Registration Now Open for Colne Valley Business Conference.

Small and Medium Business Conference 

 9th February 2018

Hosted by Thelma Walker, MP for Colne Valley, the conference will bring together small and medium sized businesses with key stakeholders and influencers.

Keynote speeches from the Shadow Chancellor, Rt. Hon John McDonnell MP and Rachel Reeves MP (Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee).

Conference themes:

  • Listening to the concerns, pressures and issues impacting businesses in the Colne Valley.
  • Celebrating our successes and exploring what more can be done to promote Colne Valley businesses.
  • Supporting good businesses to grow and thrive; to connect; and to prepare for future changes, challenges and opportunities

In Thelma’s maiden speech she promoted the creativity and passion of the Colne Valley. The Conference will explore how Colne Valley’s radical past can inspire a new vision for its future.

“Our valleys are vibrant with creativity and we have a vision for not just a Northern Powerhouse but, more specifically, a Colne Valley powerhouse, leading in technology, culture and arts”.

To register for this event, please visit: 

Agenda to follow.

Education Select Committee – Student finances

Most students doing a three-year degree graduate with debt of around £50,000, and many need to work during their degree to manage financially.

On Tuesday, I spoke to Aaron Oreschnick, who did a degree apprenticeship at Manchester Metropolitan University, about his concerns regarding money when he was a student.

Speech in WASPI debate

Speaking in the #WASPI debate in the Chamber, I wanted to give a voice to the 7,000 women in the Colne Valley constituency who are affected by the Government’s changes. I told the Minister “Don’t ignore the voices of we 1950’s women, because we are not going away, pay us what we are due!”

Letter regarding CO alarms in rented houses

I’ve sent a letter to Alok Sharma, Housing Minister, following the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group’s (APPCOG) report ‘Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Tenants Safe and Secure in their Homes’ that my friend Barry Sheerman chairs.

The report recommends that landlords must provide a CO alarm in properties containing any fuel burning appliance, as opposed to just solid fuel appliances. It is important to make sure that homes are as safe as possible.

International Day of Human Rights

Today is the International Day of Human Rights, which commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.

It is important now, more than ever, to #StandUp4HumanRights.