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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

**This site was established while I was a Member of Parliament. As Parliament has been dissolved there are no MPs until after the Election on 07 May 2015**


A message to my constituents:

It has been an absolute pleasure representing you for the past five years and I have loved meeting so many of you during this time. I have lived and worked in Redcar for over 35 years and I really feel that this has been a huge advantage to my representing the area.

I wanted to make a positive difference to the area I live in and love and I am proud of my achievements both locally and in government.The steel industry is back on track, unemployment is down, thousands of apprenticeships and jobs have been created and our area continues to receive over five times more government investment each year than it did under the previous government. This is just some of what I have been working towards and I am really proud of the achievements so far.

My wife and I will continue to live in Redcar and I really hope that the next MP will have the same passion for our area and will help to keep us on track.

Although no longer an MP as of 30 March, I will continue to assist constituents in any way that I am able until a new MP is elected on 7 May. If I can help you in any way during this time then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you again for putting your faith in me and allowing me the privilege of representing our area.

Best wishes,



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.

Visiting residents to discuss Longbeck flooding issues SITA Pavilion Eric and Josh celebrating success on Kirkleatham road markings Josh and Ian SSI Level Crossing Josh tackling problem social housing in Ormesby East Halt Flooding Josh Chatting to 2 ladies

Josh in his capacity as board member for Coast and Country Housing Josh doing a shift at the Newsagents Josh says NO to dog fouling Uncle Josh Josh and Ian Flooding Maps

To find out more about Josh Mason and the work he's doing locally, please visit his website and social media pages.


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Good News on West Dyke Road Level Crossing

Level Crossing

Having been contacted by a number of local residents and businesses, Josh Mason and I launched a petition in December last year calling on action from Network Rail and the council to address the problem which has caused the crossing to be shut for an extended period at least fourteen times in the last year.

Thousands of people signed the petition which was showed to Network Rail in a recent meeting.

Although Network Rail previously stated that the crossing gates could not be renewed until 2018, they have advised me that they are looking to accelerate the work which they now hope will be completed within a year. Environmental constraints have ruled out traditional options for renewal, so Network Rail are now seeking approval for a new, innovative solution.

In the meantime, other measures are underway to reduce the scale and frequency of closure including more intelligent weather monitoring; a new 3D printed inner wheel and an "assisted pusher" to help Network Rail staff open and close the gates in poor weather conditions.

Thank you all for signing the petition and for your support in helping to achieve this!

Free High Street Parking Win!

Free ParkingConcerned about a reduction in footfall on Redcar High Street following a hike in parking prices by the local Labour council, Josh Mason and I have been fighting for some free parking to encourage people back into the town and to boost local business.

Alognside a number of local businesses, a petition was put together and thousands of people signed it. The Council listened!

Over Christmas, free afternoon parking was introduced and in January it was extended! The Council still needs to commit to a sensible parking policy for Redcar but we hope that the right decision will be made and Redcar will see some free parking for residents and visitors as can be found in other towns in the borough.

It's a small win but there's more to do on this. I will keep pushing until a sensible parking policy is put in place!

Delivering for you..


Influenced by the Liberal Democrats, this year's Autumn Statement announced by

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

Already, the income tax threshold has increased to £10,500 since 2010, and as from next year the threshold will be £10,600 - making people £825 a year better off.

In the North East this will lift at least 18,000 people out of income tax altogether in 2015-16.

It also means that 934,000 people will see an average real terms gain of £94

If elected, it is our policy to increase it even further to £12,500 in the next Parliament!

Also announced in this year's statement; Government investment for the local Chemical industry, NI abolished for apprentices under 19, lower stamp duty for home buyers, investment for the A19 in Teesside and a 38bn programme for the railways which will no doubt include electrification to Middlesbrough so that the new East Coast operators can run direct services to London.

We're on the right track...Let's keep moving!

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

Thanks for visiting! Please feel free to contact me or Josh if there is anything you would like to discuss.

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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