Conservative leader of the House of Lords Visits Wyre Forest

The Right Honourable Lord Strathclyde, Conservative Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords, was a recent visitor to Wyre Forest. As part of a regional tour, Thomas Strathclyde was a guest of the Wyre Forest Conservative Association for lunch at Brockencote Hall, Chaddesley Corbett.

Citizens’ Advice Bureau AGM

Wyre Forest Citizens’ Advice Bureau held its AGM at the Greatfield Road Evangelical Church in Kidderminster. The CAB is the first line of advice for people who need help with a wide range of issues and problems. Not surprisingly, with the current state of the economy, financial problems are at the fore.

Latest Government Figures Confirm NHS Crises

Mark Garnier, Conservative parliamentary Spokesman for Wyre Forest today expressed concern at new figures published this week showing worsening NHS deficits across the country. Inconsistent and poorly-planned Government policies have forced NHS trusts to a total of £1.3 billion into the red.

Latest NHS Reorganisation goes ahead despite resistance

Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Wyre Forest Mark Garnier has raised concerns over the Governments latest round of health reorganisations. Whilst he sees that the reorganisation of the primary care trust in Worcestershire is more of an administration change, and almost certainly won't affect services, Mark Garnier raises serious doubts about the changes to the Ambulance Trust.

Conservative Front Bench Team Step in to Help Local Charity

Alan Duncan MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, stepped in to help Kidderminster's Network (Worcestershire), and similar organisations from around the country, from impending financial problems - problems brought about by poor Government planning.

Wyre Forest Conservatives Deliver Police Petition - Over 2,500 Local Residents Tell Home Secretary “Don’t meddle with our Police Force”

A petition from 2,500 local Wyre Forest residents was delivered to Parliament yesterday by local activists Stephen Clee and Mark Garnier. The petition called for Home Secretary Charles Clarke MP to cancel his hugely unpopular proposed merger of West Mercia Police into a local West Midlands super-force.  Under the proposals, West Mercia Police - one of the best police forces in the country - is to be amalgamated under the 'regionalisation' scheme that will see the 47 current police forces reduced to just 12.

Worcestershire Hospitals Face Jobs Cuts

It was announced today that Worcestershire will see 720 jobs cut from its three main hospitals. One out of every seven people working for the Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust will lose their job, including doctors, nurses and NHS workers. Conservative parliamentary Spokesman Mark Garnier today expressed deep sorrow for those people affected and laid the blame for the job losses firmly at the door of the Government.

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.