No Relief for Telephone Mast Planning Blight

The private member's bill brought by Conservative MP David Curry, that would bring relief to people whose quality of life is threatened by proposed mobile telephone masts, was effectively killed by the Labour Government today. David Curry's bill proposed measures that would hand back the emphasis of planning grants to local councils regarding the location of telephone masts. Currently, telephone masts enjoy an advantage in planning law that is more usually used for essential utilities, and that was granted to telephone mast applications back when mobile 'phones were a new invention.

Mark Garnier Calls for Police Reform Referendum

Mark Garnier, Wyre Forest's Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman, today backed calls from local Conservative MPs to hold a referendum on the future of West Mercia Police Force. The call comes after the Government started to push ahead with proposals to merge West Mercia with South Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands police force into a local super force under unpopular proposals.

Action being Taken on Telephone Masts

With residents in Wyre Forest disappointed that little action is being taken in Westminster over their concerns regarding telephone mast planning, relief may be coming in the form of a Private Members Bill to move the emphasis of planning to local councils.   Mark Garnier, Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Wyre Forest, delivered a petition in early 2005 from over a 1,000 Wyre Forest residents highlighting their desire for a change in the law to allow local residents a say in local planning applications.

Government Announce Changes to West Mercia Police

The Government has today announced plans that West Mercia Police is to form part of the new West Midlands Police Force under unpopular changes. This is the first merger to be announced and will form the second biggest police force in the country after the Metropolitan in London.

David Cameron Succeeds Michael Howard as Conservative Party Leader

Mark Garnier, recently re-selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Wyre Forest, today welcomed the outcome of the Conservative Party leadership ballot. Members of the wider Conservative Party have voted by more than two to one in favour of 39 year old David Cameron MP to lead the party into the next general election.

Worcestershire to Suffer Further Health Cuts

Twisting the knife yet further into the wounds of Worcestershire's health service, the Worcestershire Acute Hospital's Trust (WAHT) has published its urgent finance and service review, designed to tackle the alarming £20m annual deficit. The paper, produced by consultants Finnamore Management Consultants, looks at various cost savings, but residents in Worcestershire - and particularly Redditch - will see the proposals as nothing more than cuts in service.

Growing concerns over alcohol-fuelled yob behaviour

Mark Garnier, Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Wyre Forest, today pointed to a new research report published by the Government which highlights the links between violent crime and binge drinking. The study reveals that binge drinkers are responsible for over half of all recorded crime, with young adult male binge drinkers having the highest rates of offending.

European Constitution: “Non” from the French; “Nee” from the Dutch

In the most traumatic week for the EU, two member states have asked their citizens what they think of the EU Constitution and both have said "NO!" Now we are waiting for Tony Blair to honour his promise to hold a referendum in Britain to allow our citizens their chance to voice their opinions on Europe.

Wyre Forest Conservative Association Appoint Mark Garnier as Parliamentary Spokesman

Mark Garnier, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate at the recent general election, has been appointed Parliamentary Spokesman for the Wyre Forest Conservative Association. After the impressive result for Conservatives in Wyre Forest on May 5th, in which local Conservatives achieved the largest Conservative swing in the country (13.9%), it was decided that the good work must continue.