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MP Toby Perkins joins Derbyshire Wildlife Trust for badger vaccinations in Chesterfield

Toby Perkins MP set out with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust badger vaccination team on Tuesday morning, to take part in the next set of vaccinations and learn more about the importance of vaccinating.


The Government were deciding if Derbyshire will be one of the 10 new counties to be a part of the badger cull extension. Toby is delighted that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have now announced Derbyshire will not be a badger cull zone. The Department have now said that they will give further consideration to how to combine vaccination programs against bovine TB with other methods.


Toby has said “I am a huge supporter of the vaccination programme. The work of the wildlife Trust means Derbyshire is really leading the way. I share the view, which is supported by a wealth of scientific evidence, that vaccination is both more effective and more humane than paying to people to roam the countryside taking potshots at badgers. 17 badgers were vaccinated on the day that I was out with the wildlife trust team. It was hugely educational and well worth the 4.30am wake up call!”

Debbie Bailey, Lead Vaccinator for the programme went out with Toby Perkins and has said “It was great to get out with Toby this morning and show him the important work taking place in Derbyshire. If the cull were to come to Derbyshire many vaccinated badgers would end up being killed. We really value Toby Perkins support and we hope that Theresa Villiers, the new Environment Secretary, will allow us to continue our vaccination programme undisturbed, and show that it is a positive alternative to the cull. Vaccinating badgers not shooting them is the way forward. Let’s not forget that this is primarily a cattle disease spread by cattle and that is where the focus on tackling this disease should be.”


Since 2014, the badger vaccination programme has vaccinated over 637 badgers. With a team of 100 dedicated volunteers and 16 trained lay vaccinators, the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust vaccination programme now extends for 110 km2 across Derbyshire. It is the largest volunteer led vaccination programme in the country and the Government have provided over £280,000 of funding. To bring the badger cull to Derbyshire would be a waste of tax payer money.


The Trust needs your support now and are asking people to write to their MP to stop the cull at

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Toby Perkins to hold Brexit public meeting

After a summer recess spent gathering the views of voters across Chesterfield on the issue of Brexit, MP Toby Perkins has arranged for a major impartial public information session in Chesterfield next week.

Mr Perkins will host the session, which will allow Chesterfield residents who wish to learn more about the many issues that arise from Britain’s impending departure from the European Union.

The session will be run by an independent thinktank, ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ and facilitated by Professor Anand Menon, a Professor of European and Foreign Affairs at Kings College, London.

All those attending will be able to ask Professor Menon about any issues that they are uncertain about, including but not limited to questions on frictionless trade, WTO terms, NO deal Brexit, the backstop, Northern Ireland and many others.

The free-to-attend session will be held at the Winding Wheel on Thursday 5th September, 6.00pm and tickets can be acquired by email, telephone or in person at Chesterfield Labour Club.

Anyone who wishes to attend, should either email for a ticket, call 01246 386286 during normal office hours or call into Toby Perkins MP’s office at Chesterfield Labour Club, 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF.

Toby Perkins said: “It is clear from the huge number of survey responses that I received that Brexit continues to infuriate, confuse and frustrate my constituents in equal measure but many valid questions were raised through the process, and I believe that the vast majority of people just want the best for our country and so I hope that providing my constituents with a forum in which they can get their questions answered will be helpful.”

“I recognise how much anger and frustration there is as we try to negotiate our way through a very intricate and complicated process in a way that respects the democratic outcome of the Referendum and protects our national interests. I sometimes think the whole process of what happens now is over simplified and so I am setting this unbiased Q&A up so that everyone can be as well-informed as possible.”

The Winding Wheel has a maximum capacity and so whilst the event is free to attend it is important that all those wishing to come should contact the MPs office for a ticket, though the event is open to all strands of political opinion.

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NEW- Toby Perkins Chesterfield Brexit survey hits the streets

Brexit is the most divisive issue to hit UK politics in our political lifetime.

The country voted to Leave the EU, and in Chesterfield around 60% of those who voted, voted to leave.

Yet whilst Parliament has confirmed it’s intention to leave, it has never agreed on the basis of our future relationship with the EU, which has prevented Article 50 being fully enacted. When Parliament returns from the summer recess, it really will be decision time.

Over the recess, Toby Perkins and his team are taking to the streets to conduct a Brexit survey, that attempts to break down the key thorny issues and hear how people’s views have progressed since the Referendum and where the UK Government goes from here.

You can take the survey online, by clicking here

Introducing the survey, Toby Perkins said: “I am concerned that rather than come together, the country seems more divided on this issue than ever before. I believe Britain should endeavour to leave the EU in a way that protects jobs and our economy, and allows us to continue to trade with the EU. I am keen to see if there is a way that a balance can be struck that takes everyone with us. This survey is therefore crucial to informing my view of what people in Chesterfield think should happen now. I urge all of my constituents to complete it.”

The survey is purely for Chesterfield constituents and respondents who live outside of the constituency or respond anonymously will have their answers discounted.


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Toby with repairers Margaret Hersee and Sue Scott

Make do and mend

The old war time adage of make do and mend is making a comeback as people are becoming more conscious of saving money and reducing CO2 emissions and waste to landfill.
And locally, a ‘Repair Café’ in Chesterfield is bringing a local dimension to this growing trend.
Repair Cafes are set up by volunteers to fix broken belongings, increase mending skills and reduce waste and the Chesterfield Repair Café is currently set up at the Monkey Park where local MP Toby Perkins called in to view the repairers at work.
Volunteers in Chesterfield gather once a month to repair items such as furniture, appliances, toys and clothing. Toby said: “Very often the simplest ideas are the best and this is certainly the case with the Repair Café. We are fortunate here to have a group of willing and skilled volunteers who are can fix items that may otherwise have been thrown away. Sadly, many items are not built to last anymore, because the parts are poorer quality, or they’re designed to wear out and then be thrown away, so we spend more on new equipment. I think we have become so much better at recycling our waste and initiatives like this go one step further by helping prevent the waste and hopefully make us more conscious of buying better quality or re-developing the skill of mending things, if we can, in the first place.
I was very impressed with all the team here who also like to work with the community on how to fix items themselves. I am told that within the last year the team in Chesterfield have prevented 285 kg of waste and prevented 2,310 kg of CO2 emissions. I am happy to support this worthy cause and help the volunteers have what they need to continue to repair as many items as possible which means needing access to quality spare parts and appropriate documentation.”
Repair Cafes are held every second Saturday of the month in 2019 and the

Toby with repairers Margaret Hersee and Sue Scott

last repairs are accepted at 2pm. The team can be contacted at and please get in touch if you know how to fix things and would like to help.

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Toby being grilled on the environment by Hollingwood Primary pupils

Hollingwood pupils pledge to protect the environment

Environmentally-conscious pupils at Hollingwood Primary School have enlisted the help of Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, as part of their campaign to improve the environment locally and globally.

Toby said, “The pupils at Hollingwood Primary School wrote to me regarding concerns that affect the local environment, such as litter and dog mess, as well as their pledges for tackling the climate change emergency. I visited the school last week and was impressed by the children’s knowledge about environmental issues and I think they would all be great candidates to be Climate Change Ambassadors to the Borough Council.

Following the letters from Hollingwod pupils, Toby wrote to Cllr Jill Mannion-Brunt, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing at Chesterfield Borough Council, who has confirmed that the Council

Toby being grilled on the environment by Hollingwood Primary pupils

Toby being grilled on the environment by Hollingwood Primary pupils

recently passed a resolution to declare a Climate Change Emergency in Chesterfield. The Council will also be talking to young people in the Borough, to create young ambassadors for climate change who will work with the Council to help develop a local strategy to combat climate change and deal with local environmental issues. The Council will be contacting Hollingwood Primary with a view to them becoming an early adopter as an encouragement for other schools.

Toby added, “I am very proud of the schools in Chesterfield, who are teaching students about what they can do to improve the environment so that hopefully when they get to my age, a long time from now, the planet is not ruined by pollution and waste.”

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Toby accepting the Pub Parliamentarian of the Year Prize

Parliamentary Beer Group nominates Chesterfield MP as Pub Parliamentarian of the Year

Last week, the 25th Annual Beer Awards was held by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group to celebrate the efforts of people in the brewing and pubs industry. All-Party Parliamentary Groups – or APPGs for short – are cross-party groups run by MPs to try and bring attention to a particular issue.

At the Beer APPG Awards, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins won the Pub Parliamentarian of the Year award, for his work as Chair of the Pubs APPG, and in running the Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition, which celebrated hundreds of pubs up and down the country. Many in Chesterfield may remember Toby’s own nomination for the Parliamentary Pub of the Year: The Chesterfield Arms; the East Midlands regional winner.

Mike Wood, Chair of the Beer APPG, said of Toby’s award:

Toby accepting the Pub Parliamentarian of the Year Prize


“Whilst we are called the “Beer Group”, we are as much about pubs as beer.  Beer and pubs are inseparably linked. 

This year’s Pub Parliamentarian was elected in 2010 and shortly afterwards he was appointed Shadow Pubs Minister where he very quickly mastered the brief – becoming enormously knowledgeable about UK pubs, their contribution to our communities and the pressures they face.  In 2017, he was elected to be the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Pubs Group. In this capacity he organised the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year award.  There were over 100 entries and the shortlisted pubs were invited to a fantastic event on the Terrace in January this year.   All the shortlisted pubs made short videos and MPs voted for the winner with handsets. The winning pub was the Four Elms that had been nominated by their local MP, Jo Stevens, MP for Cardiff Central.”

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Versus Arthritis;
"Working it Out" Reception;
House of Commons, Westminster;
2nd July 2019.

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Chesterfield-based Versus Arthritis event leads to MPs call for better support to keep people with arthritis in work

Toby Perkins MP joined people living with arthritis at a Parliamentary event in Westminster on Tuesday 2nd July. Toby heard firsthand about the impact the chronic pain associated with the condition can have on the ability to remain in employment and how to ensure every person with arthritis who wants to work has the support they need.

At the event, healthcare charity Versus Arthritis – based in Chesterfield – launched its new report, Working it Out: Demanding More From the Access to Work Scheme. Access to Work is a government scheme that can provide valuable workplace assistance, such as specialist equipment, transport and support staff.

However, the charity found that 59% of people they spoke to had never heard of the Access to Work scheme, with many more unaware of the type of help it can provide. This means that too many people with arthritis are going without the support they need and are unnecessarily struggling or dropping out of work.

Versus Arthritis also found that one in four applicants (with arthritis) surveyed said the scheme was difficult to communicate with, and three quarters did not know they were entitled to a review of their support.

Versus Arthritis is calling for ongoing promotion of the scheme to people with arthritis and improvements to the way it operates, so that people with arthritis do not face barriers to getting the right support.

Arthritis can make work more difficult, with tasks such as commuting, carrying equipment or even typing becoming challenging. Only 63% of working age adults with a musculoskeletal condition are in work, compared to 81% of people with no health conditions.

Toby said:

“As an Arthritis Champion, I understand the difficulties facing people with all forms of arthritis, and that is why I have committed myself to voicing those people’s concerns in parliament by being an Arthritis Champion.”

“4,368 people in Chesterfield are living with osteoarthritis of the hip, 7,325 with osteoarthritis of the knee and 15,160 with back pain. Many more are affected by other related conditions every day.

“I wanted to show support in Parliament for my constituents and highlight the steps we can all take to make life easier for people with arthritis who want to work. It is important that people with arthritis in Chesterfield are aware of the help available, such as the Access to Work scheme, and can access support when they need it.”

Arthritis can be understood within the class of “invisible illnesses”, a group of conditions which are often stigmatized and poorly understood. Recently, Toby held a debate in Parliament about Fibromyalgia – another invisible illness with some similar symptoms – which generated a huge amount of cross-party support for helping people with fibromyalgia and invisible illnesses more broadly.

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RNIB event attended by Chesterfield MP highlights importance of emotional support for blind and partially sighted people

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins met with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) last week at a parliamentary reception to hear about the charity’s Sight Loss Advice Service and the vital work that Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) carry out.

Statistics show that calls to RNIB focused on emotional support are set to triple, increasing from 2,021 calls in 2016 to a projected 7,000 calls in 2019.

Questions around emotional support are one of the top three reasons why people spoke to the advice line in 2018 and is expected to remain in the top three for 2019.

ECLOs work alongside health professionals in eye clinics to offer support and advice to blind and partially sighted people on a range of areas.

They are an important part of RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service, which provides practical advice and emotional support over the phone, as well as face to face in eye clinics, for anyone affected by sight loss.

Toby said: “I am supporting RNIB’s drive to raise awareness of the importance of practical and emotional advice for blind and partially sighted people.

“I’ve heard about the fantastic work that the Sight Loss Advice Service carries out and the benefits to the people living with sight loss in Chesterfield.”


Get in touch with RNIB on 0303 123 9999 or visit for more information.

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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 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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