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Mark Garnier Supports Keeping Lea Castle Open

Speaking after the public meeting regarding the proposed closure of the Lea Castle Centre, held in Kidderminster Town Hall last night, Mark Garnier has come out firmly in support of keeping the valuable local resource open.

Conservative Team Campaign for Cancer care in Worcestershire

Worcestershire's Conservative Parliamentary team for the next general election, made up of MPs Peter Luff and Julie Kirkbride, together with Parliamentary Candidates Harriett Baldwin, Mark Garnier, Karen Lumley and Robin Walker, are calling for a new radiotherapy unit to be based in the heart of Worcestershire at the Royal Hospital in Worcester.

Malcolm Harbour MEP Visits Kidderminster

Mark Garnier, Wyre Forest's Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman, invited Malcolm Harbour MEP to visit Wyre Forest on Friday 1st February. Malcolm Harbour was recently voted the most business friendly politician in Europe, and it was with that in mind that Mark Garnier organised a tour.

Mark Garnier Supports Police Pay March

As 18,500 police officers take to the streets of London to deliver a petition to Downing Street, Wyre Forest's Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman offers his support. In December, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith proudly announced that police officers would see a 2.5% pay rise.

Welfare reform needed to tackle family breakdown and long-term poverty

Mark Garnier, Wyre Forest's Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman, this week added his name to calls for a reduction in long-term welfare dependency, a tackling of long-term poverty and an aim to re-create stable families. Conservative leader David Cameron launched his party's policy ideas on Tuesday.

Damning Review Knocks Government on NHS Careers Labour Still Letting Doctors Down

A new report published this week has condemned government reforms introduced as part of the Modernising Medical Careers programme (MMC). The Tooke review concludes that the MMC has failed to give young doctors the best possible opportunity choose career paths that fit their skills and passions. Moreover, deaneries are not getting all the information they need to select the most able candidates.

Driving Test Centre petition latest

Mark Garnier was delighted to take petition organiser Julian Philips to London to deliver his petition to save the driving test centre in Kidderminster. The petition was launched by Stephen Hammond MP, one of the Conservative Transport front bench team, on the 26th September. Having collected over 1,000 signatures, the petition was handed to Stephen at the House of Commons in November.

Government hits Worcestershire Schools - Schools fined for fiscal prudence

Mark Garnier, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre Forest, has strongly expressed his anger at yet another smash and grab raid by Gordon Brown's government. This time it is schools that save money. It seems that any school with unspent balances at the end of March will be required to pay back 5% of the amount saved. Details of the policy were confirmed last week by schools minister Jim Knight.

Kidderminster Minor Injuries Unit to Pilot Urgent Care Centre

Nearly a decade after the Labour Government closed the A+E department at Kidderminster Hospital, Wyre Forest is to get a doctor led urgent care service (UCS). The new UCS is a pilot scheme to build on the existing minor injuries unit which currently provides an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. The new arrangements will supplement this with two staff grade doctors who will work within the minor injuries unit.