Hello and welcome to my weekly View from the House for Tamworth Informed.
It was a rather fluid week this week as you may have seen. On Monday the Prime Minister announced that, having listened closely to all sides of the House, she will postpone the ‘Meaningful Vote’ on the Withdrawal Agreement and go back to the EU for assurances on the Backstop among other concerns. This will now take place in January after the next few weeks are spent revisiting some aspects of the draft agreement.
On Wednesday a No Confidence vote was called on the Prime Minister by my Conservative colleagues. After a rather busy day the Prime Minister won the vote by 200 to 117. I supported her and was of the firm belief that a leadership election is an entirely unnecessary distraction and it is not what we, or the country, needs at this moment when we should be getting on and delivering Brexit. I was very pleased to see her secure her spot as our leader.
Elsewhere this week, new figures show that employment is at a record high, and wages are rising at their fastest pace in a decade. Since 2010, over 3.4 million more people have found work and the number of people who are unemployed has reduced by over 1.1 million.
Outside of Parliament, normal business continues back home. On Friday I visit Ascott Analytical Equipment in the Lichfield Road Industrial Estate and met Chris and Adrian, the company’s Chairman and MD respectively. It was great to meet them and the team, see their business and hear about the impressive achievements they have had to date which have been commended by Government. The firm makes corrosion test chambers for some of the world’s biggest automotive and aerospace groups and has just completed the expansion of its Tamworth base. It is fantastic to hear such success in local business and is further proof that the Midlands really is the home of high skilled manufacturing and exporters that lead the way.
On Friday I also recorded an interview for Touch FM on my year which they will be playing over the Christmas period so do look out for that!
On Saturday, as is tradition, I visited Royal Mail on Blythe Street to say thank you to everyone for their work during the year and over the coming weeks and also to hear about what is planned for the New Year. It is always a pleasure to meet all the team there and I look forward to seeing them again soon.
All that’s left for me to say is that I hope you have a wonderful weekend.