Debate needed on strike action

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I received a lovely note from a gentleman from Selston thanking me for taking up his case with the DVLA.

He had his licence revoked following an accident after fainting but a specialist cardiologist has now ruled it was an entirely one-off occurrence.

It left him unable to get to work for three months but after several letters, phone calls and emails from my office he’s had his licence re-issued.

His advice to others in the same boat is “to make a nuisance of yourself, keep writing, keep phoning and don’t give up” and it is advice I always stick to when fighting for my constituents.

Over the last few weeks my inbox and postbag has been brimming with emails and letters from constituents who are angry about the way Lib Dem and Tory ministers have handled firefighters’ pensions. ‘Shambolic’ and ‘deeply irresponsible’ are words that have come up time and again.

While strike action is regrettable the Government should never have got into this mess in the first place.

I have the utmost respect for the men and women in Ashfield and across the rest of the country who risk their lives to save ours and they deserve better than this which is why Labour is pushing for debate in Parliament so we can hold ministers to account for their actions.

I was flicking through the Metro newspaper last week and one article really jumped out and caught my attention – staring back at me was former Ashfield Comprehensive pupil James Graham.

He’s now an award-winning playwright and television writer after finding fame penning Tory Boyz among other things.

I’m a huge fan, so I was delighted when I read that he’s currently working on an exciting new project called ‘The Vote’. It will be set in a polling station during the last 90 minutes of voting on General Election night and will air on More4. I’ll definitely be setting my box to record.

It’s great to see one of our own doing so well and I know I speak for everyone in the area when I say Ashfield is so very proud of you.