View from Westminster 2nd September 2016

IN the post Brexit referendum UK, economic indicators seem to be showing mixed signals. It is, of course, far to early to be able to tell what effect, both in the short term and in the long term, the exit vote will bring.

View from Westminster 26th August 2016

The Parliamentary summer recess creates an open period when there is no real news. With the absence of proper news (and thank goodness for the Olympics this year), the media focuses on other stories in what becomes known as the “Silly Season”. But this year’s non Olympic story is far from silly.

View from Westminster 19th August 2016

This month – August 2016 – is quite a special month for me. It marks the month that I have been a member of parliament longer than I spent as a candidate. I was first elected in May 2010, but I was chosen as the Wyre Forest Conservative association’s candidate in January 2004.

Unemployment remains at low low levels in Wyre Forest

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that the total number of unemployed claimants in Wyre Forest, during July 2016, was 706. This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population.

View from Westminster 5th August 2016

It seems so recently that we were embarking on that fabulous summer four years ago – the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the London 2012 Olympics. It was an amazing year of success, unity and plain simple fun and for a spell we forgot about the problems facing us.

View from Westminster 29th July 2016

Over the last few years, I have put on a number of local Jobsfairs here in Wyre Forest. These aim to link those looking for work, with employers looking for workers. Twice a year, around 50 employers have offered around 500 jobs to local people and the attendance has been terrific. But as unemployment has come down in the district, there have been fewer and fewer people coming to the Jobsfairs, whilst employers are increasingly unable to fill vacancies. To me, this identified a subtler problem – that there could be a disconnect between schools and employers.

View from Westminster 22nd July 2016

It really is extraordinary how quickly things move in politics. A couple of months ago, the plan was for David Cameron to stand down before 2020, with an expected competition for the next Conservative leader to be between George Osborne and Boris Johnson. Three weeks ago that all changed with Cameron’s resignation, and ten days ago, we were expecting to be in for a long hot summer of leadership campaigning, for the next Prime Minster to be announced in September. Now we have a new PM, and new cabinet and a fully appointed list of ministers.

Mark Garnier MP hails outstanding progress on tackling unemployment

New analysis has shown that Wyre Forest has had one of the fastest growing employment rates across the country, alongside continuing to break local claimant records. Wyre Forest’s claimant rate has decreased by 69% since May 2010, and has seen the 8th most significant fall in claimant rate in the UK since January 2014. This means that, since Mark was elected, Wyre Forest has seen one of the largest improvements in employment rates across the UK.