Northdale Horticulture – helping people through work

I came to see the work of a wonderful charity today. Northdale Horticulture provides training and work-based activities for adults with learning disabilities across the Hambleton and Richmondshire districts of North Yorkshire.

The Importance of Good Teaching

When I was studying at Stanford University in America I came across a leading professor of education called Erik Hanushek. Professor Hanushek has done work for the OECD illustrating that the single more important factor in determining a child’s success at school is having a good teacher. Good teaching is more important than things like smaller class sizes, advanced curriculum, or who runs the school.

Supporting Local Businesses in Northallerton

Today I spent time meeting with various Northallerton businesses like Allerton Steel and Barkers department store. Supporting small companies and maintaining thriving market towns are priorities for me. 

Apprenticeships Are A Pathway to Success

The Conservative-led Government has radically improved Apprenticeships so they are now a well-paid, high-quality path to skilled employment. This government has created 1.6m new apprenticeships, double the number under the last Labour administration.

Watching the Fire Service in Action

I saw first-hand how remarkable the Fire & Rescue Service can be.  The evening before they staffed the Bonfire Night entirely through volunteers which is a testament to their community spirit. 

Bonfire Night In Northallerton

I had a great evening at Northallerton’s Bonfire Night and Fireworks display. It was a good opportunity to speak to a lot of people from the local community and enjoy a night out together.

Speaking with Farmers at Northallerton Auction Mart

A great morning at the Auction Mart. I got to test out my knowledge of liveweight and deadweight, fat stock, store stock and cull cows, and was even given a quick test on identifying different breeds!

A Bright Future for the Friarage Hospital

I know how important the Friarage hospital is to everyone in the constituency so I wanted to visit the team there as soon as possible. I grew up in an NHS household and also have two young children, so I know first-hand how vital good quality, convenient healthcare is to a local community.

Broadband: Connecting Everyone

Ensuring high quality broadband reaches every corner of our constituency is a key priority for me. Farmers need to access livestock movement reports online, grandparents want to see their grandkids on Skype and small rural businesses should be able to sell all over the world.