Last week we received the sad news from Nidec owned Control Techniques that the company is soon to begin a ‘right-sizing’ consultation process, that could see the loss of up to 98 jobs at its Newtown factory. 

This is in response to changing market conditions, and the company say that every effort will be made to achieve any job losses through voluntary redundancy packages. I am also working with the Department for Work & Pensions in delivering a Taskforce, so we can ensure that vital support is rolled out to all those who are affected as quickly as possible.

Russell George MS and I met last week with Nidec officials to discuss how we can support staff and the company through this painful process. 

From our discussions, it is clear that this has been an extremely difficult decision to take. 


Control Techniques has long been one of Montgomeryshire’s biggest and most loyal employers and remains a huge contributor to our local economy. I was reassured therefore that Nidec remain fully committed to remaining in Newtown for the long-term.

There have sadly been a number of accidents on the A458 Welshpool to Shrewsbury road over recent months, which tragically included a fatal accident towards the end of last year. 

As one of the main links from the West Midlands to Mid Wales, this is a key trunk road which must be made safer. 

Alongside Russell George and Cllr Amanda Jenner, I am campaigning for a long overdue road improvement scheme to be implemented. We have also raised local residents’ concerns with the Welsh Government and Dyfed-Powys Police, who are evaluating new safety enhancements which can be introduced quickly. This is one of my key priorities for 2024.

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) last week at the Tabernacle in Machynlleth, which is a real Montgomeryshire gem. 

This fabulous centre for art, music and comedy has a full year-round programme and provides a great hub for the local community and visitors to the area to enjoy some fantastic exhibits and events.

Many County Times readers will have seen the ITV drama Mr Bates vs The Post Office this month, which has brought to life one of the UK’s greatest miscarriages of justice in recent years. 

It is great news therefore that the Prime Minister has now introduced a blanket exoneration, quashing the convictions of all those who were wrongfully convicted by the scandal. 

This will clear postmasters’ names and provide justice, as well as giving them much quicker access to compensation without the need to consider each case individually.

I am very pleased that justice has finally been delivered to all those who have been so badly affected, and to the campaigners who have worked tirelessly over the years.

As ever, if there is anything you would like to raise with me or for me to assist with, please contact me at / 01938 552315.