Funding opportunities for local community groups and schools

Last month Vanessa White and Alison Crawley from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) came to meet with me to talk about funding opportunities for my constituents. There are many funding programmes available, however I think community groups and schools in the consituency would be more interested in BIG’s Reaching Communities programme and small grants programme Awards for All.

Reduction in hospital waiting times is staggering

Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, has welcomed the 52 per cent fall in the number of patients in Yorkshire and the Humber waiting longer than six months for treatment since the General Election. The latest figures show that in September 2012 only 4,807 people were waiting more than six months to be treated, down from 10,064 in May 2010.

Stuart Andrew MP attends Sue Ryder fundraising lunch

Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, today attended the Sue Ryder Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. Sue Ryder is a National charity that provides both health and social care to people with life-threatening illnesses to local communities across the UK.

Stuart Andrew MP visits local Chemical Manufacturer

Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough today visited Vickers Laboratories to see first-hand some of the exciting and innovative work being done in his constituency. Vickers Laboratories are a market leader in the chemical manufacturing industry and have also worked on a number of Hollywood films including Tim Burton’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ starring Johnny Depp.

Panel Investigating Children's Heart Surgery Review To Meet In Parliament

Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, has arranged for members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) to meet with Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MPs and Peers in the House of Commons tomorrow morning to discuss the Safe and Sustainable Review of children’s heart surgery services.  This review has marked the Leeds Unit for closure and is considered by a number of MPs to be unfair and biased in favour of saving other Units.

HS2 is great news for Yorkshire

Last month brought the welcome announcement by the Government that the new HS2 line will include Leeds, linking the North with London with a brand new high speed railway line. This will cut travel times from Leeds to London down to just under 90 minutes and will encourage businesses to consider moving outside of the capital and to invest in the north of England. I have long supported this project and truly believe that it will bring great benefits to Yorkshire. Our railways are almost running at capacity as it is and it is clear commons sense that a new line must be constructed and this should be built using the most modern technology available. HS2 will make it easier than ever to travel to Yorkshire from London and will no doubt play an important role in increasing investment in Leeds.

Stuart Andrew MP: Early education plans are great news for Pudsey

Local MP Stuart Andrew today welcomed the Government’s new, dynamic vision of high quality childcare and early education provision. The Department of Education has published a report, containing a raft of new proposals which will ensure the delivery of first-class early education and help to increase the number of childminders to meet high demand from working parents.