Mark Garnier Questions Minister over Beales Corner

Wyre Forest MP has raised a question in the House of Commons about flood defences in BewdleyOn Thursday 30th October Mark Garnier asked Dan Rogerson, floods minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs “Whilst west bank residents of the Severn in Bewdley have benefited from brilliant flood defences, those on the east bank live with uncertainty of the Environment Agency’s final solution to local flooding. Can I urge my right hon friend to seriously consider demountable flood barriers to protect the east bank residents of Beale’s Corner in Bewdley?”

View From Westminster 30th October 2014

Last week, the new chief executive of NHS England published his report on the state of the NHS and its long term future. It was a welcome report. It concludes that the NHS has improved dramatically in the last few years – the truly shocking spectacle of patients in Mid Staffordshire having to drink water from a flower vase and being neglected in their own filth just over five years ago is something that can never be allowed to happen again and it is right that we have come a long way from the previous situation. But the report also says the NHS can have a better future and that more money spent on improved treatments, and responding to the ageing population, is crucial. Some of this extra spend can come as a result of more efficiencies and slashing unnecessary waste; it can also come as a result of NHS trusts collecting money owed to them by foreign health authorities as a result of foreigners receiving treatment.  

EU Referendum Bill Destroyed

Lib Dems and Labour reject conservative plans for EU Referendum.
Conservatives trying to deliver a referendum on EU membership had put forward a bill hoping to make the proposed 2017 referendum a legal obligation.

Big Lottery Fund awards £321,190 to projects in Wyre Forest

Mark Garnier is delighted that 9 projects in Wyre Forest have been awarded grants since April 2014 Over the past decade the Big Lottery Fund have awarded nearly £6 billion to projects of all sizes. The funding is an excellent resource to charities and community groups and helps them to make a real impact in the community. 

View from Westminster 23rd October

As I knock on people’s doors and chat to people in the street, the issue of immigration and our EU membership comes up the whole time. On EU membership, they ask why we can’t have a referendum right now. The answer is simple. 

View from Westminster 16th October 2014

There has been a lot of hyperbole spoken in the last few days about seismic shifts in the political landscape. Rightly so: the first elected MP of any party is a big deal – Richard Taylor here in Wyre Forest, George Galloway for Respect, Caroline Lucas for the Green Party; all are representatives of political parties not seen in Parliament before. It is the same for UKIP, Twenty years after it started as a party campaigning for our exit from the EU. Douglas Carswell campaigned on his track record as a constituency MP to get re-elected with a significant majority. But the really stunning result was the by-election in Manchester where UKIP came second to Labour by just 600 votes. 

Employment figures show another drop in unemployment

Mark Garnier MP is pleased with latest figures which show another fall in unemployment Wyre Forest Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of unemployed claimants in Wyre Forest in September was 1,107 which represents 2.4% of the economically active population. 

View from Westminster 9th October 2014

The party conference season is slowly trundling to a close, and not before time, I hear many people say! But this season is more important than most. Next year is a general election year and the parties are putting forward how they will behave in government. This time, however, whilst the Conservatives and Labour are proposing what they will do as the government, the Liberal Democrats are talking about how they will behave as a coalition partner; what they will do to stop the larger parties (with maybe 8 times the electoral support of the Lib Dems) putting forward their manifestos as promised in the election and as voted for by the electorate. IN that respect, this will be a very different election. 

Crime in North Worcestershire is down by more than 6%

Mark Garnier MP has welcomed figures showing a significant fall in crime Figures released by the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership (NWCSP) show that there were 952 fewer offences last year recorded across Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest. The biggest reduction was crime relating to the night time economy. There was also a decrease in the number of people who thought that anti-social behaviour was a problem in their area.