One of Stoke's new MP's pays tribute to his predecessor in maiden speech

Stoke North's new MP has paid tribute to his predecessor Ruth Smeeth in his maiden speech in the Commons

Jonathan Gullis said the abuse she has suffered as a result of her Jewish heritage is a disgrace.

He said he would stand shoulder to shoulder with her to help combat antisemitism and all other forms of racism.

Mr Gullis has also been talking up the city saying it's been seen in a negative light for too long.

He invited members to enjoy a cheesy oatcake, go for a tour of Middleport Pottery, and shop at Tunstall's indoor market. 

He also praised the efforts of the Friends of Chatterley Whitfield - saying he intends to fulfill his pledge to help protect and preserve the former colliery site with a long-term plan. 

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