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.

Unemployment back at record low in Wyre Forest

 Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that the total number of unemployed claimants in Wyre Forest, during April 2016, was 693. This represents a rate of 1.5% of the economically active population and is a record low.

Comberton Hill Bridge Makeover

Visitors travelling on foot, by train or by car at the Eastern Gateway area of Kidderminster will see a smart newly painted bridge as they arrive in town.

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.

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.