Maiden Speech

Yesterday, I delivered my maiden speech in the House of Commons, during the Constitutional and Home Affairs debate on the Queen’s Speech. I paid tribute to my predecessor Ian Taylor, highlighted the poor funding deal we get from central government for local services – and its ramifications – and made the case for reversing the […]

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Welfare Reform

She laughed, assuming it was a joke. Then, reality dawned. A normal employer looking for someone ‘reliable and hard working’, Nicole Mamo was barred from advertising in the local job center in Norfolk last January. Staff said it would discriminate, against those who are unreliable. Nothing more neatly captures the something for nothing culture built […]

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Coalition Cup – Half Full?

As the policy wonks, commentators and public digest the coalition programme for government, there will be a lot of carping. I was not enthusiastic about a full 5 year coalition. But having joined it, we must make it deliver. The programme is not perfect. It reflects compromise. But let’s not lose sight of the positives, […]

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First Week – High Stakes and Hum Drum

And I was anticipating a quiet first week. After a roller-coaster election, we had the drama of the coalition negotiations, culminating in a (pretty much) unprecedented Con-Lib pact. The deal is far from perfect – but, then again, we didn’t win a working majority. David Cameron went for a five year deal, and has made […]

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