I joined local leaders, business people and opinion formers at the “Can Cannock Cope” event last Friday, hosted by influential think tank Reform.
Over 120 local people turned out at the Premier Suite in Cannock to discuss how Cannock will respond to national spending cuts. The meeting formed part of a series of fact-finding events in advance of the October Spending Review.
The event received local coverage on the BBC Politics Show and national coverage in the Guardian newspaper, with a full comment piece opposite the editorial.
I would like to thank everyone who attended the event.The contributions from both panelists and audience members were excellent and certainly deepened my understanding of the challenges facing Cannock Chase over the next couple of years. The people of Cannock Chase are resilient and resourceful. They understand that cuts have to be made to deal with the massive deficit. It was hugely encouraging to see a local community facing up to the cuts in an innovative, positive and creative way.
I would like to thank Reform for selecting Cannock Chase to hold the event. It was the first of its kind outside of London and certainly proved a real success. It undoubtedly put Cannock Chase on the Map.
Member since: 4th February 2011
I am a keen sportsman, and try and play rugby, tennis and football on a regular basis.I live in Cannock and London with my girlfriend.I am the MP for Cannock Chase following the largest swing from Labour...