MP COLUMN: Generosity toward refugees is welcome by MP Nigel Mills

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.
Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.

It’s been a busy two weeks in parliament since the house returned following the summer recess, with the prime minister announcing plans to support Syrian refugees and debates surrounding Rob Marris MP’s Assisted Dying Bill and tax credits.

A number of you have taken the time to raise your concerns for Syrian refugees in Europe.

I welcomed the prime minister’s comprehensive approach which he outlined earlier this month and I welcomed the demonstration of Derbyshire’s generosity with a number of councils in the area announcing their offer of support locally.

However, this is an extremely difficult situation and whilst there is no clear solution, I do believe we need to tackle both the causes of the problem as well as the consequences.

Rest assured, I shall continue to monitor this situation closely and represent my constituents’ concerns in Parliament.

Alongside these important national debates, I’ve been taking every opportunity to represent my constituents in Parliament and I have attended a number of events and a Westminster Hall debate to discuss the future of the Midland Main Line, following the decision in June to pause the project.

A number of you have taken the time to contact me to convey your concerns and to represent this. I spoke in the Westminster Hall debate focusing on the Midland Main Line Electrification to reiterate my support and call for the project to be resumed as soon as possible. I want to see the East Midlands take advantage of the potential investment, improved journey times and local job creation.

Figures released this week show that unemployment in Amber Valley remains low and as your MP I am committed to seeing this fall even further with more of my constituents finding secure jobs. That’s why I’ll be holding my fourth jobs fair on 16th October 2015 at Ripley Leisure Centre from 10am to 4pm.

Many local employers are already signed up to attend the fair, including the Manthorpe Group, Owen Taylor and Son, BPI Recycled Products, Birchwood Homecaring Services, Rock Fall UK, HL Plastics and many more. These, alongside education, training and apprenticeships providers such as Chesterfield College’s Learning Unlimited are all attending.

As always, the fair is free of charge to attend for both constituents and businesses.

Visit for more information or contact my office on 01773 744341.