Autumn Statement

Bromsgrove Advertiser columnLast month, the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons. On that day, as many of you will know, the independent Office of Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) also downgraded its growth forecast for the UK, citing the deepening eurozone crisis.


Bromsgrove Advertiser columnEducation is one of the most important priorities for this Government and for me personally. Like many of you, I come from a modest background and attended state schools before going to university.

Remembrance Sunday

Bromsgrove Standard columnMany people throughout Bromsgrove do their bit to support our servicemen and women throughout the year, something that is always brought into sharper focus at this time of year.

Remembrance Sunday

Bromsgrove Advertiser columnThis past Sunday was of course Remembrance Sunday, marking the end of hostilities in the First World War. My wife Laura and I attended the Remembrance Parade through Bromsgrove town centre to St. John the Baptist Church, where I was honoured to do a reading in the Remembrance service.


Bromsgrove Advertiser columnGetting more people back into work is not just a case of the private sector providing more job openings: we also have to create a welfare system that encourages work.

Brook Haven

Bromsgrove Standard columnLike you, I was delighted to learn of plans for a major new facility for older people with a mental health illness to be built at the Princess of Wales Community Hospital.

Pre-School Education

Bromsgrove Advertiser columnI visit one of our local schools nearly every week, and I always enjoy discussing issues with staff, meeting parents and talking to pupils.

Bromsgrove Armed Forces Memorial Fund

Bromsgrove Advertiser columnI can still remember clearly, some 20 years ago, my brother’s Passing Out Parade at HMS Raleigh.  My parents were beaming with pride.  Their son, their young boy, was going to serve his queen and country.  A few years later, he did just that, fighting in the first Iraq conflict.


Bromsgrove Standard columnBusiness Secretary Vince Cable recently launched the “Made By Britain” campaign, a new initiative to showcase Britain's manufacturing success stories.


Bromsgrove Advertiser columnAs well as my constituency and Parliamentary responsibilities, some of you may know that I also have specific duties as Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Hayes MP, the Minister of State for Further Education and Skills.