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3rd May 2016 @ 6:06am – by Antoinette Sandbach
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I was delighted to see that so many people participated in ' and supported ' the 36th London Marathon last Sunday. Many parliamentary colleagues ran the marathon this year and it was great to see so many worthy causes being represented, not to mention some brilliant feats of athleticism.

The referendum on the UK's continued membership of the EU will take place in less than two months and both the leave and remain campaigns have got people talking. I have received a lot of correspondence on this issue and, although I will be voting to stay, I do not believe that the way I vote on this issue is something that should influence others.

Those who are undecided about which way to vote in the referendum may wish to attend one of the two information evenings in Eddisbury that I am organising. The events will include contributions from both campaigns and if you would like further information about where and when these forums will be held, please email anwen.atkinson@parliament.uk

Last week I was proud to welcome PC Neil Jones to Parliament following his invitation to a reception at Downing Street for a 'Keep Britain Moving' celebration. PC Jones has performed outstanding work in the field of drug driving and has gone above and beyond in protecting motorists from those who use illicit substances whilst driving.

I also spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on the UK Dairy Sector last week and raised a point that many Eddisbury farmers have spoken to me about. I stated that many processors are not subject to the Groceries Code Adjudicator and that there is a huge gap between those on aligned and non-aligned contracts.

The disparity in milk production costs and the price that dairy producers receive is extremely worrying and I will continue to campaign for fairness and transparency in our dairy industry.

On Monday I visited the International Paper Foodservice facility in Winsford. I found my visit to the site extremely interesting and I learnt that every KFC 'chicken bucket' in the UK is made in Eddisbury. International Paper is a major employer in Eddisbury and residents of the constituency can be proud that they provide products used by millions of Europeans.

Finally, I would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen who recently turned 90. She is not only our longest reigning monarch ' but also one of our greatest ever monarchs. I was privileged to celebrate the Queen's birthday at a delightful tea party with some of Bunbury's most distinguished elderly parishioners.


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