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Cheadle MP votes to allow fracking under National Parks

by Iain Roberts on 17 December, 2015

Cheadle’s Conservative MP, Mary Robinson, voted  on Wednesday to allow fracking in National Parks – which could include the High Peak area on Stockport’s eastern border. No debate was allowed before the vote. “Even if fracking works as the Conservatives believe, it will need big subsidies for several years and will not be any sort […]

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Meeting the minister

by Iain Roberts on 4 December, 2015

One of my newer responsibilities is as a member of the City Regions Board of the Local Government Association – the body that brings all local councils, across all parties, together to fight our corner and learn from each other. On Wednesday I was down in London with colleagues from other councils to meet Greg […]

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Greater Manchester Muslims issue Paris statement

by Iain Roberts on 15 November, 2015

The following is a statement issued by the Greater Manchester Muslim community on Fridat evening as the extent of the terrorist attacks in Paris became apparent Paris is an attack on us all. 
 This is an emergency statement in relation to the ongoing terror attacks in Paris The Greater Manchester Muslim community note with […]

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Iain calls on local MPs to explain tampon tax vote

by Iain Roberts on 2 November, 2015

Iain Roberts has challenged Cheadle MP Mary Robinson and Hazel Grove MP William Wragg to explain why they both voted to keep the “luxury” tax on women’s sanitary products – the so-called “tampon-tax”. “The motion didn’t call for the tax to be scrapped, but for the Government to come up with a strategy to negotiate […]

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Lib Dems vote to scrap tax credit cuts

by Iain Roberts on 26 October, 2015

I was very proud to see the Liberal Democrat peers, including Dave Goddard – who’s also an Offerton councillor – vote to scrap the Conservative Tax Credit cuts tonight. The Conservative plans would see millions of poorer working people lose out. 13,500 families will lose out in Stockport alone, losing an average of £750 each. […]

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13,500 families across Stockport borough will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits, and Lib Dem leader Tim Farron is working with his team in the Lords to table a “fatal motion” which could stop the proposals. Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low income working families […]

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Since the election of Conservative MP Mary Robinson in Cheadle, the local Lib Dems have been receiving complaints that she is ignoring residents and not even bothering to reply when she’s contacted. “I have sent four very politely worded emails now and still not had response.” one resident told us. “I wonder if you would […]

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Charles Kennedy 1959-2015

by Iain Roberts on 2 June, 2015

My colleagues and I have been greatly saddened by the news this morning of the untimely death of Charles Kennedy at the age of just 55. Our condolences and warm wishes go to his family. Charles Kennedy was a committed liberal, a highlander to his core and a man of principle. He was the only […]

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Congratulations to Mary Robinson, the new Conservative MP for Cheadle constituency. I wish her well as our MP. I would like to thank everyone who supported Mark Hunter and the Liberal Democrats through this campaign – we did everything we could to stop Cheadle going to the Conservatives, but like so many former Lib Dem […]

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