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Posted at 10:10am Thursday 4th December 2008
THE opening of Parliament by the Queen yesterday had more than its usual constitutional significance.
Posted at 9:19am Thursday 9th October 2008
LAST week, on Wednesday, October 1, a very significant public meeting took place at Powick Village Hall.
Posted at 9:30am Thursday 11th September 2008
WE are now well into the consultation period on the post office’s proposals for closure of branches in Worcestershire.
Posted at 8:30am Thursday 14th August 2008
I have always believed that Gordon Brown will stay until his day of reckoning with the electorate. I do not think it likely that 70 Labour MPs will sign his death warrant in time for the Labour Conference (if Parliament was sitting it might be different; for an open rebellion of this size you need everyone in the same room at the same time).
Posted at 9:20am Thursday 19th June 2008
As a former Minister for Housing I take a special interest in the recent announcement by the Government of its plan to build 25,250 new houses in south Worcestershire by 2026.
Posted at 8:53am Thursday 22nd May 2008
Today could be one of those days which are marked out by historians as signifying a great change in the political landscape.
Posted at 8:46am Thursday 24th April 2008
The aftermath of the severe floods experienced by the county, especially last July, is an administrative nightmare. The more I have looked into what is going on, the more appalled I am.
Posted at 7:57am Thursday 27th March 2008
IT is now the 35th year in which I have represented a Worcestershire seat in Parliament. It is not a bad moment to make a few comparisons.
Posted at 9:16am Thursday 28th February 2008
The recent flooding has been very bad, but not entirely without precedent. Peter Luff has shown me an old postcard he has found, dated August 1912, of the approaches to Tewkesbury completely submerged under water.
Posted at 9:06am Thursday 31st January 2008
Last Tuesday I became 65 and, like many of my constituents, a pensioner. If I kept a diary I might have recorded something along the following lines:
Posted at 9:05am Thursday 3rd January 2008
IF he or she is lucky, there will occur once or twice in the political lifetime of a Member of Parliament an event which is of seismic proportions in his/her constituency.
Posted at 9:43am Thursday 6th December 2007
Last week I asked the Prime Minister a question: “How were the public monies lent to Northern Rock funded? Where in particular did the Bank of England suddenly find a spare £25 billion?”
Posted at 9:10am Thursday 8th November 2007
Taking into account two General Elections in 1974, this Tuesday marked my 34th Queen’s Speech.
Posted at 9:03am Thursday 11th October 2007
Posted at 8:27am Thursday 13th September 2007
Apparently Gordon Brown is contemplating holding a snap general election in the next few weeks.
Posted at 8:40am Thursday 21st June 2007
Next week, we will have a new Government; or will we? All the major figures, the Prime Minister included, will be leftovers from the previous Government.
Posted at 9:36am Thursday 24th May 2007
Next week, Saturday, June 2, marks the 150th anniversary of Sir Edward Elgar’s birth, though you would not have thought so by the actions of some of those in positions of authority.
Posted at 8:59am Thursday 26th April 2007
This Tuesday I put down my oft-repeated question in Parliament to the Secretary of State for Health: “When does she expect to announce a decision on the Malvern Hospital?”
Posted at 9:15am Thursday 29th March 2007
On Wednesday, January 24, I asked the Prime Minister: “Will the European Union take control of our criminal law?” The Prime Minister replied “No, it will not.”
Posted at 8:30am Thursday 1st March 2007
NEXT Wednesday the House of Commons will vote on whether members of the House of Lords should be elected or be appointed, as most of them are now.