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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.

Unemployment continues to drop in Wyre Forest

Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show that the unemployment rate in Wyre Forest for March 2016 was 739. This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

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.

Jobs figures highlight opportunities for young people

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that the unemployment rate in Wyre Forest for February was 1.7% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

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.