February 2014

Rob calls on highways chiefs to investigate danger road in Stoke-on-Trent

ROB has called on roads chiefs to find out why more than 400 people have been injured or killed on the A50 in Stoke-on-Trent in the past 10 years.

The Labour MP made his demand after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Staffordshire Police revealed that one person was hurt every nine days on the five-mile stretch between January 1, 2003 and September 30, 2013.

Rob urges young people in Stoke-on-Trent to apply for grants to help them start community projects

ROB is encouraging young people from the Potteries to apply for grants from a fund designed to help them start community projects.

The MP is urging them to tap support from the Starbucks Youth Action programme, an initiative involving young people’s charity UK Youth and coffee house chain Starbucks.

How are you coping with the rising cost of living?

I have no doubt that at the moment things are tough for people here in Stoke-on-Trent; every day I hear of people struggling to make ends meet and suffering because of the rising cost of living.

People have told me that food bills have gone up and travel costs are increasing. The  biggest complaint I get is about the rising cost of gas and electricity bills.

"One in five mums in the Potteries is skipping meals to feed their kids," says Rob

ONE in five mums in the Potteries is skipping meals to feed their children, Rob has warned as he backed a new national campaign to end food poverty.

The Labour MP highlighted the research by parenting website Netmums as he threw his weight behind End Hunger Fast, an initiative designed to make David Cameron take the problem of food poverty seriously and ensure everyone has enough to eat.

Shadow Farming Minister visits Potteries to discuss animal welfare issues - including the Government's 'cruel' badger cull

THE Shadow Food and Farming Minister has visited Stoke-on-Trent to discuss animal welfare issues.

Huw Irranca-Davies addressed topics such as the Government’s controversial badger cull during a question and answer session with local people at Meir Park Community Hall.

The Labour MP, who represents Ogmore in South Wales, visited the Potteries after accepting an invitation from Rob, his Stoke-on-Trent South party colleague.

Rob quizzed by pupils in television studio at Trentham High School

ROB has been interviewed by pupils in a television studio at Trentham High School.

He was quizzed in front of the cameras for more than an hour by members of the school’s council and media team.

"Potteries hit hardest as Government forces neediest areas to shoulder biggest cuts"

PEOPLE in the Potteries are being hit hardest as the Government forces disadvantaged communities to shoulder the biggest cuts, claims Rob.

The MP says our city council, despite serving the 16th most deprived of 326 English local authorities, is being confronted by a 19.1 per cent reduction in spending power per household between 2010-11 and 2015-16.

He says, however, that authorities in wealthier areas are facing less severe cuts or even increased funding, such as Conservative-controlled Cheshire East Council, which is experiencing just a 3.4 per cent cut.