Congratulations for Pools and praise for Youth Parliament member Ash

In a week of footballing headlines, I couldn’t let this opportunity pass without adding my congratulations to those of many fans in the town – firstly to England on qualifying for the next stage of the Euros, but more importantly to Hartlepool on winning promotion to League Two.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:00 pm
Hartlepool's Nicky Featherstone with fans after the final whistle at Ashton Gate on Sunday - with the town's MP praising both fans and the club for the success in securing promotion back to the Football League in dramatic fashion. Picture by Frank Reid
Hartlepool's Nicky Featherstone with fans after the final whistle at Ashton Gate on Sunday - with the town's MP praising both fans and the club for the success in securing promotion back to the Football League in dramatic fashion. Picture by Frank Reid

It was a very tense match with the late Torquay goal, and I’m sure everyone was on the edge of their seats going into the penalty shootout.

I’m absolutely thrilled for everyone involved with the club and am really looking forward to getting to some matches next season.

Fact finding continues apace, and this week I’ve been pleased to meet with Ash Khan, who is the Member of the Youth Parliament for Hartlepool.

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We talked about challenges to our environment moving forwards, not only locally where we need a pro-active recycling culture, but also in the wider context, with plastics being high on the agenda in the Youth Parliament and sights set on the latest Environment Bill going before the House of Lords.

I congratulate Ash on stepping up to the plate and being a voice for young people in the town and I would encourage others to come forward and engage in things like youth councils, a great place for the leaders of tomorrow to develop political skills.

Encouraging young people to think of their futures and to really develop their potential in terms of skills and education is so important for the future of our town – as we bring investment and opportunity to areas right across Teesside, employers will be looking for home grown talent, and part of our building back better agenda is to help people stay local with the provision of quality jobs.

I discussed this with Boris Johnson when I met with him earlier this week and I will be reporting back to him how impressed I was when I visited High Tunstall College of Science this week, which provides an extremely good environment to foster a love of learning and development.

And speaking of jobs – I am hiring!!

I’m looking to recruit a member of staff based here in the town as well as a Parliamentary Assistant. You can find out more on http://www.w4mpjobs.org or check out my FaceBook page.