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Since the last newsletter Antoinette has...

* Visited Duddon St Peters Primary School
* Opened new Winsford restaurant Rangos, an Italian coffee shop during the day and Italian Tex-Mex by night
* Attended a Grand Opening Event at Eaton Primary School
* Joined the Winsford Remembrance Day Parade to pay tribute to all those that have served in our armed forces
* Questioned the Secretary of State for Health over the maternity services at the Countess of Chester Hospital
* Appeared on Grenada Debates talking about topics such as harrassment in Westminster and investment in the North
* Visited Bishop Heber High School to meet with students studying politics and held a Q & A session
* Dropped in to the Malpas Neighbourhood Care Launch before official revealing the Malpas Community Minibus
* Got involved in Parliament Week through paying a visit to Wrenbury Primary School
* Supported Cllr Michael Baynham in delivering leaflets for local residents in Winsford
* Attended the opening of Audlem Public Hall Annexe
* Celebrated the 'Your Champions' Awards which included Max from Winsford who won the Young Person of the Year Award
* Joined a Special Service at Chester Cathedral to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
* Met with North West members from the Confederation of British Industry to discuss regional and national business issues
* Spoke in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill
* Held a meeting with Paul Maynard MP, Minister of State at the Department of Transport to discuss issues around HS2 in Eddisbury

Statement on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

This month, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill has been debated in Parliament with votes on a number of amendments. I have received a high volume of correspondence on the matter and understand the high level of interest in my stance.

I have not voted against the Government on any amendment but have closely studied the detail of the Bill and am a signatory to a number of amendments. This legislation is of immense importance and as Members of Parliament we have a great deal of responsibility to get it right. I will therefore vote against the Government if I feel it is in the best interests of Eddisbury residents and businesses. I am however reassured by the Government's willingness to listen and to work on the basis of consensus.

We voted to leave the political union of the EU and as such, I voted to trigger Article 50. I maintain that we must leave the EU but am clear that the future settlement and trading relationship with the EU has not been decided. I am in favour of maintaining close ties to the EU to ensure that living standards do not fall and we maintain economic prosperity. A "hard" Brexit could potentially be catastrophic for the UK.
I am always interested to hear the views of constituents, irrespective of your position, so please do get in touch if you would like to discuss the ongoing EU negotiations.

Opening of Audlem Public Hall Annexe

I was delighted to attend the official opening of the Audlem Public Hall Annexe on Saturday. It was a great afternoon full of live music and entertainment by local groups made possible by funding from the Big Lottery Fund and support from many local people.

The facilities include a gym, youth club, community room and changing rooms for sports teams. It is a great achievement by the local community for residents.

Malpas Community Minibus Launch

Last Friday I attended the launch of Malpas Community Minibus following a campaign to improve local transport. The Minibus will enable people and groups to access cultural, educational and leisure services.

Over £40,000 has been raised to purchase this brand new 13 seater minibus with the work being done by the Malpas OPAL group. This is a great asset to the community and I hope those registered groups and organisations will make the most of it. I look forward to seeing it in action around Malpas.

Winsford Survey

When I speak to people across Winsford they tell me they feel neglected and forgotten by Cheshire West. I want to help reverse that and put Winsford back into the minds of everyone here in Cheshire. That is why I have sent a survey to the people of Winsford to engage the community about what they want in their town.

The town centre has undergone a major change in the past several months. The owners of the shopping centre have had the Queens Parade part of the centre demolished and now the land is clear of rubble and levelled.

So far we have had a great response to the survey and will be working through all the responses to see what the people of Winsford want for their town.