Connecting our communities

Simon wants to improve connectivity in our area in all its different forms, from tackling poor internet quality in Coulby Newham to ending the culture of neglect that has seen some of East Cleveland's towns like Loftus abandoned and ignored for far too long.

This culture of neglect has manifested itself in insufficient transport links, below par broadband connections, and dwindling public services.

Back in July, Simon heard first-hand from local people about how badly they want Barclays UK to reconsider its plans to close its branch in the town.  Here, Simon is pictured outside the branch with local councillors Wayne Davies and Mary Lanigan together with Loftus Mayor Mike Hodgson.

In order to tackle the issues head-on, Simon will be holding frequent town hall meetings in addition to his regular surgeries.


A Community Asset for Loftus

One of the best things about our East Cleveland villages is the huge sense of community. Yesterday I was in Loftus to celebrate the beginning of Luke Senior Hall's new life after its transfer to that community from Beyond Housing UK.

A Key Moment for Our Future

This time next week, the Labour leaders of the five Tees Valley councils will vote on the most significant investment package in Teesside in our lifetimes. There is no overstating the importance of this: what is on offer will be genuinely transformational.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Have a really great time tonight. There's a hugely exciting 2019 ahead - please SHARE this post to spread the word about what's coming up!

You can catch up on My Plan for our area here

Our Airport: A Promise Delivered - Please Back Ben's Plan!

The breaking news that Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, has agreed a deal to rescue our airport is amazing, and I know will be hugely welcomed across our constituency.

Ben made a promise to buy Durham Tees Valley airport and he has delivered.

A Rail Solution to The Marton Crawl

I have met Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to discuss how our local rail links could help to tackle the Marton Crawl, alongside road improvements.

Great News for Young Rail Travellers

In last year's Budget, the Government announced a new railcard to give 4.5 million young people one-third off their rail fares. On top of the existing railcard for 18-25 year olds, there is now a dedicated railcard for 26-30 year olds too.

Delivering Better Bus Services in East Cleveland

People in Brotton regularly tell me they need a bus service to the retail park in Skelton-in-Cleveland. I met Phil Smith, our area chief from Arriva North East to discuss the problem and hand over a petition signed by hundreds of local residents.

Saltburn Train Improvements Move A Big Step Closer

There's really positive news to share today - namely that following the meeting Ben Houchen - Tees Valley Mayor and I had with TransPennine Express earlier this month, Transport for the North have approved a franchise change that will see direct trains run to and from Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Manc