Following the momentous decision to leave the European Union, I will put a more detailed article on here within the next few days. The High Peak, like the country narrowly voted to leave and, as you will know, my own view was that Britain would be better out of the European Union, and I am still of that opinion. Events will move quickly over the next few hours and days and, given the surprise at this result, there will now be a period of uncertainty, but it is important that we are pragmatic and remain calm.
I am sorry that the Prime Minister has decided that he will stand down before October, however he is clear that we need a period of stability that he will stay to oversee.
There are those who felt I campaigned too much for leaving and there are those who feel I didn't campaign hard enough. However, I was always clear from the start that I would not use my position to hector or cajole people into agreeing with my view, because it was and is my belief that the principle of a referendum is that it is for the people to decide, having come to their own decision, and then it is the duty of elected representatives to follow and implement that decision, which is what I will strive to do.
I will update this article as further developments occur.
Two more national Golf organisations have this week backed Andrew Bingham MP's Golf Challenge sponsored by Nestlé Waters.
The Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) have donated a prize for the silent auction, of a four-ball on the PGA National Course at The Belfry, including overnight accommodation and breakfast.
England Golf have also added their support, and Andrew will be joined on the day by their chief executive, Nick Pink, to play the 9 holes at Cavendish Golf Club. Andrew’s challenge is in line with a recent national innovation rolled out by England Golf, called Golf Express, which promotes 9-hole golf to inspire busy people to play more often.
The news follows the announcement that Golf manufacturers PING Europe have also donated a silent auction prize - worth £2000 - of a VIP custom golf fitting at their fitting centre in Lincolnshire, as well as a full set of PING golf clubs and golf bag.
"The prize donated by the PGA is a generous one, and I'm very grateful to them for it. To have yet another prize for the silent auction is fantastic.”
To bid for either of the auction prizes, people should email their bid to
before 5pm on Thursday 30 June. The winners of each prize will be revealed after Andrew finishes his challenge on Friday 1st July.
On Friday 1 July 2016, Andrew will be playing 9 holes of golf on each of the seven golf courses in the High Peak – a total of 63 holes in one day – with all proceeds going to the four Mountain Rescue teams in the High Peak.
"I'm also grateful to England Golf for their support. 9-hole golf is ideal for someone like myself who has a busy work schedule – 9 holes allows me to play all the game in half the time.”
To find out more information about golf express visit: www.golfexpress9.org
People can also donate money via Andrew's JustGiving page, www.justgiving.com/AndrewBinghamGolf
The companies sponsoring Andrew’s Golf Challenge are: Nestlé Waters, Avanti Conveyors, Hope Construction, Swizzels Matlow, Hockerley Consult Ltd, Lea Manufacturing, The Old Hall Hotel Buxton, No.6 The Square Tearooms, British Spirals & Castings, High Peak Business Club, Otter Controls Ltd, Aggregate Industries, Federal Mogul, Tarmac, Glossop Business Network and The Solutions Agency.
I'm completely shocked and saddened at the appalling murder of Jo Cox. Jo was a conscientious, passionate and hardworking MP, well-liked by politicians of all sides. Her death is an absolute tragedy, and my heart goes out to her husband and children.
Local MP Andrew Bingham visited New Mills Primary School recently, to talk to their School Council ahead of their forthcoming visit to London.
The hard-working politician spoke to them about life in Westminster and what the job of an MP entails, as well as how Parliament and Government works. He also met with the School Governors following his meeting with the School Council.
“I’m always happy to go along to schools and speak to pupils about how Government works, the role of MPs, and to answer any questions they have about the political process.
“Whilst I am passionate about getting young people more interested in politics, I’m also very careful not to be party political. I see it as part of my job to help foster their interest in the world around them, but it’s not up to me to tell them that one specific way is better than another.
“The pupils at New Mills seemed very interested in how things work and what goes on in Westminster, and it was a pleasure to speak to them.”
School Council Lead, Cara Williams, said:
"Andrew spoke to the children with enthusiasm and humour, answering their questions openly and honestly. The children are looking forward to meeting him again at the Houses of Parliament."