MP’s online question time a success

Andy Sawford MP takes online questions from the public at the Corby offices of the Northamptonshire Telegraph.
Andy Sawford MP takes online questions from the public at the Corby offices of the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

The first online question and answer session held by Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford was a big success with constituents raising a number of local and national issues.

The #AskAndySawford session, hosted by the Telegraph, lasted two hours and Mr Sawford took questions by email, on Twitter and from people who phoned in.

Questions covered enployment agencies and how they operate, the pressure on Kettering General Hospital’s accident and emergency department, immigration, the global debt crisis, politics, wind farms, fuel prices, street lights, the Rushden Lakes development proposals, the growing number of people turning to food banks and youth unemployment.

Mr Sawford said: “One of my six pledges is to listen to local people all year round and #AskAndySawford was all about trying a new way of making it as easy as possible for people to engage with me and ask me what I’m doing as their local MP.

“I thought it went really well and lots of people asked really important questions, from local ones about Geddington Road and issues with employment agencies, to national issues like immigration and the crisis in A&E.”

Tom Cardwell asked: “Any news on the bridge repair on the road near the Holiday Inn in Corby? It is still causing delays and damage to vehicles. I was delayed again last week and was late for an appointment. It must now be over two years since this has been in need of repair.”

Mr Sawford said he has been raising the need for repairs to the bridge with owners Tata Steel and the county council for two years, and legal steps are expected to be taken soon to address it.