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Business & Consumers

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.



Penrose launches Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair

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The Weston-super-Mare Jobs Fair organised by MP John Penrose rolls into town on the 15th September with hundreds of local jobs available.

 

Weston Mercury: Jobless down as Weston smashes national average figures

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WESTON’S unemployment levels have fallen by more than a third over the past year to their lowest number in almost six years.

 

Weston’s economy beats the Southwest on job creation

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Weston’s MP John Penrose has welcomed figures released yesterday showing that the town’s unemployment rate has dipped below 3% this summer, its lowest level for at least 4 years.

 

CEM: New Gambling Licensing and Advertising Act Becomes Law

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Casino Enterprise Management magazine comment on the news that a major new gaming bill put forward when John Penrose was Gambling Minister has now become law. The magazine feels that it marks a significant step in increasing protection to consumers based in Great Britain...

 

MP John Penrose welcomes faster energy account switching announcement

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose praised Ofgem’s decision this week to force energy firms to introduce one-day switching.

 
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