Will they have the bottle to visit us?

AS MP for Chesterfield I would like to hit out at a newspaper’s dirty dig at the reputation of our town.

National free publication Metro used a piece about recent recognition for Sheffield to aim a cheap jibe at Chesterfield.

Their article ‘Ten reasons why Sheffield is the happiest city in the UK’ included the line: “...because it isn’t Chesterfield”, going on to say: “Sheffield, you know what we’re talking about (sorry Chesterfield; so do you)”.

This is the height of slapdash journalism and an insult to the hardworking people who make Chesterfield great.

Whilst it probably slipped off a journalist’s keyboard – ignorant of all Chesterfield’s virtues – in a few seconds and was undoubtedly meant as a joke, it can cause significant damage to the reputation that so many people have spent so much time building.

Chesterfield is a great place to live, work, learn and visit.

We’ve a thriving market, a plethora of fascinating local history and some of the lowest levels of empty shops in the UK.

We have the world famous Crooked Spire, top West End shows, one of the world’s most beautiful cricket grounds and other excellent sporting, cultural and leisure facilities.

No wonder more people visited Chesterfield by coach last year than ever before.

In tough times Chesterfeld is fighting back and standing strong, so I will be inviting this journalist to visit Chesterfield for a day as my personal guest so I can show them what our town’s really like.

Maybe next time they’ll write an article with a little more of an awareness of what they’re talking about.

Lets see if they have the bottle to come.

Toby Perkins

MP for Chesterfield