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Supporting Apprentices
Ian with apprentices at Coast and Country's Westfield Farm, Dormanstown
Pushing For Improved Health Services
Ian Swales at Redcar Hospital
Bringing jobs to the area
Danny, Ian and Mark at the top of T5
Campaigning for our Armed Forces
John Ramsey Medal May 2013
Encouraging and Promoting Aspiration
Ian at swimming gala March 2013
Supporting and Advising Constituents
Surgery Picture
Improving Communities
Lily Park Gardening

I was delighted to be elected MP for Redcar constituency in 2010. I'm determined to work hard for the area, listen to and stand up for local people.

I'm always out and about locally, meeting everyone from local businesses to voluntary organisations.You can see when I am near you for my advice surgeries, and read more about my work on my news page.

To ensure that I represent your area, please visit They Work For You

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Ian and Josh

During a hustings event last month, Cllr Josh Mason was selected to take the reins and stand up for Redcar Constituency in the 2015 General Election.

Local man Josh, who is chair of the party, has worked very closely with me for the past 4 years, supporting me in my campaigns for jobs, on flooding, against intrusive wind turbines, saving post offices and for better use of Redcar Hospital. Josh also sits on the board of Coast and Country Housing, is a local school governor, and represents Redcar's Zetland Ward as deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats on Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. Josh has spent the last four years campaigning hard against council waste. He has led calls to freeze council tax for the last three years and called for George Dunning's resignation. Josh strongly opposed the council's Draft Local Plan and has repeatedly campaigned for action to be taken on TunedIn, the council's failing new youth facility.

I am delighted that Josh has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the next General Election. I've worked with Josh for a long time now and it's no wonder that local politicians of all parties see him as the outstanding talent of the next generation. I will give him my full backing and think he can do an excellent job as our local MP.

Teesside is benefiting by having MPs with strong roots in the area. We can't go back to having Labour MPs dropped in from other parts of the country.

See my interview with Heart discussing Josh's selection, SSI and much more here

See Josh's interview with Heart on being selected and the future of Redcar here

Free Parking

Free High Street Parking Petition

As many of you will know, Redcar and Cleveland Council recently increased parking charges across the area. The good news is that the Council has generated 22% more income as a result of this, the bad news is they have sold 20% fewer tickets to do so; fewer people are visiting our high streets and local businesses are suffering reduced footfall and income.

In my most recent meeting with the council chief executive I presented her with these figures and I have since written to her again pressing for action. The Council is once again putting financial gain ahead of what is best for the town and its businesses. I will do everything I can to ensure that this does not continue; the figures I provided will be included in a parking review currently underway.

I will keep pressing the issue and will aim to keep you all updated.

In the meantime, my Liberal Democrat colleagues and I, alongside high street businesses, have handed in the thousands of signatures we have received to council leader George Dunning. Let's hope, for once, they listen to the people of Redcar!

Josh at handover




The Council's consultation on the draft Sustainable Drainage Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) commences today.

The purpose of the SPD is to set out the Council's approach to establishing the Sustainable Drainage Systems Approving Body (SAB), as required by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, and to provide information and guidance on the design, building and operation of drainage systems.

The document can be viewed at Redcar & Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, at all the libraries in the borough and on the Council's website at www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/localplan.

Comments can be made online through the Council's online planning consultation portal, which can be accessed on the Council's website at www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/localplan. Comments can otherwise be made by email to strategic.planning@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk, or by writing to the Strategic Planning Team at Redcar & Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, Redcar, TS10 1RT.

Please note that the deadline for making comments is Monday 29th September 2014 at 5.00pm.


The Council's Flooding Review is still available online and can be viewed by clicking here. The review can be found from page 112-255. We are still waiting for the results of the Hydrology Study and I continue to press the council.

More information and general updates on the flooding issues can be found here.

'Ask Ian' in full swing!

Thanks to all those who have already submitted questions for me to answer via video here on my website. It's been great to answer your questions so far. You can browse those I've already answered by clicking here or on the link at the top of the page. I'd still like to hear more of your views and opinions to make the next batch of videos. Questions, which can be on local or national issues, can be submitted by clicking here or on the 'Ask Ian' tab next to the rolling gallery above.

I look forward to hearing from you all.

Delivering for you..


Influenced by the Liberal Democrats, this year's Budget announced by

the Chancellor delivered yet another tax cut for hardworking local people.

Already, the income tax threshold has increased to £10,000 since 2010,

giving 41,000 local workers a £700 tax cut; from next year the threshold will

be £10,500 - making people £800 a year better off.

The Chancellor also froze fuel duty for the third year in a row, meaning that motorists

save 20p a litre compared to plans under the previous government. We've also cut tax

on beer and ended Labour's automatic duty escalator. With the second cut in two years,

beer is now 8p a pint cheaper than it would have been.

Meanwhile, a £180million package for pothole repair was unveiled along with the biggest

package of business rate support in over 20 years.

Are you interested in volunteering?

Redcar Beacons are looking for male and female volunteers of all ages to get involved with their excellent new project. To find out more please contact info@redcarbeacons.co.uk

Redcar Beacons

Recent updates

One Million Jobs

Contact me at: Room 103, The Innovation Centre, Vienna Court, Kirkleatham Business Park, Redcar TS10 5SH

01642 777940

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If you would be willing to volunteer for the Redcar Constituency Liberal Democrats then please contact our office on 01642 777941 to speak with one of the team.

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