Thanks again for electing me as your MP.
Labour did well in Ashfield but failed to win over enough people across the rest of country.
So we are going to do things differently to elect the next Labour leader.
Not many people join political parties, but many more share our values and want to play a part in rebuilding the Labour Party.
Now you can. As long as you’re on the electoral register, all you need to do is register your support, which costs £3 online here – www.labour.org.uk/w/labour-party-supporters before the 12th August and you can have your say in who should became the next Labour leader.
We need more voices from Ashfield residents in the conversation.
Speaking of opening up politics, can I take this opportunity to congratulate Kirkby’s Cheryl Butler on becoming the first EVER woman leader of Ashfield District Council.
Cheryl is a mum of two grown up children and is a senior teaching assistant at Orchard Primary School.
She’s passionate about public service and I know she will always put you first.
Our local schools are full of bright and talented kids and Abbey Hill Primary School was literally flying for the flag for Ashfield last week.
The school entered the national Parliament 2015 Flag project which celebrates 750 years of elected representation and 800 years since the Magna Carta.
Their design was chosen as the winning entry for our area and their flag could be seen flying over Parliament Square and will go on display in Runnymede (the original site of the sealing of the Magna Carta) in the summer.
Now that is an achievement to be proud of!
It’s not just flexing their artistic and creative muscles where Ashfield kids excel.
Schools throughout the county entered swimming heats and Dalestorth and Orchard made it through to the regional finals.
In the Nottinghamshire Swimming Gala last week - Orchard finished 7th in the county and Dalestorth finished 12th - putting Ashfield well and truly on the local sporting map. A big well done to everyone who took part.