Sunshine in Brinnington

The Brinnington Fun Day on Saturday was a great success. It took place in Brinnington Park and everyone enjoyed the fantastic weather. I met up with our local councillors, Cllr Chris Murphy and Cllr Maureen Rowles.

Summer Exhibition Success for Arc

There is some fantastic art on display at the Summer Exhibition organised by Stockport Arts for Recovery in the Communities (Arc). I officially opened the exhibition and was impressed by the variety and quality of the artwork produced, including crocheted sea creatures, jewellery … Continue reading

Commons Speech on Planning Guidance Children’s Homes

Adjournment debate: July 11. Over the last couple of years we have seen an increase in public awareness and understanding of the myriad problems facing children and young people who live in children’s homes. I welcome the recent government initiatives … Continue reading

Planning changes needed to clampdown on number of children’s homes

PRESS RELEASE:July 11. Ann Coffey MP will call in Parliament today (Thursday) for radical changes to planning rules to limit the number of children’s homes in an area and to stop them from springing up in “red light” districts. Ms … Continue reading

West Heaton Sports Club 140th Anniversary

I visited West Heaton sports club recently to see how well their Lottery-funded improvements are being used by the members.  This year the club celebrates its 140th Anniversary – many Happy Returns!

Stockport Express Column – July 2013

Whenever I see Stockport’s famous Viaduct towering above our town, I never cease to be was struck by its imposing and majestic structure. At the time of its construction it was the largest viaduct in the world and represented a … Continue reading

Elm Court fun

The summer Fair at Elm’s Court sheltered housing scheme in Offerton was a lovely event. In the picture with me is with Brendan Cojeen from the Wellspring – whose son lives at Elm Court, which is a housing association scheme for older … Continue reading

Barclays apprenticeship scheme

I have always been a strong supporter of apprenticeships and was delighted to meet Bradley Southworth, aged 19, who is  four months into a 12 months apprenticeship position with Barclays bank in Stockport. Bradley told me that he that he enjoys … Continue reading

Fail children in care at your peril

In the wake of the sickening Oxford child sex abuse case in which men groomed and abused vulnerable girls “under the noses” of the authorities I wrote an article for the Independent on Sunday, printed June 30, calling for a care system … Continue reading

Banging the Drum for mental health charity

Stockport Progress and Recovery Centre (SPARC) in Cale Green, which helps people with mental health problems, has used a lottery grant to buy an electronic drum kit and recording equipment for their new music studio. The centre was established as charity … Continue reading



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