As your Labour candidate for the forthcoming General Election, I am proud of my achievements to date in helping local people. If elected, I make one simple promise: To stand up and fight for the residents of Kettering and the surrounding towns and villages, and make sure that their voice is heard in Westminster.
I hope my track record of working within the local community for many years shows that these are not just empty words. I firmly believe that dealing with people’s individual problems and issues is the most important role a local MP has.
On this site you can find out more about the things I have been doing over several years to support, fight for and stand up for residents of Kettering, and you can also find out more about what I stand for and believe on individual issues of concern for this General Election.
I will continue to add articles and blog posts throughout the campaign – please feel free to bookmark and revisit this site to read newer posts as they are made.Mick Scrimshaw
Mick has a strong track record of working for local people and fighting to protect public services. He would be an excellend MP and I urge you to give him your support.Andy Sawford
Vote for Mick Scrimshaw on the 8th June 2017 to save our NHS. We owe a debt of gratitude to our NHS staff. The Labour Party founded the NHS, and it is only Labour that will save it.Glenda Weston
Working for Kettering…
I have never considered myself a “professional politician”, more a community volunteer, although I’m currently a County Councillor and the leader of the Labour Councillors on Kettering Borough Council. Nevertheless, MPs have a huge amount of influence and there are some very real local issues that would benefit from this influence.
- Kettering General Hospital has just been rated as “inadequate” and gone into special measures.
- Local unemployment is still too high, and the jobs we have are often too low paid and require on zero-hours contracts.
- We have a huge housing problem, with people unable to afford high house prices, and we have a growing problem of homelessness with the local council unable to meet demand.
If elected I have no intention of behaving as if I’m in a school debating society. My job would be first and foremost to help and support local people. I believe that a good constituency MP should be working in and around their local community.
I do not underestimate the challenge of winning in Kettering, but I have a record of putting aside party politics for the benefit of local people, and although I understand that people cast their votes for a number of different reasons, I hope that those who normally vote for other parties would at least consider supporting me as a real alternative for Kettering.
Better for Kettering…
Better support for local people
If elected, I will open a fully staffed constituency office straight away to ensure residents are listened to, given the support that they need and any complaints are handled properly.
Kettering is in a fantastic central location – it’s on the A14,close to the M1 and A1, and on one of the busiest railway lines in the country. More can be done to exploit this to our economic advantage. If elected I will work closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership to bring in extra investment.
Better town centres
Kettering’s town centre and those of the A6 towns all need revitalising! I have for a long time called for improvements, and if elected would work with local businesses to make sure that their voices are heard in our local Councils as well as in Parliament.
Better swimming and leisure facilities
I have been fighting for better local sporting facilities for many years, and I was the driving force behind Kettering Council’s recent agreement to look seriously into the viability of a new swimming pool.
I have also consistently supported the efforts of all those involved in the campaign to bring Kettering Town Football Club back where it rightfully belongs.
The roads around the constituency are in a terrible state of repair and the County Council clearly cannot cope. The recent announcement of an extra million pounds from government for this is welcome, but it goes hardly anywhere to addressing the current backlog of repairs which are estimated at needing between £300 million and £400 million. Raising this with Government is a priority, and I will work with anyone and everyone to ensure that we get a fairer deal.
Mick’s Stance On…
(Please keep checking back, posts will be added to this section regularly in the run up to the election.)
Labour are suggesting that there needs to be a review of Council Tax. This is due to the current system being based on property values from about 30 years ago and that therefore produces many anomalies. For example - lower value properties (i.e. most in the Kettering...read more
Homelessness is a growing problem nationally and that is true nowhere more than in Kettering with the monthly figures increasing every month. The increase is caused by a number of things but in particular Government policies in welfare cuts. These have seen not only...read more
Kettering General Hospital has recently been put into special measures, and it is also reportedly £25m in the red. If things couldn’t get much worse this week BBC Look East have reported that there may have been a deliberate attempt to manipulate waiting time figures...read more
Britain’s banking system is still holding back too many of our small businesses with many still finding it difficult to raise the much needed finance they need for investment and expansion. Creating a vibrant and growing business base is vital to the country as...read more
In a previous blog I commented on how a Labour Government would invest in the country’s infrastructure to grow our national economy. Using government spending in a way that stimulates economic growth can be a sensible thing to do. Firstly it can in itself create...read more
I have had dozens of emails from residents asking about my views on various animal welfare issues so have prepared this response which I hope will go some way to show I have sympathy to the various views and questions people are raising. I’m certainly more than happy...read more
The NHS and our social security system should be there for all of us in our time of need and provide security and dignity in retirement. Labour will always be on the side of pensioners and help ensure security and dignity for older people. As a County Councillor I am...read more
As many people know I have always argued for a sensible approach to public finances, and at both the County and Borough Councils I have always put forward costed budget alternatives based on imaginative but prudent financial planning as well as calling for a more...read more
I am baffled by the Conservative’s manifesto pledge on Social Care. Currently if you need social care and have more than £23,000 in the bank you will need to pay for it yourself - but the amount you pay is capped at a maximum of £72,000. Crucially,...read more
Several people have asked my views about Brexit. It is well known that I voted to remain mainly because I was concerned about any economic ramifications of the decision. This remains my main focus, but more than anything I am a democrat. The decision to leave the EU...read more
Mick’s work standing up for Kettering:
Following concerns raised to me by a retailer in the paved pedestrianised zone and a resident who slipped and fell when the paving stones were slippery following a recent downpour, I have been in discussion with Kettering Borough Council about the pedestrianised area...read more
At last night’s Full Council I asked about the negotiations between Kettering Borough Council and the County Council over decriminalisation of parking because until the new system is brought in where wardens will be able to patrol and enforce illegal parking,...read more
Last night Kettering Borough Council debated the following motion from Independent (ex-Conservative) Councillor Michael Brown. He was concerned that Conservative Councillors have to sign a Constitution that compels their members to vote whichever way their Leadership...read more
There is no question that the County Council’s finances are in a terrible state and whoever takes charge after the election will have a huge task trying to sort out the mess that has been created over the last few years. The Council is on the verge of bankruptcy, and...read more
Kettering Borough Council agreed plans earlier this week at their Executive Committee to formalise a partnership working arrangement with Kettering General Hospital, the local NHS Trust, and themselves to try to make it easier for Council tenants to be returned home...read more
Something needs to be done about fly tipping in William Knibb ward! The Council now have some fancy software which maps where the problem areas are and this has told them that fly tipping is increasing and that William Knibb is the worst area in the whole of the...read more
I have just been to inspect the dropped kerbs I had requested on Thurston Drive in the car park behind the running track at the Leisure Village. This came about following discussions I had with a wheelchair using resident when it became clear that while other dropped...read more
Labour has launched it's County Council Election Manifesto. Candidates and Agents came together at the White Water Rafting Centre in Northampton to launch the manifesto pledges for the election which will take place on the 4th May 2017 across Northamptonshire. In...read more
As the local County Councillor for the area I addressed Kettering Borough’s Planning Committee about the proposal to build 350 new homes in the fields alongside Gipsy Lane last night. I have been involved with this project for years, having first attended the public...read more
Following complaints from residents about begging in the town centre I contacted KBC for an update on the situation. We know there is a genuine issue with homelessness in Kettering. The numbers of people approaching the Council for help and the numbers of rough...read more
At last night’s meeting of Kettering Council’s Research & Development Committee it was agreed to set up a working party to look in more detail of the whole issue of a new swimming pool. The Committee were presented with a report from officers highlighting the...read more
Rosie is a campaigning rubber duck who is calling for the pot holes and road defects of Northamptonshire to be repaired! She will have her photograph taken in pot holes whenever she comes across a problem and make a report to Northamptonshire County Council’s Highways...read more
These photos have been passed on to me by a member of the public. They were taken behind Kettering General Hospital and I’m not sure if this is on publically owned council land or technically the hospital’s private property, but either way it needs to be...read more
Despite having been told time and time again about the deteriorating condition of the Royal Hotel, Kettering Borough Council (KBC) have now had to step in and make repairs because the condition has got so bad it is considered dangerous. The situation is now so bad...read more
Kettering borough council have launched the all-new This is Kettering website, designed to provide visitors and residents alike with information on upcoming events, things to do and places to eat, drink and shop in the heart of North Northamptonshire. This does not...read more
Our MP has just forwarded on the response he got from the Housing Minister following my letter to him, although unfortunately he has given me no indication of his own views. The housing bill does includes some encouraging signs about wider aspects of national housing...read more
County Council selling off the family silver in an attempt to scrape through to the end of the financial year
The monthly finance report to the County Council’s Cabinet last week spoke of £25m being used from capital receipts to contribute to this year’s revenue spending. This is important because under normal circumstances it would be illegal for a Council...read more
At a full meeting of Northamptonshire County Council this week Labour put forward a motion in support of Childrens Centres and the preventative work they do with young families and the long-term benefits this provides. We called for the Council to reaffirm its...read more
Northamptonshire’s Chief Fire Officer addressed the County Council this week and stated that out of the thirteen similar sized fire services they compare themselves with, Northamptonshire has the lowest number of fire engines per station and that the service has...read more
Kettering's Manor House Museum are having a Lego Play Day this Saturday. Everyone's welcome between 11am and 3pm and entry is totally free - there's no need to even book, just show up on the day and get to play with 25kg of Lego! There's even prizes to be won... So...read more
I addressed yesterday’s County Council Cabinet meeting and welcomed the £1.1m that the Government announced they were to give to the County Council specifically for pot hole repairs but said it was "a disappointingly low figure". The Councillor in charge of roads...read more