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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.



John Penrose nominates Thatchers Cider in 'Exported By Britain'

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John Penrose has put forwards Thatchers Cider as his nomination for Exported by Britain, an initiative that looks to challenge the dominant myth that the UK no longer exports to the rest of the world.

 

Weston’s MP welcomes steps to promote responsible gambling

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Weston’s MP John Penrose visited Ladbrokes betting shop in Weston High Street on Saturday morning at their invitation to be shown the steps Ladbrokes have taken to promote responsible gambling. John was particularly interested because it was he - as Minister - who launched the campaign to promote responsible gambling almost half a decade ago...

 

Weston Mercury: MP amongst those saluting Weston’s finest at new business awards

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The Weston Mercury report on the unsung heroes, business newcomers, green intiatives and Weston promotions who all featured among the winners of an inaugural awards event designed to showcase the best the town has to offer - John was proudly in attendance to present a award.

 

MP celebrates 'three years of big success' with local Weston firm

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A WESTON-BASED recruitment firm is celebrating its third year in business and has welcomed a visit from the town’s MP, John Penrose, to mark its success.

 

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...

 
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