View from Westminster 24th February 2017

When I first became Wyre Forest’s MP, local unemployment was around 2,500 – about 4.8% of the local population. Now at around 750, just 1.8% of the local workforce are looking for work. It is an economic theory that a healthy economy, in equilibrium, has an unemployment rate of around 2.5%.

View from Westminster 17th February 2017

Across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, health and care organisations are committed to providing safe and effective services. We have a growing population and rising demands on services, and so have to make sure we use resources effectively.

View from Westminster 10th February 2017

An announcement was made a couple of weeks ago regarding Kidderminster’s JobCentre Plus. Located in Lower Mill Street, it is due to be closed, and the services it provides relocated to the library in the town centre.

View from Westminster 3rd February 2017

One of the things that I have always enjoyed is public art. The idea of statues, paintings and murals in the public realm is something that brings cultural wealth to an area. Some of it has greater meaning that others, whilst others bring simple joy.

View from Westminster 20th January 2017

After 6 months of studies, scrutiny and analysis of the interests of those concerned, the Government has now laid out its proposals for Brexit.

View from Westminster 13th January 2017

The problems at the Worcester Royal Hospital continue to get worse. The A&E department has been the subject of national media – yet again – as two patients have died waiting for treatment in the A&E department.

View from Westminster 6th January 2017

2017 should be an interesting year. A new US president; elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands; and, of course, we will be triggering Article 50 by the end of March, putting in train our leaving of the EU. These are all huge events, determining our future one way or another.

View from Westminster 16th December 2016

I’ve always felt it is incredibly important to engage young people into politics. To that end I’ve been into schools to help with citizenship classes, with politics lessons, we’ve helped organise trips up to parliament for schools and I’ve done countless assemblies.

View from Westminster 9th December 2016

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.