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Business Questions 22 March 2018 

22 Mar 18

At Business Questions I raised the Brexit transition deal with the Leader of the House.


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The leaked impact assessments won’t change a thing – we always knew Brexit would be bad for the economy 

31 Jan 18

We were told repeatedly during the referendum campaign that Brexit would be bad for the economy, and people chose to vote for it anyway…


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The leaked impact assessments won’t change a thing – we always knew Brexit would be bad for the economy 

31 Jan 18

We were told repeatedly during the referendum campaign that Brexit would be bad for the economy, and people chose to vote for it anyway…


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European Union Withdrawal Bill – Remaining Stages 

18 Jan 18

On Tuesday 16 January and Wednesday 17 January 2018 the Report Stage and the Third Reading of the European Union Withdrawal Bill were debated.


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Lichfield MP says drop in unemployment shows Brexit doom and gloom is unfounded 

13 Dec 17

Lichfield’s MP says unemployment figures show the economy is still strong despite claims of doom and gloom around Brexit.


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Burntwood councillor accuses Conservatives of using spin as Staffordshire County Council unveils “challenging” five-year budget plan 

12 Dec 17

Staffordshire County Council says it is committed to supporting care services and growth, despite unveiling what it admitted was a “challenging” five-year budget plan – but opposition councillors have accused the controlling Conservative group …


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Chancellor Philip Hammond also claimed the Government had studied impact of Brexit on sectors of the economy 

7 Dec 17

Brexit Secretary David Davis now says there are no ‘impact assessments’ showing what Brexit could do to the economy.


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Chancellor Philip Hammond also claimed the Government had studied impact of Brexit on sectors of the economy 

7 Dec 17

Brexit Secretary David Davis now says there are no ‘impact assessments’ showing what Brexit could do to the economy.


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County Council say Staffordshire is in great shape to capitalise on HS2 Connections 

2 Dec 17

STAFFORDSHIRE is in great shape and in a great place to capitalise on a HS2 hub to help share in any economic benefits and drive the growth of the economy – that was the view of the county’s leader when he spoke on Thursday.


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Mayor to host multi-faith conference 

25 Nov 17

Event aims to build togetherness through faith.


Blog politics
Economic growth forecasts cut as Chancellor juggles to keep tory ship afloat 

22 Nov 17

Budget Graphic Wages.


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Secret Brexit papers revealing impact on the regions may never be published 

7 Nov 17

Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised to hand over data on the impact on sectors of the economy within three weeks, but we know the Government has more than this…


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Secret Brexit papers revealing impact on the regions may never be published 

7 Nov 17

Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised to hand over data on the impact on sectors of the economy within three weeks, but we know the Government has more than this…


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Government defeat on Brexit Economic Impact Studies 

1 Nov 17

On Wednesday 1 November an Opposition Day Motion passed to order the Government to release the Brexit Economic Impact Studies.


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Lib Dem councillor warns Brexit could hit Lichfield and Burntwood economy hard 

25 Sep 17

A Liberal Democrat councillor has warned of the impact Brexit could have on the economy in Lichfield and Burntwood.


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Boost to campaign to bring Channel 4 to Birmingham as Culture Secretary hints it will be forced to move out of London 

14 Sep 17

Bringing Channel 4 to Birmingham could boost the economy by 5 billion according to local leaders…


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Boost to campaign to bring Channel 4 to Birmingham as Culture Secretary hints it will be forced to move out of London 

14 Sep 17

Bringing Channel 4 to Birmingham could boost the economy by 5 billion according to local leaders…


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R&D grants provide UK £43bn economic boost 

7 Sep 17

Taxpayer support for high-tech innovation benefits the economy by significantly boosting jobs, turnover and productivity among the companies backed, new research by Warwick Business School has found.


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West Midlands unemployment rise 

16 Aug 17

The Office for National Statistics said the number of people in work nationally rose by 125,000 to 32.07 million in the three months to June, with the employment rate climbing by 0.3 per cent to a record 75.1 per cent.


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GBSLEP is looking to appoint a new voluntary Chair – learn more here 

3 Aug 17

The Greater Birmingham Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) was established in 2010 as a partnership of business, public sector, further and higher education leaders.


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National Express proposal: remove the bus to Bournville railway station 

30 Jul 17

A reader alerts all to National Express West Midlands’ review of Birmingham’s bus network.


News
Personally Speaking (David Frost CBE, DL): ‘We just can’t afford… 

16 Jul 17

Few of us would have predicted the outcome of the General Election.


Local news
Greenbelt site to create 10,000 jobs in Sutton Coldfield but… 

9 Jul 17

A NEW industrial site on Sutton Coldfield’s greenbelt land will create 10,000 jobs and contribute 350 million to the economy Birmingham City Council has said.


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Employment remains at record high rate of 74.6% 

26 Apr 17

The ONS last week published statistics which showed the employment rate is at its joint record high of 74.6%, with 31.84 million people now in work.


Business
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen plans to raise U.S. interest rates gradually are aimed at sustaining full employment and near-2-percent inflation w 

11 Apr 17

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen plans to raise U.