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All Press Enquiries should be directed to John's Press Manager, Roger Williams, on 01934 613841 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Weston Mercury: Trop team deliver thanks to Eric Pickles

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The Weston Mercury reports on the news that Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, has received more personal thank yous from those who fought a successful campaign to save the Tropicana and a special one is added from John too!


Penrose hails consumer power as more people switch banks

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John Penrose MP has hailed new figures showing a big increase in the number of bank customers switching current accounts, after George Osborne and the Payments Council announced a new, quicker and simpler system for moving banks last year.


Weston’s MP Celebrates Sharp Drop in Local Truancy

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Weston MP John has welcomed new truancy figures released today, showing the number of pupils regularly skipping school in North Somerset has fallen by almost a quarter (23%) since 2010.


Former Tourism Minister & Weston MP John Penrose Rolls Up His Sleeves For English Tourism Week

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Former Tourism Minister and local MP John Penrose worked alongside full-time staff as an assistant at Weston's Tourism Information Centre last Friday, to celebrate English Tourism Week...


Weston Mercury: MP launches charity to help young people

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The Weston Mercury reports that John Penrose MP has opened a new charity that will tackle antisocial behaviour and obesity in young people in North Somerset villages.


Weston Mercury: MP praises Royal Mail

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The Weston Mercury reports on John Penrose MP joining Weston postman Steve Jones for the morning to see how changes to the Royal Mail are taking shape.


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: MP concerned at drop in Weston's rail passenger numbers

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The Weston Mercury reports on John Penrose MP's concerns that more than 60,000 fewer passengers used Weston railway station last year, compared with the previous 12 months.


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.


Weston MP welcomes partial return of local train service after floods

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Local MP John Penrose today welcomed the announcement that local rail services between Taunton and Weston-super-Mare are restarting in the wake of the floods...

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