Westminster News

Matt Hancock MP appointed Minister for Business, Enterprise and Energy

Matt Hancock has been appointed Minister of State for Business, Energy and Enterprise and the Minister of State for Portsmouth. This means Matt is no longer the Minister for Skills and will leave the Department of Education, working instead across the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. He will now attend cabinet.

More good news for employment in West Suffolk

Unemployment in West Suffolk has fallen by a further 38% since April last year. All areas of West Suffolk are benefiting from our long term economic plan. In Mildenhall, unemployment has fallen by 42% since April 2013. In Newmarket, it has fallen by 39%. Brandon has seen a 43% fall in unemployment and Haverhill a 38% drop since last year.

A level playing field for horse racing

Horseracing is Britain’s second largest sport and with turnover of £3.5bn, the sport employs over 100,000 people and draws annual crowds of 6 million. It generated over £275m in tax in 2012, and over £1.4bn in the last five years.

Why I voted to ban smoking in cars with children

Last night I voted to ban smoking in cars where a child is present. I wanted to thank all those of who took the time to contact me with your views on this issue and explain why I decided to vote for the ban.

Have your say on smoking in cars

On Monday I will be in the House of Commons voting on whether or not to ban smoking in cars carrying children. Since this touches on some very fundamental questions about individual rights, the Government have decided this should be a free vote, meaning MPs will not be voting along party lines.