Ian Lucas

Your Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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NEWS Airbus have signed a new A380 deal is good for our region’s manufacturers.

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A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the companies which will see Emirates order up to 36 further aircraft – with 20 as a full commitment and an option for 16 further planes to be added. The wings for the planes will be manufactured at Airbus’ Broughton site.

This is very good news for our region and for one of its leading companies.

A further order for the A380 will help ensure its production rates remain steady in the coming months – which, in turn, helps to provide certainty for workers in North East Wales who are employed at Airbus.

Our aerospace sector exports right around the world, but decisions like this really do make a difference right here in North Wales.

 Having visited a number of Wrexham businesses in the past year who are involved in the aerospace supply chain, I know that good news for manufacturers like Airbus is good news for the sector across our region.

Welcome news from Airbus

NEWS Airbus have signed a new A380 deal is good for our region’s manufacturers.

WREXHAM Council’s issues with the Groves site are the responsibility of its council leader.

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The site has come under renewed focus in recent days, and I’m calling on Council Leader Mark Pritchard – who withdrew the council from an agreement to develop the site – to take responsibility for his decision.

He took Wrexham Council out of an agreement with Coleg Cambria to redevelop the Groves site. He then, without consultation with the wider public or elected representatives in the town, held secret meetings to try to formulate a new proposal to demolish the existing buildings.

We only know of these meetings because of a Freedom of Information request by the Save Our Heritage Group and even Councillors were not told of the proposals. The people of Wrexham have never been told the detail of these proposals and no public consultation on any proposals for the site has been held by the Council.

Councillor Pritchard has been told repeatedly to bring forward proposals for the site and consult on them. He has failed to do so and is responsible personally for any loss the Council is suffering and has suffered.

Council Leader should take responsibility for the Groves saga

WREXHAM Council’s issues with the Groves site are the responsibility of its council leader.

A PARLIAMENTARY meeting has been held for organisations across the country to talk about how they are dealing with antisocial behaviour created by the use of so-called legal highs.

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A group of councils, police forces, and other organisations attended the meeting on Novel Psychoactive Substances - as legal highs are officially termed – which was held in Westminster today. I attended, and also invited council officers from Wrexham Council who have been working on the issue locally.

This meeting was called by the All-Party Group on NPS use after I flagged the issue last year. Wrexham hit the headlines last year after issues with NPS users - but it was by no means the only town or city in the country where there were issues.

The group involves many MPs from these areas, and we have asked to councils, police forces and other organisations from across the country about how they have handled the situation in their area.
Today’s meeting looked at some of the findings that work uncovered, and brought together people who have been at the front end of tackling this issue. It was also designed as a forum where ideas can be shared – so that towns like Wrexham can learn more from what has been done in cities like Manchester – and vice versa.
I’d like to thank David Hanson MP, who chaired the meeting very well, Lee Robinson and Paul Firth from Wrexham Council, and everyone else who attended. This is a complex problem with no easy solutions, but today’s meeting has given everyone who attended something to build on.

Parliamentary meeting shares ideas on tackling anti-social NPS use

A PARLIAMENTARY meeting has been held for organisations across the country to talk about how they are dealing with antisocial behaviour created by the use of so-called legal highs.


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