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.”
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.Read more
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.Read more
A few weeks ago I highlighted the possibility of Parliamentary moves that would potentially undermine the constitutional basis of British government.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
Listeners who tuned into BBC Hereford and Worcester on Wednesday might have been confused--and hopefully relieved--to hear their MP talking not about Brexit, but a local pub.Read more