Out on the road for Staffordshire

For most of this week I’ll be working for Staffordshire but out of the county.

Tomorrow I’m travelling to London with our Chief Executive, Nick Bell. There we will be meeting up with all nine of the county’s MPs.

Significantly six of these are newcomers to Parliament, having first been elected during June’s General Election. It is crucial that we have a good working relationship with our representatives in Westminster and meetings like this are important in exchanging information so we can stand up for Staffordshire.

We will be talking over a wide range of issues, ranging from proposals to cut some of our Magistrates and County Courts to issues which have been identified by MPs such as the state of local roads.

Following our MPs meeting in London we will be travelling on to Bournemouth to attend this year’s annual conference of the Local Government Association.

The economy, unsurprisingly, will be the focus of much attention at conference this year.

Conference is an excellent opportunity to discuss challenges and exchange ideas, not only with others from the world of local government, but also from central government, business and other partners.

I will send updates from conference later in the week.

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