Industrial Strategy Allows Control of regional Development – Andrew Lewer MBE MEP

Industrial Strategy Allows Control of regional Development – Andrew Lewer MBE MEP

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE has welcomed the Government’s new Industrial Strategy as a great opportunity to make better use of billions of pounds currently paid into EU structural funds. Responding to the green paper launch, Andrew said the Strategy would allow greater control of how the UK’s local economies were regenerated post-Brexit. The multi-billion Euro funds – aimed at boosting economic growth, development and cooperation between member states – account for around a third of EU spending. “Next to France and Germany, the UK is the third largest net contributor to these funds,” says Andrew who is the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group spokesman on Regional Development Funds. “Although we get some money back – the EU controls how we spend it. These are decisions which should be taken locally by people who know what is needed locally such as local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).” He went on: “Through this ambitious Industrial Strategy we have a chance to focus public investment on where it is most needed – such as new roads, helping businesses expand or creating new institutes of technology.” From 2007 to 2013, the UK contributed £29.5 billion to EU Structural and Cohesion Funds and received £8.7 billion ( 29%) back. “I am pleased the Government has recognised the need for “strong and accountable place-based governance” to steer the Industrial Strategy at a local level,” added Andrew. “In making the most of Brexit we should not replace Brussels centralisation and bureaucracy with the Whitehall variety,” he said. “I believe the Government gets that. “It is important local people – in many cases...
East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE Welcomes Clarity From PM’s Brexit Speech

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE Welcomes Clarity From PM’s Brexit Speech

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE – a supporter of the Leave Campaign – is pleased that Prime Minister Teresa May has provided much-needed clarity in her speech today at Lancaster House setting out the Government’s 12 negotiating objectives. Welcoming her Brexit statement Andrew Lewer said: “The Prime Minister was unequivocal and set out a clear set of principles and objectives that give clarity for the next two years as the government sets about invoking Article 50 and the negotiations start. “I know people across the East Midlands will be pleased that Mrs May has listened to their views on the Single Market, tackling immigration and leaving the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice. “She made it clear today that there will be no half-in-half-out arrangement but that Brexit really does mean Brexit.” In setting out the Government’s objectives Mrs May said Britain would seek a ‘bold and ambitious’ trade agreement with the EU, as well as with the rest of the world, making Britain a global trading nation once again.  Mrs May pointed out that Britain is the fastest growing global economy and had bucked dire economic predictions since voting to leave the EU in June. Andrew added: “This is an ambitious set of objectives. My colleagues and I are here in Brussels and will work with the Government to do whatever it takes to help deliver them. “Finally, I am glad too that Britain will seek to retain its friendship with the European Union and hope that both the Member States and the European Commission will approach this in the same spirit of...
New sign, interpretation board for Bingham linear nature reserve

New sign, interpretation board for Bingham linear nature reserve

Friends of Bingham Linear park are pleased to announce the installation of a new information board at the start of the Linear park. The board has been funded by the generous support of ALDI who recently opened a new store in Bingham almost opposite the entrance to the nature reserve. There is information on the board about the history of the site and its importance for wildlife. It has photos of some of the plants and animals found on the reserve as well as pictures of the old railway line as it was just after it closed and how it looks now at the same spot. There is a sketch map of the park showing key features, distances and walk times. The friends group will be celebrating the installation of the new board on 4 November at 09.00, with a short ceremony and photo shoot. Anyone is welcome to attend For more information about the friends group please see...
Strictly Rosie May – Thursday 12th January 2017

Strictly Rosie May – Thursday 12th January 2017

We are looking for couples to compete together as well as individuals to form a group dance. We ask each person taking part to pay a registration fee of £50 to cover the cost of the 10 lessons – this works out at only £5 per lesson! The Lessons will start on Thursday 12th of January 2017 and continue for a 10 week period every Thursday onwards from 7pm – 8pm. We are looking for people to have fun whilst learning a new skill and fundraising for a great cause! The final event will be held on the 2nd April 2017 and The Grange in Radcliff on Trent! Please contact annie@rosiemay.com to...
Women to take the plunge in aid of Breast Cancer Care

Women to take the plunge in aid of Breast Cancer Care

A team of female scuba diving instructors from Bingham are challenging 100 women to take the plunge and sign up to a mass charity dive to boost women’s participation in the sport. The scuba dive and snorkel taster event, which is being organised by British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) branch clubs from across the East Midlands, is part of the This Girl Can Campaign – a national Sport England initiative designed to encourage more women into sport. Women and girls aged 12 and over from across the region are being invited to test the water with one of the world’s most adventurous sports while also raising money for Breast Cancer Care. The event, which is being hosted by Bingham Sub Aqua Club (SAC) in South Nottinghamshire, on Sunday, November 27, follows last year’s successful first event in Derby which saw scores of women sampling diving for the very first time. Rachel Quinn, event instructor and former Bingham SAC chairman, of Keyworth, said scuba diving was a positive way for women to keep healthy and increase their self-confidence while also learning new skills. “Scuba diving obviously builds confidence because it’s quite a technical sport,” said the 45-year-old charity CEO, who learnt to scuba dive at the age of 13 back in 1985 with Bingham SAC. “It’s not just about diving; it’s about equipment maintenance, navigation, boat handling, chart work, and first aid. The breadth of activity we undertake is massive. “From a physical point of view, scuba diving is strength building and great for breathing as it involves a lot of cardiac activity. “From the social point of view, it’s really...
New Minister Settles into Bingham Methodist Church

New Minister Settles into Bingham Methodist Church

Bingham Methodist Church have recently welcomed a new Minister to take forward their church and community work in their new Methodist Centre building. Rev Martin Smithson took up the new appointment on 1st September and became Minister to a number of churches including Bingham, East Bridgford, Cropwell Butler and Scarrington as well as Superintendent Minister of Grantham and the Vale of Belvoir Circuit. Martin has been a Minister for 35 years serving first in Manchester, then in the Leicester area for 19 years, at Syston then Wigston. After which he moved to Wantage in Oxfordshire in 2005 and remained there for 11 years until he moved to Bingham this summer with his wife Judith, who is a recently retired teacher. Martin said of his time so far, “I have been made very welcome in Bingham. I like that it’s small enough to feel like a community but with plenty of activity. I was pleased to find churches in Bingham working together as well.” Martin takes over as Minister six months after the opening of the new Bingham Methodist Centre, the only new build Methodist Church to open in 2016. In that short time the building has become a hub of community and church life, with a growing congregation for services, and many regular activities taking place in the hall and meeting rooms, including a busy playgroup, community cinema, yoga and other fitness classes, job club and two coffee mornings. In addition, Barnardos charity shop has been operating from one of the retail spaces since February and a new furniture shop is preparing for opening in mid-October in the large...
Andrew Lewer MBE MEP Sets Out His Continuin Role in Europe

Andrew Lewer MBE MEP Sets Out His Continuin Role in Europe

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE has set out his plans for the coming months following the Brexit vote and the start of the European parliamentary year. “My role as an MEP is not over,” he says. “There remains a big job for all UK MEPs to deliver. I aim to do what I can to assist efforts to get the best deal for the UK. I will be: Offering my knowledge and expertise to the negotiation teams Highlighting EU spending and investment programmes that are useful and successful – as well as those that are not Drawing attention to those EU rules and regulations in need of urgent and worthwhile reform Maintaining and developing close cultural and educational links with our European partners Ensuring East Midlands businesses, farmers, students and communities have good access to and information about EU funds while we are members and are able to contribute to the debate about what comes next. Andrew said that although the Brexit result was unexpected, he believes there is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new-look UK. “It will need careful deliberation and national debate. It will not happen overnight – but it is worth taking the time to get it right,” he added. “Brexit means we can take a close look at what we want the UK to look like. It is our chance to revitalise, reform and improve. It is an opportunity to rationalise and modernise rules and regulations. It is our moment to restore local sovereignty with a bigger role and greater responsibilities for reformed local councils. “We should not forget: we...