Westminster News

View from Westminster 2nd September 2016

IN the post Brexit referendum UK, economic indicators seem to be showing mixed signals. It is, of course, far to early to be able to tell what effect, both in the short term and in the long term, the exit vote will bring.

View from Westminster 26th August 2016

The Parliamentary summer recess creates an open period when there is no real news. With the absence of proper news (and thank goodness for the Olympics this year), the media focuses on other stories in what becomes known as the “Silly Season”. But this year’s non Olympic story is far from silly.

View from Westminster 19th August 2016

This month – August 2016 – is quite a special month for me. It marks the month that I have been a member of parliament longer than I spent as a candidate. I was first elected in May 2010, but I was chosen as the Wyre Forest Conservative association’s candidate in January 2004.

View from Westminster 5th August 2016

It seems so recently that we were embarking on that fabulous summer four years ago – the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the London 2012 Olympics. It was an amazing year of success, unity and plain simple fun and for a spell we forgot about the problems facing us.

View from Westminster 29th July 2016

Over the last few years, I have put on a number of local Jobsfairs here in Wyre Forest. These aim to link those looking for work, with employers looking for workers. Twice a year, around 50 employers have offered around 500 jobs to local people and the attendance has been terrific. But as unemployment has come down in the district, there have been fewer and fewer people coming to the Jobsfairs, whilst employers are increasingly unable to fill vacancies. To me, this identified a subtler problem – that there could be a disconnect between schools and employers.

View from Westminster 22nd July 2016

It really is extraordinary how quickly things move in politics. A couple of months ago, the plan was for David Cameron to stand down before 2020, with an expected competition for the next Conservative leader to be between George Osborne and Boris Johnson. Three weeks ago that all changed with Cameron’s resignation, and ten days ago, we were expecting to be in for a long hot summer of leadership campaigning, for the next Prime Minster to be announced in September. Now we have a new PM, and new cabinet and a fully appointed list of ministers.

View from Westminster 15th July 2016

They say a week is a long time in politics: 25 minutes seems an eternity these days. A journalist Tweeted on Monday morning that she hoped we were in for a no-news day. Her hopes were dashed immediately.

View from Westminster 8th July 2016

MPs make many decisions, but one of the most unusual is choosing the next Prime Minister. By far the majority of times, leaders of political parties are chosen in opposition, when they are given time to bed down in their new role and to learn the skills they will need if they ever get into No 10. This time, the person appointed PM on September the 9th will write the next day to the captains of our nuclear submarines, instructing them what to do in the event of a catastrophic nuclear attack. There is no time to learn on the job, no time for settling down, no opportunity to learn from mistakes off-stage.

View from Westminster 1st July 2016

After more than 4 decades since we last had a vote on EU membership, the country has had another chance to voice its opinion on our continued membership of the EU. Over 72% of people turned out to vote on this incredibly important issue and the result was a small majority in favour of leaving. But we have already seen a petition raised to call another election to have another go, to get a ‘better’ result. It is widely known that I was very much in favour of the UK remaining in the EU and I made the economic case for us to do so. Having another referendum would be something that could give a result that I would favour.