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This week we saw the welcome news that the economy has finally recovered fully from the 2008/9 recession, reaching the size it was in 2008 before the crash - which was the deepest since quarterly records began. This was in the same week that the International Monetary Fund announced that the UK is now the fastest growing of all the major developed countries - with stronger economic growth than Germany, France, America or Canada. The IMF has upgraded its forecast for UK growth to 3.2 per cent this year.

 



These isn't just abstract news. We can see the benefits of the growing economy right here in North Warwickshire & Bedworth, with the dramatic fall in unemployment over the last four years. Since the start of 2010 the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen by 64% - that means over 1,500 local people are no longer claiming benefits and seeking work. It's easy sometimes to forget that statistics like this represent real people and families. Getting back into work can often be the end of a nightmare for a family, and this is why growing the economy and creating jobs is so important. I believe there is a moral imperative to keep the economy on track and never again allow such a catastrophic collapse to occur. Long term unemployment in North Warwickshire & Bedworth is also down by 35% and youth unemployment down by a very welcome 78% over the same time period. We mustn't be complacent, but this is evidence that the policies are working for local people. 

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20th July 2014

For the last four years, it has been an honour and a privilege to represent the people of North Warwickshire & Bedworth as both a constituency MP and a national legislator.

 

Before becoming an MP I served in the Army for nine years, deploying on operational tours in Bosnia and Kosovo. By the time of the 2015 General Election, serving my country will have been the primary focus of my professional life for some 14 years. For myself and for my family, whose support and understanding have been unerring throughout, I believe it is now time to move on to new challenges. I will therefore not be standing for re-election in 2015.

 

As I hoped it would be, my time in Parliament has been hard work but uniquely rewarding. I am proud of what we have achieved as a Government - putting Britain back on the road to recovery following the worst economic collapse the country has ever faced. I am particularly grateful for the personal contribution I have had the opportunity to make, as a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee; Chair of three active All Party Parliamentary Groups; on the Bill Committee of the Energy Act 2014; and as the sponsor of an historic Private Members Bill on House of Lords Reform.

 

With almost a year still to go before the General Election, I remain absolutely committed to my constituents and to tackling the important issues that face us locally, such as HS2, ensuring that the George Eliot Hospital has a safe and secure future, and building on our recent successes in the local economy. It will be business as usual in North Warwickshire & Bedworth for Team Dan.

 

 

This has by no means been an easy decision, and I owe a great debt of gratitude to my parliamentary and constituency staff who have worked so tirelessly for the last four years on behalf of local people. I would also like to thank all of the local Conservative Party volunteers and councillors. Without their support, successfully overturning 18 years of Labour incumbency to return a Conservative MP with a significantly above average swing would simply not have been possible. My Conservative successor is extremely fortunate to inherit such a dedicated and experienced team. I will of course work closely with everyone to ensure a smooth handover and the best chance of success in 2015. 

18th July 2014

Local MP Dan Byles accompanied the HS2 Hybrid Bill Committee on their visit to communities in his constituency which he felt would best show the devastating impact on the area.

 

 

The HS2 Phase 1 Bill is now working its way through the Houses of Parliament; this week the HS2 Committee visited North Warwickshire to gain an understanding of the area and the impact that first phase of the line will have.

 

Dan Byles MP said: “I felt it was vital that the Committee were able to come and see just how badly North Warwickshire has been and will be affected. I’m glad I’ve been able to bring them and show them around.”

17th July 2014

Dan Byles, Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire and leading figure in the local fight against HS2, has welcomed the news that High Speed 2 Action Alliance and Stop HS2’s Locus Standi to petition the High Speed Rail Bill will now be permitted. This follows the local MP calling for the Chairman of the HS2 select committee to respect the groups’ rights to give evidence directly to the committee.

In a letter Dan Byles urged Robert Sims MP (Chairman of the High Speed Rail Bill Select Committee) to reject a challenge made to prevent the groups from taking part in the process, Dan wrote:

“It would be a great loss to this process if these two well respected and informed campaign groups were excluded from appearing before your committee. I understand that the basis for this challenge is due to the groups’ opposition to the project in principle and that the argument of the principle has now been decided. However both groups have also looked in detail at route specific issues and have a valuable knowledge of route-wide concerns that would not be possible for any one local action group to articulate.

What has Dan been up to?

Dan's local map

This map shows the area of the Midlands that Dan represents for the Conservative Party. As the MP, he's covering the same area in Parliament.

The North Warwickshire and Bedworth constituency is large and varied - a mixture of urban centres, villages and rural landscapes. It is home to a wide variety of industries and professions.

Dan tries to divide his time equally around the constituency, meeting people from all walks of life, discussing their concerns and hopefully resolving their problems.

This map shows where Dan's been near you.

Within the map, clicking on the pins shows you what he's been up to.

Although I do not agree with those who believe that HS2 will provide the benefits claimed, I accept that they are sincere in their belief that it will. I ask them to accept that those of us who do not support HS2 are not mindless nimbys.

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