Jesse Norman consulting on whether to stand for Conservative leadership

Local MP Jesse Norman has announced a possible bid to stand for leadership of the Conservative party, emphasising the importance of public service and the need for "an intelligent, warm, inclusive campaign that addresses the pressing need for Brexit but that also reaches beyond the Conservative party and brings people together."
Commenting, he said:

"Ever since I was elected, my goal has been to put this county, and the needs and views of my constituents from Hereford to Ross to all our villages and hamlets, on the national map. This is one further step in that direction. That is why I am now consulting with my colleagues, party members and constituents about potentially standing for the Conservative leadership.

"We should be ambitious not for ourselves, but for our country: for the future of this extraordinary, warm, funny, tolerant, open, traditional, kind, inclusive, mad, conflicted, joyous United Kingdom of ours, from Lands End to John O’Groats, Enniskillen to the Wash.

"If you agree, if you want new faces at the table; if you share these ambitions; if you agree about the central importance, now more than ever, of history and philosophy and substantive debate in politics; then please say so. Now is the time for moderate, decent people to speak up. Let us start the long process of reconstruction.

"It is incumbent upon all politicians—Ministers or backbenchers, across political divides—to step up and deliver a sane and workable Brexit for our country. But it is no less important, now more than ever, that all the candidates for the leadership should be able to set out not just their own policy ideas, beliefs and experience, but the deeper principles and purpose that underlie them.

"Whatever one’s politics, we need the candidates to use the public platform, the hustings, the debates, the soapbox and interviews not to bring each other down but to build mutual understanding and trust and love, to find and renew a sense of common purpose, for the longer term."
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Jesse promoted to Financial Secretary

Local MP Jesse Norman has been promoted to Paymaster General and Financial Secretary to the Treasury as part of a ministerial reshuffle. He was previously Minister of State at the Department of Transport.

Commenting, Jesse said:

“I am delighted to have been asked by the Prime Minister to take on the role as Financial Secretary and Paymaster General at HM Treasury. All the more so since it’s 237 years and two months since one of my great heroes, Edmund Burke, was made Paymaster General.

“But I must say I am very sad to be leaving the Department of Transport, where I have pushed for much more investment in local and strategic roads, in cycling and walking, in electric vehicles and e-cargo bikes, in road safety and in light rail. 

“All of these elements will make a huge difference in Herefordshire. And as always I will continue to work very vigorously to make sure that the voices of my county and my constituents are heard in Whitehall.”


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Jesse’s Hereford Times Column: Now That’s What I Call Music

One of the greatest joys of Herefordshire is the amazing range and quality of its music.

I was reminded of how true this is last Saturday, when I went to hear the recitals of the Hereford Police Choir music bursary competition at Holy Trinity Church.

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Jesse’s Ross Gazette column: Environmentally Friendly

Gazette readers will have seen the protesters of Extinction Rebellion campaigning recently--not just on Oxford Street in London, but in front of the Shire Hall in Hereford.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times Column: Uncharted Seas

A few weeks ago I highlighted the possibility of Parliamentary moves that would potentially undermine the constitutional basis of British government.

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Jesse’s Ross Gazzette column: Brexit update – Here are lions

As I write this on Monday evening, the House of Commons stands in uncharted political territory. Terra Incognita, as they used to say on the maps.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: rural investments

The launch of Hereford Museum and Art Gallery’s Lego Brick History Exhibition last week is a wonderful Easter opportunity for families. It takes famous moments in history and recreates them in Lego bricks. There are lots of activities on offer too, right through April to May 18th--you can even bring your own Lego models!

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Jesse celebrates new Herefordshire university’s move into its first campus buildings at Blackfriars

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Local MP Jesse Norman joined a large gathering of local people last Friday to celebrate the move of NMITE, the New Model in Technology and Engineering, Herefordshire's new university, into its first campus buildings at Blackfriars in the city.

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Jesse’s Ross Gazette column: Brexit latest

Very soon Parliament will—at last—have to make its mind up on Brexit.

The Prime Minister has set out a timetable: a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement by March 12th (with a reported Labour amendment in favour of a second referendum); a vote on whether the UK should press ahead without a deal on the 13th; and a vote on a possible “limited extension” to Article 50 on the 14th.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: Ciao Italia

Last year I wrote to the Prime Minister to suggest a loan of our Mappa Mundi and Magna Carta to France, recognising the generous loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK. And I haven’t given up hope—as always the key is persistence.

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