Why it is time to talk the city up

Ilike to use my column to talk about important issues in Westminster and anything that's come up with my main parts of my job; representing you, considering legislation and scrutinising the Government. But one thing that I always come back to and I am happy to write about over and over again, which I take with me into every meeting, debate or committee '“ keep banging the drum for Peterborough!

Saturday, 12th March 2016, 4:00 pm
Stewart Jackson MP's Westminster Life column in the Peterborough Telegraph - peterboroughtoday.co.uk

Go on, roll your eyes… So often Peterborough is criticised and you know what, it is up to us, to talk over the doom sayers and push to the forefront of the conversation things that we can be proud of.

Stop pointing out the flaws unless you have something positive to contribute and start talking about how we can actually make Peterborough be the best city and home it can be.

Over the last month, we’ve welcomed a number of key decision makers to the city who could help get our city noticed. In February, the Rt HonDavid Evennett MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, came to Peterborough to see our stunning Cathedral, the unique Must Farm and talk about the city’s other sport and cultural offerings.

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Last week, we welcomed the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to showcase some of the great things we are doing in Peterborough.

This week was International Women’s Day and I am delighted that in the same week we are welcoming another two of the Government’s fantastic female Cabinet Members – Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, who is Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, who is Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities.

I will be inviting each and every Minister to Peterborough to see what we have to offer and see how the Conservative Government can play its part in putting Peterborough on the map, for the right reasons.

The shape of things to come… A whole programme of events and projects for Peterborough Cathedral’s 900 year celebration, my Disability Confident Event for organisations and businesses, redevelopment of the former hospital site with a new school and the transformation of Fletton Quays. Unemployment is continuing to drop and there are regularly announcements of new jobs coming to the area, like Roxhill Development launching ‘Gateway Peterborough’, which could create up to 8,000 jobs close to the A1. Soon you’ll be able to tickle your tastebuds at Café Rouge, Wagamama’s and Coté Brasserie. And if you need to improve your mood with sweet treats there’s the new Tamu on Cowgate, and from May, for fun exercise, there’ll be Bounce indoor trampoline park in Bretton.

If you have any ideas or suggestions of how you think we can get the best out of our city please contact me on [email protected]