It has been our chance to pay our respects to those servicemen and women we have lost during conflicts.
I am always overwhelmed with the strength of emotion felt on both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, the unity shown by so many in those minutes of silence show how heavily proud we are of those who have given their lives and of how patriotic we are as a nation. This year was all the more poignant with the centenary of the start of World War One.
I joined the Royal British Legion at Bath Street on Saturday, collecting for the Poppy Appeal; and laid a wreath at Ilkeston Cenotaph at the service on Sunday at 10.30am.
The Erewash Partnership do a huge amount to support local businesses and start-up companies throughout Erewash, which is paramount in creating jobs and keeping our local economy supported.
This year saw their 20 year anniversary; celebrated by an awards evening. The event was an excellent opportunity to reward local businesses and show appreciation for their too often ‘unsung’ achievements in providing work in our area. Congratulations to all involved. Do contact them if you think they could help you and your business.
I am delighted to be opening the new manufacturing unit at Progress Rail in Sandiacre. I have visited Progress Rail previously, so was delighted to be invited back to celebrate their new facility.
Again, employing hundreds of people locally, it is an honour to support an international company providing jobs and opportunities in Erewash.
In the Commons, I have been busily engaged with the Recall Bill which has caused interest in my mail bag and in the wider media.
The Recall Bill presents an opportunity for the voters to recall their MP and hold a by-election if they believe a serious misdemeanour has taken place.
I believe that in a transparent democracy decision makers should be accountable to their electorate for the actions they take.
In October, I secured a Westminster Hall debate on the legal framework on surrogacy, in my opinion, the UK legal framework for surrogacy is outdated and inadequate in protecting; the surrogate, the parents and the child.
It was a great pleasure to bring this to Parliament, it received cross Party support and is hopefully the first step to getting this out-of-date legislation updated to protect and help make families.
I am really disappointed in the response from Derbyshire County Councillor Andy Botham on the radio recently in respect of Ilkeston Station.
Ardent readers of the Tiser will have read his letters with assurances that they doing well; contradicting what is now being said. I am however, pursuing this delay.
I know that knowledge of the documented problems have been published on the web for many months, so would like some answers why there is suddenly such a delay; what is needed to achieve the best results for Ilkeston is communication and working together.
As ever, if you would like to see me at one of my weekly surgeries, please make an appointment on 0115 9722419 or email me at: email@example.com.