Bromsgrove Standard columnIn addition to my constituency and Parliamentary responsibilities, I also have some specific duties as Private Parliamentary Secretary to John Hayes MP, the Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning.


Bromsgrove Standard columnCarers are among the unsung heroes of our communities. There are around 6 million carers in the UK, meaning that 1 out of every 8 adults is a carer, and the economic value of their work is estimated at nearly £90 billion each year. In our
constituency of Bromsgrove alone, there are more than 10,000 carers.

Localism Bill

Bromsgrove Standard columnThe Localism Bill, the centrepiece of this Government’s plan to devolve power, was introduced to Parliament just before the Christmas recess.

Welfare State

Bromsgrove Standard columnOf all the reforms being carried out by the Coalition, I believe that changes to the welfare state are among the most important.

Comprehensive Spending Review

Bromsgrove Standard columnThe Comprehensive Spending Review marks the start of the recovery for the national economy.  The Coalition Government has decided to do what every household and business in the country has already been forced to do: adjust expenditure to a sustainable level, cut out waste and inefficiencies, and begin putting in place measures for a prosperous future.

Recess Activity

Bromsgrove Standard columnAt around this time each year, Parliament is normally in summer recess. Given the urgency of the challenges facing our country, however, the Prime Minister rightly decided that the House would return early.


Bromsgrove Standard columnI would like to begin by thanking the Bromsgrove Standard for offering me this monthly column. I’m grateful for the opportunity to keep you all updated through it.