Join debate with Youth Cabinet

12:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

When speaking about the next generation, we’re told more young people need to be politically aware.

Letter from Westminster

1:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

The people of Scotland have voted by a clear and unambiguous margin to remain in the union. It’s now time for a better deal for England and English taxpayers. That’s why I’m pleased that the Prime Minister has spoken about a new and fair settlement that applies to all parts of the United Kingdom.

Blue badge bays are there by law

11:43am Thursday 25th September 2014

Regarding M Jones (18 Sept) querying parent with child spaces over Blue Badge ones. I would be interested to know where M Jones has seen parent with child spaces closer to the building that Blue Badge spaces, as there is a legal requirement for the latter, but not the former.

Black Country and proud of it

11:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

IN replying to the letter from Nick Baker, can I take the opportunity to thank him for his keen involvement in my personal development over many years.

Five warning signs

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

Further to my letter of 14 August concerning misuse of Parent with Child spaces and John Waldron’s reply of 21 August.

Comments like a broken record...

11:00am Friday 12th September 2014

I WOULD like to thank Labour’s Pete Lowe, (letters, 21st August), for his kind words and congratulations on my selection as the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Stourbridge for the forthcoming general election, and must say how much I’m looking forward to the coming campaign.

MPs View - Chris Kelly

1:16pm Thursday 11th September 2014

I would like to thank all those who have supported me since I was selected for Dudley South in September 2007.

Two nurses were absolute angels

2:38pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A few words for two lovely nurses.

Sounding like a stuck record

2:37pm Thursday 4th September 2014

I’D like to thank Labour’s Pete Lowe for his kind words and congratulations on my selection as the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Stourbridge for the forthcoming general election, and must say how much I’m looking forward to the coming campaign.

Thanks for cash

11:00am Monday 10th March 2014

Through your newspaper, The Organ Grinders would like to thank the people who so generously donated money whilst we played in the Ryemarket at Christmastime .

LibDems are now a spent force

12:00pm Sunday 9th March 2014

A correspondent could not understand why two Conservative councillors have abandoned their party and joined UKIP, and not the Liberal Democrats.

Outsourcing is a no-brainer idea

9:00am Friday 7th March 2014

FOR the past three years, my colleagues and I have been speaking out on behalf of the residents of New Bradley Hall Residential Care Home in Kingswinford, in order to keep them safe, secure and give them peace of mind.

Parking permit will hurt trade

9:00am Friday 7th March 2014

AS the proprietor of Christine’s Hair Salon at 30 Clifton Street, I would like to point out we have two off-road parking spaces.

Tesco made such a big difference

9:57am Thursday 6th March 2014

THE last few times I have been in Stourbridge town centre, there has been a real buzz to the place, something that takes me back 30 years when we moved here.

Only praise for our hospital

12:00pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

Due to the recent bad press at Russells Hall Hospital we though we would like to tell you different.

Why have Tories joined UKIP?

11:00am Monday 17th February 2014

UKIP only have two policies.

Ryemarket looks a right mess!

10:00am Sunday 16th February 2014

What on earth have they just done with the area around the fountain in the Ryemarket in Stourbridge town?

Horrified by tree felling on Edge

6:00pm Saturday 15th February 2014

HAVING been regular visitors to Kinver Edge over the last 30 years we were, on a recent visit, horrified to see the destruction and devastation being caused by the current tree felling exercise.

Pay to park plan is outrageous

2:00pm Friday 14th February 2014

I AM writing with regard to the outrageous proposal of ‘Pay To Park’ in the old quarter, as detailed in your most recent edition.

Letter from Westminster - February 13

10:07am Thursday 13th February 2014

I’ve been out canvassing in Kingswinford South with the excellent Cllr Patrick Harley who is also Leader of Dudley Conservative Group.

Reducing rights

1:00pm Sunday 2nd February 2014

TO all consituents of Margot James and Chis Kelly, are you aware that these two MPs voted for the “Gagging Bill” that reduces the rights of campaigners such as 38 degrees, Unlock Democracy and many of the major charities such as the British Legion and forbids them from making campaigns against Government changes in the year running up to a General Election?

The hard-working getting hit again

1:00pm Saturday 1st February 2014

I AM writing with reference to a Dudley Council letter dated January 2014, concerning the increase of my council tax from 100% to 150% on April 1 because my property has been empty for more than two years.

Term-time hols can be enriching

12:00pm Friday 31st January 2014

I AM aware that taking children out of school for family holidays is quite controversial but if permission is applied for in plenty of time following the school guidelines, surely the holiday should be granted?

Letter from Westminster - January 30

2:00pm Thursday 30th January 2014

ON Monday I was delighted to have William Smith and his parents, Rachel and Richard, come down from Stourbridge and visit me in Parliament.

Police dogs are officers not things

11:30am Wednesday 29th January 2014

WE were delighted to read coverage of Dave Hibbert’s petition for greater police dog protection in Stourbridge News (“Petition lobbies for greater police dog protection”, January 8).

Poppy appeal raises £25,548

1:00pm Friday 13th December 2013

ON behalf of the Quarry Bank Branch of the Royal British Legion, I would like to thank the people of Quarry Bank and Brierley Hill for their very generous donations for the 2013 Poppy appeal.

Letter from Westminster

2:29pm Thursday 12th December 2013

LAST week the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement to the Commons which sets out the next steps in the Government’s long-term economic plan.

ASBO to ZASBO eventually?

2:27pm Thursday 12th December 2013

I RECEIVED a penalty notice through the post today for triggering a speed camera in Kidderminster.

Where’s the common sense?

11:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

AT this time of year our thoughts have been with our parents, who endured the Second World War.

Dog’s attack meant to inflict maximum harm on puppy

9:34am Thursday 28th November 2013

MR Waldron’s response to my letter regarding the attack on my puppy seems to indicate it should not have been off the lead. Many people may agree.

View from Westminster - November 21

2:43pm Thursday 21st November 2013

This week I met representatives from Stourbridge’s local Waterway Partnership to find out more about the work of The Canal & River Trust.

Service’s so quiet!

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.

Can you be the perfect host this Christmas?

6:00am Sunday 17th November 2013

DO you have room for one more person this Christmas?

Information tells all you need to know...

11:00am Friday 15th November 2013

STUART Fox obviously didn't put his bins out correctly which made him take offence and feel the need to launch a personal attack on what was a mere general observation.

Letter from Westminster - November 14

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.

Unfair to lay blame at the feet of other dog owners

10:09am Thursday 14th November 2013

SUSAN Clarke makes a caustic comment in her letter about her puppy bitch that was attacked and scarred by another dog while being exercised.

Cuts are unkind

1:00pm Friday 8th November 2013

I JUST had to write to vent my feelings at the latest council announcement they are having to make further millions of pounds worth of cuts in the coming months at the cost to the taxpayers.

View from Westminster - November 7

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.

Thank you

9:00am Friday 8th November 2013

I HAVE recently spent four days as an uninvited guest at Russell’s Hall Hospital mainly in the Coronary Care Unit.

In a wealthy country, why must there be food banks?

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.

People always last in queue

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.

View from Westminster - October 31

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.

There always seems to be cash for their salary rises!

10:38am Thursday 31st October 2013

I WAS really annoyed to read recently in the press that Dudley Councillors were to receive an increase to their salaries/ expenses.

View from Westminster - October 24

10:46am Thursday 24th October 2013

Yesterday Westminster Flu Day took place in Parliament.

In Xtra this week...

12:00pm Saturday 19th October 2013

Take a look at our Xtra section which brings you a wide range of feature articles every week.

View from Westminster - October 17

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.

Veil ban was the correct decision

10:00am Friday 18th October 2013

THE veil is proving to be a very controversial issue in modern Britain, and some would say the wearing of the full face veil here is a step too far.

Dog scarred my pup for life

9:36am Thursday 17th October 2013

THERE has been a deal of bad press about dogs lately, much of which as a dog owner I feel is perhaps at times unjustified.

Waste of our cash

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.

RAFA thanks to generosity

10:00am Saturday 12th October 2013

THE members of the Stourbridge branch of the Royal Air Forces Association wish to thank everyone who supported us over the Battle of Britain weekend.


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