Westminster News

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.

View from Westminster 7th October 2016

Wyre Forest has been lucky over one of the more unpleasant aspects of planning. But now, it seems, our luck has run out and we have started to see the activities of planning enablers emerge around the district.

View from Westminster 30th September 2016

Last weekend I was pleased to see Birmingham crowned the ‘Most Enterprising Place’ in Britain 2016. It’s a fantastic headline for the city but the award itself actually recognised the whole region’s success.

View from Westminster 23rd September 2016

Last week, the Boundary Commission published its proposed new parliamentary constituency boundaries. This has come as a result of a couple of things. The first being that parliament decided a few years ago that we needed to trim down the size of the chamber from 650 MPs to 600.

View from Westminster 16th September 2016

There are some pretty horrible things that go on in the world. Atrocities in Syria, war in Yemen, displaced refugees in their millions across the globe. Where people have been victimised, it has been by despotic regimes, terrorists and war.