Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)
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

Please tell me what's important to you...


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

Action urged on West Dyke Road Level Crossing

West Dyke Crossing

After further closures this week, Josh Mason has launched a petition urging Network Rail and Redcar and Cleveland Council to take action to stop the closure of West Dyke Road level crossing in Redcar during high winds.

The closures are extremely inconvenient, not only for residents but for local businesses and public transport routes!

Arriva are also pushing for action and we want you to help us win this fight!

Please sign the petition here




After some pushing from my end, a further public flooding meeting has been organised for Thursday 11th December from 6.30-9pm @ Sacred Heart School, Redcar. Redcar and Cleveland Council, Northumbrian Water, The Environment Agency, SSI and Coast and Country Housing will all be sending representatives to provide updates on the work that's been carried out so far.

I have also invited a flooding expert who will be avaialble to talk to residents about what they can do to further protect their homes.

I really beleive we all deserve an update on what's been going on and what plans there are for the future to ensure we do not experience anything like last year's devastating flooding again!

I hope to see you all there!

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

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

Recent updates

One Million Jobs

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

01642 777940

Full Contact Details

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.

Alternatively, if you would like to make a small donation to help us continue our hard work locally then please click on the link below.