Member of Parliament for
Brigg & Goole and the
Isle of Axholme

Andrew Percy MP

Scunthorpe Telegraph Column – July 2016 (2)

Every time I start my column I seem to commence by saying what an odd or crazy week it has been. So here goes. What a rather crazy week I've had since receiving a very unexpected phone call last weekend from Downing Street asking if I was willing to serve as a Minister in Theresa May's new government. As I said on Facebook, I did think this was perhaps a wind up by the Chief Whip so my initial response is not printable! It is not unusual during reshuffle time for more pushy and expectant collea...

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North Lincolnshire Becomes a White Ribbon County

Andrew has welcomed North Lincolnshire Council being presented with a Town and County White Ribbon Award by the White Ribbon Campaign in recognition of the Council’s efforts to support the charity’s campaign to end violence against women. Around 1.2 million women are victims of domestic abuse each year here in the UK and locally in North Lincolnshire, Humberside Police respond to between 190 and 250 calls every month. The White Ribbon Campaign UK works with men to speak out about male viol...

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Andrew’s First Ministerial Visit

Andrew made his first Ministerial visit to our area as part of his first tour of the region as the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse. Andrew was appointed as the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse by Prime Minister Theresa May less than two weeks ago. As part of his new role Andrew has already answered parliamentary questions in the House of Commons chamber but was keen to get out of Westminster at the earliest opportunity and see for himself the projects promoting growth in the North. As...

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Superfast Broadband Comes to Garthorpe and Fockerby!

Andrew has welcomed yet another community in North Lincolnshire being able to access superfast broadband after the cabinet covering Garthorpe and Fockerby has become one of the latest to go live. The previous Conservative-led Government launched the national Superfast Broadband Programme in conjunction with Local Authorities which will see over £1.7 billion invested in improving broadband across the country over three phases. The £12 million North Lincolnshire Broadband project was set-up wi...

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North Lincolnshire Occupies Parliament!

Last week Andrew welcomed North Lincolnshire Council down to Westminster to showcase all the positive reasons for investing in our area. Andrew reports, “It was great to have North Lincs take over a little corner of Westminster last week for a showcase to potential investors. North Lincolnshire Council Officers and Leaders put on a great event for would be investors in our area. “Interest was strong and some great networking took place during the event. It was also fantastic to have other ...

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Andrew Welcomes £1 Journeys Across North Lincolnshire for Under 19s

Andrew has welcomed the launch of a new, innovative bus service in North Lincolnshire called CallConnect and he is encouraging young people locally to register and take advantage of £1 one way journeys around North Lincolnshire throughout the school summer holidays. The Conservative Government has provided £350,000 to deliver CallConnect and it is part of a wider funding package to improve transport across North Lincolnshire. This flexible bus service runs six days a week and will allow youn...

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Andrew Congratulates the Imagination Library’s Continued Success

Earlier this week Andrew highlighted the growing success of the Imagination Library in the UK during a debate in Parliament on children's early year’s development and school readiness. The Imagination Library is a free book-gifting programme for young children aged 0-5 and children registered receive an age appropriate book, posted direct to their home, every single month until their fifth birthday.   It was started by Dolly Parton in East Tennessee with the aims of promoting reading for pl...

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Leeds Children's Heart Unit Secure

Andrew has welcomed the news that the future of congenital heart surgery in Leeds is now secure following the recent congenital heart disease review undertaken by the NHS. Andrew has been campaigning hard alongside families, patients, local campaign groups and other local MPs to keep the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary open since 2011, when the unit first came under threat of closure following a national review of congenital heart surgery. A number of concerns were raised about...

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