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Posted at 9:31am Thursday 30th October 2008
HERE we go again – as if we didn’t all have enough to worry about in the current economic climate, the government has decided to distract us all – and the county council in particular – with a totally unnecessary consultation.
Posted at 8:49am Thursday 2nd October 2008
I HAVE often said how nice it would be if Parliament moved from London to Birmingham.
Posted at 8:47am Thursday 4th September 2008
A PAINFUL national process has entered its final phase as the sub post office closure programme at last reaches Worcestershire.
Posted at 9:03am Thursday 7th August 2008
ON August 27 we will know which post offices in our area have been earmarked for closure. As we get close to that dreaded date, it is important to do two things – to understand what we can do about the closures and to dispel some of the myths about why they are happening.
Posted at 9:40am Thursday 10th July 2008
The future of Hartlebury Castle has led the county council to come in for some severe criticism recently – criticism that is both unfair and misplaced. I am appalled by some of the things that are being said by people who should know better.
Posted at 8:24am Thursday 12th June 2008
I should be writing about the big political question of the week – 42 days. Where should the government strike the balance between taking away our historic liberties and introducing new powers to protect us from threats?
Posted at 8:53am Thursday 15th May 2008
MPs must stay in tune with what our constituents, the people who elect us, are really thinking, and not get caught out by simply believing our own party political propaganda.
Posted at 8:56am Thursday 17th April 2008
IN every election campaign I have fought, my party has had clear policies on immigration. In 2001 the Conservatives warned about chaos in the asylum system and in 2005 we talked loudly about the need for secure borders and controls on immigration.
Posted at 8:46am Thursday 21st February 2008
I was in Brussels earlier this week to discuss a wide range of subjects of concern to the Commons Business and Enterprise committee which I chair – issues ranging from energy policy to mobile phone charges.
Posted at 9:02am Thursday 24th January 2008
News is only interesting if it’s controversial, so this means that the work of an MP is only reported, even in local papers, if it’s ground-breaking, partisan, or indeed scandalous.
Posted at 8:15am Thursday 27th December 2007
I hope your Christmas was a good one – inevitably, I have to write this before my family descends on our Worcester home for the festivities, so I can’t report on mine.
Posted at 9:38am Thursday 29th November 2007
We’re lucky in Worcestershire that we don’t suffer from the levels of crime other parts of the country have to endure. But we do have a significant problem with
Posted at 9:16am Thursday 1st November 2007
Every year, the state school I went to in the 1970s either ran out of cash entirely so we couldn’t even afford chalk for the blackboards, or it was suddenly asked to spend thousands of pounds that would be ‘lost’ if left unspent.
Posted at 8:43am Thursday 4th October 2007
With all the feverish talk of a snap general election, it would be great if I could write how I am looking forward to a clean and honest fight.
Posted at 8:20am Thursday 6th September 2007
AS the rather dismal summer gives way to that annual gloomy back-to-school feeling for so many of us, I find I’m suffering from a case of political seasonal affective disorder myself.
Posted at 8:57am Thursday 9th August 2007
The recent floods in our county, worse even than the dreadful floods of 1998, were a devastating blow to hundreds of homeowners and businesses.
Posted at 9:29am Thursday 12th July 2007
I am with the Worcester News all the way on its campaign to save the ambulance call centre in Bransford from closure.
Posted at 8:53am Thursday 14th June 2007
This year we are celebrating the anniversary of the birth of one of our nation’s finest composers. However, even though I don’t think we’re doing enough locally or nationally to celebrate Elgar, I am happy that he should step out of the limelight – for one weekend at least – because there is another important anniversary to celebrate. This weekend will be the 50th Three Counties Show to take place at the Malvern Showground, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Posted at 9:11am Thursday 17th May 2007
At the battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte famously remarked, “Never interrupt your enemy while he’s making a mistake. That’s bad manners.”
Posted at 9:20am Thursday 19th April 2007
I’m sorry if I sound a bit nostalgic this week, but I’ve just celebrated the 15th anniversary of my first election to Parliament – on April 9, 1992.