Westminster News

View from Westminster 4th April 2016

The EU referendum is slowly coming closer and on the 24th June, we shall know whether or not this country shall remain and member of the EU, or if it shall go its own way, under a different set of arrangements.

View from Westminster 11th March

This week's Treasury Select Committee meeting with the Governor of the Bank of England has certainly picked up some media attention. Having been a member of the Treasury Committee for 6 years, I am pretty sure this was the first time it has trended on Twitter.

View from Westminster 4th March 2016

Regular readers of this column will know that I spend time with the armed forces as part of an organisation called the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. The AFPS was designed to allow those MPs who had no practical experience of our armed forces to be able to spend some time embedded with them to learn more about them. With no military experience of my own, this has been an opportunity to be informed about detail of military life before voting on war.

View from Westminster 26th February 2016

The starting gun has been fired on the EU referendum. Negotiations completed, the date of the decision about Britain's future is set for the 23rd June.

View from Westminster 19th February 2016

Last week the disagreement between the government and the junior doctors reach a peak. As they embarked on yet another round of strikes, the government's negotiator finally accepted that the British Medical Association would not reach an agreement, and so the government has imposed a pay deal on junior doctors.

View from Westminster 5th February 2016

The EU referendum moved a stage closer this week, with the proposed deal from EU president Donal Tusk being announced on Tuesday. David Cameron has been negotiating on our behalf on four key areas designed to improve not just our relationship with the EU, but the EU in its entirety.

View from Westminster 29th January 2016

Corporate tax has hit the headlines again, in a big way. US internet giant Google has reached an agreement over its tax affairs between 2005 and 2011 and has settled with a £130 million payment. A row has erupted over whether this is enough or not.

View from Westminster 22nd January 2016

There was a little piece of Parliamentary history last week. For the first time since the creation of the Union, Scottish and Welsh MPs were excluded from a vote on issues exclusive to English constituents.

View from Westminster 18th January 2016

Four years ago the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust started a review of acute services in Worcestershire. As we know so well in Wyre Forest, health issues are a highly political arena. In Redditch, where there was a possibility that they may lose their A+E department, a Save The Alex campaign was set up. In Wyre Forest I encouraged a cross party approach - The Hospital Alliance.

View from Westminster 8th January 2016

I always find the New Year a slightly odd time of year. Having had fifty-two of them (although the first few were fairly meaningless, of course), they seem to follow a similar pattern - a glance over the shoulder at the year past; a look to the future to hope for a better year. The annual question: what will next year bring that is better than last year?