Category Archives: Education

The Blair Government invested heavily in early years education and the Cameron Government began well by promising to retain childrens centres. That has become one more piece of this Governments hyperbole at best. The truth was that Blairs reforms did not go far enough and now the ground is being moved from under our childrens feet. No stone should be left unturned as we protect the future of our next generation.

We need a more flexible strategy to increase apprenticeships


The summer closure of Parliament does not stop MPs from asking questions and the Government responding to them. What is so tragic is that far too often the same or similar questions get asked and almost identical answers get made … Continue reading

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Please help small businesses to take on Apprentices


On Friday an MP raised a question with the Minister responsible for setting out the apprenticeship scheme. His question was about how many apprenticeships had taken place within their department. The current Minister has been in place for a year … Continue reading

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Public Contracts for Smaller SME Businesses are clearly needed


On Thursday the MP for Crawley, Henry Smith asked a vital question about businesses and although it related to a very specific case which he then referred to in his subsequent question, it is clear to those of us who … Continue reading

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“particularly smaller businesses” is clearly a current theme


It is always fascinating to see phrases that appear in Parliament on numerous occasions as clearly this indicates that someone or some people have got an idea that they are keen to work on. Providing the phrase is positive, the … Continue reading

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Ministers and MPs who criticise people must be held accountable


Yesterday at lunchtime this tweet emerged from the MP for Wealden, East Sussex referring to words that a Sky journalist had expressed that came from a discussion that was taking place in Parliament at the same time. Now of course … Continue reading

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Positive words to small businesses from the Government


The following are some very recent words that various Ministers have stated in response to their colleagues but relating to companies that are small or SME or that are not Multinational. The challenge as always is for these very nice … Continue reading

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How far away from people must we be, given this odd question?


I work in an industry that spends a great deal of time trying to avoid digital cables being extended beyond their limitations. The reason is that when a cable is too long, the signal will drop out. As people get … Continue reading

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Small and Micro Businesses need linking to the Government


Our Government must now start to pay serious attention to Small and Micro businesses as we seek to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown period. The prospect of these businesses assisting in recovery is very clear as the … Continue reading

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Educational and School support is lacking from the Government


Yesterday in Parliament there was a brief discussion under the headline of Educational Disadvantage: Covid-19 and two of the elements that arose were rather disappointing. One was a request by an MP who represents the the constituency of Ashfield in … Continue reading

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Sussex MPs responded well to Sussex Day priorities


Last week we had the opportunity to celebrate Sussex Day even though large gatherings are not possible currently. However one place where large numbers of people do meet together is the House of Commons and so last Tuesday it was … Continue reading

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