Claire Perry seeks answers from Scottish and Southern Energy

Last week, Scottish and Southern Energy's (SSE) Managing Director, Mark Mathieson joined other power company representatives in front of the House of Commons Energy Select Committee, to respond to concerns about their responses to the recent power cuts. 750,000 customers across the country were left without electricity over the Christmas period.

More Good News

More good economic news this week with the IMF confirming that Britain is now the fastest growing major European economy and reports of the biggest quarterly fall in national unemployment since 1997 with those out of work falling by 167,000 and the British economy creating jobs at a much faster rate than most analysts had predicted. 

Claire Perry MP 'takes a step' against prejudice by signing Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment

In anticipation of Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January, Claire Perry signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment this week in the House of Commons.  Claire Perry joined thousands of other people across the country in the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day to honour those who died during the Holocaust as well as honouring the extraordinary survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.

Claire Perry Lobbies Chancellor for Investment in Devizes

Claire Perry met the Chancellor, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP last week to discuss local investment priorities for the Devizes Constituency. The agenda included the importance of the extension of rail electrification from Newbury to Bedwyn starting in 2016.

Mid-January Update

As a Government Whip I spend more time than ever before in and around the House of Commons chamber, monitoring debates, checking on progress, communicating with other Ministers and generally helping to make sure that the government's business proceeds smoothly.

Winter Floods in Devizes

Last week I set out my New Year aims for the Devizes Constituency; this week the Chancellor set out the choice facing Britain in 2014: to keep working through the Government's long-term economic plan to secure a better future for hardworking people or to go back to living beyond our means, leaving future generations to pay the bill.

Priorities for 2014

After a lovely local Christmas which featured carols and mince pies in my local church, lots of cycling and a road trip to Bristol in a decorated camper van, it is time to recover from the festive excesses, ring in the changes for the New Year and plan priorities for 2014. This is always an imprecise science as new local issues emerge during the year but it is good to have a set of targets towards which I can work.

Claire's column: Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve and I hope that you have the presents wrapped, tree decorated and friends and family around to share the festive season.   It can be a fraught time of year, but for me it is also the best time; carols on Christmas Eve or a packed service on Christmas Day, the placing of the tree bauble bought to celebrate "baby's first Christmas", unpacking the battered nativity scene, making a pudding (mine was only done last week, sorry Delia) and chats that come more easily with friends and strangers alike.   I even like the darkness.

Claire's column: Ending the 2013 Parliamentary Session

We ended the 2013 Parliamentary session with a variety of interesting and relevant debates and while one of the few drawbacks of my new job is that I am not allowed to speak at length in the Chamber (although you may catch me saying things like "I beg to move that this House do now adjourn"), I do get to listen to long stretches of proceedings.

Daisy's card goes to Downing Street

Claire Perry MP has chosen a picture designed by Daisy Babey, aged 5 of Upavon for her 2013 Christmas Card.  Earlier this year, Daisy's picture was a Regional Winner in Royal Mail's Children's Christmas Stamp Design Competition and Daisy won £100 vouchers and £100 for Rushall CofE Primary School, where she is a pupil.