Happy 150th Birthday to Saltburn pier

Huge congratulations to everyone involved with Saltburn Pier as we celebrate its 150th birthday this weekend! There are events all day, starting at 10am.

The Pier has only been maintained and improved to reach this huge Birthday thanks to the love and hard work of lots of local people.

Important update on Laurence Jackson School

Parents and pupils across Guisborough will be concerned this morning about Ofsted’s report on Laurence Jackson School.

I have arranged to meet the Head Teacher and Chairman of Governors next Friday, as well as Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

Exposing Labour's Brexit Lie

Yesterday one of our Teesside Labour MPs endorsed a tweet attacking “Leave w***ers”. For me, this was an insult too far.

Breaking a 300 year old record!

? The U.K. energy grid has just gone a whole week without burning any coal, a historic achievement.

Last week, the Committee on Climate Change formally endorsed the campaign I have been leading for us to become carbon neutral (“net zero”) by 2050.

Sharing local experiences of business rates

Yesterday's meeting of the Treasury Select Committee focused on business rates and provided chance to feed back some experiences of business owners I have spoken to across Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland - you can see how I am able to feedback your thoughts during these meetings in the vid

Championing better train services

I'm a big supporter of the cross-party campaign to deliver huge investment in rail transport in the north, led by The Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Congratulations to Harry and Meghan

Some lovely news to end the Bank Holiday weekend, and I look forward to congratulating the Duke and Duchess in Parliament tomorrow. As for bets on the name, I’m guessing Philip - but we’ll see!

Talking very frankly with the BBC

I was a guest on today's BBC Sunday Politics. I spoke from the heart about how strongly I feel about honouring my promises. I don't think this month's European elections should be taking place, I won't campaign in them, and I won't support a Customs Union with the EU.

Working together for Nunthorpe

Thank you to Nunthorpe Community Council for a really fun morning at The Avenue play area today! I was joined at the Easter Fair by your two fantastic Conservative candidates, Mieka Smiles and Michael King, and we all enjoyed talking to lots of different stallholders.