View from Westminster 8th December 2017

The latest round of EU negotiations demonstrates just how incredibly tricky the process of exiting the EU can be. Actually, the really tricky bit is the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

View from Westminster 1st December 2017

Last week saw the first Autumn budget. Up until now, the main budget statement was made in March, whilst the Autumn Budget was more of an update.

View from Westminster 24th November 2017

The process of the EU Withdrawal Bill continues through its committee stage in the House of Commons. A technical piece of Commons machinations, several hundred amendments have been put forward by MPs of all views.

View from Westminster 17th November 2017

With three towns in Wyre Forest and many local churches, it was always going to be a challenge to know which Remembrance Sunday service to attend. Years ago I decided to rotate through each town on a three yearly cycle.

View from Westminster 10th November 2017

The Wyre Forest District Council local plan is, as many residents are aware, under public consultation. For many residents, they face the prospect of their views over what they thought was safe, greenbelt land being built on and I am hugely sympathetic to their concerns.

View from Westminster November 6th 2017

The latest focus on Westminster rekindles an issue that I have argued about for years: the care of MPs’ members of staff and how they are employed.

View from Westminster 20th October 2017

Ensuring we have good health services locally is a key part of an MPs role. Core to the checks and balances is the Care Quality Commission (CQC), ensuring standards are maintained across the country.

View from Westminster 13th October 2017

Making sure that we give all children a top quality education is no small challenge. On the whole, we do well at educating through our schools and universities, but we cannot be at all complacent about maintaining standards.

View from Westminster 6th October 2017

During the referendum campaign, I met a bloke who argued that Britain could be entirely self-sufficient. He claimed that we could manufacture everything we needed and that we could stop importing anything at all. We could be an isolated country, not dissimilar to the 70s sit-com, The Good Life.