By Sarah Atherton

MP for Wrexham

Last week saw two big events in the political calendar: the local council elections across the UK and the state opening of Parliament.

Following the Local Council elections, I wrote to all elected Wrexham candidates to congratulate them on their success and I look forward to working closely with them over the coming years, regardless of their political leaning, for the betterment of Wrexham.

Another item which has been high on my agenda is the redevelopment of the historic Kop Stand at the Racecourse, as part of Wrexham’s levelling-up fund bid. Since I raised the need to level up access to sport in North Wales, with the Prime Minister at PMQs, I’ve been working very hard with No. 10 to work towards getting our ‘Stadium for the North’, so we can once again play host to international sport. To support this, alongside me and over 6,000 others, please sign the petition by searching ‘Redevelop the Racecourse’ in change.org, your support matters!

Last week I had the great opportunity to welcome 80 children from Ysgol Plas Coch to Parliament. The pupils had a full tour of the historic Palace of Westminster to learn the inner workings of UK politics. They later had their chance to quiz me about my day-to-day role as their MP, my role in Parliament and of course Ryan Reynolds!

It is always a delight to meet the teachers and students from Wrexham, and if you are a teacher who would like your students to have this opportunity, please do not hesitate to get in touch with my office.

This week, it was great to speak with Ian Donnelly the Managing Director of Maelor Hospital about the opening of the Rapid Diagnosis Centre in Wrexham. The Centre aims to help cut cancer waiting times and detect early signs of cancer. After campaigning for better healthcare access over the past year, I am pleased that changes are being made to address inadequacies in health outcomes for Wrexham residents.

In defence news, earlier this week I travelled to Brussels with the Defence Committee to meet with NATO and British officials ahead of the Madrid Summit. We discussed the new strategic concept of NATO which will outline NATO’s agenda for the next decade ahead of the probable accession of Sweden and Finland into this Defensive alliance. Britain is a key player in NATO and we are heavily involved in supporting Ukraine in its struggle for freedom. It is more important than ever that we continue to ensure that our military is ready and has the capabilities to act independently and in support of our allies.

As always, if you are resident in Wrexham and need my assistance with any local or national issue, please contact me by emailing sarah.mp.atherton@parliament.uk.