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Articles

John writes a fortnightly column for The Weston & Somerset Mercury as Weston-Super-Mare's MP and also provides articles for numerous local and national publications too. Copies of these articles are below, including those he wrote when he was Shadow Business Minister.



Mercury Article: Weston should be proud of huge improvements in local schools

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In this week's article for The Weston Mercury, John talks about how any parent, wherever or whoever they are, wants a good education for their children and how Weston's schools are ensuring that this is the case for local families...

 

Bristol Evening Post Column: The Scots have done us a double favour, by John Penrose MP

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In an article for The Bristol Evening Post, John talks about the Scots vote that will see them stay in the UK. Three centuries of heritage were saved, a phenomenal intellectual and artistic culture will still flourish, and one of the most successful economic unions survived to trade another day...

 

Weston Mercury Column: Unemployment keeps on falling!

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In this fortnight's Weston Mercury column, John talks about the latest figures that show local unemployment has almost halved since May 2012...

 

John Penrose MP Interviewed by 'The Weston Luminare'

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Weston's MP, John Penrose, has perhaps his longest interview to date with new culture and lifestyle magazine, The Weston Luminare.

 

Mercury Article: Nothing ever happens in August... right?

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For most people, August is a welcome chance to decompress. Time with the family, spot of gardening, trips away; that sort of thing. But while most of the world is recharging its batteries, the press are tearing their hair out because, you see, nothing ever happens in August.

 

I’m a big fan of people taking a well-earned break. Except for MPs, that is...

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John explains why he isn't a fan of MPs taking extended holidays and gives his reasons why a shorter summer break makes sense...

 

The Summer Holidays & Our Local Economy

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In this week's column for The Weston Mercury, John discusses the summer holidays. To many that means barbecues, trips to the beach, fun and games; but to many local businesses it also means tourism!

 

BEP: Why Cabinet reshuffles are just like The Hunger Games

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In an article for the Bristol Evening Post, John Penrose MP explains how, inside Parliament, Government Reshuffles are a lot like The Hunger Games. The political equivalent life or death, with jobs lost and promotions granted at a stroke...

 

The magical work going on at Weston's 'Anaerobic Digestion Planet'

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You know the old story about alchemists turning lead into gold? In this week's Mercury column, John talks about the technology in use as Weston's Anaerobic Digestion Planet, allowing us to do something nearly as good: transforming piles of smelly rubbish into clean, green electricity...

 

Cheddar Valley Gazette: MP's First Day

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If your children (or you) have ever started a new school in the middle of term, you’ll know it’s pretty intimidating. In an article for the Cheddar Valley Gazette John explains how Robert Jenrick's first day in Parliament is not too different...

 
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