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John had an extensive and successful business career before he entered Parliament, working for large, blue chip companies as well as his own small, entrepreneurial firms [details here]. As a result he understands the pressures – and the rewards – of working in business and is committed to helping wealth creators in big companies or tiny start-ups to build successful firms that provide jobs, growth and economic security for everyone.

In 2009, John was appointed Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), where he wrote the Party’s policy on cutting red tape and quangos (details here) which has now become coalition Government policy. John’s ideas of ‘one-in, one-out’ regulatory budgets and regular reviews of all quangos are now making a profound and continuing impact on the way Whitehall works.

John believes it’s essential Britain has stronger skills to compete in the ‘knowledge economy’ of the 21st century. He is a long-standing Governor and Associate Governor of Weston College, and was joint Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning from 2005 to 2009 for the same reason.

After the 2010 election John became Tourism minister and produced the country’s first fully-fledged Tourism Policy [details here] for many years. The sector grew strongly during John’s tenure as Minister; you can read more about his achievements [here].

In 2013 John published a new Policy Paper on Britain’s unloved utilities companies (gas, electricity, water, banks etc) called ‘We Deserve Better’, on how politicians could give consumers more powers to find better deals when they’re being ripped off by their current suppliers. It was favourably reviewed by the FT and has attracted widespread interest from regulators, utilities firms and consumer groups alike.



What to do about the nationwide shortage of curry chefs?

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In his most recent article for the Weston Mercury, John discusses the potential shortage of restaurant chefs - a topic that you may have seen discussed on both the local and national news this week...

 

Weston Mercury: MP keen to help prevent a Curry Crisis in Weston

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John Penrose has met with restaurateurs who are concerned that Weston-super-Mare is facing a curry crisis, as the Indian catering industry is suffering from staff shortages...

 

Weston Mercury: MP officially opens Winnie’s Parlour

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A Weston bakery celebrated the opening of a new tea parlour at the weekend.

 

John congratulates Weston College on reaching 100 apprenticeship pledges in just 25 days

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John has congratulated Weston College for meeting its target of 100 apprenticeship pledges in just a quarter of the time they had expected!

 

MP Meets Local Business Champions

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Weston's MP John Penrose had opportunity to meet some of the stars within his constituency's commercial community at the second annual Weston Business Awards...

 
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