4th March 2013
I recently visited Honda, which currently employs 3500 workers at its large industrial site in Swindon, to discuss the impact that the European economic downturn is having upon its operation. This was especially poignant in the wake of Honda’s announcement to reduce its workforce by 800.
21st February 2013
Since the European Council agreed to cut the EU budget for the first time in 56 years, the European Parliament has been posturing and positioning itself to stand against the wishes of national governments. Some MEPs are now talking of holding a secret ballot in an effort to thwart the wishes of Member States.
13th February 2013
With the horsemeat scandal still engulfing the food industry I met with Devon based farmers near Exeter earlier this week. At a well attended meeting, organised by the NFU, local farmers voiced their concerns regarding the problems facing British food producers, the proposed reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the impact that 12 months of almost constant rain is having on the food chain.
8th February 2013
1st February 2013
The Government has announced that Airbus is soon to receive £1.4million investment from its Regional Growth Fund, leading to the creation of 200 jobs in Filton. The funding will be used for a training programme designed to grow Britain’s world-leading engineering capabilities.
29th January 2013
I am happy to say that last week I, and my Conservative Colleagues, voted to approve legislation that will help protect healthcare patients and the medical industry.
25th January 2013
The Welsh Labour Government’s announcement in December of its intention to purchase Cardiff Airport from its private owners, TBI, has received widespread criticism.