Plenty to discuss after first 8 months as MP

MP for Brackley and Towcester, Andrea Leadsom, talks about HS2 and wind farms in her monthly column.

This is my first column for the Advertiser and as I have now been an MP for eight very busy months, I have a lot to write about!

Along with helping constituents on a wide range of problems and questions, I have also been lobbying Parliament on issues that that affect our area.

Firstly, there is the £17billion High Speed Rail project, whose proposed route would go straight through south Northamptonshire.

The consultation, which starts in February, will include discussion of the high speed rail concept which I believe is not actually economically affordable or environmentally sensible.

This month I helped a group of villagers from Boddington and Aston Le Walls deliver a greetings card protesting against HS2 to the Prime Minster at 10 Downing Street.

Wind farms are a big threat to quality of life for some.

I am hoping to lead a full debate in the House of Commons on wind farms. We definitely need renewable energy, but on-shore wind is far from the perfect solution.

I spoke during the second reading of the Localism Bill last week which will give communities a far greater say over planning in their area. I am hoping the legislation will be on the statute books by the end of the summer.

>> For the full story on wind farms in south Northants, turn to page 3.

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