Andrew Percy

Andrew Percy

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

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Andrew Lobbies Network Rail on Wind Farm Access

Andrew Lobbies Network Rail on Wind Farm Access

Local MP Andrew Percy recently met with the developers of the Keadby Wind farm, RES Ltd, to discuss progress on plans to open up an access for construction traffic off the A18.   Andrew Percy says, “Getting this alternative route agreed seems to be taking for ages but I am assured that progress is on-going, even if the wheels are moving a little more slowly than we would like. The main issue of course is securing the agreement of Network Rail for the construction of a bridge over their r...

Andrew Wins Debate on Closure of Goole Magistrates Court

Andrew Wins Debate on Closure of Goole Magistrates Court

Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy has won a parliamentary debate on the closure of the Magistrates Court in Goole. Having raised the issue during questions in the House of Commons last week, Andrew applied to the Speaker for a debate.   The debate has been scheduled for Westminster Hall on Wednesday July 7th. The Ministry of Justice last week announced the start of a consultation on the proposed closure of 103 courts across England and Wales. Goole and nearby Selby Magistrates are on the p...

Visiting the Lowther.

Visiting the Lowther.

Long delay in posts but we are still trying to get sorted with the offices. Everything takes for ever in Parliament!   Anyways, I was delighted to be asked to visit the Lowther by Julie and Howard Duckworth recently to view the renovation of this really important historic building. I was fascinated by the 19th century murals on the wall which it is thought show the original blue print for Goole. They are well worth a look at and I pay tribute to Julie and Howard for the way they have restor...

Andrew Asks His First Question In Parliament

Andrew Asks His First Question In Parliament

Newly elected MP, Andrew Percy, asked his first question on the floor of the House of Commons today. Andrew was called to ask a question of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Laws MP, following a statement on the coalition government's proposed savings of £6 billion.   Andrew asked a question on the subject of port rates which the new government has taken action to freeze.   Andrew says, "It was a bit nerve-racking standing up for the first time and I hadn't gone in to the chambe...

Andrew Steps Up Broadband Fight

Andrew Steps Up Broadband Fight

Local MP Andrew Percy has taken his campaign for improved rural broadband in the area to Parliament. The recently elected MP has tabled a parliamentary question asking for details of how the new government will roll-out fast broadband to rural areas.   Andrew also met with representatives of BT at Westminster last week to discuss possible solutions to broadband issues in the constituency. Andrew says, “I started my campaign for improved rural broadband a few months ago but the general ...

Andrew Questions Minister on Adult Education

Andrew Questions Minister on Adult Education

  Local MP Andrew Percy pressed the new coalition government on adult education last week during questions to the Business, Skills and Innovation Department in the House of Commons.  Andrew asked the government to confirm its support for community adult learning and pressed the Minister to look at reversing the previous governments cuts to adult education courses not leading to formally recognised qualifications.   Andrew, who is a former school teacher, said, “We all remember a few year...

New Government Acts on Port Rates

New Government Acts on Port Rates

Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy has welcomed an announcement by the new Lib Dem and Conservative government to freeze the collection of controversial back-dated taxes on port businesses. The decision to implement these taxes by the previous Labour government threatened hundreds of jobs in the Goole area alone, and thousands more across the Humber ports.   The new government has announced that £50 million for action to tackle backdated business rates bills, including a freeze on payment...

Thank You

Thank You

I just wanted to write a quick note to say thank you to everyone who voted for me in the election. It has been an incredibly hectic time, and I will be writing soon about my plans for representing all the people of Brigg and Goole.

Nomination Accepted

Nomination Accepted

My nomination paper to stand for election has now been accepted so I am now the official candidate! I am also the candidate who received the most nominations, some 30, compared to just 20 for Labour! I am privileged to have been proposed by a Second World War veteran of Arnhem, and seconded by a veteran of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This means a lot to me.

Caroline Spelman Visits Goole Docks

Caroline Spelman Visits Goole Docks

I was delighted to welcome Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government, Caroline Spelman MP, to the Goole Docks on Wednesday for a meeting about Labour's port taxes which threaten local jobs. These taxes were imposed on businesses retrospectively and now threaten the very survival of businesses operating on the docks. This means hundreds of local jobs are under threat.   The Government has ignored repeated attempts by the Conservatives to get them to look again. Caroline came to the d...