Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Gets Green Light

The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) bid submitted by Coventry and Warwickshire has today been approved by the Government and was described as being one of the strongest applications.

MP Secures Meeting over KNUCKLE Project

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones has secured a meeting with the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, to discuss proposals to build a new train station at the Ricoh Arena on the Coventry to Nuneaton line. Marcus made his representations about the project during questions to the Transport Secretary on October 26 stating that the rail upgrade would be extremely important in opening up further job opportunities for people living in Nuneaton, many of whom depend on Coventry for their employment.

Nuneaton MP Wants Improved Rail Services

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones has recently written to the Government to give his views on a consultation by the Department for Transport ‘Reforming Rail Franchising’. The consultation discusses options to ensure that future rail franchises deliver improved services for passengers, better value for taxpayer money and create the right conditions for a sustainable rail industry.

MP Seeks Assurances on Benefit Fraud

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones has raised questions in Parliament to seek assurances about the Government’s plans to tackle benefit fraud. He put the questions to the Secretary of State for Works and Pensions, the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP on Tuesday.

MP Welcomes Taskforce on Cutting Red Tape

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones has welcomed the creation of a new taskforce aimed at cutting red tape for small organisations. The joint venture between the Cabinet Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will investigate and recommend measures to reduce the burden of red tape on organisations. It is a vital tool in achieving the Government’s aim to make it easier to run a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation.

Nuneaton MP battles for small businesses

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones has appealed to the banks to treat lending to small businesses more sympathetically as they play such a critical part in growing the economy and helping restore the nation’s finances.

MP Urges Town to Support Academy

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones today stressed that the local community must get behind the Nuneaton Academy, which is opening in September. Marcus has held lengthy talks with Lord Hill, the Government Minister responsible, and remains cautiously hopeful that the funding for the new buildings may be forthcoming in the future.

MP Welcomes Youth Parliament Vote

Marcus Jones, the recently elected MP for Nuneaton, has welcomed the decision by MPs to allow Members of the UK Youth Parliament to debate in the House of Commons Chamber. The UK Youth Parliament, which is run by young people for young people, provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. There are 600 elected Members of the Youth Parliament.

Local MP Signs Up to Support Small Businesses in Nuneaton

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones has expressed his support for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to “Keep Trade Local”. The campaign is part of an effort to celebrate and build on partnerships that have been made with the local business community. At an event organised by the FSB on Friday 17 July, Marcus joined representatives from local authorities and businesses to share best practice in how to effectively support small businesses.

MP Briefed by Age Concern

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones has been briefed in Parliament by Age Concern Warwickshire about the work that they do in the county. Chief Executive Elizabeth Phillips, Chairman Mike Stevens and Treasurer Chris Long-Leather travelled to Westminster to meet with Warwickshire MPs to discuss the services they provide to older people in Warwickshire.