Mark Eastwood MP: Government funding has flowed to the region

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MP Mark Eastwood writes: I would like to begin by wishing all the best to everyone observing the holy month of Ramadan and to everyone celebrating Easter next week.

Since the last time I put pen to paper, I have worked hard for our community, battling voter corner with case processing issues and taking part in a series of meetings, including the Federation of the police, local businesses and Dewsbury City Council.

Soaring energy prices exacerbated by global instability, the war in Ukraine and coupled with inflation means families are facing rising costs of living. So it’s more important than ever to reduce bills and reduce board waste.

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VISIT: Pupils and teachers of Manor Croft Academy in Parliament

I have called for legislation to be introduced to protect Northern Ireland veterans from vexatious legal claims, which we have already put in place for those who have served overseas.

I was happy to hear the minister confirm that this will be legislated in due course.

Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming students and teachers from Manor Croft Academy to Parliament.

If any of my constituents would like to visit Parliament or come for a guided tour, please contact my office.

I am delighted that government funding has flowed to the region.

West Yorkshire will receive new funding to help deliver 111 zero-emission buses to the region.

We will also receive £70 million in new funding to strengthen our bus services to provide cheaper, more reliable and more frequent services to passengers.

I was also delighted to hear the government announce last week that St John Fisher’s Catholic High School has received £196,000 to upgrade its existing 3G football pitch, which is great news for the school and will provide opportunities for community football.

My heart continues to go out to all who are suffering from the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine.

I stand with the people of Ukraine and their President, whose defiance, courage and patriotism in the face of large-scale invasion and foreign aggression is inspiring.

I also salute the leadership shown by the Prime Minister in encouraging the world to support Ukraine, including through defensive military aid, and in isolating Russia for its illegal invasion, including through the imposition of sanctions aimed at crippling its economy and its war machine.

Finally, good luck to the Dewsbury Community Choir.

They are giving their first public concert alongside the Yorkshire Imperial Brass Band this Saturday April 9 from 2 p.m.

Having joined the choir for their practice in December, I know people will be in for a treat. Tickets can be reserved through https://www.dewsburychoir.co.uk/As always, the team and I are here to help. Please contact me by email: [email protected] or call 01924 939007.

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