GUEST COLUMN: Standing up for Ashfield remains my priority for 2016, by Ashfield MP, Gloria De Piero

MP Gloria De Piero
MP Gloria De Piero

I was so honoured to be re-elected as your MP in 2015 and my number one priority remains standing up for Ashfield and fighting for every resident who needs my support.

I dealt with 1,287 of your individual problems last year and responded to over 2,000 policy queries.

Keep telling me what you want from me so I can continue to fight your corner. If you need help or advice then give me a call on 01623 720 399 or email

I was disappointed that Labour lost the General Election but we will keep holding the Government to account so I was pleased that we forced the Government to U-turn on the unfair tax credit cut, but working people are still worse off under the Tories.

The Chancellor has just found another way to take money from working families as tax credits will eventually be replaced by universal credit. This is the same Government that cut inheritance tax for the richest top six per cent.

Sadly, when you look back, this ‘them and us attitude’ became a recurring theme of 2015.

I hosted another Ashfield Jobs Fair this year and it was another resounding success -the Festival Hall was packed with employers and hundreds of job seekers. 26-year-old James Turner from Sutton got in touch with me the other day to thank me after he landed a great job at engineering firm Van Elle who were recruiting on the day. After navigating his way through two rounds of interviews, he starts his first week on the groundwork job just after Christmas and can’t wait. There’s good training, a chance to progress and a competitive salary which means he can start planning for a wedding and a mortgage with his partner. He told me it was the first time he’d ever been to a jobs fair as he thought they were a waste of time but the Ashfield jobs fair changed his mind and now things are really looking up for him and his young family in January. Congratulations!

 I’ve always supported the Labour Party because I think it represents the best hope for working people.

Some Chad readers will always vote Labour, some will never vote Labour and some used to vote Labour but don’t anymore.

I’d particularly love to hear from those in the last group about how we win you back.

If you email me, I promise to read your thoughts. 

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy new year.

I’m looking forward to continuing to serve you in 2016.