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Business & Enterprise

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.



Weston Mercury: Youth unemployment drops sharply

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The Weston Mercury reports on the news that benefit claims from young people in Weston out of work, has fallen by more than a quarter in the past year and features comments from John in response.

 

Weston MP welcomes sharp drop in local unemployment

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Local MP John Penrose is celebrating today as figures published this week show that unemployment has come down significantly in Weston and the villages. The number of young people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance fell by over a quarter - 27% - in the last year, and the number of long-term unemployed dropped by almost a third – 30% - as well.

 

Weston Mercury: Apprentice success is ‘brilliant’ - MP

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The Weston Mercury reports on John Penrose's delight at the news that more than 1,000 young people started an apprenticeship in the town last year.

 

Weston MP welcomes boost in local apprenticeships

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Weston’s MP John Penrose has welcomed new figures showing that 1,120 people started an apprenticeship in Weston-super-Mare last year.

 

Success For MP's New Jobs Club

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The new WSM Jobs Club's first session last Friday was a huge success, with over 20 Westonians dropping in to get help with their job search. Some were looking for a new job following redundancy, some had been out of work for a long while, while others were looking for advice on how to manage a career change.

 
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