20 MAR 2017

Visitors found second Pensioners Fair to be very useful

Visitors to the second of Karen Lumley MP's Pensioners' Advice & Information Fairs said they found the event very useful and interesting, while groups taking part found the connection with like-minded organisations to be invaluable. Some 22 organisations took part in the event, at the Mettis So...


13 MAR 2017

Second Pensioners Fair to showcase services for older people

Staff from Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch's office, have been busy organising a second Pensioners' Advice & Information Fair, set for this Friday (17 March) from 10am-12pm at the Mettis Social Club in Cherry Tree Walk, Batchley. A similar one held at the Rocklands Social Club, Headless Cross on ...


13 MAR 2017

Redditch business leaders learn of Heathrow expansion plans and get advice on exporting

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, held the latest in her Business Leaders meetings on Friday (10 March 2017) at Osprey House, Heart of Worcestershire College in Albert Street, Redditch. A busy agenda confronted the 30 top managers, representing businesses in and around Redditch. First off, May...


08 MAR 2017

Statement regarding the death of Callum Cartlidge

First and foremost I send my most sincere condolences to the Cartlidge family. My thoughts at this time are with the family and also with the paramedics and staff who dealt with this sad situation. I have been in touch with Jeremy Hunt and with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust about this ca...


06 MAR 2017

First Pensioners Fair lauded as a great success by all

The first of two Pensioners' Advice & Information Fairs to take place in March, organised by staff from Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch's office, has been acclaimed as a great success by all who took part. Some 23 organisations took part in the event, at the Rocklands Social Club, Headless Cros...


27 FEB 2017

Pensioners Fair all set for Rocklands Club

More organisations have now signed up for a forthcoming Pensioners' Advice & Information Fair organised by staff from Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch's office, this Friday (3 March 2017). The event, set for the Rocklands Social Club, Birchfield Road, Headless Cross from 10am-12pm, now boasts some...


27 FEB 2017

Karen congratulates Pete the Meat on awards win

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has today (27 February 2017) congratulated local butcher Pete the Meat who has scooped the Midlands winner in the Butcher category of the Countryside Alliance Awards. The awards celebrate those businesses and groups working hard to keep rural life ticking. The c...


27 FEB 2017

Health Lottery grants to transform Redditch communities

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has today (27 February 2017) welcomed the announcement of multiple grants for communities in Redditch. The People's Health Trust has awarded money raised through The Health Lottery to three community projects in Redditch. More than £23,000 will be awarded...


21 FEB 2017

Karen Lumley welcomes 4 millon pound investment in motoring tech

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has today (21 February 2017) welcomed the announcement of £4 million Government investment for traffic beating technology. The Worcestershire Local Authority is one of nineteen councils across England to receive a share of the investment and will spend &po...


13 FEB 2017

Pensioners Fairs to showcase services for older people

Staff from Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch's office, have been busy organising two forthcoming Pensioners' Advice & Information Fairs – one-stop shops designed to introduce support, voluntary and other relevant services and organisations to those of pensionable age in Redditch. Karen has, d...


09 FEB 2017

Statement from Karen Lumley MP regarding Brexit Bill

Karen said: "This week has been a unique time in British politics and politicians were expected to attend on both sides including those who are sick, including myself. "There were rebellions on both sides of the House and my presence was required on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I was brought in e...


30 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP frustrated by housing plan decision

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has today (30 January 2017) reacted with frustration to a Government decision not to 'call in' the Local Plan for housing in the constituency. Last summer (July 2016) Karen held emergency talks with Civil Servants at the Department for Communities and Local Gov...


23 JAN 2017

Mental health summit will provide great springboard to help improve services

A mental health summit set to be hosted by Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, went ahead on Friday (20 January 2017), despite Karen not attending herself due to ill health. The meeting, which Karen organised to take place at Grosvenor House in Redditch following concerns for mental health provis...


17 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP meets with developer over road junction fears

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, met with Barratt David Wilson Homes on Friday (13 January 2017) to discuss residents' worries over a revised road junction in Wire Hill as part of a new housing development. She met with Project Director Andrew Dauncey regarding plans to change the priority for...


11 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP delighted at new money to help homeless

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, is delighted that her constituency is to benefit from a share of £50 million as part of the Homelessness Prevention Programme. Announced yesterday (Tuesday) by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Redditch wa...


10 JAN 2017

Karen gets results for hospitals in meeting with Jeremy Hunt

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, met with Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, yesterday (9 January 2017) along with Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, to discuss problems at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. As a result of this meeting, the Department of Health are looking at ...


10 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP to host constituency mental health summit

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, is to host a mental health summit in Redditch next Friday (20 January 2017). The news follows an announcement yesterday (Monday) by Prime Minister Theresa May that the Government intends to transform attitudes to mental health, with a focus on children and youn...


09 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP meets with County Councillor and residents over junction fears

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, met with residents and Worcestershire County Councillor and Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, Marcus Hart, on Saturday (7 January 2016) to discuss fears over a revised road junction in Wire Hill as part of a new housing development. Redditch Boro...


06 JAN 2017

Karen secures urgent meeting with Jeremy Hunt over situation at Acute Trust

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has secured an urgent meeting with Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, to discuss recently reported problems at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. It has been reported in the press over the last few days that the Trust has come under extreme ...


06 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP urges residents to have their say during Acute Hospital Services consultation

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, urges residents to have their say in the long-awaited public consultation on the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire, due to start today (Friday, 6 January 2017). Under the plans being put to public consultation, all three main hospitals, the Al...


05 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP welcomes game changer for Redditch businesses and jobs

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has welcomed a 'game changer' planning application which will provide more industrial space for use by Redditch businesses. The proposed £85m Redditch Eastern Gateway development will be sited east of the town at the junction of the A4032 and A435 and clo...


05 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP welcomes Tour Series news

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has said she is delighted to learn that a three-year deal is imminent regarding the continuation of the annual Tour Series bike race in the town. The event has been running since 2012 and has proved a big crowd-puller over the years. This year's event is schedu...


23 DEC 2016

MP reassured over reported childrens ward pressures

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has said she has been given acceptable reassurances following reports that children's services at the Worcestershire Royal came under increased pressure recently. It had been reported that there were occasions in November and December where poorly children had ...


21 DEC 2016

Karen thrilled at Acute Trust director appointments

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has today (Wednesday, 21 December 2016) expressed her delight at the appointment of two new non-executive directors to join the Board of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Following the recent announcement of Michelle McKay as permanent chief executive...


19 DEC 2016

Karen has a go on Rory the Robot prototype

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, went along to the Alexandra Hospital on Friday (16 December 2016) to meet Rory the Robot. Rory is the unofficial name given to state-of-the-art robotic surgical equipment soon to be arriving at the Alex following a £1.6 million appeal. Up to 150 radical p...


16 DEC 2016

Health Minister to visit Alexandra Hospital in the New Year

Minister of State at the Department of Health, Philip Dunne MP, is to visit Redditch's Alexandra Hospital in the New Year. Redditch MP Karen Lumley requested the visit so that the Minister, whose portfolio includes hospital care, can talk to management and staff and see the facilities available at ...


14 DEC 2016

Karen Lumley MP welcomes fairer funding for Redditch schools

Today (14 December 2016), Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, outlined the Government's detailed proposals for a fairer National Funding Formula for schools. This will see schools in Redditch stand to gain from increased funding and has been welcomed by Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch...


12 DEC 2016

Beginning to look a bit like Christmas as Karen Lumley MP makes annual visit to Where Next

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, took time out to visit Where Next nurseries in the town centre on Saturday (10 December 2016) to pick up her seasonal wreath. Established in 1984, Where Next Association, based in Wellesbourne Close off Easemore Road, provides work experience and training for p...


12 DEC 2016

Karen meets with high school heads to discuss fairer funding and grammar schools

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, met with all five high school heads in her Redditch constituency on Friday (9 December 2016) to discuss, among other things, fairer funding and Government proposals to increase diversity in selective education. Karen had previously aired her disapproval of any ...


09 DEC 2016

Karen Lumley MP is looking forward to working with new Acute Trust CEO

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, is delighted at the appointment of a new CEO (Chief Executive Officer) at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Alexandra hospital in Redditch. Following a recent interview process to recruit a permanent chief executive, Michelle McKay has be...


09 DEC 2016

Karen Lumley MP pays tribute to work of an amazing county councillor

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has paid tribute to County Councillor Philip Gretton, who has decided to step down from his position following a period of ill health. Philip was Chairman of Redditch Conservative Association when Karen was selected as Parliamentary candidate in 1999 and she sa...


05 DEC 2016

Karen Lumley MP supports town companies as part of Small Business Saturday

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley visited two town centre companies as part of her support for Small Business Saturday (3 December 2016) – and went to get her hair done at a business in Headless Cross. She popped into Heaphys, the long-established tailors and gentleman's outfitters. Specialising in be...


05 DEC 2016

Redditch Business Leaders celebrate five years on the agenda

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, hosted the latest in her Business Leaders meetings on Friday (2 December 2016). Friday's meeting saw some 40 top managers representing businesses in and around Redditch, meet to hear items on the agenda including a talk from Saqib Bhatti from the Greater Birmin...


28 NOV 2016

Karen Lumley MP congratulates award-winning Redditch business

Redditch firm Bee Lighting on Friday (25th November 2016) celebrated winning the National Small Business of the Year award and has been heartily congratulated by Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County. The coveted award from the British Chamber of Commerce recognises the very best in business talent....


28 NOV 2016

Karen Lumley MP acts decisively over road junction fears

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has acted decisively over residents' fears concerning a revised road junction in Wire Hill as part of a new housing development. Redditch Borough Council approved plans for the construction of 131 new houses off Nine Days Lane at their planning meeting in Octob...


22 NOV 2016

Karen Lumley MP urges residents to have their say over NHS plans

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, urges residents to read over and have their say on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Hereford and Worcestershire NHS released today (22 November 2016). The plan includes aims for financially sustainable services and for an increased focussed ...


21 NOV 2016

Karen joins school students as they get a taste for the working world

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, met students from RSA Academy Arrow Vale on Friday (18 November 2016) as they took part in the Takeover Challenge in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. Workplace education is of great interest to Karen who supported a Parliamentary campaign to increase the number ...


21 NOV 2016

Karen lends a hand to town Lions for BBC Children in Need

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, was keen on Friday (18 November 2016) to join in with the rest of the nation to raise cash for BBC Children in Need. Like so many schools, businesses and individuals across Redditch, Karen wanted to help raise as much money as possible for the charity. And spor...


16 NOV 2016

Record employment figures boosted by booming Redditch business

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, today (16 November 2016), is delighted to welcome a national employment rate which remains at 74.5%, a record high, meaning unemployment has fallen to an eleven-year low. In addition to the positive national news, today's announcement from the Secretary of Stat...


14 NOV 2016

Karen Lumley MP visits school to celebrate 1.8 million pound improvement

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, enjoyed a special visit last Thursday morning (10 November 2016), to Webheath First School Academy. They were celebrating a successful transition to Primary Status and a recent Ofsted Inspection, as well as the official handover of their £1.8 million pound...


14 NOV 2016

Karen Lumley MP joins in Remembrance Day commemorations

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley joined members of the Royal British Legion at the Plymouth Road war memorial on Friday (11 November 2016) and in the town centre on Sunday (14 November) to pay tribute to the UK's war dead. The town's MP, who is still recovering from a major operation, laid a wreath on both...


02 NOV 2016

Karen Lumley MP urges constituents to vote for local community award projects

Five applications from Redditch have been received for funding of up to £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund, and town MP Karen Lumley is urging constituents to place their votes for local projects. The Aviva Community Fund awards cash to local community projects across a range of categories...


21 OCT 2016

Karen urges residents to attend Redditch Eastern Gateway exhibition

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, is urging residents who have an interest to go along and examine plans for the Redditch Eastern Gateway project. The proposed £85m industrial development is sited east of the town at the junction of the A4032 and A435 and close to Ravensbank Business Park...


17 OCT 2016

Karen Lumley MP expresses thanks to staff and constituents following operation

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has expressed her sincere thanks to all the staff at Redditch's Alexandra Hospital who dealt with her during her admission to the hospital last week for a planned but serious surgical procedure. She was admitted to the Woodrow Drive hospital last Wednesday (12 ...


13 OCT 2016

Karen urges constituents to help win a DIY makeover for the Sandycroft Centre

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, is urging local residents to get behind the town's Sandycroft Centre, which is in the running for a DIY makeover from British Gas. Local Heroes is a British Gas innovation. It is an online service where you can find a British Gas-accredited local tradesman to carry ou...


11 OCT 2016

Karen admitted to Alex for major surgical procedure

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, is tomorrow (Wednesday, 12 October 2016) set to be admitted to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for a planned but serious surgical procedure. The operation will mean that Karen is unable to carry out her full Parliamentary duties for at least six weeks, and w...


03 OCT 2016

On your marks. Karen starts 12th Parkrun at Arrow Valley

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, turned up early on Saturday (1 October 2016) to fire the starting pistol for the 12th anniversary parkrun. The Arrow Valley event is one of more than 900 parkruns that take place every weekend around the world. Each is co-ordinated entirely by volunteers from t...


03 OCT 2016

Karen backs John Lewis boss for West Midlands mayor

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, says that she is delighted her friend Andy Street was on Friday (30 September 2016) selected as the Conservative candidate to run as the mayor of the West Midlands. Some 12 months ago (October 2015) Redditch decided to join the new West Midlands Combined Author...


03 OCT 2016

Karen meets with new Chief Constable of West Mercia

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, took the chance last Friday (30 September 2016) to meet with newly installed Chief Constable for West Mercia Police, Anthony Bangham. Mr Bangham, who took up the post from David Shaw after his retirement on 31 July, returned to his roots for the meeting, as he ...


13 SEP 2016

Karen broadly welcomes boundary change review

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, welcomes Boundary Commission proposals for constituency changes set for implementation in 2020, as she supports the idea of reducing the number of Parliamentary seats from 650 to 600. The Boundary Commission for England produced its initial recommendations for ...


12 SEP 2016

Karen starts off Redditch Colour Run for Sight Concern with a flush of paint

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, signalled the beginning of the Colour Run at Arrow Valley Country Park in aid of Sight Concern Worcestershire on Sunday (11 September 2016). Starting off dressed in white, participants passed through paint stations along the way, meaning that by the time they f...


12 SEP 2016

Karen plants a tree at Redditch Scouting recreation field

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, planted a sapling at Nash's Acre, a Scouting conservation and activity area in Astwood Bank on Saturday (10 September 2016), to help mark its official opening. Scouting County Commissioner for Hereford and Worcester Derek Barnes cut the ribbon on the field, to the rea...


12 SEP 2016

Karen meets with newly-appointed Acute Trust Chair

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, met newly-appointed Chair of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Alexandra Hospital, Caragh Merrick, on Friday (9 September 2016). Mrs Merrick, who has lived in Worcestershire, including in Redditch, for more than 30 years and is a chartered accou...


05 SEP 2016

Karen pays a call on local packaging company

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, paid a visit to the Redditch premises of a European packaging company on Friday (2 September 2016). DS Smith, with a Redditch base in Padgets Lane, is a leading packaging company dealing with customer-specific packaging and state-of-the art design and local service cl...


30 AUG 2016

Karen visits new business on the block - The Link - to find out how social media is putting them on the map

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, paid a visit to a new business in town – The Link, only last week (23 August 2016) to find out how they are getting on with their new office space in the Winyates Centre. 6Towns Credit Union have been operating for over ten years and are regulated under T...


22 AUG 2016

Karen visits local family owned distribution company to talk business

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, paid a visit to a family owned distribution company based in Beoley, Oakland International, just over a week ago (12 August 2016) to discuss key issues affecting their business, in particular funding and their plans for growth on the site. Oakland International...


22 AUG 2016

Karen discusses an exciting new eco-initiative with Jotul Group

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, popped along to Redditch-based wood-burning stove business, Jotul Group, just over a week ago (12 August 2016) to discuss a major new initiative which they have recently announced. Jotul Group are one of the world's oldest producers of stoves, inserts and firep...


22 AUG 2016

Karen welcomes RBS Skills and Opportunities funding for Redditch constituents

Earlier this week, Redditch MP Karen Lumley received confirmation from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) about Round 2 of their Skills and Opportunities Fund which opened last Friday (19 August 2016) and is a great funding opportunity for Redditch constituents. This hugely successful funding is avai...


17 AUG 2016

Karen and Cllr Bill Hartnett held positive talks with the Hospital Trust and Clinical Commissioning Group regarding public meeting and health commission

On Friday Karen Lumley MP and Councillors Bill Hartnett (Leader of Redditch Borough Council) and Chris Saint (Leader of Stratford on Avon District Council) held positive talks with Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (R&BCCG) and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust (WAHT). Amon...


15 AUG 2016

Karen visits 4 Star Redditch hotel as they strike Gold

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, called into The Abbey Hotel in Redditch last week (8 August 2016) to help them celebrate gaining the highest award in industry for people management. The family-owned 4 Star hotel, golf and spa venue in Hither Green Lane has been awarded a highly sought-after Gold cer...


15 AUG 2016

Karen pops into PEP&CO for a spot of retail therapy

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, called into one of the newer shops in the Kingfisher Centre as part of her Business Week last week (10 August 2016). Fashion retailer PEP&CO has actually been installed in Walford Walk for a year now, and business is reported to be brisk. The store was one of 50 t...


15 AUG 2016

Karen helps successful trucking business celebrate 40-year milestone

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, visited the premises of Inkberrow-based trucking business, MHF, last week (10 August 2016) as part of her summer Business Week, which saw her visit a dozen companies and organisations in the constituency. MHF are specialists in the sale and hire of waste mana...


11 AUG 2016

Karen visits local convenience store in wake of armed robbery

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, popped into family-run Biddle's Simply Fresh store in Webheath on Tuesday (9 August 2016) to discuss key issues affecting his business, including parking and retail crime. Simon Biddle's store has been serving the community for over 20 years, providing a wide range of...


10 AUG 2016

Karen visits bus depot and is appalled at reports of racial abuse towards drivers

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, paid a visit to the Plymouth Road Diamond Bus depot to meet with managers and staff – and was horrified to hear reports of racial abuse towards drivers were so widespread. During her official visit on Monday (8 August 2016), Karen was interested to hear of the p...


08 AUG 2016

Karen visits improved mental health assessment unit

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, visited a specialist mental health unit on the Alexandra Hospital site today (Monday, 8 August 2016). Hill Crest is a specialist in-patient assessment and treatment centre for people with acute episode mental illness, and is run by the Worcestershire Health and...


08 AUG 2016

Karen pledges to help threatened Redditch charity

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, visited a charity threatened with closure on Friday (5 August 2015), and promised to try and help where she could. Homestart North East Worcestershire, based at Community House in Easemore Road, Redditch, is part of one of the leading family support charities i...


08 AUG 2016

Karen opens newly refurbished restaurant flush with new technology

McDonald's in Oakenshaw has undergone a new, exciting transformation following investment to improve the experience for local customers – and MP for Redditch Karen Lumley was on hand to open the facility. For those who do not wish to drive through, the restaurant now features the option for c...


08 AUG 2016

Karen embarks on constituency business trail

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, today (Monday, 8 August 2016) embarked on her summer Business Week, which will see her visit a dozen companies in the constituency. Making sure businesses in Redditch and surrounding villages are prospering has been among Karen's top priorities since becoming a...


03 AUG 2016

Karen Lumley MP delighted at measured improvement at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has expressed her delight at a recent CQC (Care Quality Commission) report into the care provided at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated services as 'Good' overall following a focused inspection of acute wa...


02 AUG 2016

Karen enjoys a nice of coffee at local Christian centre

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, enjoyed a nice cup of coffee at the Oasis Christian Centre yesterday (Monday, 1 August 2016). The refurbished church in Plymouth Road has just started to run a new session of coffee (and tea) morning events, with cake and biscuits also on hand, each Monday star...


27 JUL 2016

Karen presents Shahi Palace with highly commended award in national competition

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, had the pleasure of presenting an award to her favourite Indian restaurant at the weekend (Friday). The annual Tiffin Cup competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country is now in its tenth year and offers MPs an opportunity to champion a bus...


25 JUL 2016

Karen welcomes new jobs figures showing a strong economy in Redditch and the UK

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has welcomed figures released last week (20 July 2016) which show there are 179,000 more people in work across the West Midlands and 2.7 million more people across the United Kingdom in work than in 2010, meaning that more families across Redditch have the secur...


22 JUL 2016

Karen Lumley MP holds meeting with Government officials regarding cross-border housing

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, on Wednesday (20 July 2016) held talks with Civil Servants in London to register her concerns over plans to build thousands of houses in Webheath. Karen arranged the meeting in the wake of a planning inquiry into the borough's local plan, which appears to give ...


18 JUL 2016

Karen moves with stars of pop and sport at Teenage Cancer Trust Parliamentary reception

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, spoke at a Parliamentary reception last Wednesday (13 July 2016) at which the Teenage Cancer Trust launched a new education report. And the event was also attended by Teenage Cancer Trust Honorary Patron and The Who's legendary frontman Sir Roger Daltrey and re...


18 JUL 2016

Karen meets with Alex Hospital consultants and pledges to help organise public meeting in the autumn

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, met with consultants and management at the Alexandra Hospital on Friday (15 July 2016) to highlight the feelings of patients to planned changes at the hospital. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Alex as well as the Worcestershire Royal an...


15 JUL 2016

Karen joins community leaders to condemn Nice lorry attack

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, today (Friday) joined other community leaders in Redditch to condemn what looks like a terrorist attack in Nice, France, that killed 84 and injured over 200 people. The Member of Parliament stood on top of the Town Hall with a French flag to show her solidarity...


11 JUL 2016

Karen tucks in at bank charity bake

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, paid a visit to a town centre bank as they raised awareness of their own local charities. Karen called into the TSB at Unicorn Hill, Redditch, on Thursday, 30 June 2016, as part of the bank's national drive to tell everybody in local communities about the small...


07 JUL 2016

Special Olympics Redditch Quiz Night

Special Olympics Redditch held a charity Quiz Night at the Bramley Cottage pub tonight (Thursday). The event was packed and included a raffle to help raise much needed cash to enable the organisation to hold events for the disabled throughout the year. Karen, who is a patron of the charity, also a...


04 JUL 2016

Karen visits Batchley school in support of Send My Friend To School campaign

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, paid a visit to Pitcheroak School last Thursday (30 June 2016) in support of the Send My Friend To School campaign. Send My Friend to School brings together thousands of children across the UK to speak up for the right to education, and remind world leaders of ...


04 JUL 2016

Karen Lumley MP helps with launch of business Wi-Fi boost

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, went to the pub with representatives from Superfast Worcestershire, the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and local businesses to celebrate the increase in availability of fibre broadband for businesses last Thursday (30 June 2016). She also hel...


04 JUL 2016

Karen Lumley MP to meet with Alex consultants about changes to Paediatric care

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, is to meet with consultants at the Alexandra Hospital next Friday (15 July 2016) to discuss emergency temporary changes to paediatric inpatient services from September 2016. Karen will also take the opportunity to learn more about important new services that will be c...


29 JUN 2016

Karen Lumley MP condemns apparently racist attacks following EU exit vote

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has condemned in the strongest possible terms a string of apparently racially motivated attacks that have taken place across the country since the Brexit vote last Thursday (23 June 2016). Karen said: "Redditch has a sizeable population of either first or subse...


27 JUN 2016

Karen Lumley MP attends Armed Forces Day parade in Redditch

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, took part in an Armed Forces Day parade in Redditch on Saturday (25 June 2016). Annual Armed Forces Day is a chance for everyone to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service familie...


27 JUN 2016

Karen Lumley MP visits town church centre during 40th anniversary celebrations

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, paid a visit to the town's Ecumenical Centre on Friday (24 June 2016) to help celebrate the venue's 40th anniversary in the town. The Evesham Walk centre within the Kingfisher Centre, Redditch, opened in 1976 and was designed to be a home for Emmanuel Church, b...


24 JUN 2016

Following EU Exit vote Karen Lumley MP says it is time to pull together

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, says today (24 June 2016) that she is delighted that the people of Redditch contributed overwhelmingly towards the Leave vote in the EU referendum yesterday, but now is the time to pull together for the sake of our country. The result in Redditch saw a massive ...


23 JUN 2016

Karen early to the polls on EU referendum voting day

Karen was early to the polls on EU referendum polling day, being one of more than 46 million people who are eligible to vote. The UK public are being asked to choose whether the UK should stay in the European Union or leave in the first vote on the country's membership since 1975. Counts will get ...


21 JUN 2016

Karen attends opening of engineering training provider

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, attended the opening of an engineering training provider in the telecommunications industry in Redditch on Friday (17 June 2016). Ubi-Tech have just moved to premises at Regents Court in Far Moor Lane, Redditch. They are a specialist provider of engineering and...


20 JUN 2016

Karen talks on BBC H&W Radio about Jo Cox MP's death and security

Karen Lumley MP has been talking on BBC Hereford & Worcester Radio this morning about the death of Jo Cox MP and ensuing security problems. Listen here and wind forward to 1hr 11mins into the recording. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03xfph8#play


20 JUN 2016

Karen visits Tenacres First School to help with Redditch Rocks topic

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, paid a visit to Tenacres First School on Friday (17 June 2016) to help the pupils with their current topic. The MP was asked to visit the Quibury Close, Winyates East, first school as part of their whole school topic entitled Redditch Rocks! During a whole week earlie...


20 JUN 2016

Karen makes visits as part of Care Home Open Day

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, visited two local care homes as part of national Care Home Open Day (Friday, 17 June 2016). Care Home Open Day is a UK-wide initiative inviting care homes to open their doors to their local communities. Thousands of care homes across the UK take part each year,...


17 JUN 2016

Karen visits New Redditch Mosque

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, took time out on Friday (17 June 2016) to visit the New Redditch Mosque in Jinnah Road, Smallwood. The Mosque has recently been completed after many years of development, so Karen was keen to go and have a tour and meet the Mosque leaders. Karen said: "I am ve...


13 JUN 2016

Clinical Senate agree to Alex model for the future

The West Midlands Clinical Senate has given the green light to the proposed model for the Alexandra Hospital and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, paving the way to a new public consultation period in the autumn. The Senate is the 'clinical conscience and guiding intelligence' for strategic...


08 JUN 2016

MP welcomes latest one-year cancer survival figures, but says more must be done

By 2020, almost half of the UK population will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. Cancer survival rates in the UK are among the worst in Europe – not least because many people are diagnosed too late when their cancer is advanced. Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch and the APPG (All P...


08 JUN 2016

Karen Lumley MP delighted at local shopfitting company success

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, is delighted that local shopfitting company AMS has been appointed by the John Lewis chain to provide fixtures for its new Leeds and Chelmsford stores. Since 2012, the Padgets Lane company have provided a wide array of high specification, bespoke store environments to...


06 JUN 2016

Borough councillor takes charge of Tory EU Out Campaign in Redditch

Redditch MP Karen Lumley was informed on Friday (3 June 2016) that Redditch Borough Councillor Roger Bennett, serving the Headless Cross and Oakenshaw Ward, will be leading the 'Out Campaign' for the European Referendum in Redditch. He believes strongly that Britain, as a nation, should be able to d...


06 JUN 2016

Karen Lumley MP meets with Police and Crime Commissioner

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, took time out on Friday (3 June 2016) to meet with new Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, John Campion. This was the first opportunity for Karen to personally congratulate the Conservative candidate for the position who was elected on 5 May. Mr Campion, w...


06 JUN 2016

Karen Lumley MP delighted at feedback from Jobs Fair

Following the hugely successful Jobs Fair held by Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch in the Kingfisher Centre on 13 May 2016, a survey of exhibitors has now confirmed their delight at the outcomes. The survey was sent to all 27 companies and organisations who took part in the Fair, and the responses wil...


01 JUN 2016

Half term in Redditch

I'm spending my half term at home in Redditch, mostly out and about with my husband.  Over the weekend, I popped into Botany Bay Garden Centre for some plants to put in the garden. I also enjoyed visiting the Feckenham Village Shop to pick up some lovely ham. As the weather was so nice, I decid...


23 MAY 2016

Karen given insight into communications revolution

Redditch MP Karen Lumley was given a rare insight on Friday (20 May 2016) into the network and engineers behind the communications revolution that is transforming the way people connect in Redditch and beyond. She was given a whistle-stop tour of the local communications network and met BT staff an...


23 MAY 2016

Karen visits metal pressings company to congratulate apprentices

Redditch MP Karen Lumley paid a visit to a long-established Redditch manufacturing business on Friday (20 May 2016) to meet with and congratulate apprentices, as well as to take a look around the premises. AE Oscroft & Sons Ltd, based in Heming Road on the Washford Industrial Estate, have been ...


23 MAY 2016

Karen snacks and chats with sixth formers

Redditch MP Karen Lumley held the next in her series of Snack 'n' Chat events on Friday (20 May 2016) to try and engage with prospective teenage voters. Karen held a series of successful events during the last Parliament, at which sixth form students were invited along to McDonald's in Oakenshaw fo...


16 MAY 2016

Karen delighted with success of Jobs Fair

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, says she is "totally delighted" at the reaction to her most recent Jobs Fair which took place on Friday (13 May 2016). The event, at Redditch's Kingfisher Centre, saw 27 businesses, training organisations and uniformed groups on hand to offer advice on a career...


09 MAY 2016

Stage all set for Jobs Fair in Redditch

The stage is all set for Karen Lumley MP's most successful Jobs Fair event to date – with 27 businesses, training organisations and uniformed groups on hand this Friday (13 May 2016) to offer advice on a career with them. And there are ten organisations who wanted to take part, but who couldn...


03 MAY 2016

Karen Lumley MP to host third Jobs Fair in Redditch

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, is all set to host her third Jobs Fair event in Redditch Town Centre a week on Friday (13 May 2016). The event will see over 25 businesses, training organisations and uniformed groups on hand in the Kingfisher Centre to offer advice on a career with them. Kare...


25 APR 2016

Karen visits RSA Academy Arrow Vale as they host Anne Frank exhibition

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, caught the last day of a spell to RSA Academy Arrow Vale of a touring Anne Frank exhibition on Friday (22 April 2016). The school's history department hosted Anne Frank: A History for Today, provided by the Anne Frank Trust UK from 11 – 22 April. Anne Frank was...


25 APR 2016

Karen visits centre supporting people with learning disabilities

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, visited a flexible support service in Batchley catering for those with learning disabilities on Friday (22 April 2016) to listen to concerns about implementation of the National Living Wage. The centre, is run by Hft, a national charity supporting people with learning...


20 APR 2016

Redditch United Sallie Swan made huge contribution to club says Karen Lumley MP

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has joined the tributes to Redditch United vice-chairman Sallie Swan, who, after a long battle with cancer, sadly passed away last week (Friday, 15 April 2016). Sallie is the wife of Redditch United Chairman Chris, and showed incredible bravery as she continued to play her ...


18 APR 2016

Karen keen that up and coming voters should come and talk to her

Redditch MP Karen Lumley is re-starting her Snack 'n' Chat initiative to try and engage with prospective teenage voters. Karen held a series of successful events during the last Parliament, at which sixth form students were invited along to McDonald's for a chat with their local MP. The idea of th...


14 APR 2016

Karen supports charity bike riders

A charity-minded cycling group, who are hoping to pedal their way 150 miles in aid of a children's charity, have enlisted the support of the town's MP. Redditch MP Karen Lumley has long been a supporter of the Viking Boxing and Fitness Club, based at Millsborough House, and now, headed by Lawrence ...


11 APR 2016

Karen meets industrial estate business bosses fed up with illegal trailer parking

Redditch MP Karen Lumley went to see a company based in Heming Road, Washford, last week (7 April 2016) to see what she could do to help with the problem of illegal trailer parking. Phil Skinner, a director at PSW Paper & Print, said the problem had been around for some time but had become much...


11 APR 2016

Karen issues statement about future of Alexandra Hospital and writes to the Secretary of State for Health urging additional capital funding for special Alex projects

Following reports today (Monday) regarding a possible further downgrading of A&E services at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch MP Karen Lumley has said she met with Interim Chief Executive at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Chris Tidman, over the Easter break, and he gave assurances to ...


08 APR 2016

Karen visits Ladbrokes and places her bet on the Grand National

Redditch MP Karen Lumley paid a visit to Ladbrokes in the Kingfisher Shopping yesterday (Thursday, 7 April 2016) to place her annual bet on the biggest race of them all – The Grand National. Karen popped into the Redditch branch in order to place her £25 each way bet on Holywell at 14 t...


04 APR 2016

Karen meets Redditch schoolgirls over bus lane dangers

Redditch MP Karen Lumley went to Church Hill on Friday (1 April 2016) to meet with campaigning schoolchildren Aimee and Lauren Bates. The sisters, aged 13 and ten respectively, got in touch with Karen in February, spelling out their concerns for the safety of young passengers outside Church Hill Mi...


04 APR 2016

Karen visits town youth venue to hear about ambitious plans for the future

Redditch MP Karen Lumley paid a visit to Redditch Youth & Community Enterprise (RYCE) on Friday (1 April 2016) to discuss their plans for the future. RYCE is Redditch's only Charitable Community Benefit Society and currently has a temporary lease on the old REDI Centre building in South Street,...


04 APR 2016

Karen visits new facility in Redditch providing homes for adults with mental health conditions

Redditch MP Karen Lumley was delighted on Friday (1 April 2016) when she was able to visit a new housing scheme in Redditch town centre, specifically designed for adults with a long-term mental health condition or learning disability. Samuel Place, a brand new building on Prospect Hill, Redditch, i...


21 MAR 2016

Karen visits Imagination Street amid expansion dispute

Redditch MP Karen Lumley paid a visit to a Redditch kids' play facility on Friday (18 March 2016) amid a disagreement about planned expansion of the facility. The owners of Imagination Street have been forced to close down their original Bromsgrove site because town planners have given the thumbs u...


21 MAR 2016

Karen visits major London Underground supplier in Redditch

Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited a Redditch electronics company accompanied by London Underground Managing Director, Nick Brown, on Friday (18 March 2016). Arrowvale Electronics, based in Shawbank Road, Lakeside, is the principal supplier to Transport for London (TfL) in the West Midlands, with con...


16 MAR 2016

Karen speaks in Commons at PMQs on employment and apprenticeships in Redditch

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley (Wednesday, 16 March 2016) had the privilege of being able to speak in the House of Commons today, taking the top slot at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs). Karen enjoyed the rare opportunity, for the second time this year, by kicking off PMQs with the first question of...


07 MAR 2016

Talks hosted by Karen and Diamond bus bosses

Redditch MP Karen Lumley hosted a meeting between Diamond bus bosses and Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr John Smith, on Friday (4 March 2016). The meeting was called to discuss progress on improving bus services throughout the town and feedback received by the counci...


07 MAR 2016

Matchborough Spring cleaned for the Queen

RESIDENTS, local councillors, students from Matchborough First School and RSA Academy Arrow Vale, as well as members of other community groups and staff from McDonald's joined Redditch MP Karen Lumley on Saturday (5 March 2016) to Clean for the Queen. As part of the Queen's 90th birthday, which tak...


03 MAR 2016

Karen Lumley MP welcomes news that more homes are being built in Redditch

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has welcomed the latest figures which show the country is building again, with housing starts and completions at a seven-year high. The Government wants the next generation in Redditch and surrounding villages to have the homes they need which is why we are going furt...


03 MAR 2016

Karen calls for musicians and film-makers to enter Rock the House and Film the House competitions

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, is calling for local musicians and film-makers to enter Parliament's two largest creative competitions, Rock the House and Film the House. The competitions, now in their fifth year, offer the opportunity to put local musicians and film-makers in direct contact with th...


02 MAR 2016

Karen to get involved in Clean for the Queen

IN THE run-up to the Queen's 90th birthday (21 April 2016), thousands of people up and down the country are being inspired to take action and Clean for the Queen. The campaign aims to encourage a million people to take action in their towns and villages and enjoy a few hours together litter picking...


01 MAR 2016

Karen eats cake in aid of locally based charity

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, was in her Redditch office as usual last Friday (26 February 2016), but just managed to catch a charity cake sale organised by locally based nurses' charity Cavell Nurses' Trust. The charity occupies the same Grosvenor House offices as Karen and took home-baked cakes ...


01 MAR 2016

Karen answers student questions at Tudor Grange Academy

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, went along to Tudor Grange Academy in Woodrow, Redditch on Friday (26 February 2016) to answer students' questions about her work as a Member of Parliament. Students in Years 9 and 10 have recently completed a PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) mod...


01 MAR 2016

Boris Johnson MP entertains diners at Police and Crime Commissioner fundraiser

ARGUABLY the most well-known Conservative MP of our time was on hand to entertain diners at a Conservative Party fundraiser last week (Thursday, 25 February 2016). Mayor of London and now MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since last May, the flamboyant Boris Johnson was the guest of honour at a Con...


23 FEB 2016

Karen Lumley MP for Redditch County on the European Referendum

I wanted today to set out my views on the referendum and which way I will be voting to my constituents as I think it important that I do so. Many of you will remember that I voted against the Government when I first entered parliament to secure a referendum and am delighted that finally that is goi...


22 FEB 2016

Karen welcomes improved Post Office branch services

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has welcomed the announcement that two Post Office branches in Redditch are to be changed to their new 'main style' branches. Church Hill Post Office, operating out of McColls, Unit 3 Tanhouse Lane, Church Hill, Redditch, and Crabbs Cross Post Office, 502 Evesham Road...


18 FEB 2016

Karen Lumley: statement regarding Diamond bus services

Following an announcement from Worcestershire County Council that a small number of school service contracts currently held with Diamond Buses are to be terminated, MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has said that she is disappointed but not surprised. Following concerns raised by customers about bus s...


16 FEB 2016

Karen visits three successful Redditch-based businesses in one day

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, visited the premises of three of the largest businesses in the town in one day yesterday (Monday, 15 February 2016). Karen likes to spend days when she is not in Parliament, touring round the businesses in Redditch, and yesterday, being the first day of the February...


15 FEB 2016

Happy Birthday Feckenham Shop

Karen popped into the Feckenham Village Shop on Saturday morning (13 February 2016) to join Chairman John Eaton to help celebrate their 7th birthday. Karen said: "It's great to see village shops, like this one, providing a valuable service to the community and thriving within the constitu...


10 FEB 2016

Karen Lumley becomes Apprenticeship Champion

Local MP Karen Lumley is backing apprenticeships in Redditch, and has joined a campaign to spread awareness of the opportunities that apprenticeships offer to both young people and businesses. Karen is one of 100 MPs who have joined the fight, pledging to champion apprenticeships in their local are...


10 FEB 2016

Karen welcomes John Lewis boss to Redditch

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, was very happy to welcome her friend and Managing Director of the John Lewis Partnership, Andy Street, to Redditch last Friday evening (5 February 2016). Andy, who is also Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), was the guest o...


09 FEB 2016

Halfords scheme spotlighted by Prime Minister

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has said how proud she was that a scheme for prisoners run by a high-profile Redditch company made it onto the front pages yesterday (Monday, 8 February 2016). Prime Minister David Cameron met inmates at a Warwickshire prison just hours before giving a major speech on...


09 FEB 2016

Karen seeks reassurance in Parliament concerning funding for Syrian refugees

Following a letter to the local press earlier in the month from MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, and Redditch Borough Council leader, Bill Hartnett, reassuring residents on the issue of Syrian refugees being re-housed in Redditch, Karen Lumley has now sought further clarification on the issue in Parli...


09 FEB 2016

Revised Local Government settlement to benefit Redditch

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has welcomed an announcement from Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday (Monday) that after changes to the Local Government Financial Settlement, no council will lose out. Karen led a delegation to a see the Secretary of Stat...


02 FEB 2016

Karen dishes out the Special Olympics awards

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley presented the awards at Special Olympics Redditch's Annual Awards Celebration at Redditch Town Hall on Saturday (30 January 2016). Karen is patron to Special Olympics Redditch and was delighted to be able to give out Participation Awards to some 30 athletes, aged between fi...


01 FEB 2016

Letter to the press from myself and Council Leader Bill Hartnett: Easing the concerns of Redditch residents regarding the arrival of Syrian refugees:

We are writing to you jointly as the Member of Parliament for Redditch and the Leader of Redditch Borough Council to seek to reassure Redditch residents on the issue of Syrian refugees being re-housed in Redditch. Redditch may soon welcome a small number of Syrian refugees as part of the Prime Mini...


25 JAN 2016

Karen helps drive to boost skilled workforce

AS MP for Redditch, one of Karen Lumley's key priorities has always been to help local businesses to grow and attract a skilled workforce to the constituency. And at an event on Friday (15 January 2016), jointly hosted by Redditch Borough Council, business leaders throughout the town and surroundin...


25 JAN 2016

Karen splashes out down at local nature reserve

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley had to don her wellies last Friday (15 January 2016) as she went on a rather muddy walkabout at Ipsley Alders Marsh. Situated between Mappleborough and Winyates, the wildlife haven has been nominated as one of the top nature reserves in the country, having been shortlisted ...


25 JAN 2016

Karen takes part in Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations in Redditch

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley joined in the commemorations on Saturday (23 January 2016) to mark the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. In the weeks leading up to and after Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events are arran...


21 JAN 2016

Karen greets record low unemployment figures

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has welcomed unemployment figures published yesterday (20 January 2016) which show that the UK unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest rate in more than a decade. The national rate hit 5.1 per cent in the three months to November - its lowest since the three months to Oc...


19 JAN 2016

Karen welcomes new company to Grosvenor House

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley took a very short walk to one of her engagements last Friday (15 January 2016) as she was asked to cut the ribbon on another company occupying an office at Grosvenor House. Specialists in inventory optimisation, Slimstock, have moved around 20 of their staff in to the offic...


18 JAN 2016

Karen meets Student Council at Pitcheroak School

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley enjoyed her visit to Pitcheroak School last week (Friday, 15 January 2016) as she got to meet the newly elected Student Council. Pitcheroak is a school for which 'inclusion' is an important word. It provides education and specialist support for some 138 pupils between 4 and...


15 JAN 2016

Karen joins in school anniversary celebrations

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley joined in the celebrations yesterday (Thursday, 14 January 2016) as a Redditch school celebrated its tenth anniversary. Kingfisher School, in Clifton Close, Matchborough, caters for 70 pupils between the ages of 7 and 16 with additional social, educational and mental health...


11 JAN 2016

Karen helps local schoolchildren to get on their bikes

CHILDREN from Woodrow First School in Redditch were the lucky recipients of free refurbished bikes and new helmets from Halfords, the UK's leading cycle retailer on Friday (8 January 2016) and Redditch MP Karen Lumley was on hand to give them out. The bikes and helmets were donated as part of the r...


31 DEC 2015

Christmas and New Year Message

2015 will of course be remembered, by me in any case, as the year in which I managed to win a second term as Member of Parliament for Redditch County with an increased majority. That was a surprising but pleasant outcome! Continuing worries about our hospital and discussions concerning three-tier/t...


23 DEC 2015

Karen visits Worcestershire Royal Hospital Birthing Unit

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley visited the Worcestershire Royal Hospital earlier this week (Monday, December 21) to see for herself the neo-natal facilities there. Karen said of the visit: "Following removal of the neo-natal facilities from the Alex in Redditch during November, I wanted to see for myself...


23 DEC 2015

Karen spreads Christmas cheer around Care Homes

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley made a Christmas visit to four care homes in the town on Monday (21 December 2015) to spread a little cheer amongst staff and residents. She visited Parklands in Callow Hill, Brambles in Birchfield Road, Headless Cross, The Cedars, Cedar Park Road in Batchley and then Bowoo...


18 DEC 2015

Council funding to be transformed over next five years

LOCAL council funding is to be transformed by 2020, meaning local government will be entirely self-funded through Council Tax, Business Rates and other local resources by that date. This is something councils have campaigned for over many years and moves Britain from being one of the most centralis...


17 DEC 2015

Karen presents charity cheque from business leaders

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was very proud to be able to present a cheque on behalf of Redditch business leaders to one of her favourite charities recently (Saturday, 5 December 2015). Karen offered to give the money to Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham, and Robert Holdcroft, franchisee of the Reddi...


17 DEC 2015

Karen welcomes lowest unemployment figures for nearly ten years

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has welcomed unemployment figures published yesterday (16 December 2015) which show that the UK unemployment rate fell to its lowest for nearly 10 years, at 5.2 per cent in the three months to October. It was the lowest jobless rate since the three-month period to January 2...


16 DEC 2015

Karen promotes Woodland Trust Tree Packs

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley is supporting a scheme by the Woodland Trust where primary-age schools are being offered the chance to plant trees for free. Children can look forward to planting a copse or hedge, which can provide a wild harvest, or a burst of year-round colour. Defra (Department for Envi...


02 DEC 2015

Karen takes Q&A session at middle school and meets pupils who visited WW1 battlefields

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley visited pupils at Birchensale Middle School last Friday (27 November 2015) for two purposes. Firstly she had the chance to meet two pupils, Megan Garrett and Jodie Lewis, who, as part of the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours programme, got to visit the WW1 battlef...


02 DEC 2015

Karen promotes Small Business Saturday with a visit to fabrics firm

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley visited a small but vibrant business in the run-up to Small Business Saturday which takes place this weekend (5 December 2015). The Small Business Saturday movement was founded in 2010 by American Express in the US. In the UK it is a grass-roots campaign which exists to sup...


01 DEC 2015

Statement on publication of the CQC Inspection report into health services in Worcestershire

Following publication of the CQC (Care Quality Commission) Inspection report into health services in Worcestershire today (Tuesday), Redditch MP Karen Lumley said: "We have to support the independent Inspectors' findings into the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WHAT), which runs the Alex i...


30 NOV 2015

Karen helps deliver festive cheer to postal workers at Royal Mails Redditch Delivery Office

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley visited Royal Mail's Redditch Delivery Office bright and early on Friday morning (27 November 2015) to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Christmas is Royal Mail's busiest time of the year and Mrs Lumley saw the ha...


30 NOV 2015

Karen opens new cycle store

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley opened a new cycle store in town last week (Thursday, 26 November 2015). The Cycle Studio Stratford has now launched their second shop, The Cycle Studio Redditch, at 11a Church Green East, Redditch, and offers road, mountain, hybrid and kids' bikes, clothes and accessories....


27 NOV 2015

New figures show plan to help one million more people to own their own home is working

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has welcomed new figures showing the increase in housing supply in Redditch where there have been 340 new houses built since last year. The official statistics show that the Conservatives' plan to make home ownership an achievable dream is working in Redditch and across the...


24 NOV 2015

Karen encourages residents to get on their bikes

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley took a visit to the headquarters of leading retailer of car parts, camping equipment and bicycles, Halfords, on Friday (20 November 2015). Halfords have had their main office in Redditch for 50 years and still employ over 600 people in the constituency, but it was as a lead...


23 NOV 2015

Karen visits housing scheme for young vulnerable families

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley took a visit to families in a supported housing scheme in Redditch on Friday (20 November 2015). Smallwood Almshouses, situated in Mount Street, Smallwood, is operated by Bromford and provides secure accommodation with specially trained support workers to help vulnerable fa...


23 NOV 2015

Karen visits engineering training academy in Redditch

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley had the chance on Friday (20 November 2015) to visit a new training academy based in the town. Heartbeat UK have been established since 1949 as a globally integrated design and manufacturing company specialising in engineering, manufacturing and retail display innovation ba...


20 NOV 2015

Karen talks health issues with local medical committee

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley this week (Wednesday, 18 November 2015) held talks with key members of the Worcestershire Local Medical Committee (LMC). Doctors Simon Parkinson and Shaun Pike wanted to talk about issues surrounding the Alexandra Hospital, but the group also talked about GP contracts, 7-da...


18 NOV 2015

Karen gets in the fast lane at Aston Martin

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley enjoyed a tour around an iconic British car factory last Friday (13 November 2015) and took the chance to take to the test track at the same time. Karen was given a tour of the Aston Martin manufacturing plant in Gaydon and was given an overview of the company's aspirations...


17 NOV 2015

Karen welcomes combined authority announcement

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the announcement today (Tuesday, 17 November 2015) that the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has reached a devolution agreement with Government. The proposed deal will give the emerging WMCA, working across the geography of the three Local Enterprise Pa...


09 NOV 2015

Further update re Alex

I wanted all of you to see in full the Statement issued by the trust last week. I am working with Sajid Javid and Nadhim Zahawi to do all we can here in Westminster and in Redditch. Statement by Worcestershire Acute hospital trust. For several months Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has be...


09 NOV 2015

Meeting with Trust Development Authority re Alex

I had a meeting this morning with the Trust Development Authority and the leaders of Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council where our concerns were put to the Authority "in the strongest possible terms." Below is the text of a press release shortly to be issued by the Council Lead...


09 NOV 2015

Remembrance Day Parade

I joined a huge turnout of around 500 people at Astwood Bank yesterday for the Remembrance Day parade.  At this time of year we pay tribute to our war dead, not just in the two World Wars, but in all the conflicts the UK has been involved with ever since. This year marks 70 years since the end ...


04 NOV 2015

Commonly asked questions to Karen Lumley MP following announcement of the temporary closure of Maternity Services at the Alexandra Hospital November 2015

Why have these decisions been made without consultation and notice? For several months Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has been doing everything possible to maintain safe staffing levels on a 24/7 basis in its neonatal services and maternity units, despite very real challenges with recruit...


03 NOV 2015

All the signs are good for expanding Redditch business as Karen pays a visit

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was delighted to pay a visit to expanding signage company 8X4 Media last Friday (30 October 2015). The North Moons Moat company supply signage and graphics solutions to other business. They began in the exhibition trade but have now branched out to include retail, property ...


03 NOV 2015

STOP PRESS - Hospital Update

Karen, Sajid Javid and the Council leaders will be meeting with the Trust Development Authority next week and the Secretary of State for Health the week after to discuss pressing issues at the Alexandra Hospital and in general at the Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust.


02 NOV 2015

Maternity Services closure

Regarding the temporary closure of the Maternity ward at the Alexandra ward, I have been aware that there were some concerns over neo natal over the past few weeks but it came as a shock to me that from 5 November the Maternity ward would be temporarily be moved to Worcester. I found out myself on F...


31 OCT 2015

Urgent News Release

News Release by Karen Lumley MP and Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP Joint Statement re Alexandra Hospital, Redditch Local MPs Karen Lumley and Sajid Javid respond to the announcement by Worcestershire Acute Trust that obstetrics and the neo natal unit at the Alexandra Hospital will close temporarily due to ...


26 OCT 2015

Bus bosses apologise for poor service through member of parliament

BUS BOSSES APOLOGISE FOR POOR SERVICE THROUGH MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT BOSSES at Rotala, who operate Diamond bus services throughout the town of Redditch, have apologised for their poor service after meeting with Karen Lumley MP and passengers. Karen hosted a meeting between managers and directors of ...


21 OCT 2015

Karen presents long service award to special Mc Donalds employee

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was delighted on Monday (19 October 2015) to present a long-service award to a very special employee at McDonald's. Greenlands man Edward Burdan, who has severe learning difficulties, has worked for the restaurant chain in Redditch for 20 years, and Karen was asked along to...


20 OCT 2015

Karen employs Apprentice in Redditch-Mariama Sebe Camara

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley is delighted to announce that she has employed an Apprentice to help out with Casework at her constituency office. Mariama (Sebe) Camara, 21, has been engaged by Karen as a Level 3 Apprentice in Business Administration. Sebe will spend three days a week working at Karen's c...


20 OCT 2015

Karen visits first school to talk about life as a Member of Parliament

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley took time out of her busy schedule on Friday (October 16) to talk to pupils at a Redditch first school about what it is like being an MP. Pupils in Year 1 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School Academy, in Downsell Road, Webheath, have this half term been focusin...


15 OCT 2015

Karen welcomes increase in numbers of Apprenticeship starts

  REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has welcomed an increase in Apprenticeships starts in Redditch and across Worcestershire. Figures released yesterday (Wednesday, 14 October 2015) by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) show that 990 new Apprenticeships were begun in Redditch in the academic year 2014/15...


15 OCT 2015

Karen welcomes encouraging unemployment figures Redditch

  REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has welcomed unemployment figures for September 2015 which show that unemployed claimants now represent 1.8 per cent of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 in the constituency. The total number of unemployed claimants in Redditch County constituency in ...


02 OCT 2015

Karen Lumley MP enjoyed a visit to local business Clifford Springs Ltd

Karen Lumley MP enjoyed a visit to local business Clifford Springs Ltd this morning to learn more about their industry and their recent expansion. Karen said "It was brilliant to see another local business in Redditch doing soo well and exporting all over the world. It is always nice to meet with l...


02 OCT 2015

Disability Action Redditch

Karen got the chance to speak with constituents yesterday while they were doing their shopping in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre while lending her support to Cllr Anita Clayton - Chairman of Disability Action Redditch, and the Redditch Older Peoples Forum who are doing some excellent work in our com...


01 OCT 2015

RLSS - Drink & Drown Campaign

#DontDrinkandDrown Running from the 28 September – 4 October the Royal Life Saving Society UK will be raising awareness of the dangers of being near water after a night out and when under the influence of alcohol. Statistics show that of all 18-21 year old drowning victims a third had alco...


29 SEP 2015

Teenage Cancer Action Week

MP PLEDGES TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST CANCER IN YOUNG PEOPLE Teenage Cancer Action Week: 28th September to 4th October Karen Lumley MP has today pledged her support to take action against cancer in young people. Karen is supporting Teenage Cancer Action Week in order to raise awareness of the signs ...


25 SEP 2015

Macmillan #CoffeeMorning

Today Karen was able to meet constituents and have a chat over a brew at not one, but two Macmillan Coffee Mornings. The first being at Callow Hill with the second being held at Redditch United. Excellent tea and cake were available at both raising money for this wonderful charity.   


21 SEP 2015

Fun at the Fair

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley loves all the fun of the fair and that is why she was so pleased to welcome the return of Wilson's funfair to the Town Centre recently. The historic fair was a regular visitor to Market Place and Alcester Street on the third weekend in September, particularly during the R...


11 SEP 2015

Redditch High School Meeting

Friday 11 September 2015, Head Teachers, Deputy Headteachers, Principals and School Governors from the future five High School Education providers in Redditch - St Augustine's Catholic High School, Tudor Grange Academy Redditch, RSA Academy Arrow Vale, Trinity High School and Ridgeway Academy, too...


09 SEP 2015

Save a Life September campaign

Last Saturday, St John's Ambulance visited our Redditch constituency as part of their annual Save a Life September campaign. The campaign is part of their drive to raise awareness of the importance of first aid, and to work towards their aim that no-one should suffer through a lack of first aid. S...


08 SEP 2015

Sight Concern Colour Run

Some of things that Karen Lumley is invited to do as an MP can only be described as fun. Sight Concern Worcestershire, a local charity supporting blind and partially sighted people to lead independent lives, invited Karen to start their Colour Run event held at Arrow Valley Country Park last Saturd...


07 SEP 2015

Looking after our villages

Since the changes to the constituency boundaries at the time of the election before last in 2010, our constituency now of course comprises the town of Redditch plus a number of beautiful Worcestershire villages. These include Inkberrow, Bradley Green, Stock Green, Feckenham, Church Lench and other ...


17 AUG 2015

The Wombles of Redditch

Karen always loves helping to tidy up our community, and so she was happy to accept an invitation from McDonalds to help in a Litter Pick in Matchborough East bright and early on Saturday morning.  You can see her here with Cllr Juliet Brunner and Robert Holdcroft of McDonalds.  There's mu...


17 AUG 2015

Relocation of gynaecology services

Karen was of course very concerned to learn that the temporary relocation of gynaecology services from the Alex to Worcester Royal appears likely to extend until February next year, and possibly longer. She said would be extremely concerned if there was any suggestion that the move was to ...


13 AUG 2015

MP Inspects Troops

During the Parliamentary Recess period Karen was able to a visit the Churchill Troop Army Cadet Force (ACF) who parade on Monday and Thursday evenings in Redditch, when normally she has to be in London. Karen saw the troops parade, and enjoyed chatting with the young cadets who range ...


11 AUG 2015

Charitable initiative from HMP Hewell Chaplain to help young homeless people and to rehabilitate prisoners

Karen accepted an invitation last week to visit a new charitable initiative founded by the Sikh Chaplain at HMP Hewell, Sukhwinder Singh. The initiative teamed up with Redditch Nightstop to provide food to young homeless people who are some of the most vulnerable in our society. The event was...


10 AUG 2015

New micro brewery in Redditch

Karen Lumley MP popped into a new micro brewery here in our Redditch community. The Black Tap Brewer Pub has just opened opposite the fountain in Redditch Town Centre. Karen expressed her delight during her visit: "It is the best news for Redditch when we hear of new business starting up which is...


15 JUL 2015

Unemployment In Redditch Continues To Fall

Karen Lumley MP has welcomed the recent set of jobs figures which show that in the month of June unemployment in her constituency fell to 782. In five years unemployment in the Redditch constituency has fallen by 1,432 from 2,214. In this time, the number of men out of work has fallen from 1,589 to...


13 JUL 2015

Heritage Lottery Fund

One year from the Battle of the Somme Centenary, Karen Lumley urges Redditch communities to apply for new £4m Heritage Lottery Fund money to explore the impact of the war. On Wednesday 8th July, Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch attended a House of Commons event hosted by the Heritage Lottery Fun...


06 JUL 2015

B&Q Re-opening

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited B&Q on Jinnah Road to celebrate its re-opening and see the new store. At the store Karen met Mark Fountain, Unit Manager. Redditch will be a brand new kind of B&Q store and one of the first of its kind in the UK. It will be the new generation of st...


29 JUN 2015

Gardner Denver

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley helped launch a two-week long birthday party at local vacuum pump and compressor manufacturer Gardner Denver, to celebrate 45 years of great British engineering on the Washford Industrial Estate. Joined by young apprentices and long-service employees from acro...


22 JUN 2015

Leonard Cheshire Disability Saltways Open Day

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited an Open Day at Leonard Cheshire Disability Saltways in her constituency. Leonard Cheshire services continue to grow and there are over 250 services all together including fifty five of those countries around the world including care at home, residential se...


22 JUN 2015

S.E. Davis & Son

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited S.E. Davis & Son where she met with company director Andy Jenkins. S.E. Davis & Son is a family owned and operated business that has been located at its 16 acre site in Astwood Bank for the last 70 years. Whilst viewing the companies site, Karen d...


18 JUN 2015

Vaynor First School

I always encourage Redditch constituents to visit Parliament to see where MPs work and have a tour of the wonderful buildings that make up the Palace of Westminster.  Those of my constituents who have joined one of my "Lumley Tours", or have booked a Members' Tour know what a fascinating experi...


08 JUN 2015

Tea At 3 For Magna Carta Anniversary

On Sunday 14 June at 3pm, to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta (15 June 1215), the clink of teacups will be heard as communities across the UK take tea together as part of LiberTeas. At Hanbury Hall a LiberTea is being organised and Karen Lumley MP will be visiting to take par...


18 MAY 2015

Schools Commissioner Meets Local Heads

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley hosted a series of meetings with local Headteachers and the Regional Schools Commissioner, Pank Patel. Meetings took place all day with Headteachers from First, Middle and High schools meeting with Karen and Mr Patel. Discussions focussed particularly on the plann...


18 MAY 2015

1,559 Unemployment Fall Means A Brighter Future For Working People In Redditch County

Karen Lumley has welcomed new figures showing 1,559 fewer people in Redditch County claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit compared to 2010 - a 62% per cent drop. This means more people in work, with the security of a good job and a regular pay packet so they can provide for themselves ...


13 MAY 2015

Heads To Meet With Regional Schools Commissioner

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley will host a series of meetings with local Headteachers and the Regional Schools Commissioner, Pank Patel. Meetings will be taking place all day with Headteachers from First, Middle and High schools. Discussions will focus particularly on the planned age range chan...


25 MAR 2015

Schools Commissioner To Visit Redditch

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley travelled to the Department of Education's offices in Coventry to meet with the Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands, Pank Patel and officials from the Educational Funding Authority to discuss proposed age range changes. The Regional Schools Com...


09 MAR 2015

Millie's Magical Garden Fun Day

On Sunday Redditch MP Karen Lumley popped in to a charity fun day at the Abbeydale Club which was raising money for Millie O'Connor, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and goes to Chadsgrove School, to help create a sensory garden at her home. Karen attended the event having already donated some o...


07 MAR 2015

Street Surgery

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley held a Street Surgery in the town centre to speak to constituents and listen to their concerns. Karen was in the town centre from 11:30 until 13:30 and met those who had come down to see her, as well as chatting to shoppers and those in town for lunch. She was als...


17 FEB 2015

Karen To Meet With Department Of Health

Redditch MP Karen Lumley is set to meet with the Secretary of State for Health as well as senior officials to discuss the ongoing situation at the Alexandra Hospital.  The meeting will be attended by the three MPs in the area, the three council leaders and the Save The Alex campaign, following...


15 FEB 2015

Karen 'Concerned' By Alex Resignations

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has spoken of her concern, following the news that four consultants from the Alexander Hospital in Redditch and another working at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital resigned on Friday. Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust said an urgent transition plan will be put in place and ...


05 FEB 2015

Taking Time To Talk

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley attended the Time to Talk Day at Redditch Town Hall. Redditch Borough Council signed the Time to Change pledge in December 2014 and today hosted their second annual Time to Talk Day event, during which they launched their organisational pledge to ensure that s...


27 JAN 2015

The Transformation Of Citizens Advice Bureau Services In Redditch

As of Monday 2nd February 2015 the CAB office at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre will close, and CAB services for Bromsgrove & Redditch will be managed from the CAB office in Bromsgrove. Interim arrangements will be put in place for Redditch citizens to access information and advice, whilst the B...


22 JAN 2015

Over 50s Unemployment Down

Karen Lumley MP has welcomed the fall in the number of unemployed older people in Redditch County. Since the General Election in 2010, the number of people over the age of 50 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) in the constituency is down by over 55 per cent. Over-50s unemployment rose by 84.9 per...


19 JAN 2015

Welcoming Local Business Bank Boost

Redditch MP Karen Lumley recently paid a visit to JSC Rotational Ltd who recently received funding from Clydesdale Bank to support the purchase of a Robotic Arm, to see the new installation at work. JSC Rotational Ltd was established by Mark and Karen Drinkwater, who are both in Karen's Business ...


19 JAN 2015

Faun Zoeller

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited Faun Zoeller to discuss apprenticeships with CEO Simon Hyde. As a former apprentice himself Simon Hyde shares Karen's passion for apprenticeships and is extremely keen and active in the development of young talent. Over the last five years the company has...


19 JAN 2015

Great Escape Classic Car Hire

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited Great Escape Classic Care Hire in Hunt End to hear about the recent growth of their business. Karen first visited the company back in January 2011 and since this time they have gone from strength to strength, having moved premises from their old home in In...


14 JAN 2015

Over 3,500 New Apprentices In Redditch Since 2010

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has today welcomed the latest figures showing that there were 890 apprenticeship starts in her constituency in 2013/14, bringing the total number of apprenticeship starts since 2010 to 3,880. Between 2005 and 2010, there were just 1,760 apprenticeship starts in the constitu...


12 JAN 2015

Karen Welcomes Local Jobs Boost

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the news that Jaguar Land Rover is to create 1,300 new jobs at its Solihull factory. The UK's car industry is thriving with a new car rolling off the production line every 20 seconds, and increasing levels of investment that's helping to secure local jobs. This...


15 DEC 2014

Delivering Christmas Cheer At Royal Mail's Redditch Delivery Office

Karen Lumley MP has visited Royal Mail's Redditch delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Karen was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Mark Harber, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working ...


12 DEC 2014

Have A 'Safe Xmas' When Donating To Charity

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, is urging residents to give safely to charities this Christmas by remembering the 'Safe Xmas' acronym developed by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board. Christmas is a traditional time for giving and charities work hard to raise money during this...


08 DEC 2014

Primrose Hospice Santa Dash

On Sunday lunchtime Redditch MP Karen Lumley was at the Kingfisher Centre to hand out the medals at the Primrose Hospice Santa Dash. This was the third annual event organised by Primrose Hospice along with Redditch Borough Council and The Kingfisher. Based in Bromsgrove Primrose Hospice offers hel...


08 DEC 2014

Small Business Saturday

On Saturday morning Redditch MP Karen Lumley marked Small Business Saturday with a visit to a number of local businesses. In the morning she visited Rio Hair on Evesham Road before a visit to the Stables at Astwood Bank where Karen cut the ribbon at the new gift shop before placing her order for he...


02 DEC 2014

Helping Hardworking Taxpayers Onto The Housing Ladder In Redditch

Karen Lumley MP has welcomed new figures showing that the Conservatives' Help to Buy scheme is helping families to achieve their dream of buying their own home. In total 134 people have been able to access an affordable mortgage and get on the housing ladder in Redditch. Across the UK, Help to Buy...


01 DEC 2014

Dyspraxia Book Launch

On Saturday Redditch MP Karen Lumley headed over to Buttons and Bows at the Old Needleworks to launch a book to raise money for the Dyspraxia Foundation. Emma Austin Jones has produced a book called The Lilac Story, a children's book about fairy land, which Karen read to the children who attended i...


01 DEC 2014

Astwood Bank Pop In For A Pint

On Friday evening Redditch MP Karen Lumley hosted one of her regular 'Pop In For A Pint' events at the Nevill Arms in Astwood Bank. Karen always wants to meet constituents and hear their views. Her pub events are a great opportunity to meet residents in a relaxed setting and chat to them about loca...


01 DEC 2014

Tesco Neighbourhood Fund Collection

Last Friday afternoon Redditch MP visited Tesco in Oakenshaw where they were holding their fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection, in conjunction with the Trussell Trust and FareShare. Karen encouraged her constituents to visit the store and give generously if they could. She said: "Food banks provid...


26 NOV 2014

Redditch Community Groups Recognised In 2014 Lloyds Bank Community Fund

1,400 good causes in 350 communities are set to benefit from a Lloyds Bank Community Fund award, including community groups in Redditch, which the town's MP has welcomed. The 2014 Lloyds Bank Community Fund is helping local people in Redditch to have a positive impact at the heart of their communit...


24 NOV 2014

Feckenham Pop In For A Pint

On Friday evening Redditch MP Karen Lumley hosted one of her regular 'Pop In For A Pint' events at the Rose & Crown Pub in Feckenham. Karen always wants to meet constituents and hear their views. Her pub events are a great opportunity to meet residents in a relaxed setting and chat to them abou...


24 NOV 2014

Redditch Community Amateur Boxing Club

On Friday afternoon Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited Redditch Community Amateur Boxing Club to see the work they do in the community. During her visit Karen also presented the group with a small donation from the excess proceeds of her recent Parliamentary Tours. Due to the huge demand from constit...


24 NOV 2014

Inkberrow Craft & Christmas Fair

On Saturday afternoon Redditch MP Karen Lumley lent her support to the Inkberrow Craft & Christmas Fair at Inkberrow Village Hall. Admission was free for the event and there were lots of craft stalls, plus tombola, cakes, bric a brac, children's toys and much more. The Black Pig Company, whose ...


24 NOV 2014

Worcestershire Gymnastics Academy

On Saturday afternoon Redditch MP Karen Lumley flexed her muscles with a visit to Worcestershire Gymnastics Academy. Based in Stockwood the gymnastics club offers classes for girls and boys of all ages and abilities. Worcestershire Gymnastics Academy offer classes for Pre-school, Recreational,...


17 NOV 2014

Creative Arts Funding Fair 'A Success'

Last Friday Karen Lumley MP organised a Creative Arts Fair at the Southcrest Manor Hotel. Doors opened at 10am with complimentary teas and coffees provided on arrival. Presentations followed from the Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Worcestershire County Council Redditch Borough Cou...


13 NOV 2014

Kwik Fit Opening

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley attended the grand reopening of Kwik Fit in Redditch. The company has made a significant investment in the centre, and it has been fully refurbished from the garage floor up. Karen visited to meet the team at the branch and officially declare the centre o...


12 NOV 2014

Redditch Unemployment Falls Below 1,000 For First Time Since 2007

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the latest employment statistics showing that unemployment in the constituency is at its lowest for almost seven years, with 954 people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance in October 2014. Just 2 per cent of the economically active population in the Redditch consti...


09 NOV 2014

Redditch Remembers

On Sunday Redditch MP Karen Lumley joined local representatives, armed service veterans and her constituents at the town's Remembrance Sunday service. In addition, Karen joined Redditch veterans in the Kingfisher Centre on Friday to encourage shoppers to purchase poppies and to donate money to the ...


07 NOV 2014

Added Sparkle At The Kingfisher

On Saturday evening Redditch MP Karen Lumley attended the launch of the latest addition to the Kingfisher Centre, a new Swarovski Partner Boutique on Evesham Walk. The news follows the recent announcement that American Diner Tinseltown will be opening in The Hub in November. In addition, Costa Coff...


05 NOV 2014

Backing Creative Arts In Redditch

On Friday 14th November Karen Lumley MP will be hosting a Creative Arts Fair at the Southcrest Manor Hotel. Doors open at 10am with complimentary teas and coffees provided on arrival. Presentations are scheduled to be made by five National and Local Funding Providers, with the first Funding Provide...


28 OCT 2014

Vote For Feckenham Village Shop at Rural Oscars

The Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the 'Rural Oscars', are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special Champion of Champions scheme. Redditch MP Karen Lumley is urging her constituents to support Feckenham Village Shop in November's public vote as it bids to be crowned the best of the best. ...


23 OCT 2014

£4 Million Fund To Transform Hereford & Worcester Fire Services

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed an announcement from the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) that Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Authority have been awarded funds through the Fire Transformation Fund 2015-16. The competitive bid process has seen £75 mill...


20 OCT 2014

Bonfire Safety With Blue Watch

On Saturday Redditch MP Karen Lumley made a visit to Redditch Fire Station to meet with the fire-fighters of Blue Watch to raise awareness of the importance of fire safety in the run up to Bonfire Night. Since 1606 the 5th November has been commemorated, following Guy Fawkes' plot the year bef...


18 OCT 2014

Black History Month At Kool Runnings

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley paid a visit to Kool Runnings at Millsborough House, Ipsley Street to celebrate Black History Month. Whilst she was there she got the opportunity to cook and taste some traditional Caribbean dishes and to meet members of the local community. Karen said: "I kn...


16 OCT 2014

Celebrating Unemployment Fall

Karen Lumley MP has once again welcomed the monthly fall in Job Seeker's Allowance both in her constituency and nationally. New figures from the Office for National Statistics show over the last year unemployment has had its largest annual fall since records began – with a record number of pe...


14 OCT 2014

United MPs Insist 'Patient Choice Must Come First'

At the end of August, University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) Foundation Trust (FT) wrote to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) advising them that they would no longer accept referrals into three clinical specialties (Pain, Dermatology and General Surgery) from GPs outside the local area of the Trus...


13 OCT 2014

RSA Academy Arrow Vale - Any Questions

Last Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley was quizzed by pupils at RSA Academy Arrow Vale as part of an Any Questions event.  She visited the school with West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre, employment spokesman for the Conservatives in the European Parliament. The aim was to encourage young people ...


25 SEP 2014

Visit To Hanbury Hall

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley paid a visit to Hanbury Hall. Karen met Christian Walker, General Manager, who discussed with her plans for the re-presentation of the Hall, before there was time to visit the orchard and walled garden. Following this Karen viewed Chambers, the new catering a...


24 SEP 2014

British Food Fortnight

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley did a shift at The Golden Carp in Matchborough to celebrate British Food Fortnight. She served fish and chips to hungry lunchtime customers and chatted to staff. Britain produces some of the best food and drink in the world, and British Food Fortnight is th...


22 SEP 2014

Operation Market Garden Memorial Service

On Sunday Karen Lumley MP attended a memorial service at the Oosterbeek War Cemetery in Arnhem to honour those killed during Operation Market Garden 70 years ago. During the service Dutch schoolchildren laid flowers on each of the graves in the cemetery, which has 1,680 British and Commonwealth, th...


08 SEP 2014

Community Litter Pick

On Saturday morning Karen Lumley MP attended a community litter pick organised by McDonalds in her constituency. With over ten volunteers from McDonald's and many more from the local community, Karen and others cleared litter from the Churchill area to inspire others to work together to keep the lo...


03 SEP 2014

Money For Life Challenge

Lloyds Banking Group has this week launched its fourth year of the Money for Life Challenge, a national competition to encourage young people to improve their money management skills. The Challenge awards £500 grants to hundreds of 16 to 24 year olds who want to run a money management activit...


29 AUG 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

Following nominations from Stuart Andrew MP (Pudsey) and Rob Holdcroft from McDonalds, Karen Lumley MP completed her Ice Bucket Challenge outside her office in Grosvenor House for Macmillan Cancer Support. Administering Karen's challenge was Councillor Brandon Clayton.  She nominated Rt Hon S...


21 AUG 2014

Welcoming 'Fantastic' GCSE Results

Karen Lumley MP has congratulated pupils, teachers and parents on a fantastic set of GCSE results in Redditch. At RSA Academy Arrow Vale, 57 per cent of students achieved A*-C in English and maths, with record numbers of grades at A* and A. 100 per cent of students achieved at least 5 GCSEs for the...


20 AUG 2014

Joint Statement on the Worcestershire Acute Services Review

Joint statement from Karen Lumley MP (Redditch), Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP (Bromsgrove) and Nadhim Zahawi MP (Stratford-on-Avon) on the Worcestershire Acute Services Review The clinical review of services provided by NHS Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust has been a long process and caused much uncer...


14 AUG 2014

Business Week: Transmec

Redditch's MP Karen Lumley steered towards an international freight transport firm during a tour of businesses in her constituency. Transmec UK, which has been based in the town for more than ten years, provides bespoke logistics services to clients across the UK and Europe while also operating sch...


13 AUG 2014

Business Week: Marubeni-Komatsu

Karen Lumley MP, recently paid a visit to the offices and workshops of Marubeni-Komatsu in Redditch. The local MP enjoyed a tour of the premises, as part of a week long programme visiting businesses in her constituency to learn more about their work and see what she or the Government can do to help ...


12 AUG 2014

Business Week: Protaform Springs & Pressing Ltd

Protaform Springs was the next stop on Redditch MP Karen Lumley's Business Week. Protaform is a Redditch based company specialising in precision springs, wire forms, pressings and assemblies in high and low volumes. Their spring making facility produces a comprehensive range of compression, te...


12 AUG 2014

Business Week: Heartbeat Manufacturing

Karen Lumley MP met with company director Charles Stubbings of family run Heartbeat Manufacturing.  The Heartbeat Manufacturing Company, a one-stop design, manufacturing and fitting of shop space service, recently purchased a new purpose-built warehouse in Target Park, Lakeside.The Heartbeat M...


12 AUG 2014

Business Week: PJA Electrics Ltd & Carlton Blinds Ltd

Day three of Karen Lumley's Business Week began with a trip to Carlton House where she met with staff from two businesses owned by the Allcock family, PJA Electrics and Carlton Blinds. PJA Electrics Ltd now employ 29 staff with Carlton Blinds Ltd employing 10 staff.Established in May 1981 ...


11 AUG 2014

Business Week: Newbow Aerospace

Day two of Karen Lumley's business week continued with a visit to Newbow Aerospace.  Founded in 1964, Newbow Aerospace has steadily developed a wide range of high quality, cost effective, aircraft ground support equipment (GSE) that meets the everyday demand within the aviation industry. Dur...


11 AUG 2014

Business Week: City Electrical Factors

Karen Lumley's Redditch Business Week continued on Monday with a visit to the Redditch branch of City Electrical Factors in Park Farm Industrial Estate.  City Electrical Factors Ltd is a private limited company established in 1951. They are the United Kingdom's leading Electrical Wholesale Netw...


11 AUG 2014

Business Week: Tamlite Lighting

Member of Parliament for Redditch, Karen Lumley, today visited the Redditch headquarters of Tamlite Lighting, to learn more about the company's manufacturing growth and its new apprenticeship scheme to train young people for key positions within the company. Karen Lumley MP toured the Tamlite site ...


08 AUG 2014

Business Week: Rockline

Redditch MP Karen Lumley kicked off her Business Week on Friday with a visit to Rockline Europe.  Rockline Europe is a provider of world class hygienic solutions with production facilities in the UK, Germany and China. They produce products for Europe's largest brands and retailers and have de...


08 AUG 2014

Karen Shows Her Support For The British Heart Foundation

Karen Lumley MP for the Redditch area visited the British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop and met with the team on 8 August 2014. Every penny of profit raised in the BHF shop funds vital, life-saving research into heart disease. Karen Lumley met the shop staff and volunteers and spent a few hours in th...


08 AUG 2014

Business Week: Stables Farm Shop

Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited the Stables Farm shop, at Astwood Bank, on Friday 8th August. The MP's visit was part of a week-long tour of local businesses. Karen was given a tour of the diverse rural enterprises at the Stables which includes a farm shop, cafe, farm park and 120 acres of agricul...


07 AUG 2014

Business Week

Redditch MP Karen Lumley will spend the whole of next week visiting businesses in her constituency to learn more about their work and see what she or the Government can do to help them. She will be visiting companies of all sizes from many different business areas and is keen to support business in...


06 AUG 2014

We Should Not Prevent The People Of Redditch From Having Their Say

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has reiterated her belief that a consultation on changes to the Alexandra Hospital is needed now. Karen said: "When I speak to my constituents about this issue what is quite clear is that the people of Redditch have had enough. They want to know with certainty what is happe...


06 AUG 2014

Karen Calls For More Business Leaders

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has called for local businesses to get in touch with her and join her Business Leaders group. Karen is keen to support business in the region wherever she can, she meets with and visits local businesses regularly. Next week she will also be holding a 'Business Week' where s...


05 AUG 2014

Karen 'Surprised' Birmingham Option Was Not Considered

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has expressed her surprise and disappointment that University Hospitals Birmingham were not able to develop its option for the running of the Alexandra Hospital. Freedom of Information requests have revealed no information was shared between University Hospitals Birmingham ...


01 AUG 2014

Rail Replacement Services Receive The Thumbs Up

As the programme of improvement work on the railway between Redditch and Barnt Green reaches the halfway mark, Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited the station to find out more about the rail replacement services in place for passengers. Following a series of Sunday closures in June, the line between R...


29 JUL 2014

MP Praises Local Property Refurbishment Project

The YMCA, NEW College and HMP HEWELL have been working hard to refurbish flats in Redditch, which now totals an impressive 78 separate dwellings, during their five year plan to improve the quality of accommodation available to the YMCA's current and future tenants. Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, had...


25 JUL 2014

MP Gets Hooked During Fishing Month

Redditch MP Karen Lumley took time on Friday to visit the Arrow Valley Lake to meet with Astwood Bank Angling Club member John Bushell, to learn more about the joys of fishing during this year's National Fishing Month. This event runs until 31st August 2014 and is organised and led by the Angling Tr...


22 JUL 2014

Backing The Midlands In 'Your Great Britain'

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has called on her constituents to back the Midlands in a competition organised by Heathrow Airport and Visit Britain, the winning region of which will be given advertising at Heathrow to attract more visitors. Heathrow and VisitBritain are today launching our 'Your Great Br...


21 JUL 2014

Apprentices Keep Insurance 'Fresh' In Redditch

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited Fresh Insurance where she met some of the eight apprentices they have taken on in the last 12 months, to hear their thoughts on the programme. The company was set up in 2002 and since has become one of the largest privately owned personal lines insurance b...


20 JUL 2014

Celebrating Big Contract For Redditch Provider

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited Steatite Ltd, a leading technology solutions provider based in Redditch, to congratulate them on their success in acquiring a significant contract with the Department of Justice. During her visit, Karen was delighted to be informed that Steatite beat a num...


12 JUL 2014

Astwood Smiles Nursery Opening

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley attended the official opening of the Astwood Smiles Nursery. Late last year the team behind the Nursery presented a business case to Lloyds Bank to support them in their venture. Having been successful in their bid to secure funding from Lloyds, they set about...


11 JUL 2014

Celebrating 'Outstanding' Nursery

Earlier today Karen Lumley MP paid a visit to Little Sneakers at Lodge Park Nursery to welcome their recent 'Outstanding' Ofsted Report. The report, following an inspection in March, said "Children thrive in this very welcoming, supportive and child-centred nursery where they make outstanding progr...


09 JUL 2014

Apprenticeships Fair 'A Real Success'

On Friday 4th July 2014 Karen Lumley MP held an Apprenticeships & Skills Fair at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. Karen has been extremely keen to promote apprenticeships in the local area encouraging those between 16 and 24 to consider an apprenticeship scheme as an alternative to College or Un...


07 JUL 2014

Core Maths Early Adopter In Redditch

From this September more than 5,000 students, including those at Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Redditch, will have the chance to benefit from new 'mid-level' maths qualifications a year early, after almost 200 school sixth-forms and colleges volunteered to be early adopters of the Core Mat...


03 JUL 2014

Apprenticeships Fair - One Day To Go

Karen Lumley MP's Apprenticeships & Skills Fair is now just one day away. Following on from two very successful Jobs Fairs in 2012 and 2013 the Fair will be taking place on Friday 4th July 2014 between 10am and 4pm in Worcester Square at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. She is very keen to promo...


30 JUN 2014

School Reorganisation Proposals To Be Blocked

Karen Lumley MP has written to all Redditch Headteachers today attaching a letter she received from the Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, on the proposals from Tudor Grange Academy and other schools to reorganise Redditch schools.  Karen has been meeting with officials and t...


28 JUN 2014

Supporting Dog Awareness Week

Karen Lumley MP has given her backing to Royal Mail's annual Dog Awareness Week which runs from 30 June 30 to 4 July. Karen met with postal workers at Redditch Delivery Office on Saturday 28 June to lend their support to the initiative. Royal Mail has launched Dog Awareness Week to highlight the n...


26 JUN 2014

Apprenticeships & Skills Fair - Full List of Exhibitors

NEW College Redditch & Bromsgrove South & City College Birmingham Worcester College of Technology Construction Industry Training Board  The Wyre Academy Hair Training Academy Worcester Working Rite Lloyds Bank Barclays Bank Choose How You Move  Birmingham Airport E-Res...


25 JUN 2014

New Enterprise Allowance Helping People In Redditch Get Off Benefits And Start Their Own Business

Karen Lumley has welcomed new figures showing that 50 people in Redditch have been helped off benefits and are now running their own business, under the Government's New Enterprise Allowance scheme. The allowance – which supports people on out of work benefits to start their own business &nda...


16 JUN 2014

Department for Education Meeting

On Thursday morning Redditch MP Karen Lumley met with officials from the Department for Education in Whitehall to discuss the ongoing consultation by Tudor Grange Academy over proposals to change the age range of the school from the present high school age range of 13-18 years to a secondary school ...


16 JUN 2014

Recycle Week 2014

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has called upon her constituents to think more about what they throw away this Recycle Week. The 11th annual recycling awareness week runs until Sunday June 22 and will this year operate under the theme 'Recycling at Home and Away' to promote recycling in public spaces &n...


13 JUN 2014

Closure Of The Rail Network Between Barnt Green And Redditch

With just three weeks to go until the eight-week closure of the railway between Redditch and Barnt Green, Redditch MP Karen Lumley, visited her local station to find out how the improvement works will benefit local residents. As part of the work programme, Network Rail will install 3.2 kilometres o...


11 JUN 2014

Tour de Redditch

Last Tuesday Redditch MP Karen Lumley went to cheer on some of Britain's best cyclists as the Pearl Izumi Tour Series came to Redditch. Following on from the 2013 race which saw 12,000 visitors pour into Redditch to enjoy the action, the event saw thousands of people lining the streets of Redditc...


11 JUN 2014

Unemployment Continues To Fall

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the news that the number of unemployed claimants in Redditch is 104 lower than in April 2014, 525 lower than in May 2013 and 1188 lower than at the last general election. The number of young people claiming has also fallen by 165 in the last year, with the clai...


11 JUN 2014

Anthony Nolan & Karen Lumley MP On The Hunt For Selfless Superheroes To Save Lives

The charity Anthony Nolan is searching for more local heroes in Redditch to join their bone marrow register in the fight against blood cancer. Championed by local MP Karen Lumley, this search is underway as the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register has been mapped across the UK by local area for the ...


10 JUN 2014

Meeting Lifesavers At Cedar View

Last Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley met St John Ambulance volunteers at their unit in Cedar View, off Cedar Park Road. First aiders demonstrated some of the basic life saving first aid skills they learn as well as showing Karen around their unit and one of the charity's fully equipped ambulances...


05 JUN 2014

Apprenticeships & Skills Fair

Following on from two very successful Jobs Fairs in 2012 and 2013, Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, is now planning to host an Apprenticeships and Skills Fair. The Fair will be taking place on Friday 4th July 2014 between 10am and 4pm in Worcester Square at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. Kare...


04 JUN 2014

Tudor Grange Academy - Letter To Principal

Karen Lumley MP wrote the following letter to Tudor Grange Academy Principal, Stephen Brownlow, with regard to their consultation about changes to the three-tier system: Dear Mr Brownlow I was surprised to learn of your proposals to change the age range of Tudor Grange Academy from the present hig...


30 MAY 2014

Tudor Grange Academy - Statement

Karen Lumley MP has issued the following statement about proposed changes to the three tier education system in Redditch by Tudor Grange Academy:When I moved to Redditch in 2000 both of my children entered local schools at the time of the then Redditch Review. Please understand therefore that I ha...


26 MAY 2014

Bungee For Lucie

Last Saturday was the day of Karen Lumley MP's much anticipated charity bungee jump.  The event was arranged by The Lucie Southall Leukaemia Fund in Redditch to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, a charity who have helped many local families in the area by providing accommodation for the...


23 MAY 2014

Drowning Prevention Charity

The UK's drowning prevention charity welcomed MP Karen Lumley to its Warwickshire headquarters during a special visit yesterday.  The Redditch MP has been working with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), based in Broom, since the tragic drowning of 15-year-old Richard Fellows in Marc...


19 MAY 2014

The Vertis Centre

On Friday Redditch MP Karen Lumley paid a visit to the outpatient clinic provided by Virgin Care at The Vertis Centre on William Street in Redditch to find out how they deliver care to their patients. Virgin Care offers a range of services to patients from The Vertis Centre, including physiothera...


19 MAY 2014

Rilys Nominated For The Tiffin Cup 2014

The Rilys Indian Restaurant in Redditch has been nominated by local MP, Karen Lumley, to take part in the prestigious Tiffin Cup competition to find the best South Asian Restaurant in the country. Following the success of the Tiffin Cup 2013, MPs have for the ninth year running, been asked to nomin...


19 MAY 2014

Visit To 'Outstanding' Redditch School

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited Arrow Vale RSA Academy to congratulate them on their 'outstanding' Ofsted report. The school was ranked outstanding in the areas of 'achievements of pupils', 'quality of teaching', 'behaviour and safety of pupils' and 'leadership and management'. Ka...


13 MAY 2014

Looking For A Bounce In The Polls

On Saturday 24th May 2014 at 12.30pm Redditch MP Karen Lumley will be for the high jump when she takes part in a sponsored bungee jump. The jump will take place at The Duck Inn, Coldfield Drive, Redditch. The day's event has been arranged by The Lucie Southall Leukaemia Fund in Redditch to raise ...


11 MAY 2014

Added Spice At The Kingfisher

On Friday, Redditch MP Karen Lumley and her team visited the new Nando's Restaurant at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. There Karen met the staff, looked at the new premises and enjoyed the food. Nando's is part of an £8 million plan to transform the Kingfisher. Following in the footsteps o...


10 MAY 2014

Going Wild At Bright Kids Nursery

Staff and children at Bright Kids Nursery in Crabbs Cross welcomed MP for Redditch Karen Lumley on Friday. It marked the end of a week of activities in the run up to National Children's Day (Sunday 11th May), which this year explores children's need to connect with nature. Childcare settings sup...


08 MAY 2014

MP Celebrates Redditch United Cup Win

Karen Lumley has welcomed the weekend's football result in Redditch which saw Redditch United clinch silverware. The Reds were crowned Worcestershire Senior Cup winners, putting in a fantastic performance to beat Evesham United 5-2. Karen said: "I was delighted by United's cup win and their per...


08 MAY 2014

Karen Seeks Network Rail Assurances

Yesterday Redditch MP Karen Lumley met with both London Midland and Network Rail to seek assurances on the planned work for the line from Birmingham New Street to Redditch. Work will start later this year to increase the frequency of trains between Barnt Green and Redditch and redevelop the station...


03 MAY 2014

Catch The Bus Week

On Friday Karen showed her support for Catch the Bus Week along with Diamond Buses in Redditch. Catch the Bus Week 2014 is a campaign aimed at driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus, particularly to encourage people who don't normally use buses to give it a try. The campaign is a nat...


30 APR 2014

Redditch To Benefit From Latest Assisted Area Assignments

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed news that Redditch is to benefit from the new assisted area map, making businesses able to bid for extra European funding and tax breaks to aid growth. Assisted area status makes local businesses eligible to bid for additional funding and tax breaks to create...


14 APR 2014

Redditch 50th Anniversary Pledge

Earlier today Karen Lumley MP pledged to work to make Redditch a better place to live as part of the town's fiftieth anniversary celebrations. Karen joined business and community leaders as well as local residents in a ceremony at the bandstand on Church Green. The event was organised by ...


13 APR 2014

Funding Fair Success Story

On Friday morning Karen Lumley MP attended a presentation at Lloyds Bank at Church Green for the Redditch branch of the Parachute Regimental Association. Lloyds decided to help the group raise money after meeting Barry Tansley at a funding fair Karen organised last year. This was undoubtedly the ...


12 APR 2014

YMCA Sleep Easy

On Friday evening Karen Lumley MP visited fundraisers at the YMCA Sleep Easy event in Redditch. Sleep Easy is a YMCA fundraising initiative raising money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people. The aim is to spend a night sleeping rough to highlight the issue of youth homelessness an...


07 APR 2014

Visit To Greenway Energy Limited

On Friday, Karen Lumley MP for Redditch visited Greenway Energy Limited in her constituency where she met with company directors Steve Belfield and Malcolm Jones to discuss energy bills. Greenway Energy Limited offer a wide range of renewable technologies for both domestic and commercial applicatio...


04 APR 2014

Ground-Breaking Tax Cut To Support Jobs And Help Businesses In Redditch

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the bold new tax cut for businesses and employers in Redditch, which takes effect this Sunday. A new Employment Allowance will take £2,000 off the National Insurance bill of every employer – open to businesses, charities and community amateur spor...


02 APR 2014

Redditch Firm Receives Government Manufacturing Funding

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, has welcomed the news that GKN Land Systems Ltd will be part of a multi-million pound project. GKN Land Systems, whose headquarters are on Ipsley Church Lane in Redditch, will be part of a £16.5 million project, Urban Vehicle Range, led by Dennis Eagle Ltd, to c...


01 APR 2014

Celebrating Tax Cuts To Help Bingo Halls At Shipleys Bingo Club

Karen Lumley MP for Redditch, has welcomed the news announced in the Budget that the tax on bingo will be cut in half at a visit to Shipleys Bingo Club. Bingo duty was previously set at the high rate of 20 per cent, but this Budget announced that it would be halved to 10 per cent in order to protec...


31 MAR 2014

Meeting Voters In Astwood Bank

On Saturday, Karen held an action day in Redditch, campaigning with some of her Parliamentary colleagues and the West Midlands European Election team.  She was joined by Stuart Andrew MP (Pudsey, Horsforth & Aireborough), Jessica Lee MP (Erewash), Iain Stewart MP (Milton Keynes South) and ...


31 MAR 2014

HRH Princess Royal

Earlier this month, Karen Lumley MP attended the Cavell Nurses Trust Scholarship Award Ceremony where she met HRH Princess Royal. The ceremony, held at Fishmonger's Hall in London, recognised exceptional student nurses and midwives with five winners, runners up and highly commended students present...


31 MAR 2014

Karen And Kingsley College Students 'Snack And Chat'

On Friday afternoon Karen Lumley MP hosted her first 'Snack and Chat' at McDonalds in Oakenshaw with sixth-form students from Kingsley College. Topics of discussion ranged from crime and punishment to same-sex marriage. Karen hopes to host more 'snack and chats' soon and invites interested schools...


24 MAR 2014

Meeting Lifesavers At Midlands Air Ambulance

On Friday Karen Lumley MP visited Midlands Air Ambulance at Strensham Airbase in Worcester to learn more about the service they provide and to discuss the effects that healthcare changes could have on their work. There she met Tim Hutchins, Tim Hancox and Candice Mansell (pictured) with whom she di...


24 MAR 2014

Looking Back At The Hive

On Friday afternoon Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited the Archive and Archaeology Service at The Hive in Worcester with Parliamentary colleagues. The Archive and Archaeology Service works to protect, preserve, manage, record, interpret and promote the history and historic environment of Worcestershi...


19 MAR 2014

Employment Minister Visits Redditch

On Monday morning Employment Minister Esther McVey came to Redditch and visited two local employers with Karen Lumley MP. First she visited Bee Design Consultancy where she met their managing director Colin Fulford and discussed the recent successes of the company. In 8 years they have taken the bu...


17 MAR 2014

The Merry Widow At The Palace Theatre

On Saturday afternoon Karen Lumley MP visited the Palace Theatre in Redditch to watch a matinee performance of the Merry Widow by the Astwood Bank Operatic Society (ABOS) in her role as the group's Honorary Vice President. Set in 1900 Paris, the tale concerns a rich widow and her countrymen's attem...


17 MAR 2014

Raising A Glass To Ambridge Ale

On Sunday Karen visited the Vernon Arms in Hanbury where she enjoyed a glass of locally brewed Ambridge Ale. Karen said: "I took advantage of the nice weather on Sunday by enjoying a drink outside one of my constituency's fantastic locals. As a CAMRA member I am always pleased to get the opportunit...


07 MAR 2014

Science & Engineering Week at St Augustine's

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley visited the Science Department of St Augustines School to see the work pupils were doing in preparation for Science and Engineering Week (14th-23rd March 2014). The School put on a series of taster sessions to showcase their work. Karen said: "Good te...


07 MAR 2014

Karen meets Horrid Henry for Literacy Week

Earlier today Karen Lumley MP attended Matchborough First School to celebrate the end of Literacy week and World Book day (Thursday 6th March). The school had a Horrid Henry themed day. There were a variety of activities going on throughout the day celebrating the stories/characters through hands o...


07 MAR 2014

International Women's Day

Tomorrow will see countries around the world celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women for International Women's Day. Karen Lumley MP has marked the occasion by organising a Q&A session today for students at the NEW College in Redditch. Members of the panel included (...


05 MAR 2014

National Apprenticeship Week

To mark National Apprenticeship Week Redditch MP Karen Lumley has called upon businesses in her constituency to take on their first apprentice, as well as announcing that she plans to host an 'Apprenticeship Fair' in Redditch later in the year. The number of apprenticeships is at a record level wit...


27 FEB 2014

Midwifery Led Unit Is Good News For Redditch Mums-To-Be

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed funding from the Department of Health for the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) to establish a midwifery led unit. Nationally, the number of midwifery-led units has increased from 87 in 2007 to 152 in 2013. A recent National Audit Report on matern...


25 FEB 2014

Karen Lumley: 'Support Our Locals'

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has called upon her constituents to support their community pubs, promoting the Community Right to Bid, as a means by which communities can protect their pubs. The Government has introduced community rights provisions through the Localism Act. These rights are about giving...


17 FEB 2014

St Augustines - Princess Diana Award

On Friday Karen attended St Augustines Catholic High School to present Ellesse Cooke (Year 13) with the Princess Diana Award for for taking the time to improve the lives of others in her work as a peer mentor at the school. Karen said: "I was delighted to meet Ellesse and to give her...


17 FEB 2014

Karen Helps Raise £5k for Lucie

On Friday Karen attended an Auction Night for Birmingham Childrens' Hospital at Redditch Town Hall in remembrance of Lucie Southall,  following her brave battle against leukemia. Karen said: "Since their daughter passed away in August last year Michelle and Wayne Southall have been working tir...


14 FEB 2014

Karen Visits Lasercomb Dies Ltd

Today Karen visted Lasercomb Dies Ltd to meet with their Managing Director Mark Ridings to discuss government funding opportunities with him and see the work they do. 


14 FEB 2014

Karen Backs Aspiration Workshop

Today Karen met with Dr David Cox to discuss with him his plans for an Aspiration Workshop. The Aspiration Workshop will provide help and guidance to young people in Redditch thinking of careers in the medical professions. The workshops will provide an opportunity for students to hear firs...


03 FEB 2014

Happy 5th birthday Feckenham Village Shop

On Friday Karen took part in Birthday celebrations at the Feckenham Village shop. Karen said: "I was delighted to join in the celebrations with the wonderful volunteers at the Feckenham Community Shop for their fifth anniversary. It is fantastic news for this community run enterprise. It i...


31 JAN 2014

Tenacres School Question Time

Today Karen visited Tenacres First School for a Question Time organised by the Worcestershire Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Team. Karen said: "The children asked me some fantastic questions, particularly Jack Jarrett in Year Four who asked me a prize-winning question about the census."


31 JAN 2014

Karen Opens New Crabbs Cross Library

Today Karen attended the Crabbs Cross Academy for the opening of their new library.  Each child will now be issued with a library card and be able to take home a book to read at the weekend. Book quizzes and a reading challenge are in store in the coming weeks. Karen said: "It was exciting to...


27 JAN 2014

Special Olympics Awards Evening

On Saturday Karen attended the Awards Evening for the Special Olympics at the Town Hall.  The Redditch team returned from last year's Special Olympics in Bath with over 25 medals, including a staggering 15 Golds. A truly tremendous achievement! Karen said: "As Patron of the group I was proud ...


24 JAN 2014

Karen Sees Kingfisher Upgrade

Today Karen met with the Kingfisher Shopping Centre Manager Ken Williams to talk about plans for the Centre. There she recieved  a tour of the development before the official launch of the new food area, scheduled for April 2014. Part of an £8 million plan to transform the Kingfisher. K...


21 JAN 2014

Alexandra Hospital - Joint Statement

First and foremost we are delighted that the report states that A&E needs to remain open and this proves that collectively we were absolutely correct to challenge Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trusts (WAHT's) plans to downgrade it even though we were treated as pariahs for raising the concerns b...


21 JAN 2014

Army Recruitment

Karen Lumley MP has welcomed a campaign to attract thousands of new recruits to the British Army. Jobcentre Plus in the West Midlands is supporting the British Army in its recruitment drive, and will be hosting clinics at various Jobcentre Plus locations including Redditch and Bromsgrove. The Arm...


16 JAN 2014

Cavell Coin Campaign

Karen has lent her support to a campaign, backed by the nursing charity named after First World War heroine Edith Cavell, to have her name and face included on a new commemorative  coin. To mark this year's centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Her Majesty's Treasury will be iss...


16 JAN 2014

Karen Welcomes Second Alex CT Scanner

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed news that the Alexandra Hospital is set to receive a new CT scanner, following a decision made by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The new machine, which will be up and running later this year, comes as a result of £600,000 of investment. Patie...


16 JAN 2014

Redditch Business Leaders Host HS2 Publicity Chief

Redditch MP Karen Lumley and Redditch Business Leaders welcomed Andy Taylor, the Head of Public Affairs for HS2 to their meeting. As both a member of the Transport Select Committee and a West Midlands MP, Karen is a keen supporter of the proposals for high speed rail. Andy advised business leader...


09 JAN 2014

Paras Fundraising

Karen recently caught up with the Redditch Parachute Regimental Association and the dedicated staff from Lloyds Bank Redditch. Together they are working hard to raise a pledged £10k so that ex-paras from the area can pay a visit to Holland later this year to mark the 70th Anniversary of the ...


19 DEC 2013

Alzheimer's Society Fundraising

Karen and the Alzheimer Society team were at Worcester Square, Kingfisher Centre raising funds for the nearest Life After Stroke Centre that serves the Redditch area. Shown are Sam Wood (Group Administrator), Sandy Hunt and Jan Little (Community Group Facilitator). Sandy is currently living well ...


17 DEC 2013

Shine With Us - Awards for Adult Learners' Week 2014

Stories of remarkable people and organisations, who have used learning to transform their lives and the lives of others, are invited to be part of the country's largest festival and celebration of learning. Nominations for NIACE's Adult Learners' Week Awards are open for projects, providers, employe...


17 DEC 2013

David Laws MP, Minister for Schools Visits Redditch

Karen Lumley has welcomed the news that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in Redditch have been allocated £3.324 Million for 2014/15 to help them achieve their full potential. This is good news for pupils and good news for their families. This follows the visit of David Laws MP, Ministe...


10 DEC 2013

50th Anniversary of the Redditch New Town

Karen celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Redditch New Town welcoming the High Street Minister Brandon Lewis MP to Redditch to visit the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, along with the Redditch Town Centre Partnership and Shopping Centre Manager, Ken Williams. The Minister was proudly presented with a...


10 DEC 2013

Small Business Saturday

Karen took time out to visit several small businesses in the area as part of Small Business Saturday. Federation of Small Businesses Chairman John Allan said: "The Federation of Small Businesses is delighted that Karen Lumley MP is backing the very first Small Business Saturday. The campaign is a...


09 DEC 2013

Karen Sees ASDA's Regeneration Plans

Karen is pictured with Doug Wilson - Head of UK Property Communications for ASDA following the recent meeting at the Library to discuss the new ASDA and B&Q's regeneration plans in Redditch. Karen said: "I was delighted to see details of the regeneration plans and learn more about the benefit...


04 DEC 2013

Sky TV Skills Studios

Karen is pictured with Ipsley Academy students visiting the Sky Skills Studio. The visit allowed Karen to see the students from Ipsley CE RSA Academy create their own TV report using their state-of-the art technology, including broadcast quality cameras, green screens and touch screen edit tables. K...


02 DEC 2013

Victorian Christmas Craft Fair at Forge Mill

Karen is shown with liquorice maker Jack Greene as she attended the Victorian Christmas Craft Fair at Forge Mill Museum where residents were invited to celebrate an old fashioned Christmas. There were 20 different craft stalls, a Victorian Liquorice maker, Mulled Wine and Roasted Chestnuts along wit...


02 DEC 2013

The Argos Toy Exchange for Barnardo's

Karen Lumley MP, along with many other local families and children in Redditch have recently donate their pre-loved toys to the Argos Toy Exchange in support of children's charity Barnardo's. The Christmas initiative, which kicked off in October and ended in late November, encouraged parents and chi...


02 DEC 2013

Official Opening for New-Look Greenlands Post Office

To celebrate launch of the new style open-plan branch, Karen Lumley MP 'cut the ribbon' at Greenlands Post Office at 170-172 Studley Road, Redditch, B98 7HL Karen said: "I'm delighted to officially open the new-look Greenlands Post Office. The owner Richard Pinder is to be congratulated on his wo...


27 NOV 2013

Karen Meets New Head of Pitcheroak First School

Karen visited Pitcheroak First School to meet with the new Head Ms Sheila Holden. She is shown with Conner Ivers, Ellie Wood and Ms Holden.


24 NOV 2013

Karen Calls for Redditch Businesses to Support Our Armed Forces

Armed Forces personnel past and present across the UK are being offered support by a service that helps to give members of the Armed Forces Community discounts in high street stores.  Around 29,000 Defence Privilege Cards are in circulation, which allow service personnel, veterans, military spouses ...


18 NOV 2013

Christmas Charity Craft Fair

Karen Lumley MP was delighted to attend the Christmas Charity Craft Fair held by the Redditch Ladies Circle at Webheath Village Hall. The event was held to raise money for Indigo Arts, a Redditch based arts charity and included the sale of handmade jewellery, cards, candles, soaps and much more. ...


04 NOV 2013

Karen Meets the Team at Sainsbury's Redditch

Karen Lumley visited Sainsbury's Redditch as the team highlighted their upcoming community activities.  She met with colleagues to find out how the store supports their Local Charity Partner, 'Pitcheroak School', who provide specialist support to children with a range of learning needs and their loc...


04 NOV 2013

HMP Hewell Security

Update 7th Nov Missing Prisoner Alan John Giles Found Karen Lumley MP commented on the news that murderer Alan John Giles, who went missing from the prison on Monday 28th October has been found after a member of the public spotted him and alerted the police in Alcester yesterday evening. Kar...


23 OCT 2013

Redditch United Plans Rejected

Karen Lumley MP responded to the news that the Redditch Borough Council have rejected plans made by Redditch United Football Club to leave the club's Bromsgrove Road ground and build a new stadium off Icknield Street Drive in Washford. Karen said: "Redditch United Football Club is losing a signific...


22 OCT 2013

Lloyds Bank Visit

Karen Lumley MP recently met with Adam Preston, Bank Manager at Lloyds TSB, Redditch. Karen and Adam discussed local business growth and what measures the bank is taking to provide finances for small and medium sized local business to grow and prosper. Lloyds TSB are also running a competition which...


22 OCT 2013

Cavell Trust

Karen attended and spoke at the Cavell Nurses Trust business breakfast meeting. The Cavell Trust was founded in memory of WW1 heroine, Edith Cavell, a Norfolk born nurse celebrated for her contribution to nursing, her values and her work in Belgium during World War I. She cared for wounded soldie...


14 OCT 2013

Your Ideas

Karen recently visited the "Your Ideas" workshop at the Matchborough Community Centre. Karen said: "It was fantastic to visit the "Your Ideas" centre in Matchborough. It allows young people to have a creative outlet and the work they do goes towards building a stronger, more inclusive community. ...


11 OCT 2013

Funding Fair

Karen Lumley MP officially launched Redditch's first ever Funding Fair.  The fair is aimed at allowing local charitable organisations to develop an understanding of how to successfully apply for local funding and grant opportunities. The fair will be attended by over 50 charitable, sports, community...


30 SEP 2013

Menin Gate Memorial

Karen Lumley MP attended the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in World War 1 dedicated to British and Commonwealth Soldiers who died serving in Ypres, Belgium. Karen attended the Memorial with the Redditch Parachute Regimental Association led by Barry Tansley. Karen said: "With the 100th Annive...


14 AUG 2013

Vintage Clothes

Karen was delighted to open "Vintage Clothes" a new store in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre run by local businesswoman Emma Sutor. Karen said "Emma is a hardworking, passionate local businesswoman who I have no doubt will make Vintage Clothes a huge success. This will add to the dynamic, world cl...


14 AUG 2013

SADS Fun Day

Karen recently attend the SADS Fun Day at the Oast House in Church Hill which saw a wide array of fun activities and a barebecue on offer to raise money for more local defibrillators to be put in public places across Redditch. Karen said "Today, potentially thousands of people are living with a h...


14 AUG 2013

Church Hill Fun Day

Karen is shown with YMCA's Sarah Walker as she visited the Church Hill Fun Day which saw the local community gather together for a range of activities, fun events and celebration of the British summer. Karen said "The Church Hill Fun Day was a fantastic success and a great example of a strong loc...


09 AUG 2013

Snippet: Redditch Fire Station Open Day

Karen Lumley MP was delighted to attend the Redditch Fire Station Open Day where she met with the station's staff and members of the Young Fire-fighters Association, an organisation for young people aged 13-17 to learn fire fighting and prevention skills. There was a great family atmosphere and ...


09 AUG 2013

Snippet: Rush Farm, Stockwood, Community Benefit Society Relaunch

Karen Lumley MP and husband Richard agreed to become proud shareholders at the re-launch of the Rush Farm Community Benefit Scheme in Stockwood. The Scheme, which was recently featured on the BBC's Countryfile, aims to raise £1million to buy Rush Farm and Stockwood Business Park and invest...


04 AUG 2013

Snippet: TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2013

Karen Lumley MP is supporting the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2013 and is currently seeking out top technology talent from Redditch to receive her nomination for the national award and the chance to win £10,000. The Digital Heroes Awards are a unique scheme that recognise and reward people ...


16 JUL 2013

Snippet: Local CAMRA Beer Festival

Karen as a proud member of CAMRA visited the local beer festival. The event was packed and organisers estimated almost 3000 people attended to enjoy a range of different beers and ciders in the beautiful sunshine. For more information visit www.bromsgrovebeerfestival.org.uk Karen said: "I ver...


08 JUL 2013

Snippet: Tesco National Food Collection

Karen met Store Manager Kevin Wright at Tesco in Oakenshaw to donate some food as part of the Tesco National Food Collection weekend. Tesco in partnership with the Trussell Trust and FareShare, held its second National Food Collection to help feed people in need. In 2012, FareShare redistribu...


01 JUL 2013

Snippet: ITV Summer Reception

Karen attended the ITV Summer Reception, hosted in College Garden, Westminster Abbey. The event was an opportunity to celebrate much of ITV's successful broadcasting over the previous year, as well as to look forward to what is coming soon. Many stars were in attendance, including Carole Vorderman, ...


25 JUN 2013

Press Release: Karen Lumley MP Asks Local Groups to Support UK Development Efforts

Karen Lumley MP is encouraging charities and not-for-profit groups in Redditch to bid for money from a £4m fund to support efforts to reduce global poverty. The Global Poverty Action Fund's Community Partnership Window allows small, UK-based organisations to put forward innovative ideas in ...


24 JUN 2013

Press Release: Redditch's Twin Town Mtwara

Karen is pictured with Beatrice Masanja, Headteacher, Matwani Dasuri, School Administrator and Edward Ngonyani, Lab Technician as she met with guests from Redditch's twin town Mtwara, in Tanzania at Forge Mill Museum. Karen successfully lobbied the Home Office on behalf of the Redditch One World ...


24 JUN 2013

Snippet: National Care Home Day

Karen celebrated National Care Home Day by visiting two local care homes in Redditch. Bowood Court, (where she is shown with Cindy Odell, Wendy Mills, Sue Baldwin and Elouise Wade), and Brambles Care Home (where she is shown with Loll Silvers and Ted Murrell). National Care Home Day aims to raise aw...


24 JUN 2013

Snippets: Arrow Vale Academy

Karen visited Arrow Vale Academy to receive a tour from pupils and Headteacher Guy Shears. Karen said: "Arrow Vale Academy has been transformed in the past few years and delivered excellent results in last year's exams. This year, I have no doubt we will see another set of strong results from Arr...


21 JUN 2013

Snippet: SADS At No.10

Karen Lumley MP for Redditch supports SADS UK Big Shock campaign, urging government to bring in legislation to make defibrillators mandatory in schools. Over 8,000 signed petitions were handed into No.10 Downing Street.  Karen joined Anne and John Jolly, founders of the cardiac charity SADS UK, to h...


19 JUN 2013

Press Release: Karen Commits to Help Children Who Need Palliative Care in Redditch

Karen Lumley MP has given her support for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions in Redditch at a Westminster event held by the charity Together for Short Lives. Karen met with Anna Gill OBE, a parent carer of a young person with a life-limiting condition, in addition to other r...


17 JUN 2013

Snippet: Sainsbury's Charity Partner

Karen visited Sainsbury's to meet local staff and show support for the store's new charity partner, 'Friends of Pitcheroak School'. She is shown with Sharon Neal, Callen Davis, Louise Hodgkinson and George Hodgkinson. Karen said: "It is always a great pleasure to visit Sainsbury's to meet with lo...


17 JUN 2013

Snippet: Scaling for Good

Karen recently took part in the 'Scaling for Good' challenge as part of National Diabetic Week. The aim of the challenge is for people to climb enough steps on a stepping machine to scale a chosen mountain. Karen stepped up to the challenge to help raise money through going on a running machine to r...


10 JUN 2013

Snippet: Inn Place

Karen is pictured with owner Richard Daykin, Louis Theodoroo and Jon Wedgebury as she officially opened the new Inn Place Fish Restaurant in Headless Cross. The Inn Place have officially sponsored the Special Olympics as part of its re-launch. The Inn Place has been running for many years in Redditc...


10 JUN 2013

Snippet: Volunteer Week

Karen Lumley MP celebrated National Volunteer Week by visiting Age UK in Redditch. Karen served tea and took part in the monthly line dancing session where she danced with the older guests, Margaret Wall, Barry Freeman, Minnie Jones and Brenda Tolley. Karen said: "Volunteers' Week is a fabulous o...


28 MAY 2013

Snippet: Life after Stroke Centre" (LASC), Bromsgrove

Karen was delighted to visit the "Life after Stroke Centre" (LASC), Bromsgrove, the first of its kind in the UK, which opened last year. The centre aims to properly establish the LASC as a meeting place for anyone who has been affected by, or who has an interest in the care of those affected by stro...


28 MAY 2013

Snippet: Wear A Hat

Karen met with Barrie Watts, Jack Martin, Ethan Rhodes, Conor Smith, Alex Daunley-Smith, Grace Godwin, James Russell and Ridgeway Headteacher Mike Bennett, at Webheath First School and Ridgeway Middle School to participate in 'Wear a Hat Day' in support of the Trudy's Trust. The charity was founded ...


20 MAY 2013

Press Release: Prison Visit

Karen visited HMP Hewell with BBC reporter Cath Mackie to receive an update on the current status of the prison reforms in light of a recent report which was critical of the prison. Karen met with the new senior management team and discussed various cases relating to the prison. Karen said "The r...


20 MAY 2013

Snippet: Oasis Christian Centre

Karen is shown with Josh Baker and Rev Robin Baker when she visited the Oasis Christian Centre to help launch their Redditch-wide food bank and to pledge her future support for the organisation and their efforts to support the people of Redditch. Karen said "The work of groups such as Oasis wh...


20 MAY 2013

Snippet: St Augustine's Question Time

Karen met with students from St Augustine's to take part in a "Question Time" style show hosted by Principal Tony Quinn. Students asked questions on a wide range of issues. Karen said "I very much enjoyed taking part in the excellent "Question Time" style event at St Augustine's. It is always fan...


13 MAY 2013

Snippet: Ipsley CE RSA Academy

Karen recently visited Ipsley CE RSA Academy to meet with staff and students to discuss the recent progress of the school since converting to Academy status. Karen also met with the new Principal Patricia Hammond to discuss a range of issues regarding education in Worcestershire. Ipsley celebrat...


29 APR 2013

Snippet: YMCA Nightstop

Karen met with the YMCA team to promote the Redditch YMCA and Redditch Nightstop Sleep Easy Event on Friday 3rd May to raise funds and awareness for the plight of the homeless in Worcestershire. Karen said: "As always I am very impressed by the work of the YMCA. They do some amazing work with you...


29 APR 2013

Snippet: London Midland Train Service

Karen invited the Managing Director of London Midland, Patrick Verwer to Redditch to speak directly to constituents over their concerns regarding the quality of the train service from Redditch to Birmingham New Street. Karen has been campaigning on this issue for many months and was elected to t...


22 APR 2013

Snippet: NEW College Open Day

Karen was at the NEW College Open Day with Principal John Callaghan. The day was aimed at families. There was a range of exciting events. People could visit and enjoy the day and had fabulous weather to match. Karen said "The NEW College Open Day was a fun, enjoyable event and it was great to ...


19 APR 2013

Snippet: Jobs Fair 2013

Update: On Friday 19th April, Karen held a successful Jobs Fair which attracted more than 300 job seekers and 20 businesses. In total there were over 100 jobs on offer from a range of employers in the town. This follows on from Karen's previous Jobs Fair which led to permanent and temporary posit...


15 APR 2013

Snippet: Blue Earth Foods

Karen is pictured with Managing Director Mark Oliver as she visited Blue Earth Foods to speak to members of staff and discuss the company's excellent recent performance. Blue Earth Foods specialises in sourcing the highest quality ingredients from responsible producers and creating fresh store-r...


15 APR 2013

Snippet: Where Next Charity Wins the National!

Karen met Stephen Grainger and Heather Titcombe from Where Next Charity and donated her Grand National winnings to Where Next which works with those with disabilities and the disadvantaged to provide vital skills and training. Last week Karen's chosen horse 'Cappa Bleu' finished second and as su...


15 APR 2013

Snippet: Old Needleworks

Karen shown with Avrille Metcalfe, Jacky Howard and Kim Neale at Neale's Needle Wool Shop visited the Old Needleworks to help raise awareness of the cultural legacy left by the needle manufacturing industry which once saw Redditch as the largest producer of needles in the world. Today, the Old N...


08 APR 2013

Snippet: Grand National Bet

Karen, pictured with Elaina Chambers and Cheryl Cotterill, visited Ladbrokes on Friday to place a charity bet on a Grand National horse. Karen's chosen horse 'Cappa Bleu' finished second and as such Karen has won £87.50 to place to a charity of her choice. Karen said: "People across the tow...


08 APR 2013

Snippet: Nova

Karen recently visited Nova training . Nova work with adults and employers to help develop the skills needed in the local community to find employment. Karen said "Nova does some very good work in helping adults provide the education, skills and development they need to move forward in life. It w...


03 APR 2013

Snippet: Karen Visits Thermex

Karen recently visited Thermex to discuss growth plans as a result of being awarded a £127,000 grant under the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative. Launched in March 2012, the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) is...


22 MAR 2013

Snippets: Visit to the Rising Sun Witherspoons CAMRA

Karen visited The Rising Sun , Witherspoons to celebrate the cut in the price of a pint and the scrapping of the beer escalator which would have seen prices rise by 6p. In last week's budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer gave a boost to pub drinkers by announcing he was scrapping the beer du...


20 MAR 2013

Press Release: Equitable Life Justice for Pensioners in Redditch

The Government will make ex-gratia payments of £5,000 to Equitable Life policyholders who bought their annuity before 1992, today's Budget has revealed. The Government will also make an extra £5,000 available to those on the lowest incomes who are on pension credit. There is no legal obl...


11 MAR 2013

Snippet: National Apprenticeship Week

Karen was delighted to meet with Chris Boughley to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. Chris is an apprentice for the Government's flagship National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) at Peterson Spring based in Redditch. There were 950 apprentices in Redditch who took part in the programme last year....


11 MAR 2013

Snippet: Fresh Insurance

Karen Lumley joined in the celebration of a prestigious industry award given to Fresh Insurance in her constituency. Fresh Insurance currently insure thousands of customers, employing over 50 staff and are one of the largest privately owned brokers in the UK. Karen said: "Fresh Insurance have gon...


11 MAR 2013

Snippet: Trinity Q&A

Karen recently took part in a question and answer session with young students as part of the BBC Schools Report project. The students asked a wide range of questions on issues including the future of the Alex and government plans to support young people. Karen said "Engaging with young people is ...


02 MAR 2013

Snippet: Trudy's Trust

Karen met with Barrie Watts, UK Fund Raising Manager for Trudy's Trust. The charity was founded in June 2011 and has recently been awarded charitable status by the Charities Commission. Trudy's Trust was formed after the tragic case of Trudy Shingler from Redditch, who sadly lost her life at the age...


01 MAR 2013

Snippet: Batchley Support Group

Karen recently met with the Batchley Support Group to discuss initiatives in the local community which concern local people. Karen said "The Batchley Support Group does excellent work in helping to bring the local community together and tackle a range of local issues. It's a good model for commun...


01 MAR 2013

Snippet: Fire Fire!

Karen visited the Redditch Fire Station to discuss the new air form system which has recently been updated. Karen was delighted to visit and talk to members of staff about the latest developments and was very encouraged by the hard work put in to ensure people across the County are kept safe from th...


27 FEB 2013

Snippet: Karen Responds to Worcestershire NHS Joint Service Review

27th February 2013 Karen Lumley MP responded to the options put forward by the Worcestershire NHS Joint Service Review. Karen last week met with the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT) Penny Venables and yesterday with Chief Executive of the University Hospita...


22 FEB 2013

Snippet: Redditch Stroke Support Group

Karen was delighted to meet with members of the Redditch Stroke Support Group to celebrate receiving its five year Certificate of Achievement from the Stroke Association in London. Karen said: "I am very proud of the hard work the Redditch Stroke Support Group does in helping people who have s...


19 FEB 2013

Press Release: 2 out of 5 London Midland Commuters in Trouble with Boss for Being Late Due to Record Delays

Increasing delays and cancellations on London Midland services are causing significant detriment to economic productivity, a new independent survey by passengers shows. The survey of over 300 London Midland commuters revealed that 2 out of 5 commuters had been spoken to by their boss about their tim...


12 FEB 2013

Snippet: Alexandra Hospital Debate

Karen Lumley MP has led a debate and spoke directly to the Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter MP in Parliament pressing the need to keep health services at the Alexandra Hospital. Karen outlined the need for a sustainable long lasting solution and also highlighting how the current model of care is n...


08 FEB 2013

Press Release: Worcester Gymnastics Club Secures £50,000 From Sporting Legacy Fund

A gymnastics club in Stock Wood has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund. Sport England today revealed that more than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the...


05 FEB 2013

Snippet: Rocklands Winter Ale Festival

Campaign for Real Ale member Karen Lumley MP was delighted to attend the annual Rocklands Winter Ale Festival which celebrated traditional ale with an event showcasing a wide variety of ales from across the UK. The visit followed on from the meeting Karen had with Doug Robinson and Paul Richards to ...


05 FEB 2013

Snippet: E-response Recruitment

Karen, pictured with Sam Morgan, Amy Byng, Trudy Harding and Paul Alekna was the guest of honour at the opening of the new premises for E-response Recruitment. The new premises will be used to help develop vocational qualifications and employability skills for the local community. During the visit, ...


05 FEB 2013

Snippet: Subway Visit

Karen, pictured with James Fleck and Satnam Khag made a visit to Subway Redditch to learn more about Subway sandwiches. Subway is committed to doing more to ensure that its food products are healthier with public health campaigns to promote its efforts to reduce the salt and calorie content of its s...


31 JAN 2013

Press Release: Boost in Mentors to Support Redditch Businesses

Karen Lumley MP has today welcomed the news that the Government has achieved its target of 15,000 business mentors. This includes 153 for the Worcestershire LEP. The volunteer mentors have been recruited and trained as part of the £1.9 million government-funded Get Mentoring project. This h...


28 JAN 2013

Snippet: Networks First

Karen was delighted to meet with Stephen Niven, Director, Peter Titmus, Chairman and Sallie-Ann Allen, Acting Centre Manager at Networks First. Networks First is a fast growing company based in Redditch which is looking to expand into the huge growth area of mobile phones. Networks First was form...


28 JAN 2013

Snippet: Viking Boxing

Karen made a visit to Viking Boxing in Lakeside to see firsthand the incredible efforts of Ross Taylor, who suffers from cerebral palsy and is taking part in a sponsored swim in April. Karen was delighted to sign the sponsorship form. Karen said "Ross is an inspirational young man who is working ...


28 JAN 2013

Snippet: Give Blood

Karen was at Sainsbury's Redditch to encourage local residents to 'do something amazing' and register to the Blood and Donor service. Also during this time the pharmacy will be offering free cholesterol testing to all customers. Karen said "Giving blood is an act which really could save another p...


24 JAN 2013

Snippet: Alexandra Hospital Review

Karen Lumley MP has confirmed that commissioners at the under-threat Alexandra Hospital in Redditch are in negotiations with University Hospitals Birmingham to take over the running of its key services. The discussions with University Hospitals are running alongside the ongoing Joint Services ...


24 JAN 2013

Press Release: Minority View: Cancellation of West Coast Rail Franchise

Karen Lumley MP (Redditch), Karl McCartney MP (Lincoln) and Iain Stewart MP (Milton Keynes South), members of the Transport Select Committee issued a minority conclusion: "As members of the Transport Select Committee, we would like to draw attention to the fact that the attached report was not un...


14 JAN 2013

Press Release: Tik Tap

Karen is pictured with Rosemary Sidaway, Dean Corrigan and Mark Barnes on a visit to Heaphy's Redditch to promote the 'Tik Tap' smart phone/tablet application. Tik Tap is working with Redditch businesses to help provide good deals for customers, and in doing so saving money for the customer and attr...


14 JAN 2013

Press Release: Local Election Campaign

Karen is shown launching the Conservatives local election campaign with MPs Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South), Jessica Lee (Erewash), Stuart Andrew (Pudsey) and Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster & Fleetwood). There were over 30 people campaigning on the day in total finished off by lunch at the br...


11 JAN 2013

Snippet: St Stephen's CofE First School

Karen visited St Stephen's CofE First School in Redditch to have a tour and speak to staff and pupils. Karen said "It was great to visit St Stephen's and meet with staff and pupils to discuss a range of issues. St Stephen's is a fantastic school, rated outstanding by Ofsted, and these results a...


07 JAN 2013

Snippet: Brambles Care Home

Karen said "The Brambles Care Home in Headless Cross plays a vital role in caring for the elderly in Redditch and it was great to see residents enjoying the Christmas period. Christmas can be a difficult time for the elderly and the staff were doing a good job in ensuring the residents were well car...



Important Message

Statement on Westminster attack

 

Following the attack on police and members of the public in central London yesterday (Wednesday, 22 March 2017), Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County commented as follows:

"Yesterday was a very sad day for the people of our country, particularly in London, and my first thoughts are with those who were killed or injured and their families.

"Westminster is the seat of one of the oldest and most respected Governments in the world, and upholds values of free speech, liberty, human rights, and the rule of law – values shared by free people around the world. Amongst the bloodshed of yesterday, we must never waiver from our resolve to beat the terrorists.

"I, along with many MPs, actually knew PC Keith Palmer, the policeman who died, because he was often the first friendly face we would see when entering the Parliamentary estate. I often shared a morning joke with him. My deepest sympathies lie with his family and those of others killed or injured."

Karen was not in Parliament yesterday as she is currently still at home in Redditch recovering from her illness.

    

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