GUEST COLUMN: Dawkins family are an inspiration, by Mark Spencer MP.

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It’s been a busy few weeks, and I am just about recovered from last week’s exertions as I cycled 56 miles around the border of the constituency with my constituent Andrew Dawkins, the founder of Battle Batten.

Battle Batten is a fantastic local fundraiser for Batten Disease, which affect’s Andy’s twin boys and 1 in 30,000 children in the UK.

There’s a lot more about it on my Facebook page and you can also find a link on there to sponsor the ride and donate, so please do take a look at facebook.com/markspencermp – it’s a fantastic cause and the efforts of the Dawkins family are a real inspiration.

In other local news I’ve been discussing over recent weeks the plans for the Thoresby Colliery site and the potential to make the area in to an Enterprise Zone. That would mean that businesses get a better deal to set up in that area, making it easier for them to get going and employ more staff. It would also link up nicely with our Robin Hood Line plans, as the rail link would connect people in neighbouring Warsop, Edwinstowe, Ollerton and Tuxford to these new local jobs.

I’m wholeheartedly backing any plans that create new jobs in my constituency, especially in this northern part of Nottinghamshire that has too often been left out when it comes to investment.

I’ve written to the Secretary of State for Business to push him to support our bid.

Finally, I have a Jobs Fair planned in Hucknall on October 9, from 10am until 2pm at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street. It’s free and there’s free tea and coffee too, so pop in and say hello. We have over 25 massive local employers attending with many vacancies available, along with CV seminars and workshops too. So whether you’re looking for a new job, a first job, or just a change of scenery come and speak to some of the advisers and find out what’s available. Find out more on my website at markspencermp.co.uk.