A New Year's message from Esther McVey


At the start of a New Year it is easy to focus on what we want to achieve in the coming year but we must not forget those still struggling with the events of last year. 2017 was heart-breaking with the terrorist attack very close to home in Manchester and our thoughts are with the families as they face the new year without their loved ones.

As your new MP, I have had the opportunity to meet many great local people and I look forward to meeting many more in the coming year.

One of the things that most impressed me when moving to Tatton was the number of science and tech businesses we have; chemical engineering, businesses that make use of the unique geology of the area, life and precision sciences and IT development. These growing businesses all contribute to create the tech hub Cheshire is renowned for. I had the pleasure of meeting many businesses, such as Waters Technology based in a purpose-built facility in Wilmslow. These Cheshire based scientists work on projects with colleagues from around the world to create cutting edge solutions. Another is Pets at Home in Handforth. This is the Headquarters of a large retail employer, yet here they are leading the way in terms of research and development on pet products - both on trends in the market and using science to develop new pet foods.

Alderley Park is a gem right here on our doorstep, a world leader and there is no doubt in my mind it should play a part in Government's long-term industrial strategy. I am delighted that our science and technology businesses are looking to recruit young talent to build on the success and expertise already here.

Transport links are vital for recruiting and attracting people to the area. I believe re-opening the Mid-Cheshire rails lines are central to this and I have campaigned with the Mid-Cheshire Rail Users Association to put the case forward. Rail Minister Paul Maynard visited the constituency to see firsthand why the lines are needed, and a new working group has been set up with Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and senior officials from the Department for Transport. Each step brings us one step closer to securing the re-opening of the lines.

In 2018 I will also continue to fight to ensure that our beautiful greenbelt is protected, and that infrastructure is prioritised to cope with the already busy roads and public services. Schools are also a priority, whether this is ensuring that Cheshire schools all benefit from the additional funding or talking to students about the things that matter to them. From my visits to schools across the constituency, I have been met with students who are really engaged and enthusiastic about the country they live in and its future, even leading to me helping to set up a Youth Advisory Board with students in Wilmslow. This is a great thing to see, especially with the number of women getting involved, with 2018 celebrating 100 years of women having the vote.

I am delighted to be part of this wonderful community and would like to wish everyone in Tatton a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Esther McVey


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Steve 'Buck' Taylor
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 4:20 pm
At least our MP has sent 2018 greetings more than we ever got from Osborne however disappointed that she has not mentioned fighting the developers regarding a higher percentage of affordable housing for our young people, a leg up on the property market would help. Also nothing mentioned about what is happening about our questionable CEC.
David Pearce
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 6:09 pm
I sense that Esther is emerging as an energised and caring constituency M.P. for whom local party supporters can be grateful following her prima donna predecessor whose pompous hurt pride prompted his public airing, via his new media base, an obsessively vindictive & vengeful vendetta against Mrs May. Let’s hope that Ester can continue to maintain her keen focus on local issues alongside her emerging Westminster responsibilities.
Barbara Scott
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 11:00 pm
That's the biggest load of codswallop I have ever read. Local transport is abysmal, getting to Macclesfield by bus is being made more difficult with it going to an hourly service, so if you rely on the bus for a hospital appointment, depending on your appointment you may have to allow a couple of hours. Stockport is no longer access able by bus, it's a long walk from Stockport station to the centre, especially if you have difficulty walking. House building is a joke, permission is being given willy mildly, no thought for being given to schools, doctors, car parks etc. Pound signs seem to be the only thing the council is interested in.
Julian Barlow
Thursday 4th January 2018 at 9:22 am
Admirable sentiments but unfortunately not indicative of reality. We're seeing our countryside and green spaces destroyed forever in a free-for-all land grab, with unprecedented numbers of homes planned far in excess of any historical population growth in the area.

Public transport can be best described as abysmal, the road surfaces are of third world quality and many routes through the region are gridlocked.

CEC would of course say that this excessive development is "sustainable" and given how readily they accept pot holed roads and a creaking infrastructure as the new norm, I suppose by their own standards it is.
Robert Stewart
Thursday 4th January 2018 at 9:43 am
No mention of Brexit then? Just confirms the bubble that is Tatton.
Neda Metcalfe
Thursday 4th January 2018 at 10:38 am
So in this letter from Ms. McVey she states in 2018 she will continue to fight for our green belt so I hope she is more successful than she was in 2017 when she merely attended a meeting and just gave lip service to our campaign to stop the development on green belt at little Stanneylands by the council which has now been passed.
John Featherstone
Thursday 4th January 2018 at 1:04 pm
completely agree with Julian Barlow ( above) couldn't have put it better myself
Mike Eaton
Saturday 6th January 2018 at 8:27 pm
Not much in Julians comments to disagree with, suspect as soon as Ms Mcvey gets her feet under the cabinet table most of this stuff will be either forgotten or deposited on minions. It's the problem being near (safe) Tatton methinks. We never get a normal representative.