August 2015

Rob on fracking: 'The ultimate decision must rest with local communities and what they feel is in their best interests'

“INDEPENDENT experts, who know the UK’s need for power is unlikely to diminish significantly any time soon, say using fracking to help meet the needs of homes and factories would be no better or worse for our environment and economy than any other source of power.

“Environmental arguments can be made that it would be far better to invest in fracking than to continue importing large quantities of coal from overseas mines which are less rigorously regulated and controlled.

'It was right to try': Rob's view on Stoke-on-Trent City Council's bid to secure an HS2 station for the Potteries

1.    On the City Council’s spending of just over £800,000 on the bid:

“The Labour-run City Council was right to try and secure an HS2 station for Stoke-on-Trent, for two reasons.

“Firstly, because accountants KPMG have said Stoke-on-Trent will be the only city in the country to lose money by not having a station – a sum it estimates will be something in the order of £70 million.

Ministers are "risking a rabies outbreak" by ignoring "evil" dog trade, warns Rob

TORY ministers are “risking a rabies outbreak” by ignoring an “evil” dog trade, Rob has warned.

The Labour MP, a member of Parliament’s animal welfare group, fears the killer disease could strike at any time due to the Government’s failure to stop the sale of infection-prone pups in the UK by dodgy European dealers.

Rob addresses members of Bedford Enthusiasts' Club in his position as the group's honorary patron

IT WAS a great pleasure to see so many of you at the 2015 Bedford Gathering at Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port.

Your presence, and that of an outstanding assortment of vehicles, made for a particularly special event.