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I am opposing Warwick District Council’s proposals to sell off their Riverside House site for exclusive use of private housing and build new offices on part of the Covent Garden site in Leamington alongside a new multi-storey car park. As a result, there will be no car parking available on the Covent Garden Car Park for at least 20 months.
The complete absence of affordable housing in their plans is scandalous. The cost of the project in a time of austerity makes it totally unjustifiable. 800 people rely on Covent Garden Car Park per day. Half of those who use it do so to shop in Leamington Town Centre, while up to 35% of shoppers are from Coventry. The loss of 800 people a day not coming to Leamington will seriously undermine the viability of many Leamington Town Centre businesses.
1 day ago
The new immigration regime announced today is a far cry away from ‘taking control’ – it would instead spell disaster for our economy.The proposal will make the housing, health, and social care crises more difficult to solve, as well as costing businesses hugely. Most of these crucial jobs will fall below the thresholds of the system.The CBI (business representative body) have also echoed this concern, saying: “firms will be left wondering how they will recruit the people needed to run their businesses. With already low unemployment, firms in care, construction, hospitality, food and drink could be most affected.”This proposal is supposedly aimed at transforming our economy into a high-waged and high-skilled one. Frankly, it is investing in training and education, not by limiting immigration for jobs that our public services and businesses desperately rely on, that will achieve this. Low pay, low productivity and skills shortages are not a result of immigration; it is a failure of Government not investing in our economy and workforce.Let me be clear, immigration has been a force for good in this country. The positive economic and social impacts are numerous, and the Governemnt should stop demonising migrants and presenting migration as a problem in itself.I will be challenging this new immigration proposal in Parliament.www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/18/the-new-uk-immigration-rules-tell-employers-to-suck-it-up ... See MoreSee Less
The new UK immigration rules tell employers to suck it up
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2 days ago
Johnson and his top adviser Cummings are making a mockery of Government. Have we simply put in charge our own unelected bureaucrats in favour of the European 'bureaucrats'?I’m glad that their newest adviser, who has been found out to be racist and misogynistic as well as advocating for eugenics, has resigned; but why was he not sacked, and why has the Prime Minister not condemned his views?His views should have no part to play in Government.It’s even more shocking that Johnson has refused to speak out against the comments made by Mr Sabisky, who is rumoured to have been hired by Cumming's infamous "misfits and weirdos" job advert.. There needs to be greater scrutiny over how Downing Street operates. I fear that unelected bureaucrats like Cummings has too much power over elected politicans (just look at what happened with Sajid Javid and the order he was given to fire all his advisers!)I will keep advocating for a transparent and open Government.www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/feb/17/andrew-sabisky-boris-johnsons-ex-adviser-in-his-own-words ... See MoreSee Less
Andrew Sabisky: Boris Johnson's ex-adviser in his own words
6 days ago
This week I showed my support for Trade Unions and the TUC’s campaign to end sexual harassment.It's #HeartUnions week - a time to appreciate the efforts and achievements of trade unions.I’m proud to work in partnership with Unions. Thanks to the them, workers have an array of protections, including sick pay, the minimum wage and protection from discrimination. It's for these reasons that I would encourage everyone to join a union.I am also supporting the TUC’s #ThisIsNotWorking campaign. The TUC has called for an end to workplace sexual harassment making the case that employers, rather than victims, can have a role to play in preventing sexual harassment. The law needs to change to help prevent harassment occurring in the first place. The current law relies on employees to report instances of sexual harassment after they’ve happened which to me seems flawed.Four out of five people don’t feel able to report sexual harassment to their employer. The TUC have found that over 50% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work and almost 70% of LGBT+ people have experienced at least one form of sexual harassment at work. This must end. I’m calling on the Government to end workplace sexual harassment by following the TUC’s recommendations for the upcoming employment bill. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
I once again urged the Government to listen to the concerns of businesses about the Post-Brexit economy.I asked the Chancellor what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the manufacturing sector and the economy more widely, if the UK did not have access to the EU single market. He completely dodged the question.I speak to local businesses and bodies like the Federation of Small Business all the time, and they are extremely concerned that neither the infrastructure, nor the advice, are in place. They simply cannot be sure they can survive Brexit if we don't have frictionless access to our biggest market closest to us.As I have said before, the manufacturing industry and unions alike say the current uneccessary plans to move away from current regulation arrangement will spell ruin - costing billions of pounds and countless jobs. We cannot let the Government destroy such a vital part of the local economy.The Government must support, not (as Johsnon said) 'f' business. I'll continue to push for the interests of Warwick and Leamington. ... See MoreSee Less
The Government's transport and environmental priorities are all wrong.Today I insisted Johnson changes track and urged him to prioritise investing fully in upgrading local and regional transport and to stop HS2’s environmental destruction.It was announced that the Government has approved the controversial HS2 project, which passes through Warwickshire and will see the destruction of ancient woodlands.The cost of HS2 currently stands at over £100 billion – more than double the 2015 estimate.Johnson also announced a £5bn investment for zero carbon buses and a relatively paltry 250 miles of cycle routes, i.e. 640 yards per constituency.Poor management of the project by the Government has meant the cost of HS2 has gone through the roof. These costs must seriously start to come down if it is to have any net benefit for taxpayers.The Government has underfunded public transport for a decade. They are now cherry-picking Labour policies on buses and cycle routes but failing to properly invest them. These limited improvements announced today simply don’t go far enough. We must invest in more buses and cycle routes far above what was announced today and match the investment seen in Europe. I’m pressing for the ‘Chiltern line’ from Birmingham to London to be upgraded and for more cycle routes and electric buses to be installed, especially in Warwick and Leamington.Let's not forget the environmental destruction this will cause (and already has caused).Greenpeace UK has said today that Boris Johnson will be "this century’s largest destroyer of irreplaceable ancient woodlands in the UK".Last weekend I went to visit residents camping near Offchurch who are protesting to save woodland planned for clearance to make way for HS2. After visiting the three campsites which fall just outside of my constituency, it is clear that residents feel strongly about protecting wonderful natural assets that help us in our fight against climate change.The Government must now seriously work to minimise the environmental destruction from HS2 as a matter of urgency.You can watch my exchange with the Prime Minister here:mattwestern.org/news-article/warwick-and-leamington-mp-urges-pm-to-prioritise-in-investing-fully-in-upgrading-local-and-regional-transport-and-stop-hs2-environmental-destruction/ ... See MoreSee Less
MP urges PM to fully invest in local transport & stop HS2 environmental destruction - Matt Western