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Chesterfield and North Derbyshire WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequalities- are holding a day action in New Square, Chesterfield, on Friday 16 September from 11am-2pm.

WASPI are campaigning for fair transisitional state pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s who are suddenly finding themselves having to work up to six years longer than they had planned before they can claim their state pensions.

Come along and join in with the WASPI anthem and the main march, which will leave New Square at 11.30am.

Click here for more information about the campaign.



Clay Cross Hospital

Clay Cross Parish Council is holding a public meeting to discuss the future of Clay Cross Hopsital.

Come along and have your say on Wednesday 14 September, from 6pm-8pm, at Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross.

Mill Lane Footbridge

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Natascha Engel MP officially opens the Mill Lane Footbridge with David Hallam from Dronfield Civic Society

Dronfield Civic Society has done a fantastic job of overseeing the project to clean up Mill Lane, Dronfield.

They have worked closely with Derbyshire County Council to open a new footbridge over the River Drone and improve a nature walk through the woodland as part of a £10,000 community project.

Thank you to everyone who was invovled in the project and to Veolia Environmental Trust who donated more than £8,000 towards the scheme.




HS2 have now published their new route map and the proposed line has been moved to run parallel to the M18 motorway, to the east of Rotherham.

It has also been recommended that HS2 services to Sheffield split from the high speed line near Alfreton and travel to a Sheffield Midland station on a conventional-speed rail line.

This will mean that areas like Renishaw and Killamarsh will be avoided and that there may be the option for the service to stop at Chesterfield too. However the new proposed route has not yet been confirmed and will be undergoing a consultation later this year. After this has taken place, the Government will then take a formal decision on the route. You can see a more detailed map of the new proposed route here.

The Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group have been campaigning against HS2 for more than three years and are now offering their help and support to any areas that may be affected by HS2 that weren’t previously. They hold regular meetings at Killamarsh Sports Centre, Stanley Street, Killamarsh, on the last Thursday of each month at 7pm and anyone who would like more information is welcome to come along. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 29 July.

If you are worried about any aspect of the route and would like to speak to HS2 Ltd, you can call the helpdesk on 02079 444908 or email

You can also find out more about the compensation scheme here.


Grassmoor Fun Day


I had a fantastic time at Grassmoor Fun Day on 2 July and Grassland Hasmoor Big Local did an excellent job of arranging the event.

It has been great to see how much different the project has made to the area and I am looking forward to a new, modern pavilion being built in Barnes Park next year.

You can find out more about the Big Local funding scheme here.

I will be in Grassmoor again this Saturday (16 July) at a Coffee Morning in Grassmoor Methodist Church which I have organised with the local Labour Party.

Everyone is welcome and I hope to see you there.




On 29 June, thousands of women from across the country marched on the Houses of Parliament to protest against unfair changes to women’s state pensions.

WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequalities- wore sashes and waved banner to highlight the plight of women who were born in the 1950s and have suddenly found themselves having to work up to six years longer to claim their state pensions. There was even a 200-strong choir who sang the WASPI anthem on College Green as part of the rally.

I went out to meet the rally and it was great to see so many women turn out to campaign against this injustice. I hope that this will make the Government realise the strength of feeling around this issue and look again at the arrangements.



Stonelow Junior School

Stonelow Junior

Natascha Engel MP with pupils from Stonelow Junior School

I enjoyed meeting y5 and y6 pupils from Stonelow Junior School, Dronfield, in Westminster on 29 June.

The local primary school had travelled down to London to take a tour and find out more about how Parliament works.

It was great to be able to meet them and talk about what an MP does and what the role of the Speaker is.

Any schools who would like to visit Parliament should get in touch with the Education Service. For more information click here.