View from Westminster 10th June 2016

Immigration is about the hottest topic that comes up on the doorstep. Whilst having an overall beneficial effect on our economy, it is not beneficial for everyone in our economy. Immigration might push down wages for unskilled workers, but even that is subjective given that we have such low unemployment in this country. But it worries many, many people.

View from Westminster 3rd June 2016

Interest in the referendum is intensifying. Last week I debated the pros and cons of our EU membership with regional UKIP MEP Jim Carver, attracting around 400 people – an impressive turnout. It was our intention that as many undecided people as possible would be in attendance, but in the end the audience was overwhelmingly decided, largely in the “out” camp. They were certainly eager to put across their opinions. Irrespective, however, of pre-formed views, it really was incredible to see so many at a political debate.

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.