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Daniel's Shrewsbury Chronicle Column - 13th February 2014

Last week, I had the pleasure of welcoming the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, to the new Redwoods centre in Bicton Heath. This centre has replaced the old Shelton Hospital that in late 2012, closed as a hospital after it first opened over 150 years ago.

Funding for services in Shropshire raised in House of Commons by Daniel

In a debate addressing final settlement for Local Government grants, Daniel makes the case to the Minister that in Shropshire, public services are more costly to deliver owing it being the largest landlocked county in England.

Daniel joins opposition to National Grid's Shropshire and Mid Wales pylon project

In a debate in Westminster Hall in the House of Commons, Daniel supports Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies in his opposition to the pylons due to be erected through Mid Wales and North Shropshire.

Original plans included the possibility of these pylons going the heart of the Rea Valley in Shrewsbury, however they faced strong opposition from Daniel and the local community.

Town’s MP welcomes Health Secretary to new Redwoods Centre

As part of the national ‘Time to Talk’ day, a campaign to raise awareness and address the stigma of mental health conditions, Daniel Kawczynski MP welcomed the Health Secretary to the new Redwoods Centre in Shrewsbury.

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, visited the new £45 million facility which specialises in the diagnoses and treatment of mental health conditions. It replaces the old Shelton Hospital that closed in late 2012, over 150 years after it initially opened.

Daniel Kawczynski Presents Cheque to Kidney Reseach UK

Daniel Kawczynski, Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and Atcham,  has presented a cheque for £10,891.10 to Kidney Research UK.

The money had been raised by Shrewsbury and Atcham Conservative Association at a Charity Ball which was held at the West Mid Showground in May last year. 

Daniel handed over the cheque to Jan Cooper who is a trustee for Kidney Research UK at a presentation ceremony on Friday 31 January 2014. 

Daniel said:
“This generous donation will go towards funding vital research to help the lives of those suffering from Kidney Disease.”

Daniel Kawczynski attends Bear Steps Art Exhibition

Daniel Kawczynski, Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and Atcham,  has been presented with a unique picture of Westminster by local artist Lyn Evans.  Lyn is currently displaying her work at Bear Steps Gallery in Shrewsbury.

Lyn’s picture of Westminster has been created using torn pieces of paper from glossy magazines and has been signed by Prime Minister David Cameron.  It will hang in the exhibition until 22 February and then Daniel will take the picture down to London where it is anticipated that it will be displayed in Number 10 Downing Street. 

Daniel's Shrewsbury Chronicle Column - 30th January 2014

My fellow Shropshire MPs and I regularly meet together to with various Shropshire service providers and other groups. Last Friday was the latest such meeting.

One of the bodies we met was the Environment Agency. In light of the recent torrential wet weather, they were able to update us on their work managing the rising river levels, including their immediate flood defence work alongside their long term plan to mange flood risk across Shropshire.

Daniel defends Shrewsbury firm in House of Commons

In response to remarks made about a Shrewsbury business by the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Chuka Umunna MP, Daniel defended the firm, prompting an apology for the company on the floor of the House of Commons.

Daniel's Shrewsbury Chronicle Column - 23rd January 2014

Regular readers of this column will know that, last week, I had the rare opportunity to put a question to the Prime Minister during PMQs in the House of Commons.  In response to my question about Shrewsbury’s improving unemployment statistics and the record number of business start-ups, David Cameron promised the continued support of the Government for UKTI West Midlands which assists local firms to break into overseas markets.  The Prime Minister pointed out that currently one in five UK firms export.

Daniel's Shrewsbury Chronicle Column - 16th January 2014

2013 was a tough year for many constituents in Shrewsbury and Atcham.  My excellent staff and I worked with a significant number of people who suffered real hardship, and we continue to do whatever we can to help people who are struggling. 

The real way to improve the lives of hardworking people however is to improve the local and national economy and, recently, two key measures show that we are making progress: