Sir Edward Disappointed by Scampton Air Show Announcement

Sir Edward Leigh, the member of parliament who’s Gainsborough constituency includes RAF Scampton, has been disappointed by news that there will not be a Scampton Air Show in 2018. He said:

“After the success of the first Scampton Air Show, this year, I had obviously hoped that it would become a regular fixture. Unfortunately the RAF Charitable Trust has taken the decision to not to stage an airshow next year as they say they want to ‘learn lessons’ from this year’s experience.

“So, I am saddened to learn that there won’t be a Scampton Airshow in 2018. But I stand ready to assist where I can to support the RAF Charitable Trust’s ambition to hold an airshow the following year in 2019. I know that my colleagues on both West Lindsey and Lincolnshire County Council will also be will to assist in keeping the RAF’s airshow in Lincolnshire’s big skies.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | December 14th, 2017

Edward Leigh Gives Red Arrows Condolences in PMQs

Prime Minister Joins RAF Scampton’s MP in Saluting Accident Victim

Edward Leigh offered his condolences to the family and relatives of the RAF pilot killed in the Red Arrows during Prime Minister’s Questions today (9 November 2011). “In joining me in giving our condolences to the relatives of the Red Arrows pilot killed at RAF Scampton yesterday,” Edward Leigh, whose constituency includes RAF Scampton, asked, “will the Prime Minister acknowledge the overriding need for safety, and that our campaign to save RAF Scampton from closure is not just based on sentiment for the historic home of the Dambusters but on the overriding need for the kind of safe, uncluttered skies above north Lincolnshire which the Red Arrows need to practice safely.”

“I’m sure the hearts of everyone in this House go out to the family of the pilot who was killed in this terrible accident,” David Cameron responded. “It comes on top of a second accident that happened in the Red Arrows and this has obviously been a very tragic time for something the whole country reveres and loves.” Read the rest of this entry »

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

Edward Leigh Pressing Hard for RAF Scampton

"We still hope the base will be saved" says MP

Members of the Dambusters’ squadron at RAF Scampton during WW2.

The case for retaining the RAF base at Scampton received a boost this week when Edward Leigh, the Member of Parliament for the Gainsborough constituency (in which the base is located) wrote again to the MOD ministerial team seeking a firm commitment on the base’s future. The MP has pressed hard in recent weeks, meeting with relevant ministers and corresponding with them on the retention of RAF Scampton. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | October 31st, 2011

MOD Response Regarding RAF Scampton

The Ministry of Defence has replied to my letter regarding the future of RAF Scampton, saying that “decisions have not been made on which sites, other than RAF Kinloss, will cease to be RAF bases.”

However, they added that vacated RAF estate will likely be used by units returning from Germany.

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | December 17th, 2010

Column: 4 November 2010

The measures to save the country £81bn over the next four years are generally positive. However, I have been vocal in my opposition to a number of cuts which I fear could pose a threat both to Gainsborough and the rest of the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Edward Leigh | November 4th, 2010

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