Ashfield and its people always come first for me

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It’s not until you do this job that you realise just how brave and determined some people are and it really is an honour to be their local MP.

Tracy Hart, from Kirkby, tragically lost her brother in a rail accident at King’s Mill level crossing and she and her family have been campaigning to tackle safety concerns with Network Rail ever since.

Last week MPs from across all parties met as the Transport Select Committee heard oral and written evidence from families who have also been affected by similar tragedies and how more safety measures are needed at crossings.

I personally submitted evidence and questions from Tracy to the chairman, Louise Ellman MP because it’s essential the family have their voice heard.
I want to hear from mums and dads whose little ones go to the pre-school nursery at the Sure Start Centre in Huthwaite and the Kirkby East Children’s Centre after finding out that both could close.

If you’ve got more news or want to share your experience then please get in touch.

I remember the PM promise that if he got elected no Sure Start Centres would close – three years on and hundreds have gone.
Some people will be familiar with Robert Peston - he’s the bloke off BBC news who is always talking about the economy.

But what many people don’t now is he is also behind a fantastic initiative called Speakers for Schools which aims to raise the aspirations of young people across the country. The other week I was invited over to Shirebrook Academy to chat to youngsters and take part in a Q&A. 

After that experience I came away thinking I’m going to have to tell Robert he’ll could be out of a job when this lot finish their studies - the students were as briefed as any pro and knew how to ask all of the right questions. Talk about stars of the future.
On the subject of schools I’d like to say thank you again to Quarrydale Academy for the lovely card and delicious chocolates congratulating me on my new role in the shadow cabinet, but whatever Ed Miliband asks me to do, the things you ask me to do will always comes first. P.S The chocolates didn’t last longer than a day so it’s safe to say they got the thumbs up from me. Thanks again Mr Crone and the team!