Westminster News

View from Westminster 20th May 2016

There are huge numbers of claims and counter claims being made in the current, important, EU membership debate. I can see just how confusing the whole thing is becoming. As a member of the Treasury Select Committee, we are spending a huge amount of time analysing this! So I thought it might be helpful to explain one or two of the myths over the next few weeks. The first is to look at the economic forecasts that are being put forward.

View from Westminster 13th May 2016

American elections have always captured our attention. With their expensive TV advertisements, enormous rallies and ferocious debates, the process is certainly unique.

View from Westminster 29th April 2016

There is increasingly more talk about inequality and high pay packages. This has been highlighted most recently by the failure of BHS and the re-focusing on how much Sir Philip Green took out of the business whilst he owned it. But we have also seen the controversy of the BP chief executive and his £14 million pay packet and, in that annual fest of gawping at the rich, the Times Rich List was published last week.

View from Westminster 22nd April 2016

As an MP, I get many requests for help from Wyre Forest residents. When I was first elected, I chose to spend the greater part of my staff allowance in Kidderminster, reasoning that the money given to MPs is an asset to the Wyre Forest community and that it should be spent on helping the community.

View from Westminster 15th April 2016

The last week has seen yet another big row over taxes. The Panama Papers leak has revealed a variety of people from around the world taking advantage of tax free jurisdictions to, possibly, hide money and avoid paying tax. This has included our own prime minister.

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.