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Articles

John writes a fortnightly column for The Weston & Somerset Mercury as Weston-Super-Mare's MP and also provides articles for numerous local and national publications too. Copies of these articles are below, including those he wrote when he was Shadow Business Minister.



Bristol Evening Post: The New Gender Equality Act

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Have you heard of the Gender Equality (International Development) Act yet? If not, John Penrose MP explains why it may very well impress you in his article for The Bristol Evening Post...

 

Prime Minister’s Questions is Political Marmite...

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Prime Minister’s Questions is political Marmite. For some people it’s a no-holds-barred exercise in holding the Government to account; putting a metaphorical gun to the PM’s head; democracy at its best. But others think it’s a rather silly and childish affair; a Punch and Judy show that’s comical at best and shameful at worst...

 

Weston Mercury: ‘how many people work in Parliament?’

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In this week's article, John answers the question: ‘how many people work in Parliament?’, where the answer is ‘about half’ (boom boom). But, every so often, the MPs and Lords have to work up an honest-to-goodness sweat by doing a bit of (gasp) hard work.

 

Weston Mercury Article: 2013 and the year ahead

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In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John talks about 2013 and looks towards the challenges we face over the course of the year ahead.

 

Eric Pickles as a Greek God?

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In this week's article for The Weston Mercury John talks about why we've been seeing Eric Pickles as a Greek God around Weston over the past few weeks....

 

Why I can't talk about Energy Bills anymore...

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In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John discusses the sad fact that many are facing expensive energy heating bills this winter as utility companies continue to put up their prices.

 

Why a Government reshuffle is a bit like Christmas

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In his fortnightly column for the Weston Mercury John discusses why a Government reshuffle is a bit like Christmas... You know it’s coming; everyone gets very excited; but you can never be quite sure what you’re going to get!

 

Trop shows politicians listen to public. Now lets support Derek Mead!

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There you go. Just when everyone thought the Trop was doomed, it was saved at the 11th hour by… a Government Minister. And if you have trouble picturing the ample form of Eric Pickles as a white knight in shining armour, trust me, you aren’t alone. But at least it shows that politicians will, just occasionally, listen to public opinion.

 

What stops people with deep pockets buying influence & votes?

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In an article for the Bristol Evening Post, John asks what happens when money and politics mix, and how we can stop people with deep pockets buying influence and votes.

 

So, what do you think about Syria?

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In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John asks what you think about Syria. Should we intervene, or is it none of our business?

 
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