View from Westminster - September 11

1:34pm Thursday 11th September 2014

THE news is dominated by next week’s referendum on the future of the United Kingdom.

MP's View - July 31

11:23am Thursday 31st July 2014

LAST week saw the opening of The Foyer in Kidderminster’s Bromsgrove Street. The Foyer is part of the St Basil’s charity, providing accommodation to homeless youngsters.

MP's View - May 30

11:15am Friday 30th May 2014

IT has been a pretty remarkable few days for politics, with UKIP delivering the political earthquake they promised.

View From Westminster, April 24, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

POLITICIANS always moan about the press. In particular, they complain they don’t get enough coverage, or their opponents get too much, or the arguments are biased in one direction or another, or any other myriad version of a whinge that we in the political world can find to complain about.

View From Westminster, April 17, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE ‘cost of living crisis’ is something that is much talked about. But what is it?

View From Westminster, April 10, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

PLANNING is a contentious issue – the fact that I am writing about it for the second week running just goes to show how much it features in my mailbag.

View From Westminster, April 3, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

FROM time to time, the issue of supermarkets dominance crops up – usually when a big chain comes to town.

View From Westminster, March 27, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

BUDGETS can be pretty tedious things – a bit of an adjustment here, a relief there, a slice off something else yonder. But not last week’s.

View From Westminster, March 20, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

3:00pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

LAST Friday I held my fourth Jobs Fair – where around 50 employers, recruitment agencies and training organisations gathered in Kidderminster Town Hall.

View From Westminster, March 13, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

3:00pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

THIS week marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. It really is hard to think of an invention (a British one, at that!) that has had such a profound effect on all our lives.

View From Westminster, March 6, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

4:00pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

FROM time to time, I write this column knowing that it will raise howls of protest from some constituents. This is one such week and the subject is taking children on holiday during term-time.

View From Westminster, February 27, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

9:42am Tuesday 4th March 2014

THE referendum on the future of Scotland in the UK is certainly hotting up. Indeed, it is dominating the media more than the more immediate Euro elections, scheduled four months earlier than the Scottish referendum.

View From Westminster, February 20, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

FOCUS continues, inevitably, on the economy. There is more and more good news coming and the latest inflation numbers (up just 1.9% for January) is yet another signal that things, whilst not necessarily giving the excuse to get out the bunting and champagne, are on the right direction. But it is all very well to look to the national picture, But what is happening locally in Wyre Forest?

View From Westminster, February 13, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

THE news is absolutely dominated by the flooding across the country. Whilst the Somerset Levels dominate most headlines, the Thames bursting its banks has drawn attention to the Home Counties. Worcestershire is in chaos with the River Severn continuing to rise this week.

View From Westminster, February 6, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

4:00pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

THERE is much written about the lack of interest in democracy, especially amongst the young. More than half of under-35-year-olds do not vote – a tragedy when you consider that it is under-35-year-olds who gave their lives in two world wars to ensure we kept democracy.

View From Westminster, January 23, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

4:00pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

THE recent figures published by the ONS confirm that the economy continues to recover.

View From Westminster, January 23, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

IT has been two years since the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust announced the start of the Joint Strategic Review into acute hospital services in Worcestershire.

View from Westminster - January 16

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

12:10pm Tuesday 21st January 2014

THE subject of the European Union is never far from the news. With the EU elections coming up, this will get worse.

View From Westminster, January 9, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 8th January 2014

OF this year’s New Year messages from world leaders two in particular stand out. The first is our own Prime Minister’s, the second is from France’s President Francois Hollande.

View From Westminster, January 2, 2014

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

11:00am Wednesday 1st January 2014

L AST week George Osborne was voted The Times Person of the Year 2013. Now, I’m not so insensitive not to realise this is unlikely to be a cause of endless celebration for some. But the award came on the same day the Centre for Economic and Business Re - search, predicted the UK economy would be the biggest in Europe within 15 years.

View From Westminster, December 26, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

6:00am Thursday 26th December 2013

WYRE Forest is certainly shining bright this Christmas with the towns’ decorations in full splendour.

View From Westminster, December 19, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

4:00pm Wednesday 18th December 2013

THERE was a headline last week that was brief, but important. It concerned Lloyds Bank being fined £28 million for the mis-selling of financial products to retail con - sumers – to the average man and woman on the street.

View From Westminster, December 12, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

THE important event last week – the Autumn Statement – was, completely understandably, overshadowed by the very sad passing of Nelson Mandela.

View from Westminster - December 5, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

3:00pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

THE announcement this week of the PISA tests shines a stark light on our schools.

View from Westminster - November 28, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

3:00pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

ONE of the all too frequent problems of being an MP is that of urgent, unplanned, events conflicting with planned commitments. Last Friday was one such day.

View from Westminster - November 21, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

3:00pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

LAST weekend saw the extraordinary revelations about Rev Paul Flowers.

View from Westminster - November 14, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 13th November 2013

THERE were two big events over the weekend that both, in their way, reminded us of the frailty of man. The Remembrance Sunday services looked back to a time (in some cases very recently) when man has waged war against man: the events in the Philippines reminds us just how frail we are against nature.

View from Westminster - November 7, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 6th November 2013

BARELY a month goes by without another announcement of significant investment into our district.

View from Westminster - October 31, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

4:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013

ONE of the big questions being raised again is that of police integrity.

View from Westminster - October 24, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

THE topic of energy prices is under intense scrutiny at the moment. With the big energy providers lining up to increase costs by around 10 per cent. It is right that the cost of energy is looked at – especially as it takes an increasingly large share of households’ income.

View from Westminster - October 17, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

3:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013

THE Bewdley Festival is in full swing and, I understand, doing very well with excellent attendances.

View from Westminster - October 10, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

3:00pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

FINANCIAL pressures continue and the latest service to start a review of its delivery is the Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority.

View from Westminster - October 3, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013

BIG business comes in for quite a bit of flak from time to time. More often than not it is for making too much money, or not looking after the environment, or for any number of other social ‘crimes’.

View from Westminster - September 26, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

11:18am Wednesday 25th September 2013

ONE recent announcement to hit the national press in the last couple of weeks is the introduction of the new seven-day switching service for bank accounts.

MPs view - September 19

12:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013

THE economy is, yet again, in the news. After a prolonged period of disappointing growth it now seems that we are turning the corner.

View from Westminster - Syria special - August 30, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

5:00pm Friday 30th August 2013

AS an MP I receive many, many emails from constituents about a wide range of issues. Most are computer generated campaign messages.

MP's take on crucial Syrian debate in Parliament

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

4:56pm Friday 30th August 2013

David Cameron ruled out UK involvement in military action against Syria after a defeat on the issue in the Commons yesterday. A motion backing the use of force “if necessary” in response to last week’s deadly chemical weapons attack was rejected by 272 votes to 285 – a majority of 13. About 30 Tory rebels joined Labour to defeat the motion. In this exclusive article, Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier describes the debate in the House and explains why he voted with the Government motion for intervention.

View from Westminster - August 29, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013

ONE issue that comes up from time to time is that of the scourge of so-called “pay day lenders”.

View From Westminster, August 22, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

FOR those of us of a certain age, the dispatching of HMS Westminster to Gibraltar is reminiscent of another maritime expedition some 31 years ago to the South Atlantic.

MPs view

6:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013

LAST week saw another brief furore about tax dodgers.

View From Westminster, August 8, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 7th August 2013

THERE is more and more good economic news coming out.

View From Westminster, August 1, 2013

3:00pm Wednesday 31st July 2013

THIS Thursday sees the third day of elections this year – the first being the main county council elections, whilst the second and third have been county council by-elections.

View from Westminster - July 25, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

3:00pm Wednesday 24th July 2013

THERE are three numbers that should be making bigger headlines – 9, 12 and 18. These are the percentages that reflect what has happened with crime and they are all good news for us all.

View from Westminster - July 18, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

3:00pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

THE latest revelations about the NHS dominating the headlines are yet more in a depressing catalogue of failings that seem to emerge on a weekly basis.

View From Westminster, July 11, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

2:45pm Wednesday 10th July 2013

THE news tends to be dominated by politics again – not the general stuff of how to sort out the mess in public finances, but more of the old slanging match style.

View from Westminster - July 4, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

2:00pm Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Waste recycling centre fires are in vogue. This week a large fire has broken out at a recycling centre in Smethwick and follows on from our very own fire at the Forge recycling centre on the Stourport Road in Kidderminster – the second one at The Forge in seven months.

View From Westminster, June 27, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: SUPPORT: Mark Garnier

4:54pm Wednesday 26th June 2013

THIS week sees another spending review, looking again at our public finances. This review sets out plans for the first year after the next election – the year 2015/16 – and is important because it sets the trajectory beyond the next election, giving a clear steer of intent to the people who lend us money to keep our public services serving the community.

View from Westminster - June 20

9:00am Thursday 20th June 2013

From time to time, there is criticism of MPs that they never seem to be in the chamber.

View From Westminster, June 13, 2013

4:58pm Wednesday 26th June 2013

ONE of the topics that comes up in my mailbag on a fairly frequent basis is that of anti-social behaviour.

View from Westminster - June 6, 2013

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier: Wishing Wyre Forest athletes good luck in the London  Olympic Games.

2:00pm Wednesday 5th June 2013

PARLIAMENT is mired in sleaze again. This time, with a sense of déjà vu, it is cash for questions. Or to put it more correctly, undeclared paid advocacy.



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