Following his success in last week’s General Election, new High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has got straight to work.
Andrew said, "I know what a responsibility I have to the people of the High Peak and I want to get cracking. I have written to my predecessor, Tom Levitt asking for a swift handover of any pending casework that he has been working on. This means I can bring myself up to speed and start working on these issues straight away."
Andrew has also used his new position to ask for an urgent meeting on the Turner and Newall (Ferodo) pension scheme.
He said, "I was told the day before the election that a letter had been received by many members of the scheme updating them of progress with the T&N scheme. Previously as the Parliamentary Candidate I had been in contact with the Independent Trustee, but now as the Member of Parliament I have asked for an urgent meeting with him to get the up to date situation and what the implications are of the recent letter sent out."
Andrew has also laid out his plans for his Council seat following his recent success in the General Election.
Andrew said, "I have been asked what I intend to do about being a Councillor and a Member of Parliament and are the roles compatible. I acknowledge that to remain on the Executive of High Peak Borough Council and fulfil the role of the MP isn’t possible so I will not be seeking to continue in my role on the Executive. However I do intend to remain as the Councillor for Chapel West until the next Council elections in less than a year’s time. Many Councillors work full time as well as being excellent Councillors. The next local elections are less than a year away and a by-election would cost the Council tax payers several thousand pounds which I don’t think is right. I have also decided that I will stop accepting the Councillors Allowance. I have never claimed any expenses as a Councillor so this will not change"