Rob says new rail deal must put Stoke-on-Trent at the forefront of improvements

Rob has given a cautious welcome to the extension of Arriva’s contract to provide Cross Country rail services, but he is warning that improvements must be made which benefit his constituents.

The Department of Transport has announced an extension to the deal to run until October 2019.  The company has agreed to improve journey times between Manchester and Birmingham by nine to twelve minutes and to provide “free and faster Wi-Fi” to customers. 

"Apologies are not enough" says Rob, as Concentrix scandal leaves constituents desperate

Rob Flello has blasted the Government for its “pitiful” failure in addressing the devastation caused by Concentrix, the firm paid by the Government to cut benefits payments.

Instead of tackling incorrect and fraudulent payments, however, thousands of people have been wrongly punished due to errors made by the company, leaving them in a desperate situation.

Rob calls for tough action on those who abuse emergency services staff

Rob has called for a review of sentencing guidelines in light of figures suggesting that attacks on emergency services crews continue to increase.

Figures show that around 40% of ambulance staff reported being violently attacked in 2015, with 2.7% saying they had been attacked more than ten times in a year. 

Traveller-proofing at Weston Coyney long overdue - but is it action at last?

Rob has welcomed Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s commitment to install earth mounds around fields in Weston Coyney which have become a magnet for travellers.

Following lobbying by Rob and local representatives, the Council has agreed to make improvements to land adjacent to Weston Coyney Junior School, off Brookwood Drive.

Time to sort out nightmare junction once and for all

Rob has called on Stoke-on-Trent City Council to “properly address” an accident hotspot on Weston Road.

Work was carried out the junction of Weston Coyney Road, Weston Road and New Kingsway just last year in an attempt to make it safer, however accidents are still a regular occurrence.

Clean for the Queen: Rob picks litter with Sandford Hill Primary School pupils as part of national tidy up for Monarch's 90th birthday

ROB has put his litter-picking skills to the test as part of a national tidy up for the Monarch’s 90th birthday.

The MP took part in Clean for the Queen by helping pupils from Sandford Hill Primary School, in Clayfield Grove, Longton, bag more than half a dozen large sacks of rubbish.

World Book Day: Rob shares love of literature with primary school pupils

ROB has marked World Book Day by sharing his love of literature with pupils from Blurton Primary School.

The Stoke-on-Trent South MP addressed them during the Poplar Drive school’s morning assembly.

Conservative MPs are "heartless", says Rob, after Tories block plan to gauge impact of benefit cuts

ROB has accused Conservative MPs of “heartlessness” after they blocked plans to examine the effect of their proposed benefit cuts on disabled people.

The Stoke-on-Trent South Labour MP spoke after the Tories voted to overrule the House of Lords’ demand for the Government to conduct an impact assessment into scheduled cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Ministers want to take away £30 a week – £1,500 a year – from new disabled ESA claimants who may be capable of work in future, despite research suggesting the benefit’s low level is already failing to meet claimants’ needs.

Highways England "must do whatever it takes to make the A50 safer through Stoke-on-Trent," says Rob

ROAD managers “must do whatever it takes to make the A50 safer,” says Rob.

The Stoke-on-Trent South Labour MP spoke after welcoming the partial completion of £3.5 million of improvements between the Sideway and Blythe Bridge roundabouts.

'End the uncertainty and renew funding for the UK's wildlife crime agency,' says Rob

MINISTERS must “end the uncertainty and renew funding for the UK’s wildlife crime agency,” says Rob.

The Stoke-on-Trent South Labour MP says unless the Government maintains support for the National Wildlife Crime Unit, the overwhelming majority of wildlife crimes will go undetected.

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