Swire against 11%

Exmouth JournalEast Devon MP Hugo Swire says he is 'disappointed' with a parliamentary watchdog's plan to hand MPs an 11 per cent pay rise. Mr Swire, a foreign officer minister, said that the £7,600 increase did not take into account overall public sector pay and pensions restraint.

Over £4,000 for artists to help on Tourist Trail

Exmouth HeraldMore than £4,000 has been pledged for new signs in Exmouth, and local artists are being called on to design them. A 'Tourist Trail' of eight signs, to direct people along from the station, through the subway, across the Strand and Manor Gardens, then down Bath Road and onto the seafront, is being planned.

Westminster Round Up

Express & EchoIt’s been a busy time at Westminster. First off was the Public Accounts Committee criticising the delivery of Universal Credit; it estimated that at least £140 million of IT spending would have to be written off. We of course inherited a welfare system that disincentivised work and trapped people in poverty.

In Memory

Exmouth JournalWestminster has been frenetically busy of late with the Government hosting The World Islamic Economic Forum followed closely by the Open Government Partnership which is designed to make governments more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. But the highlight of the last week was the State visit of President Park of South Korea who I first met at her Presidential inauguration in Seoul back in February.  I met the President again at the unveiling for the new Korean War Memorial in Whitehall which was also attended by the Dukes of Cambridge and Gloucester as well as surviving veterans of that conflict.

Thousands turn out to 'remember them'

Exmouth JournalVeterans, community groups and members of the public have again come together to remember those who gave their lives in service of their country. Exmouth's annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations saw thousands flock to the Strand Gardens, determined to be there to pay their respects.

MP hails cap on benefits

Exmouth JournalEast Devon MP Hugo Swire has welcomed new statistics that show almost 1,000 households in the South West have had their benefits capped since April to bring them in line with average earnings.

Pension charges change hope

Exmouth JournalEast Devon MP Hugo Swire says that ‘radical’ reforms to pension charges, announced this week, are designed to help people who have worked hard and do the right thing by saving for their retirement.


Express & EchoWhen SSE became the first of the big six UK power suppliers to announce gas and electricity price rises ahead of the winter it stoked another political row about the cost of living. The company said bills would rise by an average of 8.2 per cent from November 15, affecting 4.4m electricity customers and 2.9m gas customers.

Tree Security

Exmouth JournalThere are many lobbying events staged at the House of Commons but one particularly caught my eye last week; an exhibition of photographs  that  reflected and highlighted  the importance of ‘The Tree’. It was supported by the charity Future Trees Trust.  

MP backs calls for regular eye tests

Exmouth JournalEast Devon MP Hugo Swire has backed calls for residents to make sure they have their sight checked regularly. Mr Swire was speaking after a visit to Exmouth optician Brian Toye, who told him that early detection of potential eyesight problems is vital in preventing blindness, and that local opticians have a key role to play.