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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

Free Parking

Free High Street Parking Petition

My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I have launched a petition to urge Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to introduce FREE limited stay parking on Redcar High Street to encourage support for local businesses, as in other local towns, high streets and shopping centres.

To add your support to this petition, please sign it here

Marks and Spencer M&S

Here's an update on the results of some of the action I've taken since the M&S announcement to close the store on Redcar High Street:

I wrote to Marks and Spencer urging them to reconsider as soon as I heard the news. After so much investment in Redcar, it's short sighted to consider closure now, with the local economy on the up.

The response I received was inadequate:

"The context for this decision is a review of our M&S Outlet business which revealed that the Redcar store is no longer commercially viable. This is due to a combination of less stock being passed to Outlet stores for clearance and a growing M&S Outlet business online.

Similarly, a Simply Food store in Redcar is not commercially viable due to the significant levels of investment required to modernise the store, irrespective of the recent growth and investment coming into the town.

We have now entered a period of consultation with employees. Should the proposal go ahead, the earliest the store would be subject to closure is August 2014. If that is the outcome, all affected employees will be offered redeployment to other M&S stores nearby."

I have now written to Marc Bolland, CEO of Marks and Spencer to make the case for Redcar.

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. I have already heard from a number of constituents but if you have anything you wish to discuss with me then please get in touch.

To sign the petition to save the store, please click the following link: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/marks-and-spencer-save-the-redcar-marks-and-spencer-store

You can also register your objections by calling 0845 3021 234

Wind Turbine Proposals

The application for the erection of two 140m turbines close to Wilton has now been submitted and the consultation period is closed for consideration.

Let's hope enough objections were received to stop these plans. I will of course keep you updated.

Information about the Airvolution proposal for two 140m turbines between Yearby and Wilton can be found here.

To show your support and sign my petition against these proposals please click here.

Turbine Campaign.


The Council's Flooding Review is available online and can be viewed by clicking here. The review can be found from page 112-255.

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.

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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