Westminster News

View from Westminster 6th January 2017

2017 should be an interesting year. A new US president; elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands; and, of course, we will be triggering Article 50 by the end of March, putting in train our leaving of the EU. These are all huge events, determining our future one way or another.

View from Westminster 16th December 2016

I’ve always felt it is incredibly important to engage young people into politics. To that end I’ve been into schools to help with citizenship classes, with politics lessons, we’ve helped organise trips up to parliament for schools and I’ve done countless assemblies.

View from Westminster 9th December 2016

It would be no exaggeration to say that the railways are the backbone of our country. According to the Office for Rail and Road, there were 1,619,928 entries and exits at Kidderminster station in 2015/16.

View from Westminster 2nd December 2016

One of the peculiar, and misleading, arguments of the EU referendum was the suggestion that being members of the EU somehow prevented the UK from exporting to the rest of the world.

View from Westminster 25th Novemer 2016

From time to time, misunderstanding abound about how things work. This often leads to a run of letters to local MPs, and two such events have happened recently.

View from Westminster 18th November 2016

From time to time, when writing this column, I am spoilt for choice. Now is one such occasion: do I write about Remembrance Sunday? Or about the US elections?

View from Westminster 11th November 2016

The events of last week in the high courts has certainly created a stir with regard to Brexit. At stake is the government’s ability to act on the issue of leaving the EU without the consent of parliament, or whether a vote in the House needs to take place.

View from Westminster 4th November 2016

The announcement about airport expansion has finally been made. It will be Heathrow, where a third runway will expand capacity for air travel in the South East of England.

View from Westminster 28th October 2016

Over the years that I have been involved with Wyre Forest in a political context, I have never failed to be impressed with enormous contribution made by volunteers. I see it wherever I go – from local clubs through to community groups and support groups.

View from Westminster 21st October 2016

The 2016 national Poppy Appeal is well underway, running until Armistice Day on 11 November, and this week was the launch of the local appeal by the Royal British Legion in Kidderminster.