Andrew Percy

Andrew Percy

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

Andrew Backs Charity VAT Reform

Andrew Backs Charity VAT Reform

  Local MP Andrew Percy recently backed a campaign by Sue Ryder to close an unfair VAT loophole which could see healthcare charities lose millions in unnecessary and unfair VAT payments. Andrew is one of 11 MPs sponsoring the Private Member’s Bill put down by Labour MP Nic Dakin. The Private Member’s Bill calls for healthcare charities, to whom NHS services are being transferred as part of reform under the Big Society and public service agendas, to receive the same ability to recover VAT on no...

Presented with Old Goole Parish Petition

Presented with Old Goole Parish Petition

  I was handed a petition last week signed by hundreds of residents in Old Goole calling for the creation of a seperate Parish Council for the area. Old Goole definitely has its own distinct character and history and this proposal is certainly interesting. The fact that over 350 people have signed the petition shows how strongly some residents feel about the issue.   I will be sending the petition on to East Riding Council who are responsible for the organisation and administration of parish and...

Andrew Welcomes Ambulance Boost

Andrew Welcomes Ambulance Boost

  Local MP Andrew Percy has welcomed news that the Goole area is going to benefit from increased cover from the Ambulance Service in the coming weeks. The announcement follows a recent meeting between the MP and the Ambulance Trust which was also attended by Goole North Lib Dem Cllr Jean Kitching and NHS Campaigner Josie Head.   The MP had raised questions over the availability of cover locally following a night shift with one of the crews at Goole. The most recent meeting also discussed the us...

Quizzed by Goole College Students

Quizzed by Goole College Students

  It was great to be back at Goole College yesterday where I was quizzed by students about a number of issues ranging from the national debt to EMA and immigration.    One of the issues that kept coming up was why is England in so much debt? I was quite surprised and it is clear that the national debate over the record debt left by the previous Government has certainly got into the minds of young people. Students seemed genuinely shocked when I explained that the Government is presently having t...

Andrew Percy MP hits out at children’s heart surgery plans

Andrew Percy MP hits out at children’s heart surgery plans

  Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy is backing a campaign that aims to retain life-saving children's heart surgery services in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The MP visited the unit last week where he met with doctors and nurses to discuss the plans. Andrew also met parents at the unit including the Pearce-Storm family from Heminbrough near Selby whose son Vaughn is presently being treated in the unit. The proposal to possibly move the unit follows the NHS’s ‘Safe and Sustainable’ review of t...

Andrew welcomes money for pothole repairs

Andrew welcomes money for pothole repairs

  Local MP Andrew Percy has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will give over £100 million to councils for pothole repair.  This is especially valuable after the extreme weather this winter caused terrible damage to a lot of our roads.   The Government’s move has been welcomed by the AA who estimate that, if the £100 million is used entirely for roads, it will repair 1.5 million potholes.   The money is in addition to the £831 million already provided to councils for road maintenance...

Andrew Percy supports No Smoking Day

Andrew Percy supports No Smoking Day

    No Smoking Day (9 March) could be the day that smokers in Brigg and Goole decide it’s finally time to quit.  In its 28th year, No Smoking Day is encouraging smokers to give up smoking, save thousands of pounds and take the opportunity to find out how they can get help and support.   Local MP Andrew Percy is supporting this year’s No Smoking Day campaign and supports events across Brigg & Goole.   Thousands of No Smoking Day events will be taking place all over the UK. There will be inter...

North Lindsey College Visit Parliament

North Lindsey College Visit Parliament

  On Tuesday a group from North Lindsey College came down to visit London for a tour of the Houses of Parliament.   Everyone seemed to enjoy the visit. It was really good to see the group taking a keen interest and discussing issues such as the health service and tuition fees with me. We almost got into trouble for taking too many people into the Terrace Café after their tour, but as it is apparently partially subsidised by the tax payer they had every right to be there!    I always enjoy seeing...

Andrew Visits Port to Discuss Green Jobs

Andrew Visits Port to Discuss Green Jobs

  Local MP, Andrew Percy, met with Goole Port Director, Matt Jukes, last Friday to discuss the future direction of the Port and the outlook for the future. ABP recently launched a Green Ports strategy for the Humber and have just succeeded in attracting Siemans to Hull where a wind farm factory will be constructed. That development will bring hundreds of jobs to the Humber region. The MP was keen to learn how this, and other developments, would impact on the port in Goole and on the creation of ...

Ensuring fairness in our Welfare System

Ensuring fairness in our Welfare System

  Andrew Percy MP has welcomed the Government’s shake up of our welfare system, the most radical in 60 years. The Welfare Bill and Work Programme deliver on a number of Conservative election promises to mark the beginning of a new era of 21st century welfare.   At the election, the Conservatives promised to work to reduce the high marginal tax rates faced by people on low incomes who want to return to work or increase their earnings. The Welfare Bill the Government introduced this week delivers ...