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No HS2 in Woodlesford and Garforth

Alec recognises the benefits in jobs and growth that HS2 will bring to Leeds, Yorkshire and the North of England but has been clear that he will not support the project unless he can secure the best possible outcome for constituents in Elmet & Rothwell. Debating the High Speed Rail (Preparation Bill) in the House of Commons,… Read more »

Syria: abhorrent chemical attacks

The situation in Syria is deeply disturbing. I doubt anyone can view the abhorrent chemical attacks on innocent children and civilians without wishing to condemn such atrocities. Nevertheless, we are right to be cautious of past conflicts in the Middle East and learn the lessons from Iraq. When Parliament was recalled last week I spoke… Read more »

Wetherby’s Big Society

Cabinet Minister Frances Maude accepted Alec’s invitation to visit Wetherby’s award winning Sandringham Park. Working as a community, residents have clamped down on anti-social behaviour and littering – the Minister was so impressed he agreed to work with Alec on nominating the team for a Big Society Award.

Barclays faces new questions over lending

The government is extending its investigation into Barclays‘ involvement in a state-backed loan scheme, after the business minister, Michael Fallon, intervened. The bank faces renewed questioning over its use of the now defunct Small Firms Loan Guarantee programme after evidence emerged that it broke guidelines during a period of heady bank lending before the credit crunch…. Read more »