Penny Mordaunt MP: Off the fence - Portsmouth News

As weeks go in Parliament this is a big one: we will vote to trigger article 50 and to start the process for the UK to leave the EU. The vote before MPs is not about the merits of staying or leaving, it is to implement the decision the British people made on that issue last summer. MPs are elected to serve and represent our constituents, and that means using our judgement on every issue, but on issues of great weight we hand that franchise back to the people to decide for us in a referendum. The Supreme Court decision last week was about the process we now must take, and it was helpful in clarifying what parliament must do and the role of the devolved administrations. But it should not be us

Press Release: Improving Lives – Green Paper Consultation Event in Portsmouth.

Date & Time: Friday, 3rd February 2017, 9:30-12:00 Venue: Platinum Room, Job Centre Plus, 121 High St, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 The Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health would like to invite you to the Improving Lives – Green Paper Consultation Event. The Event will be hosted by Job Centre Plus and chaired by Jennie Brent, Chief Executive of the Beneficial Foundation. The Government recently announced their ten-year vision of how the Government will halve the employment gap for disabled people and people with long term health conditions; through changing attitudes, and working with employers to transform disabled people’s access to employment. As part of this the Government will sp

Removing banking services from the High street is not a good thing.

Today a new agreement between the Post Office and UK banks comes into effect which will see the biggest expansion in face-to-face banking in a generation. The agreement brings together the Post Office’s existing arrangements with individual banks into a single set of services available to customers of virtually all UK banks. This new simplified service will allow personal and business customers to withdraw cash, deposit cash and cheques, and make balance enquiries at Post Office branches. By providing easy access to day-to-day banking services at the Post Office, the impact of bank branch closures can be minimised. The full announcement is below. Details of the services available for

Penny Mordaunt MP meets with Pompey disabled supporters.

Fab meeting with #Pompey disabled supporters association re how we enable all clubs to be accessible. Huge knowledge from many an away game! Penny Mordaunt wrote an article recently in relation to accessible stadiums: Sport Is For Everyone - The Stadiums Should Be Too The Culture, Media and Sport Committee have today published their report on accessible stadia. The report says that wealthy sports clubs should face legal action if they continue to fail to address the needs of their disabled fans. It praised some sports clubs but said that in particular, the Premier League showed no signs of taking this seriously- and the committee wasn’t convinced that they would impose suitable penalties on

Say No To Inaccessible Britain - Penny Mordaunt MP

The British public are kind and generous, have buckets of common sense, and value fairness. We are known for it; other nations sometimes take the micky out of us for it. We have an enormous charity sector and a culture of volunteering and caring for others. As a consequence, our nation has often been one to show leadership and be a catalyst for human improvement around the globe. It is because of that that I am optimistic that we can deliver fairness in our own country for disabled people in a variety of ways, including tackling inaccessibility. We have a massive task at hand to ensure our nation really is fair in this respect. Too many in our society have their options and opportunities clo

Article: Anger over loss of £300,000 shipyard cashpot.

A ROW has erupted over a decision to send back £300,981 to the government that was set aside to encourage business back into a Portsmouth shiphall. The aim was to breathe new life into the section of the site left empty after BAE Systems’ decision in late 2013 to move shipbuilding to Scotland. But Portchester-based Magma pulled the plug on its move and told the LEP in August last year it therefore wouldn’t spend the grant. The cash was awarded to the region from the Regional Growth Fund – managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Now, it has transpired the LEP sent the unspent £300,981 fund back to Whitehall – despite Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt revealing

Penny Mordaunt MP visits the new Cosham WDC Village Hotel construction site

Penny Mordaunt MP visited the construction site today of the new Village Hotel in Cosham, Portsmouth. Penny tweeted and said, "Super visit to @WDCVillage Cosham to see progress on construction. Wonderful hotel with pool, large gym & dance studio, opening this Autumn." Penny added, "It's positive to see such high quality hotel accommodation being built and about to come online for business shortly with the increased cultural events and business offerings across the city."

Sport Is For Everyone - The Stadiums Should Be Too

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee have today published their report on accessible stadia. The report says that wealthy sports clubs should face legal action if they continue to fail to address the needs of their disabled fans. It praised some sports clubs but said that in particular, the Premier League showed no signs of taking this seriously- and the committee wasn’t convinced that they would impose suitable penalties on clubs who fell short of meeting their pledge. Their findings will chime with many fans and their families and carers across the country. Having been appointed to my post last year, I spoke at the launch of the Premier League’s disability sport programme, aimed at impro

Penny Mordaunt MP welcomes the Prime Minister's plan and vision for Brexit.

“I very much welcome the speech today. People want the headlines of what Brexit will look like and the scale of the ambition. I think history will look back at the last year and conclude the referendum was an act of immense courage, vision and leadership by the British people. They have given us an unprecedented opportunity to give our nation what it needs to thrive. The PM was right to note that the decision to leave was not a desire to retreat from the world. Internationalism is in our nation's DNA. The Prime Minister has already acknowledge the importance of being able to control immigration- whether we need and want more or fewer people coming here to work, we need to be able to control

We must improve the workplace for people with mental health issues & tackle barriers which stop

It’s Time to Open Up About Mental Health at Work. We know that mental health issues affect a huge number of people. In fact, almost one in five of all working-age people are affected by a mental health condition, including anxiety and depression, so this is something we simply can’t ignore. Chances are someone you know, work with, or even you, will be affected by a mental health condition at some point in your life. So we’ve got to have an honest discussion about the reality of having a mental health condition at work, so both employers and employees feel empowered to speak up and get the support they need. That’s why last week, the Prime Minister announced a range of measures aiming to addr

Penny Mordaunt MP welcomes news that Portsmouth City Council will review bus lane camera signage at

A REVIEW will be held into a camera in a bus lane near Queen Alexandra Hospital – which has made £210,900 in fines – but a transport boss has said there are so many signs there already it is overkill. In the past five months alone, the camera more than 3000 motorists and 3,500 penalty notices have been issued to drivers. People are issued with a £60 fine, which is cut to £30 if paid promptly. As reported, angry drivers say the signs are not clear enough. The city council said there is not a problem with the signs. Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said cameras resulting in a large number of fines should be reviewed by the council. He told The News: ‘It’s certainly not a case that the signs

Portsmouth College goes from strength to strength

Portsmouth College celebrated an evening of achievement this week. Penny Mordaunt MP attended along with students, governors, lecturers and others. The college also celebrated their head's inclusion in the New Year Honour's list, Mr Steve Frampton, Principal of Portsmouth College being awarded an MBE for services to Education.

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