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.
Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics show that the total number of unemployed claimants in Wyre Forest constituency in September 2016 was 746. This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population, with the average rate in the UK currently at 2.4%.
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.
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.