Jesse’s Hereford Times column

I have always had heroes. Some famous, some little-known, none of them perfect, all of them human, all of them flawed, but all of them extraordinary to me:  people who have shaped the world around them for the good.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: Investment in Hereford

As Hereford Times readers will know, I am a hopeless optimist by nature.  But even I am starting to get really excited about all the new investment taking in place in Hereford.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: Proroguing Parliament

The past week has resounded to wild cries that the decision to prorogue Parliament is a “coup”, a suspension of democracy, or even fascism in action.  The famous children’s author Philip Pullman has invoked the language of lynching, while other notables have launched into eye-popping denunciations.

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Jesse welcomes new spending on Sixth Form College, schools, special needs, buses

Local MP Jesse Norman has welcomed new Government spending which will greatly benefit people across Herefordshire.

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Victory! Jesse welcomes changes by Highways England to A49 roadworks

Jesse Norman MP has warmly welcomed a host of changes announced by Highways England in response to local concerns about roadworks on the A49 between Wilton and Peterstow.

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Letter to residents: A49 Roadworks Wilton to Peterstow

I wanted to update you on the situation with the A49 roadworks being undertaken in and around Peterstow by Highways England, in advance of the public meeting this evening.

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Jesse’s Ross Gazette column: Celebrating Rural Champions

It was a delight last week to welcome Two Farmers Crisps to Westminster, where they were crowned national Rural Enterprise Champions at the Countryside Alliance Awards.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: From Transport to Treasury

It is now a month since I was promoted from the Department of Transport to be the new Paymaster General and Financial Secretary to the Treasury.  That is, the minister in charge of HM Revenue and Customs and the development of tax policy.

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Jesse’s Hereford Times column: My leadership manifesto

I decided last week, after wide consultation, not to throw my Stetson into the ring of the Conservative leadership contest.

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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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