Friday, 26 November 2010

Skills vital for growth

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South delivered a keynote speech to the National Forum of Engineering Centres at their annual conference in his role as vice chairman of the BIS Committee select committee.

Speaking to a sizeable group of delegates from the engineering and manufacturing sector during the first speech of the conference in Coventry, Brian praised the Government for the good work it is doing, although said more needed to be done if it was to achieve its growth figures.

Amongst the delegates were Heads of Faculties, Deans of Colleges and Programme Managers from Private Companies like Toyota, who were particularly praised for their latest diploma training scheme.

Brian continued to praise the role the forum has played over the last 17 years and said they have a vital role to play in the future of skills training.

Brian said: "I am delighted to be the keynote speaker at this event. We are facing a critical time in how we view skills training and there were a lot of good questions from the forum in light of the launch of the BIS departments latest report: Skills for economic growth a couple of weeks ago."

Brian continued: "Good things are happening but more needs to be done if we are to produce a high quality, skills based economy capable of producing the growth we need to ensure the success of the budget strategy."

MP meets CWU General Secretary

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South met with the General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union, Billy Hayes to discuss the Postal Service’s Bill currently going through the House of Commons.

The meeting follows local disagreements with the Communication Workers Union who accused Brian of not consulting with the opinions of his constituents.

Brian said: “I was pleased to meet with Billy Hayes, on the basis that I am always ready to support the postal workers at the coalface.”

“The meeting was extremely productive and the General Secretary put his argument to me in a much more mature manner than the local branch of the CWU - who felt it was necessary to play childish games.”

Brian has agreed to raise some of the unions concerns in the House and will continue to listen to the opinions of his constituents by attending a public meeting on Saturday 4th December at St. James Working Men’s Club.

Brian said: “I will be raising some of their concerns in the House of Commons through Parliamentary Questions and I would like to reassure my constituents of Northampton South that I am fully aware of both sides of the argument.”

Friday, 19 November 2010

Binley selected to Council of Europe

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South has been selected as a full member of the Council of Europe in a written statement by the Prime Minister.

The Council of Europe was set-up in 1949 and is now made up of 47 member states with the primary purpose of the Council to achieve greater unity between its member states and safeguard the principles of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law.

As a result of his membership of the Council Brian will be attending quarterly meetings of the Council across Europe and be engaged in debate with policy makers from all corners of the European Union.

The first meeting is in Paris at the end of November and Brian has been selected to serve on the economic affairs and development committee.

Brian said: “I am delighted to be confirmed as a full member of the European Council as there was extremely high demand amongst Members and it is a fantastic honour.”

“I am looking forward to representing Britain at the Council meetings and it provides me with an excellent opportunity to engage with other policy makers from across Europe and exchange opinions on a wide range of issues.”

“I will be fighting for a roll back of the Human Rights Act and against an over mighty European Union.”

High Street bank let local business down

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South has called on Chancellor George Osborne to do more to end unacceptable bank practices which undermine the Governments growth strategy during Treasury Questions in the House of Commons yesterday.

Lionverge, a local Northampton company employing 80 people had an overdraft facility of £70,000 pounds backed up with £130,000 in security.

A new manager was recently appointed and in August Barclays bank wrote to the company demanding a doubling of the security, immediately cutting the overdraft by £20,000 pounds with further cuts of £10,000 pounds per month to end the facility. The company had not defaulted and no further options were offered.

Brian said: “I didn’t expect the Chancellor to say much but he did say businesses should not be treated like this, which was very good.”
“It seems a new bank manager had come in who was very risk averse and wanted to clear his portfolio of anything he didn’t find acceptable. That’s not the job of a bank manager. I congratulate Lionverge for allowing this to be brought to wider attention.”

Brian again raised the issue of bank lending to small and medium sized businesses during Questions to the Prime Minister today and has pledged to continue to fight the corner of small and medium sized businesses.

Brian said: “I was encouraged by the responses I received from Both the Chancellor and the Prime Minister and it is clear that the banks can do more to help small and medium sized businesses.”

“I will continue to fight for the SME sector as it is of vital importance to Northamptonshire where 94% of people who work in the private sector work in small and medium sized businesses like Lionverge.”

Friday, 12 November 2010

Binley to Chair Freelance Group

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South has been elected as the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Freelance sector during its inaugural meeting in the House of Commons yesterday.

There was evidence of cross party support at the meeting with Jim Dowd being elected as Treasurer, Stephen Gilbert as Secretary and Stephen Hammond as Vice Chairman.

It is hoped that the Group will act as a bridge between the freelance community and policy makers which will highlight the contribution that freelancers make to our economy.

Brian said: “I am delighted to have been elected as Chairman of this group. Freelancers play a vital role within our economy and often their efforts go largely unnoticed.”

“I am hopeful that this group can bring together freelancers across all different industries with the common aim of improving the conditions they are faced with.”

The Secretariat for the Group will be provided by PCG, drawing on its position as the UK organisation representing the nation’s 1.4 million freelancers.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Victory for Dutch Smokers

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South has again called on the Government to hold its promise of reviewing the smoking ban in light of the decision made in Holland to allow some pubs to reintroduce smoking.

Smokers in Holland will soon be allowed to light up in small owner operated bars that are less than 753.5 square feet in diameter and have no other members of staff.

The Dutch Government also cancelled the 280 fines accumulated during a campaign of civil disobedience by smokers and bar owners.

Brian said: “The Dutch Government held their promise and reviewed the smoking ban two years after its implementation.”

“The British Government must change their approach to this issue and review the matter as the previous Government said that it would. I am delighted by the decision in Holland to allow smokers back into the pub and it is a good sign for the mounting campaign in Britain.”

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Prisoners should not have voter’s rights

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to ensure that prisoners do not receive the right to vote.

Brian tabled the EDM following the strength of feeling in the House of Commons today when MP’s interjected during the Urgent Question from Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Kahn.

Brian said: “There was a clear strength of feeling from all sides of the House today, with many MP’s expressing their concerns that rapists, murderers and paedophiles may have the right to vote.”

“When a person commits a crime they need to understand that the consequence of their actions leads to them forgoing some of their civil liberties and the right to vote is certainly one of those privileges.”

The motion states: “That this House believes that if a crime is serious enough to warrant a term of imprisonment, then the perpetrator must forgo certain civil liberties, including the right to suffrage. That this House further recognises that the right to vote does not aid the rehabilitation of a prisoner and is a privilege that should be exclusively reserved for law abiding citizens.”

Five other Members have supported the motion including William Cash MP, Graham Stuart MP, Martin Vickers MP, Jim Cunningham MP and Alan Meale MP.

Monday, 1 November 2010

MP called to chair bingo group

Brian Binley MP for Northampton South has been elected as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bingo at its AGM held in the House of Commons on Tuesday 26th October 2010.

The group intends to heighten the profile of the bingo industry within parliament and provide an active forum where MP’s can be kept informed of developments and issues within the industry.

Brian said: “I am delighted to have been elected as chair of the APPG on Bingo. I have consistently called for a fairer taxation system for bingo halls in light of the social importance and that issue is a top priority for the group.”

“You cannot underestimate the importance of Bingo halls in the United Kingdom and I have been saddened by the closure of so many clubs over the last five years.”

New Labour MP Luciana Berger, elected as Secretary of the Group, said:
"Bingo was a big issue on the doorstep ahead of this year's election, which is why I pledged that if I was elected I would help the bingo industry reduce its tax burden. I am proud to have supported the bingo industry in the past but am now grateful that this new All Party Group has been formed to help drive the campaign forwards."

Other officers of the Group include Conservatives Edward Timpson and Rob Halfon as Vice Chairs and Liberal Democrat John Hemming as Treasurer.

The Group's secretariat will be provided by Luther Pendragon. A spokesman for Luther suggested the Group would be meeting several times each year, including trips to bingo clubs and a reception in Parliament, and would also be asking ministers from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as well as the Treasury to address it.