Speaker Meeting 9th April 2018

Maggie Throup MP

The Rotary Club of Church Wilne recently welcomed Maggie Throup, Conservative MP for Erewash, to its speaker evening.

She gave a fascinating insight into the workings of parliament and her journey to becoming an MP, summed up by the phrase "fight for what you believe in".

Life as an MP over the last three years has certainly been unpredictable. In 2015 the Conservatives were not expected to win the election, they did. Jeremy Corbyn was not expected to become leader of the labour party, he did. In 2016 MP Jo Cox was murdered and that cast a big shadow over parliament. The EU referendum did not go according to plan, David Cameron resigned. Theresa May appointed unopposed. Boris and Gove, what happened there? Jeremy Corbyn was challenged and won again. Trump elected. Then last year the terror attacks in London and Manchester. Then a snap election and an unexpected result. Life certainly is unpredictable.

Prime Minister Theresa May with Maggie Throup.

In Maggie's Erewash constituency, life has been a little more predictable. We were able to celebrate the opening of Ilkeston's new railway station, after a 50 year pause, made possible by a Government infrastructure grant. Maggie also spoke of her delight that Hazelwood Care home in Cotmanhay would remain open indefinitely until a brand new facility is built for the community. This followed a five month campaign in which she took the fight to the top of government.

At the end of the talk, Rotarians had the opportunity to quiz Maggie about HS2 and the impact on the local community. She believes that there will be an economic benefit to the area and is fighting to ensure that local residents get a good deal.

Maggie Throup seeks assurances about HS2 compensation.

Finally, Maggie thanked the Church Wilne Rotary Club for its local charity work, over the last year or so they have raised £23,000, with the support of the local community. Its main local charities being Air Ambulance and Treetops Hospice. In May they will be organising and providing a Senior Citizens Tea Party at All Saints Church Hall, Sawley. This is an annual event and has received tremendous support.

Maggie was thanked for her informative talk by Rotarian Robert Chapman.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Dr John Cook
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne

26th March 2018


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