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11:00am Saturday 30th November 2013
9:34am Thursday 28th November 2013
2:43pm Thursday 21st November 2013
2:42pm Thursday 21st November 2013
WHAT a great turnout on Sunday morning by the people of Stourbridge to remember all who were killed or maimed in conflict BUT what a pity noone could hear the service, prayers or anything unles you were right at the front What happened to the PA system? I was told there was one, butwhy was it not checked before the event started surely this would be simply and would have pre vented confusion among several hundred people who had a Annual Service programme but no idea of which part was going on.
6:00am Sunday 17th November 2013
11:00am Friday 15th November 2013
6:00pm Thursday 14th November 2013
At Prime Minister's Questions I highlighted the success of Black Country manufacturing. Earlier this year Dudley South manufacturing business Petford Tools accessed the regional growth fund, creating 23 jobs as a result.
10:09am Thursday 14th November 2013
1:00pm Friday 8th November 2013
12:00pm Friday 8th November 2013
Earlier this week I helped to organise a meeting in Downing Street on trade matters. This was a valuable chance for me to raise some of the challenges that businesses in Stourbridge tell me they face when thinking about selling abroad for the first time, but it also highlighted the opportunities overseas. Research shows that on average businesses earn £100,000 in additional sales within 18 months of working with UK Trade & Investment to explore other markets.
9:00am Friday 8th November 2013
1:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013
IT’S a national disgrace that in the UK, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, according to research by Oxfam and backed by the Trussell Trust, over half a million people are dependent on food banks.
11:00am Friday 1st November 2013
APPARENTLY the UK can no longer afford welfare for needy people, reasonable pay rises for NHS staff, teachers and other public services, manageable workloads for NHS staff, teachers, social workers, more trains and reasonable train fares for most people and research into renewable energy resources.
4:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013
FOR a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee I received my flu jab in Parliament last week. The jab is free for all those aged 65 and over and all those aged over six months in several clinical ‘at-risk’ groups. For everyone else there is a small charge.
10:38am Thursday 31st October 2013
10:46am Thursday 24th October 2013
12:00pm Saturday 19th October 2013
12:00pm Saturday 19th October 2013
I WAS pleased to welcome GCSE students from Summerhill School, Kingswinford to Parliament along with their teacher, Sandra Bentley. Summerhill pupils last visited me in Parliament in February 2012 so it was great to meet the current GCSE year group.
10:00am Friday 18th October 2013
9:36am Thursday 17th October 2013
11:00am Monday 14th October 2013
I ATTENDED The Longlands Action Meeting last Wednesday as a local resident and was horrified to hear £3500 of the community fund being allocated to the Air Training Corp centre for laptops, tablets, computers, camera and software.
10:00am Saturday 12th October 2013
10:11am Thursday 10th October 2013
10:10am Thursday 10th October 2013
Later today the Stourbridge Careers Day I have been organising will take place in the Glasshouse Arts Centre. Students will be able to network with a large group of excellent national and local companies and get advice on things like how to write a CV, stand out at interviews, pick the right subjects to study, and much more.
11:00am Saturday 5th October 2013
2:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
9:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013
9:00am Friday 20th September 2013
THE Green Party has a “Three Yes” approach to the EU. “Yes” to a referendum on EU membership, “Yes” to major reforms of the EU, and “Yes” to staying in. No one under the age of 55 has had an opportunity to vote on our relationship with Europe, and the Green Party believes in democracy. But we need that second yes – major reforms to the EU. Currently, Euro MPs shuttle between Brussels and Strasbourg. If we had a single seat for the EU Parliament, we’d save €1.4bn over 7 years.
4:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013
9:56am Thursday 19th September 2013
4:15pm Tuesday 10th September 2013
1:07pm Wednesday 4th September 2013
11:00am Monday 26th August 2013
9:49am Thursday 22nd August 2013
9:47am Thursday 22nd August 2013
11:00am Saturday 17th August 2013
AS someone nearing retirement I hope young people will not be enticed into this government’s new pension scheme, unless you have a lump sum of at least £250,000 to pay into it annually you will be worse off.
9:35am Thursday 15th August 2013
10:00am Saturday 10th August 2013
DIRTY fossil fuel projects, from open-pit coal mines in Colombia to oil drilling in Nigeria, are polluting people’s land and water and driving climate change – using our money. Most people in the UK entrust big banks and pension funds with their hard-earned money, but we have little say over how they invest it.
10:00am Friday 9th August 2013
IT is wrong for John Cutler of Kinver to accuse (Viewpoint August 1) the Stourbridge News of being “disingenous and inaccurate” in its report on the Kinver High Street saga particularly considering that parts of his letter were also inaccurate.
9:23am Thursday 8th August 2013
12:00pm Sunday 4th August 2013
12:00pm Saturday 3rd August 2013
10:00am Friday 2nd August 2013
12:00pm Thursday 1st August 2013
I thought it would be interesting to review my correspondence and casework received over the first six months of the year. From January to June I received just under 1200 letters and emails and a further 300 plus requests for help which we call casework.
12:00pm Saturday 27th July 2013
3:00pm Friday 26th July 2013
10:32am Thursday 25th July 2013
10:29am Thursday 25th July 2013
In Westminster I attended the Kidz Unlimited Awards to congratulate the Dudley Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors Club, who I recently met at Woodside Community Centre, on their award. It was great to be able to welcome such wonderful, determined young people to Parliament.
12:11pm Tuesday 23rd July 2013