A long week

Sorry for not updating for a while, but it’s been a busy week.

On Wednesday I travelled to London to take part in a round-table discussion on Local Enterprise Partnerships hosted by Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise. As you can see from previous entries these partnerships will play a key element in economic regeneration and it was an extremely useful and productive event.

I also spoke to Eric Pickles (do I need to tell you he’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government?) about increased localism. It still feels refreshing that after so many years of councils being told what to do in minute detail by Government they are now telling us that what we deliver is down to local people and local priorities.

At the weekend I was involved in a very moving ceremony of remembrance to mark the 48th annual exchange visit between Bremen in Germany and Staffordshire. Every year a party of young people visits Staffordshire to help tend the graves at the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof at Cannock Chase – this is the cemetery where the German servicemen who lost their lives in UK during both world wars are laid to rest.

It is a regular cultural exchange that has become cherished by young people from Staffordshire and Germany.

The previous evening I’d been to the annual prize-giving at Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter. Music was provided Chapter 7, the local band who were the winners of this year’s Staffordshire Rocks competition. See their winning performance here.

I have also taken delivery of a new tractor, which I’m very proud to say was manufactured in the UK. It will be put to some very hard work over the coming weeks as harvest gets into full swing.

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