MP column: Jobs fair set to return by Gloria De Piero

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As you know, I’m incredibly disappointed with the decision taken by the Parliamentary Standards Authority to give MPs a ten per cent pay rise and I spoke about it on this very page last week.

I will only take the one per cent rise that every other public sector worker will get. I’m planning to use the extra money to provide a little help to those students from low income families in Ashfield and Eastwood who will be going to university after the Tories scrapped their student maintenance grants in the Budget.

I’ll be talking to schools and college heads about how best to do this.

Back by popular demand, I’ll be hosting another huge jobs fair for constituents from Eastwood and Ashfield at the Festival Hall in Kirkby on October 23 in conjunction with the council, JobCentre Plus and West Nottinghamshire College.

Last year’s was the biggest the area had seen with mroe than 900 job seekers piling through the doors and 50 big name businesses with jobs on offer.

I’ve recently written to firms inviting them along again but if there are others out there across Eastwood, Broxtowe and the wider area that have positions available or are likely to have vacancies in the near future, this is your chance to meet local people in search of a job.

Spaces will go quickly and priority will be given to those employers with posts to fill.

To find out more email

Local man John Dring has just finished writing a biography ahead of the commemorations of the bicentenary of the Pentrich Rising of 1817 - a hunger march of the poor who could barely afford to eat.

The group stopped off at the Sun Inn at Eastwood and marched along Nottingham Road before being met by soldiers in Giltbrook.

It’s such an important part of our heritage but John’s struggling to get sponsors to fund the printing of the book – the proceeds of which 
will go towards the celebrations.

If you can help email