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Articles

John writes a fortnightly column for The Weston & Somerset Mercury as Weston-Super-Mare's MP, provides articles for numerous local and national publications, and is regularly interviewed by these avenues too. Copies of these articles and interviews are below:



Mercury Article: I've always had a soft spot for Sir Eric...

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In his most recent article for The Weston Mercury John tells readers about why he has always had a soft spot for Eric Pickles and how his most recent role serving the Government means he'll get to work with him a bit more...

 

The Guardian Article: Electoral registration changes will make voting fairer and reduce the risk of fraud

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In an article for The Guardian, John explains why it is 'absolutely untrue' that anyone will accidentally find themselves unable to vote because of the change to individual electoral registration.

 

Mercury Article: A ray of hope for Birnbeck Pier?

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In this week's article for the Weston Mercury, John discusses that despite the best efforts of almost everyone involved, from the council to the Friends of the Old Pier and the ‘Save Birnbeck Pier’ group, with every passing day, the Old Pier gets a little bit weaker and more at risk from the elements...

 

Western Daily Press: Why the SNP want us to dislike them...

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In an article for the Western Daily Press John talks about why the SNP have decided they are quite happy to come across as unprincipled and spiteful and why it certainly isn't stupid that they've chosen to do so... but, we need to be clever and not rise to their bait. Done correctly English Votes for English Laws will get through and cement the UK more firmly together as a result.

 

Weston Mercury: MP approves of plans to add life & social-feel to town centre

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The Weston Mercury report that street art, pedestrianisation and more outdoor events around Weston High Street are priorities moving forward with the town centre's regeneration. John, who has previously discussed his ideas of adding life to the town and encouraging building up-not-out' gives his thoughts...

 

Mercury Article: Fairness and the importance of 'English Votes for English Laws'

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In this week's column for the Weston Mercury, John talks about fairness and the importance of the newly introduced 'English Votes for English Laws' that was one of John's election pledges to Westonians prior to May's election.

 

Making Parliament Fairer & Cheaper for British People

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A short segment from BBC's Sunday Politics where John Penrose, Minister for the Constitution, comments on making Parliament fairer and cheaper for British people by reducing the number of constituency seats (and, therefore, MP's).

 

Weston Mercury: Delivering the 'In or Out' referendum

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In this week's article for the Weston Mercury, John talks about his two days in the Commons as one of the two Ministers in Charge of the Bill that will give the UK that 'In or Out' referendum.

 

European Union Bill Committee Debate Video: Entitlement to Vote

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Following on from July 16th's Debate on the European Referendum, John adds his thoughts to the matter of entitlement to vote. Specifically the debate centres on age and geographical location at the time of the EU referendum.

 

European Union Bill Committee Debate Video: Entitlement to Vote

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Following on from July 16th's Debate on the European Referendum, John adds his thoughts to the matter of entitlement to vote. Specifically the debate centres on age and geographical location at the time of the EU referendum.

 


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