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John had an extensive and successful business career before he entered Parliament, working for large, blue chip companies as well as his own small, entrepreneurial firms [details here]. As a result he understands the pressures – and the rewards – of working in business and is committed to helping wealth creators in big companies or tiny start-ups to build successful firms that provide jobs, growth and economic security for everyone.

In 2009, John was appointed Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), where he wrote the Party’s policy on cutting red tape and quangos (details here) which has now become coalition Government policy. John’s ideas of ‘one-in, one-out’ regulatory budgets and regular reviews of all quangos are now making a profound and continuing impact on the way Whitehall works.

John believes it’s essential Britain has stronger skills to compete in the ‘knowledge economy’ of the 21st century. He is a long-standing Governor and Associate Governor of Weston College, and was joint Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning from 2005 to 2009 for the same reason.

After the 2010 election John became Tourism minister and produced the country’s first fully-fledged Tourism Policy [details here] for many years. The sector grew strongly during John’s tenure as Minister; you can read more about his achievements [here].

In 2013 John published a new Policy Paper on Britain’s unloved utilities companies (gas, electricity, water, banks etc) called ‘We Deserve Better’, on how politicians could give consumers more powers to find better deals when they’re being ripped off by their current suppliers. It was favourably reviewed by the FT and has attracted widespread interest from regulators, utilities firms and consumer groups alike.



MP urges Weston to make themselves heard on Proposals to Modernise & Move Town Centre Post Office

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Following a letter from The Post Office informing Weston's MP that there are plans to modernise and relocate the town centre Post Office branch, John Penrose has sent a message over social media urging constituents to make their voice and thoughts heard...

 

Penrose welcomes improvement in Weston’s economy

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Older residents, and less well-off local families, are doing best in Weston’s economic recovery according to figures just released by Barclays Bank.

 

Former Tourism Minister & Seaside Town MP John Penrose calls for Full Independence for Visit England

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As the Triennial Review of tourism quangos Visit Britain and Visit England gets underway, former tourism Minister and seaside town, John has written to Triennial Review boss Mark Fisher recommending full independence for Visit England.

 

Triennial Review Submission by John Penrose MP

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Submission to the Triennial Review by John Penrose MP where former Tourism Minister & Seaside Town MP John Penrose calls for full independence for VisitEngland.

 

Weston Mercury Column: Unemployment keeps on falling!

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In this fortnight's Weston Mercury column, John talks about the latest figures that show local unemployment has almost halved since May 2012...

 
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