The High Peak’s Conservative Candidate for the General Election, Andrew Bingham, last week brought the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid, to visit Glossop North End, to celebrate their success in reaching the final of the FA Vase, and also to hear the Club’s concerns about the FA’s ticketing process.
Andrew had heard that the club were going to get far less income from playing at Wembley than they had back in 2009, so brought the Secretary of State to visit Glossop to hear the concerns himself, directly from club officials.
The Secretary of State first visited the club’s ‘pop-up shop’ on High Street West, where he met with Stewart Taylor and heard about the situation with the FA’s ticketing process, and how it will leave the club with much-reduced proceeds from ticket sales.
In response, the Secretary of State said that he would write to the FA and raise these concerns with them directly. Although the FA are completely independent from Government, he stated that he hoped that putting some pressure on them would cause them to reconsider their ticketing policy.
Following the visit to the shop, Stewart took the Secretary of State to visit the club’s ground, and pointed out the improvements to the ground that were made as a direct result of the proceeds from the 2009 FA Vase Final.
After the visit, Andrew said:
“I’m very grateful to the Secretary of State for agreeing to visit Glossop North End in order to hear their concerns about ticketing at the FA Vase Final.
“He was genuinely concerned about the situation when I initially explained it. I know he is a fellow supporter of grassroots football, so I am pleased he will be taking this issue up with the FA.
“I also want to thank the club and their officials for organising access to the ground at very short notice, and to Stewart for being available to meet with the Secretary of State and explain the situation to him.”
The Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, added:
“Stewart explained the FA’s ticketing policy to me and let me know his concerns about the effect it might have on grassroots football. I will therefore be writing to the FA to ask them to look into this situation, as I firmly believe they should be doing everything they can to support smaller clubs such as Glossop North End.
“I’m particularly grateful to Andrew for raising this issue with me and asking me along to Glossop North End to hear more about the situation. It is because of him and his prompt action that I visited the club, and he is an absolute credit to the High Peak.”
Andrew Bingham, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the High Peak, welcomed the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Priti Patel, to Buxton last week.
The Treasury Minister visited the Crescent to see for herself the building for which the Government have recently provided the final £2m of investment money.
Andrew spoke to Ms Patel extensively while he was the Member of Parliament, pushing for the Government to provide the final amount of money needed, and he was delighted when the Government subsequently announced the funding.
Speaking about her visit to Buxton, Ms Patel said:
"I'm thrilled to be here today supporting Andrew as we start the General Election campaign.
"Andrew has been an assiduous Member of Parliament who has lobbied me extensively with regards to getting Government money for the final stages of investment that was required for the Crescent. He helped support the business case for the Crescent. I think it's going to be an amazing local asset in terms of tourism for the local area.
"Previous Governments failed to have the type of national plan that we've had. We've been very clear about making the economic recovery a national recovery, so putting money into schemes like the one in Buxton has been absolutely crucial. It's about growing the economy over the long term, in a sustainable way that everyone locally will benefit from.
"It's a real testament to Andrew's work in helping to make the business case at a Government level. That is what the job of a Member of Parliament is all about."
"When the bid went in, I spoke to Priti at length about it and lobbied hard for success. I was disappointed that previous bids into the Regional Growth Fund were unsuccessful, despite my efforts, but this latest bid requiring the final £2m was so crucial, and I’m delighted to have played a part in its success. Consequently, I’m very pleased to be able to show Priti where the money will be spent."
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Bingham was last week named as the 12th most active MP during his five years as the High Peak's Member of Parliament.
The Daily Telegraph ranked each MP based on how often they'd voted, and Andrew came 12th out of 650 MPs.
"The measure used by the Telegraph is based on my voting record. So whilst I have missed very few votes during my time as the Member of Parliament, I always prioritised Constituency work wherever possible, meaning I was always available for local people when needed.
"Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to be so high up the Telegraph's list of most active MPs, given the amount of Constituency work and appointments I managed to undertake during the last five years."
Street Crane, the UK’s largest manufacturer of factory cranes and hoists, were honoured with a visit from the Chancellor, George Osborne, and High Peak's Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Andrew Bingham, on Saturday morning.
Visiting Street’s new hoist factory, opened last September in Chapel-en-le-Frith at a cost of £3 million, the Chancellor praised the company for their record on research and development, investment in new products and advanced production processes, export and employment growth.
Managing director of Street Crane, Andrew Pimblett, said:
“Street is a family business that focuses on long term business development so profits are ploughed back into the business. This has enabled us to develop a wider product offering for UK customers, but, more significantly, invest in products for the international crane market so that our hoists and crane kits are now available in every developed industrial market via a high quality global network of distributors.”
Export accounts for over 70 per cent of Street’s £30 million turnover.
Speaking to a group of local Conservative supporters at the start of the campaign to support local candidate Andrew Bingham, George Osborne said:
“I was delighted to visit Street Crane along with Andrew Bingham and meet the team. This is a fantastic company at the heart of the Peak District and a success story for exporting British products. The method behind its success is investment in product development and a 'can do' attitude. Street Crane has gone from strength to strength in tandem with our economy over the last few years, something we should all be proud of. It's success is a reminder why must keep working through our clear economic plan that is cutting business taxes, boosting investment and creating jobs.”
Andrew Bingham said:
"It was great to welcome the Chancellor to the High Peak and show him one of our successful businesses. I'm very pleased that he chose to visit our area to help launch the General Election campaign and support my bid to be re-elected as the High Peak's Member of Parliament.
“With Parliament now dissolved, I will be getting out and about in the area every day between now and May 7th, so if you see me around, I'd encourage you to come and talk to me about any concerns you have."