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.
Better for Kettering.
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.
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.
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.)
Mick’s work standing up for Kettering: