Many thanks to the owner Hayley Taggart and her staff for hosting my visit yesterday to Bambinos – Bury’s newest children’s nursery. It takes great courage and determination to take the leap towards setting up a new business from scratch. Finding premises, finding the capital, negotiating the regulatory jungle, finding staff – and that is all before the most critical task of all finding customers.

With Bambinos Hayley has turned her dream of owning her own nursery into a reality. The premises have been refurbished and decorated to the highest standard. She has recruited qualified staff. Obtained all the necessary legal permits and approvals and is now open. Bambinos provides a superb environment for pre-school children to play and learn.

Footy Funds

Good news from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund that Ramsbottom United F.C. have been awarded a grant from them of £28,404 to help with the repairs and renovations following the terrible storm damage from Boxing Day last year. The Fund is financed by the Premier League and is the largest provider in the Country of grants which help prove the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds.

The Football Foundation which delivers the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, the Football Association and the government via Sport England has also made grants to local clubs recently. Ramsbottom United Juniors FC has been awarded £10,000 to purchase new ground maintenance equipment and Walshaw Sports Club has been awarded £465 to help purchase new goalposts.


So there we have it Mr Corbyn wins the leadership of the Labour Party for the second time in a year this time with an even bigger mandate than last time. By any assessment it has been a disaster for the moderates in the Labour Party. They have been pursuing a determined course with the aim of removing Jeremy Corbyn.

The first step was to hold a vote of no confidence in the Parliamentary Labour Party – they won that easily but Jeremy stayed put.

The second step was to have a rolling series of resignations from the Shadow Cabinet and the lower Shadow Ministerial ranks. That did not work either. The gaps were either filled by bringing M.P.’s off the back benches or giving some more than one rôle. Some posts were simply left unfilled.

The third step – the nuclear option – was to have another leadership election. Unlike last year the moderates would be ready – ready to challenge the Leadership in the Courts if necessary to try to increase their chances of success. The cost of being a supporter was increased from £3 to £25. 120,000 more recent recruits were barred from taking part at all after another court battle. All to no avail.

Mr Corbyn increased his share of the vote from 59.5% to 61.8% and he won easily in each of the three categories of voters. The increase in Labour Party membership has been unmatched by any other party and Mr Corbyn now has a stronger grip on the leadership than before the challenge began.

New Labour Leader?

We will find out later today whether the Labour Party have elected a new leader. It may turn out to be one of the most significant events in determining the outcome of the next general election. Whoever wins the Labour Party seem determined to head off in an increasingly hard left direction which I suspect is not what most voters want. At the last election the view of those who were undecided whether to support Labour or the Conservatives – and as always there were many – was not ‘If only Labour would be more left-wing’. No, under Ed Miliband they were concerned it was already too left-wing. It is difficult to see how adopting a more extreme left wing agenda will help Labour win a general election – and Labour MP’s know it!

St. Joseph’s R.C. Primary School

Many thanks to the Head Jim Graves and all the staff and pupils at St. Joseph’s R.C. Primary School in Ramsbottom for their warm welcome this week when I visited. I always enjoy visiting our schools in Bury. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of so many talented teachers the next generation are being taught all the skills they need to succeed in 21st century Britain.

Thanks also to the Rotary Club in Bury where I paid a visit on Wednesday. For obvious reasons I am not able to attend the weekly meetings as much as I used to but it was good to see the  usual banter was not lacking and they are all continuing to raise thousands of pounds every year for charity.

Scout Moor Wind Farm Inquiry

The Public Inquiry into whether the Wind Farm to show at Scout Moor should be allowed to expand is scheduled to start on Tuesday 11th October and last for eight days. It will be held at Futures Park Rossendale Borough Council with a 10am start.

Rossendale Borough Council resolved to grant planning permission for 14 turbines on 1 September, 2015. Rochdale Council further supported the proposals for two turbines within its area on 21 September, 2015. In December 2015, the project was called in by the Secretary of State which means that the future of the scheme will now be determined after the public inquiry next month.



Wallwork visit

Many thanks to Peter Carpenter the CEO and Richard Burslem from Wallwork in Bury for hosting my visit this week. Wallwork is typical of so many companies in Bury in that they beaver away largely unknown by most people. the work they do is very high tech and whilst they may not be a household name their customers most certainly are.

In essence they treat the surface of metal products to extend their lifespan. It is of course much more complex than this but in a nutshell that is the way I tend to summarise what they do.

More information about this company can be found here: