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Ideas In Action



John likes ideas which might make people’s lives better, whether they apply to Weston and the villages, the UK as a whole, or other countries around the globe. So, both before and since he became an MP, he has contributed policy recommendations which he thinks might help. Producing a policy paper is a rather lengthy and formal process – there are many other ways to contribute to democratic debate, such as the articles, interviews and speeches which you will find elsewhere in this website, for example – but it’s still an important part of an MP’s role. So we’ve provided details of what his various policy papers recommended, and whether they’ve been listened to or implemented as well! Please click on a specific paper if you want more details than the outline shown below...



Conservative Party Members’ Rights by John Penrose MP (1997)

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Whilst in charge of policy research at the Bow Group, a long-established and highly-respected Conservative think-tank, John wrote and published a paper that made recommended fundamental changes to the way the Conservative Party was run. In particular, he proposed giving individual Party members a vote in selecting the leader (previously it was only done by MPs), as a way of broadening both the Conservative Party’s membership and, ultimately, it’s elected representatives (particularly MPs) to match the rest of the country more closely. .

 

Regulation In The Post-Bureaucratic Age by John Penrose MP (2009)

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From the moment the Labour Government entered Number 10 in 1997, they let rip with new regulations that made life difficult for individuals, charities, public bodies and social enterprises. These were so excessive that by 2009 they'd significantly reduced the UK's economic competitiveness. As Shadow Business Minister in Ken Clarke's team, John wrote the Party’s policy on cutting red tape and quangos that was adopted by the coalition Government as policy when it formed in 2010.

 

Government's Tourism Strategy by John Penrose MP (2011)

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As Tourism Minister John authored the Government’s tourism policy to help the industry achieve its potential as a major employer and source of economic growth at a time of austerity, and grasp the opportunities of the 2011 Royal Wedding, and the 2012 Olympics and Diamond Jubilee.

 

We Deserve Better Policy Paper by John Penrose MP (2013)

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John’s policy document ‘We Deserve Better’ asks why Britain’s utilities (gas, electricity, water, high street banking, etc) are so unpopular and distrusted by their customers while other industries which provide day-to-day necessities, like food or clothing, do better.

 


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