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MP gives cautious welcome to Stray FM pledges

The future of much-loved local radio station Stray FM was cast into doubt earlier this year when owners Bauer Media revealed that the station was to become part of their Greatest Hits Radio network.  Business and community figures, including local MP Andrew Jones, voiced concerns about the future of local news reporting, community support, advertising[…]

8 July, 2020

“Share your memories to save Stray FM”: MP urges

Harrogate and Knaresborough’s MP has appealed to local people to join the campaign to save Stray FM by sharing their stories about how the popular local station has helped them, local charities and local businesses.  Andrew Jones has already written to the Group Manager Director of Bauer Media Group seeking reassurances over the future content[…]

12 June, 2020

Local MP calls for urgent assurances on Stray FM future

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has written to Dee Ford CBE, the Group Managing Director of Bauer Media Group seeking reassurances on the future of local radio station, Stray FM. The group has announced that the station will be renamed GREATEST HITS RADIO North Yorkshire.  The rationale given is that Bauer Media Group, who[…]

1 June, 2020

MP’s concern over unemployment figures

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has expressed his ‘immense concern’ over the latest unemployment figures for his Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency. The figures for April, released by the Department for Employment earlier today, showed a large increase in the number of unemployed locally with 2,570 claimants – up over 1,500 on the March figure. […]

19 May, 2020

“Plan now for lockdown to ease”: MP urges local community

Harrogate, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge MP, Andrew Jones, has urged local businesses and community groups to plan for how they might come out of lockdown.  The call comes as the next lockdown review is due in just ten days time. While no details are yet available about how restrictions on movement and gatherings are going to[…]

27 April, 2020

Local MP’s welcome for Captain Tom

Harrogate MP Andrew Jones has welcomed news that Captain Tom Moore, fundraising hero for NHS charities, will be opening the NHS Nightingale Hospital at Harrogate Convention Centre tomorrow. Captain Tom has raised over £26m for NHS charities by doing 100 circuits of his garden to celebrate his one-hundredth birthday on 30 April.  The initiative captured[…]

20 April, 2020

View from Westminster: Coronavirus

When I became the Conservative candidate for Harrogate & Knaresborough back in 2007 I hoped I would succeed the popular Phil Willis and represent the area where I live. At the General Election in 2010 local people did me the honour of electing me to do just that. I could never though have predicted some[…]

15 April, 2020

MP wants to build community support during coronavirus epidemic

Local MP Andrew Jones is launching a scheme to match people self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak with people who can help.  The plan is designed to support the work of the local councils, the NHS and voluntary services. Mr Jones is asking people to tell him what support they need when they are self-isolating to[…]

18 March, 2020

Be the best neighbour you can be

The next couple of months at least are going to be tough. They are going to be tough for individuals, for businesses, for community groups, for everyone. The measures being put in place are not being put in place on the whim of politicians.  They are recommended by a team of the best scientists and[…]

17 March, 2020

MP checks out local coronavirus preparations

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has been discussing preparations for coronavirus with local public sector chiefs in a bid to reassure constituents that our area is ready should it take hold here. Mr Jones has been contacted by concerned constituents and local business owners who are experiencing a drop in trade due to fears[…]

9 March, 2020

MP calls for Knaresborough bank closure halt.

Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has reacted angrily to news that Knaresborough’s last bank – the Halifax based in the Market Square – has been earmarked for closure by the banking group.  The closure falls hot on the heels of other bank closures in Knaresborough including Santander, Barclays, HSBC, Yorkshire Bank and Natwest.  It will leave[…]

30 January, 2020

View from Westminster

Elections are by their nature divisive things.  I like the cut and thrust of debate, the battle of ideas and the feisty hustings which are a stimulating part of our democracy.  This election was no different; if anything the dividing lines between the parties and candidates were sharper than ever. So it was quite something[…]

14 January, 2020