive design to adorn his seasonal greeting, sent to 3,000 people from businesses and constituents in Chesterfield to the Prime Minister and the Queen. The project was backed by sponsors Yeoman’s Outdoors and NAPIT meaning the venture used no public funds.

Mr Perkins visited the school to pick a winner from each year group before unveiling the overall winner at the Square Canvas Art Gallery in New Square in front of parents, teachers and guests on Friday. Judging criteria included inventive use of materials, originality of design and ability to reproduce the image in an electronic format for printing.

Mr Perkins announced that year one pupil Rehman Abdul had produced the winning design, commending his use of different textures and his ‘cheerful’ robins. All the other children’s designs have been included on the reverse of the card and each year group winner was presented with a certificate and gift by the MP.

Rehman Abdul's winning design

Rehman Abdul’s winning design

Commenting on the competition, Mr Perkins said: “I was amazed by the quality of artwork and the originality of design the children presented me with. It was hard to pick a winner but I’m really looking forward to sending my card out.”

“I’d like to thank all the Hady pupils who took part, the teachers who facilitated the competition and our generous sponsors Yeoman’s Outdoors and NAPIT for their support.”

 

 

 

For information about NAPIT, visit: http://www.napit.org.uk/

For information about Yeoman’s, visit: http://www.yeomansoutdoors.co.uk/

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Heron Publications founding members Helen Firth and Liza Justice with Toby Perkins MP

MP and Top Magazine in High Street-Boost Bid

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins visited the offices of the local magazine Twist to champion the importance of small, local businesses in the community.
Heron Publications founding members Helen Firth and Liza Justice with Toby Perkins MP

Heron Publications founding members Helen Firth and Liza Justice with Toby Perkins MP

The Shadow Minister for Small Businesses says we can all help out by supporting our independent traders.

He told staff at the magazine: “If people just head to their local butchers once in a while rather than buying all their meat from a huge supermarket, for example, they can help out a small business while getting a high quality product.”
Toby praised the work of Twist for giving a platform to small businesses to advertise to the people most likely to benefit from their services. The magazine recently won a ‘Highly Commended’ trophy in the 2013 National Magazine Awards for the quality of its front pages.
Coming up on Saturday 7th December is Small Business Saturday, an event designed to promote local enterprises and encourage people to move away from buying products from big businesses once in a while and instead go to their local, independent alternatives.
For more information about Twist Magazine, visit www.heronpublications.co.uk
For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

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Toby Perkins MP, here pictured addressing a public meeting on the future of the Post Office earlier this year

MP urges public: “Make your views known on risky Post Office move”

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has voiced ‘serious concerns’ about plans to relocate the town’s central Post Office into WH Smith’s Pavements Centre premises, and is calling on the public to speak up on the move.

Toby Perkins MP, here pictured addressing a public meeting on the future of the Post Office earlier this year

Toby Perkins MP, here pictured addressing a public meeting on the future of the Post Office earlier this year

A Post Office spokesman claimed the move is needed to save costs and is being carried out at 70 of their 373 ‘Crown Branches’ – larger stand-alone outlets, such as the branch in Chesterfield market place. However, Mr Perkins has blasted the plans, saying they could “jeopardise the accessibility of the service”. He continued: “The Crown Post Office in New Square is a vital service and iconic local landmark – I’d hate to see it disappear. I’m very concerned that this proposal would lead to a reduced level of expertise and a lower profile for important Post Office services. It’s hard to see how this service, which is often extremely busy, would function in the smaller space there is at WH Smith so I will be speaking to both organisations to ask how they envisage this set-up working.

“Whilst the Post Office is a commercial operation and needs to balance its books in order to maintain the service it offers, the firm does have a vital social role, working with a number of vulnerable client groups such as older people or those without recourse to accessing services online. That’s why I’ll be fighting to ensure my constituents don’t lose out.”

An open public meeting, which Mr Perkins is intending to attend, will be scheduled and advertised shortly.

The Post Office is now consulting with the public on these proposals until the 13th January. Should you wish to voice your concerns about these plans, you can write to Mr Perkins at 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF or email him on toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk and he will take up issues with Post Office management.

 

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Toby Perkins wants to her people's views on GP services in Chesterfield

Town tells MP: ‘GP services need remedy’

Chesterfield patients are being urged to put GP services in the spotlight amid fears that access to doctors’ services is reaching crisis point in Chesterfield.

Toby Perkins wants to her people's views on GP services in Chesterfield

Toby Perkins wants to her people’s views on GP services in Chesterfield

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins found hundreds of people struggling to access GP services in Chesterfield and Staveley following his 8,500-response door-to-door survey undertaken over the summer. 

Commenting on his findings, Toby Perkins said: “I was alarmed to hear so many people tell me that they were unhappy with their GP provision – it came up on the doorstep more than any other local issue. Easy access to a doctor is vitally important, especially for the elderly and those with serious ongoing conditions.”

“Now I’m asking people across the constituency to contact me with their concerns or plaudits about local GP services, as we look to investigate the issue more widely. I will also be inviting GP practices to update us about steps they are taking to improve access. I have heard some shocking tales about the difficulty patients have had, both in terms of access and the service provided. I know many other people are very satisfied, so it is important that we investigate the nature of the problem, the specific areas that are poorly served and the actions that will be taken to put it right. Specific concerns have been raised about the provision at certain surgeries and I want to know how widespread those concerns are.”

37% of respondents told Toby that GP services are worse now than they were three years ago. Only a handful thought they had improved. Recurring concerns included lengthy waits for appointments, difficulties obtaining repeat prescriptions and problems contacting individual surgeries by telephone.

Launching his call for evidence Toby said:  “I’m already in discussions with Health Service managers about how things can, and must, improve. If you’ve got a specific issue or experience relating to this matter, please contact me so I can take your views and experience onboard.”

 

Toby can be contacted on toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk, called on 386286 or written to at 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF.

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Welcome

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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Tel: 01246 386286
Email: toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk
Post: 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF

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