Getting elected as Eastwood’s MP back in May 2010 was one of the proudest moments of my life and I can’t believe how quickly it has gone. I made one simple promise that day which was to work as hard as I could and you’ve all certainly made sure I’ve kept to my word. It’s been an exceptionally busy start to the year and although we are only half way through February I’ve already dealt with 150 enquiries but I’m sure there’s still plenty more I can do. If you’ve got a problem with a pothole, anti-social behaviour or troublesome neighbours, Income Tax or Tax Credits or simply want advice or have ideas about how to improve our area then get in touch and let me see if I can make a difference.
The fact that the Hollywood spotlight could soon shine a light on the town and our most famous son, D.H. Lawrence is potentially a massive boost after the rights to Lady Chaterley’s Lover were recently sold to Sony Columbia Pictures. We now need to make sure we see the benefit so I couldn’t agree more when I read the comments in the Advertiser the other day saying it should definitely be filmed in the Eastwood area. Hear, hear, after all there’s no better place to film it than his home town.
Two of the jewels in Eastwood’s crown are of course the Heritage Centre and Birthplace Museum which now provide the backdrop and physical link to his life story. I’m forever telling people who aren’t from the area just how brilliant they are so it was lovely when I received an email the other week from a theatre director at the acclaimed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Deborah Paige told me she had been on two trips in the space of a month, bringing students with her the second time that will soon be performing a production of Lawrence’s play ‘The Daughter in Law’. The director was full of praise for the whole experience, from the warm welcome she received from local folk, to the town, and of course the centre and museum and the fantastic staff. What struck me too was when she said just how important it was these resources will be for generations to come - that is exactly why I fought so hard to save the centre when I first became your MP.