Andrew Percy MP

Andrew Percy MP

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

Andrew Visits Goole Moor Fire

Andrew Visits Goole Moor Fire

Photograph: Andrew Percy MP, Nick Grainger (Group Commander), Paul McCourt from Humberside Fire Brigade and Julian Small from Natural England   Local MP Andrew Percy visited Goole Moor last week to see for himself the devastation presently being wrought by a fire on the Moor covering some 100 or so acres. Andrew received a briefing from Humberside Fire Brigade’s Incident Manager and was taken to see for himself how the brigade are fighting the fire. Along with Thorne and Crowle Moors, Goole Moor...

Haxey Library and Playbuilder Funding

Haxey Library and Playbuilder Funding

Myself and Axholme South Ward Cllr William Eckhardt (pictured) have been shocked to hear that North Lincolnshire Council is proposing the possible closure of Haxey Library and its replacement with a mobile service. There is no doubt that Councils are being asked to make big savings but that is not an excuse for the loss of essential local services such as libraries.   When you look at the total budget of Councils you realise that very little is saved by closing front line services such as th...

Andrew Supports New Smoking Cessation Counselling Service

Andrew Supports New Smoking Cessation Counselling Service

Local MP Andrew Percy has written to the local NHS to support the creation of a new smoking cessation service in the Goole and Snaith area. The need has been identified by NHS East Riding of Yorkshire in a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment consultation document. The Primary Care Trust are required to produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment so as to establish where there is unmet need.   Andrew says, “The draft needs assessment is out for consultation in August and September and I have t...

Andrew Takes Up Important Westminster Roles

Andrew Takes Up Important Westminster Roles

Local MP Andrew Percy has been given a major new policy role at Westminster, having been elected as Chairman of the Backbench Public Services Policy Committee. The Committee will serve as an important conduit between backbench Conservative MPs and Government Ministers over the course of the Parliament.   Andrew was also recently appointed to two Parliamentary Select Committees, Regulatory Reform and Procedure. Since winning the Brigg and Goole seat at the General Election Andrew Percy ha...

Disabled Toilet Fixed!

Disabled Toilet Fixed!

Good news on the disabled toilets at Escourt Street in Goole. I've now had a second letter confirming the works that have been completed to improve the toilets for disabled users. The concerns were originally raised by users and supported by Goole Councillor Jean Kitching and Snaith, Airmyn and Rawcliffe Ward Councillor Caroline Fox.   Caroline and I went down to see the problems for ourselves with one of the users (see photo). I then took it up with Cllr Ros Jump who is responsible for th...

Environment Agency Meeting

Environment Agency Meeting

I had a fairly long discussion with the Environment Agency on Friday to discuss what seemed to be pretty much every river and flood protection issue in the constituency. In particular we discussed the future of the Isle of Axholme Flood Risk Management Strategy. Following our long campaign, supported by the drainage board, we managed to get the protection policy for the Isle upgraded recently but we still need more assurances.   I also discussed the Aire and Ouse Flood Catchment Plans and ...

Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch

On Monday I attended the All Party Communications Group which met to discuss Ofcom's recent ruling forcing Sky to allow other pay TV providers to offer Sky Sports 1 & 2 to customers. The event, sponsored by BT, included a discussion between Martin Keown, the former Arsenal & England player, and Spurs striker Peter Crouch.   Peter discussed the recent World Cup, Spurs' forthcoming premiership, as well as investment in the grassroots, development for academies of talent, football fi...

Petition Launched to Save Court

Petition Launched to Save Court

Goole MP Andrew Percy and East Riding Councillor, Caroline Fox, have launched a petition against the proposed closure of Goole Magistrates. The move comes following a high profile campaign by local MP Andrew Percy who won a parliamentary debate on the proposed closure in early July.   The petition comes in the same week that Andrew Percy won a promise from the Justice Minister for a face to face meeting to discuss the closure in more detail. It is hoped that the petition will be available...

Out and About

Out and About

I had a fantastic weekend out and about in the constituency. Friday night we had a joint dinner with the Cleethorpes constituency at Elsham Golf Club where our guest speaker was Martin and mine's predecessor in the old constituency of Brigg and Cleethorpes.   Saturday I started at the Sobriety Project in Goole where I was asked to kick off the celebration for the 100th birthday of the vessel Sobriety which used to chug up and down our local waterways before it was donated about 25 years ag...

Andrew Demands Apology for Labour Slur on Help for Port Jobs

Andrew Demands Apology for Labour Slur on Help for Port Jobs

Local MP Andrew Percy has demanded an apology from a senior Labour Shadow Minister for condemning the Coalition government’s help for port business as ‘pork-barelling’. The comments were made by Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government, John Denham MP, during questions to Local Government Minister Bob Neill MP.   Andrew Percy says, “I was absolutely disgusted at what John Denham said and his comments are a real slur on the hard working businesses and workers at the port. Labour’s po...