Category Archives: News

03 May
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A View From Westminster – Local Newspaper Column

Some readers will watch the exchanges across the dispatch box at Prime Ministers Questions and form an impression of a loud, and at times boisterous, House of Commons. This can indeed be true, but as I have expressed through this ...

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29 Apr
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From “Telling” in the Commons to Tea in Streetly Library

It was a busy first week back at the House of Commons after recess and I had the opportunity to be a “Teller” – and count the “Aye” votes after a debate in the Chamber.  A very interesting new experience! ...

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15 Apr
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Questions to the Prime Minister

At last! On Wednesday I was called to ask not just a question, but the first question of the day to the Prime Minister at PMQs. (Prime Ministers Question Time). If you have ever watched PMQs on the TV or ...

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11 Apr
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PotClays, Computer Games and Council Funding

The House of Commons has been in recess, but there is still plenty going on both in the Constituency and beyond. In addition to catching up on casework and holding one of my regular Friday surgeries I made the most ...

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04 Apr
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A View From Westminster – Local Newspaper Column

Parliamentary recess provides MPs with time away from what is often described as the ‘Westminster Village’ and allows the opportunity to spend more time in and around the constituency to catch up on casework and see at first hand those ...

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21 Mar
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National Apprenticeship Week 2016

On Friday I met with the Aldridge Industrial Partnership to discuss some of the details from this week’s Budget. It was clear from discussions that this year’s Budget is good for Businesses across Aldridge-Brownhills. To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2016 ...

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17 Mar
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A View from Westminster – Local Newspaper Column

Just as JM Barrie’s story of Peter Pan drew to a happy conclusion, so too has my Private Members Bill – the NHS (Charitable Trusts) Etc Bill. Often referred to by my colleagues as the “Peter Pan and Wendy” Bill, ...

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07 Mar
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Clean For The Queen

From Aldridge to Brownhills, Pelsall to Streetly, I was pleased to be able to join forces with local Councillors and volunteers as part of the “Clean for The Queen” initiative last weekend in the run up to The Queen’s 90th ...

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24 Feb
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A View From Westminster

So now we know. There will be a referendum on our membership of the European Union on the 23rd June 2016. Do we stay in or do we leave? Has the Prime Minister secured sufficient for us to remain an ...

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22 Feb
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Arctic Adventures

I have just returned from northern Norway where I have spent four days with the Royal Marines as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme of which I am a member. The programme is an excellent way to learn more ...

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