At its simplest productivity is the value of output produced per hour or per year by the average worker. The Bank of England is said to be worried because UK productivity is lower than the USA and some countries in the EU, and has not been going up as quickly as before the crash […]
Yesterday a letter arrived in my email box from the Chief Executive of Heathrow. He wants my support in case Heathrow emerges as the preferred location for an extra runway from the imminent Report. I have written back to him reminding him that recent changes to flight patterns have increased the noise over my constituency. […]
Some of you are complaining about delays or even wrongly suggesting censorship. I am exceptionally busy at the moment with a new Parliament, a new government to influence and a backlog of cases to take up for constituents. During an election there are no MPs, so MP cases have to await re election. […]
I would like to believe in public service broadcasting. Some part of me is heir to the grand tradition of Lord Reith. I helped educate myself by listening to Radio 4 or the Home Service. At its best the BBC can still produce interesting documentaries, good discussions and good educational programmes. The idea of […]
I have now been sent the final figures for the costs of running my Parliamentary office in 2014-15. The staff costs were £58,022 compared to a maximum permitted budget of £138,600 (41.9% of budget) My London accommodation costs were £3362, compared to a maximum budget of £8850 (38% of budget) My other office costs were […]
I thought it would be unfair to spend a day on both Labour and Lib Dems, and ignore UKIP which polled 3.8 million votes. Today seems a good day to offer our UKIP bloggers a chance to give us their thoughts on their party, as there is suddenly an active and lively public debate […]
Yesterday’s unemployment figures brought the welcome news that unemployment in the Wokingham constituency is now down to 334 people or just 0.6% of the workforce. This is 185 fewer than in April 2014. Wokingham is the seventh lowest unemployment rate in the country by constituency.
The government is right to argue that we should not be part of the EU’s new quota system for migrants arriving in Italy. It is right to help with the humanitarian task of rescuing people from the seas, and to stress the need to track down and prosecute the cruel traffickers who charge for […]
I have written a post on the BBC for tomorrow, which wrongly triggered today. Those interested in the BBC should revisit on friday, as we have enough to talk about under the centre ground post today. I have delayed it another day as something more urgent has come up.
A few of you have criticised me for spending a little time on opposition parties after the election. This is not a diversionary strategy, but the Conservative government is spending the next couple of weeks finalising the Queen’s speech which will then be the main topic of political debate. In the meantime it is important […]