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MP celebrates as National Lottery investment in Chesterfield’s heritage hits £5,322,554 million

Toby Perkins MP, the Member of Parliament for Chesterfield has today welcomed news that £5,322,554 of National Lottery money has been invested in Chesterfield’s heritage projects since 1994.

Toby said: “Chesterfield has an incredibly rich history and I’m delighted to learn that thanks to the National Lottery local people have been exploring and enjoying that heritage. Just like many towns and cities across the UK, the Chesterfield we live in today was shaped by the First World War.”

From exploring local archaeology and restoring local parks and buildings to protecting wildlife and researching local history, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded more than 40 grants to heritage projects in the area.

Now, HLF is encouraging people in Chesterfield to apply for grants between £3,000 and £10,000 to undertake projects exploring the impact and legacy of the First World War beyond 1918.

Toby has welcomed the continued investment in preserving Chesterfield’s historical sites and ensuring the towns rich heritage is preserved

Toby added, “The projects and events that the Heritage Lottery Fund have funded in Chesterfield not only ensure we remember and celebrate our history, but are important in increasing tourism in the area and boosting the local economy. I strongly encourage local people to make use of the money available from the HLF and I am happy to lend my support to funding bids.”

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Toby Perkins MP pledges to become an Arthritis Champion for Chesterfield

Toby Perkins MP has pledged to work alongside leading charity, Arthritis Research UK to represent the thousands of people in Chesterfield living every day with the pain of arthritis.

Toby said, “There are thousands of my constituents living in constant pain due to arthritis and they need timely access to healthcare services to manage their condition and improve their musculoskeletal health.”

Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability and pain across the country with 10 million people living with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain. The pain, fatigue and lack of mobility caused by arthritis affects every aspect of a person’s life, making everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea, travelling to work or getting out of bed extremely difficult.

As well as the personal impact, these conditions amount to the third largest area of NHS spending, with an annual budget of £4.8 billion, and are the cause of one in five working days lost in the UK.

Toby Perkins has pledged to support Arthritis Research UK’s Prevent, Transform, Cure manifesto in Parliament as an Arthritis Champion, which calls for arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions to be a public health priority, to improve access to services and to increase the support to people with arthritis to help them continue to work.

Speaking about becoming an arthritis champion, Toby Perkins said, “I’m proud to champion Arthritis Research UK’s policy calls to tackle the prevention, transformation and cure of arthritis. We need to put the issues affecting people with arthritis at the forefront of Parliament’s agenda. I will be meeting with Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, at the charity’s head office in Chesterfield, to discuss how we can ensure arthritis sufferers are getting the support and services they need.”

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Victory for HS2 campaign in boost for Chesterfield

Chesterfield has received a major boost with the confirmation that the High Speed rail service will now definitely serve the Town.

The original plans for HS2 passed through Chesterfield to the East, but lobbying from Town MP Toby Perkins, the local Labour Council and the business community has borne fruit in spectacular style.

The Government announced that they have opted for a proposal which stops at Chesterfield and Sheffield City Centre and requires electrification of the line up to Chesterfield and up to Sheffield to Leeds reducing train journey times North to Leeds as well as south to London.

HS2 is the planned high speed railway that will link London to the Midlands and North, and is due to be completed by around 2033. The East midlands is set to benefit hugely from the HS2 with an increase of between 2.2% and 4.3% in output by 2037, due to the plans.

There was further welcome news as confirmation was also received that HS2 will create jobs at a new Staveley maintenance depot, offering the prospect of high skilled engineering jobs and apprenticeships for local young people long into the future.

Although HS2 is not due to be completed for another 15-20 years, it is a valuable updating of Britain’s Victorian Train infrastructure, reucing journey times between major towns and cities and  freeing up space for passengers travelling on existing rail networks. The building of HS2 will also create thousands of local jobs.

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said: “ There have been legitimate criticisms about the process that has been followed, but we have managed to persuade HS2 to continue their investment in the Staveley depot, undo their damaging proposal that would have undermined the Chesterfield Canal and now to introduce the Chesterfield stop that will open up shorter journey times (of around 1 hour 15 minutes to London) to travellers across Chesterfield and the North East Midlands.”

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Is your business a National Champion? – Chesterfield MP searching for Responsible Business Champions for national business awards

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, is seeking nominations from local businesses who believe the work they put into the local community means they should be considered a Constituency Responsible Business Champion.

Toby said, “Chesterfield is filled with businesses that not only provide jobs and economic growth for the town, but also invest in our communities and try to improve the area in terms of health, training, environment and equality & diversity. The Constituency Responsible Champion awards will be decided by a Parliamentary Judging Panel. All MPs can nominate businesses from their constituency and I would like any businesses in Chesterfield who feel they could be the National Champion to write to me and tell me why they deserve my nomination.”

The National Champion judging panel are looking for companies which are:

  • Supporting the local community
  • Investing in health workplaces
  • Offering apprenticeships and training to all
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Toby said, “I know that businesses in Chesterfield are real community champions who can compete with companies across the UK. The businesses I have visited are community-minded and believe in investing in the area and the local people. These awards could give Chesterfield businesses a chance to show their pedigree to the nation”

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Put your favourite pub chef on the national stage

Chesterfield pubgoers have a chance to nominate their favourite Chesterfield Pub Chef for the recognition they deserve!

A national search has been launched for the Parliamentary Pub Chef and Young Pub Chef Awards, and Labour MP Toby Perkins is determined that Chesterfield’s brightest should get national recognition. He said: “There are some brilliant Pub chefs in Chesterfield and I am keen to see them recognised.

If you have a favourite Pub chef in mind for this Award, get in touch by the 30th September and let me know why your chosen chef should be nominated. I am only able to nominate one for each category so there may need to be some testing out the leading runners and riders!”

This is a fantastic chance to put Chesterfield Pubs on the map, so get nominating!

If you’d like to nominate your favourite pub or junior pub chef, please contact Toby at toby.perkins.mp@parliament.uk with the email subject “Chesterfield pub chef of the year” and Chesterfield’s choice will be featured on Toby’s  website and be entered for the National award.

PICTURED: The Woodside pub in Chesterfield

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Toby Perkins MP calls on Government to give our Armed Forces a ‘fair deal’

To mark Armed Forces Day on 24th June, Toby Perkins, Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, has called on the Government to give our Armed Forces a better deal.

Toby, who is Chair of the Labour Friends of the Forces, said “I am delighted to show my support for our Forces, serving personnel, Veterans and their families, on Armed Forces Day. It’s wonderful that we have a day that recognises the hard work and bravery of the forces community but of course they deserve our support all year round.

Government are rightly quick to praise our Armed Forces, but too often the warm words aren’t backed up by actions. Service personnel have seen reductions in pay and conditions, redundancies, more and more deployments and inadequate support for them and their families during and after they serve.

“I’ll be attending The Chesterfield Cadets Armed Forces Day at Wallis Barracks on Boythorpe Road and I look forward to celebrating the day with the whole community”.

Toby helping out in the galley on HMS Collingwood as part of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Scheme

Toby helping out in the galley on HMS Sutherland as part of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Scheme

The Chesterfield Cadets Armed Forces Day will celebrate our Armed Forces and help raise funds and awareness for the Sea and other Cadet units. Chesterfield Sea Cadets is one of the oldest units in

the UK. A number of Armed Forces and community information stalls will be onsite, together with children’s rides, BBQ, Charity Stalls, food and tea stalls, with a flyover from a Battle of Britain aircraft.

Toby added, “Our servicemen and women stand up for us every day, it’s especially important that we stand up for them on Armed Forces Day. I would encourage my constituents to come along to Wallis Barracks on Sunday and show their appreciation for all our Armed Forces personnel and veterans.”

The Wallis Barracks are open from 10am – 4pm on Sunday and will include a march through town from 10.15- 11am. Two weeks later, the Staveley Armed Forces Day will take place at Poolsbrook Country Park on 7th and 8th July.

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Toby with Douglas Fogg, Kevin Fogg and Madeline Makarem

Toby Perkins urges action to save vital ‘Meals On Wheels’ service

Toby Perkins, Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate, has called on the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and Social Services to do all they can to ensure the RVS ‘Meals On Wheels’ service continues to provide meals to over a hundred elderly and vulnerable people in Derbyshire.

The RVS has decided that the service is no longer financially viable and will be closing on the 16th of June, leaving service users and their families concerned about how they will manage. Toby has met with representatives from the RVS and contacted senior managers, but the service is still scheduled for closure and redundancy notices issued to staff.

Toby visited one service user, Mr Douglas Fogg, a celebrated war hero who was recently awarded a medal by the Russian Federation for his role protecting Arctic convoys during the Second World War (http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/chesterfield-s-arctic-heroes-awarded-russian-medal-1-7998551) to discuss how important the service is to him.

Toby said, “Like many of the people who use this service, Douglas is keen to remain in his own home and maintain as much independence as possible. The meals he receives enable him to do this. If the RVS cannot run the service, I urge them to work with the County Council’s Adult Social Care team to ensure that a new provider is found before.”

Toby with Douglas Fogg, Kevin Fogg and Madeline Makarem

Toby with Douglas Fogg, Kevin Fogg and Madeline Makarem

“Douglas has strong family support, but many other service users do not. This service is helping people to remain in the community, rather than being forced into residential care which would result in a far greater cost to the public purse. It is in the interests of everyone that this service is maintained.”

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Labour’s Toby Perkins slams Tory fox hunting plan

Tory plans to bring back fox hunting have been slammed as ‘a warped priority’ by Labour’s Toby Perkins, after it was revealed that a Tory Government would seek to reverse the fox hunting ban.

The Labour Party banned cruel blood sports in 1999 and implemented the Hunting Act in 2004. However, Theresa May would seek to reverse the ban on fox hunting by holding a free vote on repealing the Act.

Toby Perkins,  Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Chesterfield, said:

“It shows a warped sense of priorities with the issues that face Britain right now, for Theresa May to pursue a return of fox hunting as a priority.

“Polls make it clear that the British public do not want to see a return to hunting with hounds. Voters in Chesterfield want their elected politicians to concentrate on important issues like healthcare, public safety and jobs – not on bringing back cruel blood sports.

“It just shows how dangerous a Tory Government with a landslide majority would be, overlooking public opinion to pursue their own elitist agenda, I’m asking everyone in Chesterfield to sign Labour’s petition against bringing back fox hunting and send a clear message to the Tories.

I am also confirming that if I am re-elected to represent Chesterfield that I will vote against removing the ban on fox hunting”

Opponents of the fox hunting ban can ‘Like’ Toby’s short video on the ban here: http://bit.ly/2q8rN5K

and sign Labour’s petition here:  http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/content/keep-the-ban-on-fox-hunting

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