Sir Edward Requests Gainsborough’s NatWest Bank Branch Remains Open

Sir Edward Leigh, the veteran Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, has written to the Chairman of the National Westminster Bank plc., Sir Howard Davis, to urge the bank, in the strongest possible terms, to reconsider its decision to close the branch in Gainsborough’s Market Place.

The constituency, which Sir Edward has represented for near thirty-five years, has suffered closure of all its NatWest branches except that in Gainsborough. Both the branches in Caistor and Market Rasen have been permanently closed in recent years. This additional closure is a terrible blow for the town. Sir Edward said:

“Towns like Gainsborough are facing growing pressures but also opportunities. Gainsborough in particular has featured redevelopments like Marshall’s Yard which have brought life and business into the town.

“Gainsborough is expected to see economic growth of 12% in future years, supported by an increase in housing of 47%. As the town moves from a modest population of around 20,000 to in excess of 30,000, it is a growing and important urban centre and one that would benefit from retaining its NatWest branch.”

Sir Edward, in his letter, also pointed out that whilst branch banking is on the decline, nevertheless many older constituents, who are less likely to use internet banking, prefer face-to-face contact in bank branches.

The MP has requested that the decision is revisited and offered to have a meeting with Sir Howard to discuss the matter.

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | December 7th, 2017

MP Welcomes Government Plan For Right To Broadband

Sir Edward Leigh MP has welcomed the Government’s commitment to provide faster broadband speeds across the country.

The Prime Minister has outlined plans to ensure that everyone can access broadband speeds of at least 10Mbps by the end of this Parliament in 2020. People will have a legal right to request an affordable, fast connection, regardless of where they live. The Government will also work to bring in a broadband Universal Service Obligation, putting it on a similar footing to other essential services like electricity and water.

The announcement follows cross-party calls by Members of Parliament for the Government to invest in broadband and Sir Edward has consistently called for improved broadband for rural communities like those of the Gainsborough Constituency. Prime Minister, David Cameron said:

“Access to the internet shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right – absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain. That is why I’m announcing a giant leap in my digital mission for Britain. Just as our forebears effectively brought gas, electricity and water to all, we’re going to bring fast broadband to every home and business that wants it. That’s right: we’re getting Britain – all of Britain – online, and on the way to becoming the most prosperous economy in the whole of Europe.”

Sir Edward Leigh commented:

“There isn’t a single aspect of government or everyday life that isn’t being transformed by digital technology, but slow broadband in rural and even some of our more urban areas leaves many people and businesses behind. This problem is urgent and we must act to ensure that there is no digital divide between cities like London and areas like Lincolnshire.

“The Government’s response shows that they understand the need for mobile and broadband providers to do more. A 10Mbps minimum service obligation will bring the all to many not-spots up to the standard our economy needs for the future.

“This announcement is particularly welcome for my area of Lincolnshire where, despite good progress in the overall roll-out of faster broadband, we still have areas which suffer very slow connections. Faster speeds will ensure that local families, communities and businesses can stay online and reap the benefits provided by a good quality, reliable broadband connection.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | November 9th, 2015

Edward Leigh Backs FairFuel Campaign

Duty Increase 'Unfairly Penalises Motorists & Businesses'

Edward Leigh has backed the FairFuel UK campaign against the April increase in fuel duty. Gainsborough, the Lincolnshire constituency Mr Leigh represents, is overwhelmingly rural and home to many small- and medium-sized enterprises dependent on travel by road. Public transportation options in Lincolnshire are also limited, further increasing the dependence of families and individuals upon automobiles.

“The public finances were left in such a perilous condition by the previous Government that the current Government are forced to make very difficult decisions to bring things back to order,” Mr Leigh said. “It is understandable that these decisions will sometimes have unwelcome results, and that not everyone can be pleased. However the increase in fuel duties is an unwise method of attempting to balance the books that unfairly penalises motorists and businesses.”

“I am convinced that, no matter how small, increases in fuel duty, VAT, and other taxes do not lay the foundations for a return of prosperity. Instead, they penalise the economic interactions of small- and medium-scale enterprises such as your own, inhibiting a full-scale economic recovery. If anything we should consider lowering duties to encourage enterprise and economic expansion.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | March 9th, 2011

Column: 2 December 2010

Britain has suffered from a high level of state control and surveillance. The burden of the big state is one thing when the economy is growing and the private sector can support the state, but now that we have to tighten our belts, people are rightly seeking information about who is making the cuts and what their motives are. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Edward Leigh | December 2nd, 2010

Column: 19 November 2010

I care passionately about waste, which is why I am very alarmed by the influence of the European Union. For sixteen years in a row, the European budget has not been accurately accounted for. This means that part of our contribution to the European Union (which is higher than any member state apart from Germany), is being lost. During these tough times, people are quite rightly concerned that we are raising our contribution to the EU when we are cutting nearly everything else. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Edward Leigh | November 19th, 2010

Column: 8 June 2010

On Saturday, I had the honour of opening Gainsborough’s new flood defences.

The £17m project was outstandingly well handled. It is rare for a civic project to be delivered ahead of time and at a lower price than originally projected (in this case, £3m lower). The top notch levels of workmanship and organisation which surrounded this project are badly needed in other spheres of public management. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Edward Leigh | June 8th, 2010

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