23 MAR 2017

Statement from Karen Lumley MP regarding Westminster terror 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 w...


10 JAN 2017

Karen Lumley MP asks question about the Alex during urgent statement from the Secretary of State for Health

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, asked a question about the Alexandra Hospital in the Chamber yesterday during an urgent statement made by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, following recent A&E pressures. Karen Lumley MP asked: As my right hon. Friend has mentioned, the...


07 DEC 2016

Karen Lumley MP welcomes consultation to increase driving penalties

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has welcome the announcement this week (5 December 2016) that the Government is to consult on possible changes to penalties for those who kill or cause serious injury on the roads. The consultation proposes raising the maximum penalties for some of the most ser...


24 NOV 2016

Happy Karen Lumley MP welcomes cash for Air Ambulance

Midlands Air Ambulance has been granted £1m in extra funding from fines on bankers (LIBOR), and Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, welcomes the extra cash for this vital service. The Chancellor's Autumn Statement yesterday (23 November 2016) included the windfall which will contribute towa...


23 NOV 2016

Karen Lumley MP welcomes Autumn Statement

Today's (23 November 2016) first Autumn Statement from Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been welcomed by Redditch County MP Karen Lumley who applauded the Government's priorities for 'just managing families'. In his Statement the Chancellor announced a number of measures designed to help those strugg...


15 NOV 2016

Karen Lumley MP welcomes HS2 announcement

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, today (15 November 2016), welcomes the Government's announcement on its preferred route for High Speed 2. The announcement from the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP, explained how the HS2 project will bring jobs and support prosperity in the We...


03 NOV 2016

Brexit - Karen Lumley MP regrets decision of High Court that Parliament must vote to trigger Article 50

Redditch County MP Karen Lumley has reacted strongly today (Thursday, 3 November 2016) to news that the High Court has ruled MPs should vote to activate Article 50 to commence EU exit proceedings. Remain supporters brought the case before the High Court and a statement is to be made to MPs on Monda...


31 OCT 2016

Karen Lumley MP backs call to ensure those with diabetes admitted to hospital receive a foot risk assessment

Redditch MP Karen Lumley is backing a call by Diabetes UK for action to improve diabetes foot care for people with the condition admitted to hospital. Figures show that in England hospitals are not giving foot checks to more than two thirds of people with diabetes on admission, despite this being r...


25 OCT 2016

Airport expansion: Karen Lumley MP stresses need to accelerate project

Following the announcement today (Tuesday) that Government Ministers have approved a third runway at Heathrow as their main option to expand UK airport capacity, Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has expressed the need to get on with the project. Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at ...


11 OCT 2016

Karen supports British Heart Foundation challenge

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, visited the British Heart Foundation (BHF) stand at Conservative Party Conference, taking part in the 'Keep Research Rolling' challenge to support her estimated 10,000 constituents living with cardiovascular disease. On Tuesday, 4 October 2016, Karen found out ...


19 SEP 2016

Karen's Brexit thoughts on Times Red Box

Karen Lumley, Member of Parliament for Redditch County, was asked to submit an article to on-line political mouthpiece, The Times Red Box, on the subject 'What I Want From Brexit' and this was published this week. Karen highlighted and expanded on aspects relating to sovereignty, international...


13 SEP 2016

Karen stands out in pink for families affected by breast cancer

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging constituents to take part in the UK's biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, Wear it Pink, on Friday, 21 October 2016. Wear it Pink is back for its 15th year, calli...


09 SEP 2016

Karen Lumley MP stands against grammar school expansion

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has said that she is against the proposed expansion of grammar schools. Plans for a new batch of grammar schools which will be required to take a proportion of disadvantaged children were announced by Prime Minister Theresa May today (Friday). The speech, anno...


06 SEP 2016

Karen highlights positive refugee role played in Redditch

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, paid tribute to Redditch Borough Council yesterday (Monday, 5 September 2016) for their efforts in helping to resettle Syrian refugees. During a session in Parliament in which MPs get the chance to question the Home Secretary, Karen asked Amber Rudd whether she would ...


25 JUL 2016

Karen takes part in Parliamentary reception to Remember Srebrenica

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, was one of many who took part in a reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 11 July 2016 to mark Srebrenica Memorial Day. Remembering Srebrenica is a British charitable initiative, recognising that while we have achieved a lot in terms of building a ...


18 JUL 2016

Congratulations to Worcestershire MPs

I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to my fellow Worcestershire MPs who have been offered positions within Theresa May's new Government. MP for Bromsgrove, Sajid Javid, is of course now Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. MP for Worcester, Robin Walker MP, is now ...


11 JUL 2016

Karen fully in support of May now Leadsom drops out of Tory leadership race

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has said that while she is disappointed that Andrea Leadsom has dropped out of the Conservative leadership race, she now fully supports Theresa May for leader and Prime Minister. Following the news today (Monday) that Mrs Leadsom, who was Karen's preferred cand...


04 JUL 2016

Karen Lumley MP declares support for Leadsom in Tory leadership battle

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has declared her support for Andrea Leadsom MP to take over the reins of the Conservative Party and become the next Prime Minister. The contest ended its first phase last week (30 June 2016) when five candidates declared their interest. They were Stephen Crabb,...


14 JUN 2016

Over 200 Redditch School Children performing at the Royal Albert Hall tonight

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, has been delighted to discover that over 200 Redditch school children, from Batchley First School, Birchensale Middle School, and St Bede's Catholic Middle School, will all be performing, as part of a massed choir, at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. There will be over ...


10 JUN 2016

Karen attends Queen's 90th Thanksgiving Service

Karen Lumley MP today (Friday, 10 June 2016) had the great honour of attending a Thanksgiving Service for Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday, held at St Paul's Cathedral in London. The service was attended by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh as well as other Members of the Royal Family. A rec...


31 MAY 2016

Karen Lumley MP chairs Parliamentary education seminar

Redditch MP Karen Lumley was last week (Monday, 26 May 2016) asked to chair a session of the Westminster Education Forum on the subject of reforming maths qualifications in England - GCSEs, A-levels, core maths and proposals to make post-16 maths compulsory. Education has always been a very importa...


27 MAY 2016

My role in the Department of Health

Readers of this newsletter and my website will know that following the General Election last year, I was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Alistair Burt MP, the Minister of State for Community and Social Care.  Ministers each get to appoint a PPS to help them with their work, a...


18 MAY 2016

A One Nation Queen's Speech

Today the Queen delivered the Queen's Speech containing 21 Bills for the forthcoming session of Parliament. When we came to office in 2010, our urgent task was to get the British economy going again. With the strengthening economy moving in the right direction, we can be ambitious in our plans...


10 MAY 2016

Universal Credit delivering real results

Universal Credit is now available to new single job seekers in every Jobcentre across the UK, announces Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch. Universal Credit is a key part of the Government's welfare reforms, replacing six benefits with one monthly payment. It is designed to sweep away the complexities a...


26 APR 2016

Karen attends briefing on rare cancers

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, attended a briefing on rare and less common cancers at the House of Commons last Wednesday (20 April 2016) at the request of a constituent. The event was hosted by John Baron MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Cancer and held in conjunction with ...


25 APR 2016

Karen welcomes launch of Government plan to transform General Practice

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, has today welcomed the launch of the General Practice Forward View. Developed with Health Education England and in discussion with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and other GP representatives, it sets out a plan to stabilise and transform general practice, improving se...


21 APR 2016

Karen scoops Honouree title at glittering awards ceremony

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, was celebrating amongst other MPs and diplomats at a star-studded event at London's May Fair Hotel last night (Wednesday, 20 April 2016) to mark winners in the 4th annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. Karen was awarded the title of 'Honouree' for the ou...


18 APR 2016

Karen nominated for politicians award

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has been shortlisted from over 100 politicians for the 4th annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and busines...


12 APR 2016

Karen quizzes Foreign Office Minister over refugee crisis

Redditch MP Karen Lumley today (Tuesday, 12 April 2016) got the chance in the House of Commons to ask searching questions about steps the Government has taken to help reduce migration to Europe through the Western Balkans. The opportunity came at Foreign Office Questions when Karen was picked secon...


01 APR 2016

Conservatives give boost to the lowest paid in Redditch with National Living Wage

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the launch today (1 April 2016) of the Conservative Government's new National Living Wage – giving a big boost to the lowest-paid in Redditch and across the country. From today, workers aged 25 and over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship will ...


21 MAR 2016

Karen asks Minister to visit housing improvement schemes in Wychavon

Redditch MP Karen Lumley will visit Wychavon with a Minister from the Department for Communities and Local Government after asking him in the House of Commons. During Oral Questions to the Secretary of State on Monday (21 March 2016) Karen asked: "Would my Right Hon Friend join me in congratulating...


21 MAR 2016

Karen added her name to letter to Chancellor George Osborne raising concerns about changes to benefits

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has revealed that she was a signatory to a letter sent to Chancellor George Osborne the day before the Budget (Tuesday, 15 March 2016) raising concerns about the proposed changes in Personal Independence Payment (PIP) criteria. The letter, signed by a small group of Conserv...


17 MAR 2016

Karen welcomes a Budget that puts the next generation in Redditch first

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has welcomed a Budget that puts the next generation first – a Budget to make Britain and Redditch fit for the future. The British economy is stronger because we confronted our country's problems and took difficult decisions, but we now face the challenge of a da...


15 MAR 2016

Karen Lumley MP backs On-Farm Biogas

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, joined around 150 farmers in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 1 March 2016 at a Parliamentary event aimed at raising awareness of on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD). AD supports farmers by diversifying their income, treating wastes more sustainably, recycling nutrients ...


14 MAR 2016

Karen welcomes the start of National Apprenticeship Week in Redditch

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has welcomed the Government's commitment to creating apprenticeships at the launch of National Apprenticeship Week 2016. The growing number of people in Redditch County constituency starting apprenticeships demonstrates that the Government is delivering on its manifest...


09 MAR 2016

Karen welcomes launch of schools Fairer Funding consultation

Historic reforms that will bring an end to the unfairness in the school funding system were outlined on Monday (7 March 2016) by the Secretary of State. Providing educational excellence everywhere is a key part of the Government's mission to extend opportunity to every child. This includes deliveri...


07 MAR 2016

Karen asks Question in Parliament about extension of free childcare

Redditch MP Karen Lumley was selected to ask a question in Parliament this afternoon (Monday, 7 March 2016) during Education Questions. The question she chose to ask concerned the forthcoming doubling of free childcare offered to parents of three and four-year-old to 30 hours. Karen was Number 2 o...


24 FEB 2016

Karen welcomes singing superstar as Trustee of charity looking after Services Veterans

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, was delighted to be invited along to an event at Portcullis House on Monday (22 February 2016) hosted by Veterans' charity, Care after Combat, to welcome soprano superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE as Trustee. Care after Combat was set up to maintain and promote camarader...


15 FEB 2016

Karen supports Homes for Heroes Foundation launch in Parliament

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has welcomed a new Foundation which has been launched in the Houses of Parliament to help tackle housing problems faced by ex-service personnel. The cross party Homes for Heroes Foundation has been launched by former Housing Minster Grant Shapps MP, fellow MP Jake Ber...


11 FEB 2016

Karen joins Time to Talk Day in support of Mental Health

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has shown her support for mental health issues by joining in Time to Talk Day 2016. The mental health anti-stigma campaign was highlighted last Thursday (4 February 2016), and is organised by Time to Change, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, who have b...


02 FEB 2016

Karen speaks about Birmingham Airport at Westminster Hall debate

Intervened in a Westminster Hall debate about Regional Airports this morning. The debate centred on when a decision would be forthcoming regarding airports expansion and I seized upon the chance to make the case for Birmingham, saying that when HS2 is on stream, Birmingham Airport will realistically...


01 FEB 2016

Crackdown on roadwork disruption will ease frustration for motorists

MP for Redditch, Karen Lumley, has welcomed new proposals to crack down on disruption caused by roadworks on local roads, with new rules being considered that would reduce disruption for families and businesses who rely on our local roads to get around. The new rules will encourage the start of sev...


25 JAN 2016

Karen asks question in Parliament about delivery of more apprenticeships in Redditch

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was active again in the House of Commons today (Monday, 25 January 2016), asking a question about the delivery of apprenticeships in the constituency. During Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Education, Karen asked: "With over 3,000 apprenticeships created in Red...


22 JAN 2016

Webheath pupils visit new Parliamentary Education Centre

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, was delighted to be able to welcome pupils from Webheath Academy this week (Wednesday, 20 January 2016) as they visited the new multi-million pound Parliamentary Education Centre in Westminster.The Year 4 students attended a Question and Answer session with Karen. Kar...


21 JAN 2016

Karen signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

THIS week Redditch MP Karen Lumley signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, so pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate you...


20 JAN 2016

Karen elected Vice Chair of Parliamentary group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was yesterday (Tuesday, 19 January 2016) elected Vice Chair of the APPG on Infant Feeding and Inequalities at its inaugural meeting. As well as taking part in formal Parliamentary business, MPs are encouraged to take part in informal work at Westminster, such as working wit...


20 JAN 2016

Karen speaks up for Redditch in public transport debate

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley yesterday (Tuesday, 19 January 2016) spoke up for Redditch in an Opposition Day Debate on the cost of public transport. Opposition days are allocated in the House of Commons for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Yesterday's debate was all about the qualit...


15 JAN 2016

Ipsley Academy pupils enjoy their day in Parliament

PUPILS from Ipsley RSA Academy travelled to London this week (Wednesday, 13 January 2016) for a tour of Parliament and to quiz their MP.Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, was on hand to meet the group of 25 students, which included the School Council from Years 5 to 8 at the Winyates Way school. ...


07 JAN 2016

Karen celebrates Redditch winner in house building awards

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was able to celebrate a Redditch winner yesterday (Wednesday, 6 January 2016) in the NHBC's Pride in the Job awards. She attended a reception at Portcullis House in Westminster to celebrate Taylor Wimpey's Lucet Meadow development in Woodrow North scooping an award for exce...


06 JAN 2016

Karen speaks in Commons at PMQs and Scotland Questions

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley today (Wednesday, 6 January 2016) had the unusual privilege of being able to speak in the House of Commons twice, including taking top slot at Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs). Firstly, at Scotland Questions however, she was able to ask Secretary of State for Scotland (Dav...


17 DEC 2015

Karen speaks up for Birmingham in crucial Airports debate

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley spoke up in a debate about airports capacity in Parliament on Monday (14 December 2015). During Oral Answers to Questions to the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, made a statement about a...


17 DEC 2015

Karen raises a glass to heroic WW1 nurse

MPs at the House of Commons have been raising a pint in praise of Edith Cavell, the heroic WW1 nurse who saved the lives of 200 allied soldiers before being executed by a German firing squad in October 1915 – and Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, was on hand to join in the celebrations. W...


03 DEC 2015

Commons vote for Air Strikes in Syria

I have always made my position clear on this matter. Although it was compelling to hear the arguments on both sides yesterday in the Commons, it is my firm conviction the UK should join air strikes, however I also agree that we should not act alone. There has to be a coherent international strategy ...


30 NOV 2015

Karen learns about the reality of lung cancer at Westminster seminar

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley attended a parliamentary seminar earlier this month on the reality of lung cancer in Redditch and across the UK. The event, hosted by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses on 17 November 2015, marked November as Lung Cancer Aware...


25 NOV 2015

Autumn Statement sees much good news

FAR from being the bruising that was widely predicted, this week's Autumn Statement and Spending Review from the Chancellor delivered great news for millions of families and businesses. The Spending Review set out how £4 trillion of Government money will be allocated over the next five years,...


19 NOV 2015

United Local Leaders secure Health Secretary support for ALEX

The MPs and Council Leaders for Bromsgrove, Redditch and Stratford-on-Avon have met in Westminster with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to press for assurances on the Alexandra Hospital's future. Following the relocation of maternity services from the Alexandra Hospital to Worcester Royal Hospit...


18 NOV 2015

Karen speaks out during Celebration of Lifesavers

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was invited to speak at an event celebrating life-saving achievements last week (10 November 2015). The Everyday Heroes Awards were hosted by St John Ambulance at the House of Commons and included presentations to award winners as well as addresses from Karen and Peter Aldo...


12 NOV 2015

Karen Welcomes EU Renegotiation Objectives

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley has welcomed a speech by Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday (11 November 2015) in which he set out his objectives regarding EU renegotiations. The Prime Minister formally set out his demands in a letter to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, saying four ...


05 NOV 2015

Karen contributes to the debate on Fairer Funding for Schools

"Does my hon. Friend agree that all children in this country, wherever they live, deserve the best education that we can give them? It is just not fair that children in Redditch, 5 miles away from Birmingham, receive £1,000 less each per year" Karen stated.


03 NOV 2015

KAREN LUMLEY PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR BETTER DIABETES MANAGEMENT

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley was delighted last month to attend a drop-in event for MPs at the Palace of Westminster designed to share new research on the potential to improve patient outcomes for those with diabetes. The event, held on Wednesday, 14 October 2015, was organised by Sanofi in collaborati...


15 OCT 2015

Rape & Domestic Violence Question

REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley today (Thursday, 15 October 2015) in Parliament had a chance to ask Attorney General Jeremy Wright MP about conviction rates for rape and domestic violence. Karen was shocked at the end of July when it was revealed from West Mercia Police that there had been a significant r...


15 OCT 2015

Funeral Poverty

KAREN INTERVENES IN WESTMINSTER HALL DEBATE ON FUNERAL POVERTY   REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley yesterday (Tuesday, 13 October 2015) intervened in a Westminster Hall debate on funeral poverty. Under the chairmanship of Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, and moved by Paul Maynard, Conservative ...


18 SEP 2015

Wear it Pink

Wear it Pink, the UK's biggest pink fundraiser, calls on supporters across the country to ditch the day-to-day colours and pull on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now's life-saving breast cancer research. Karen joined fellow parliamentarians in wearing it pink in Westminster this week ...


07 SEP 2015

Assisted Dying - a very important issue

This week Parliament will debate and vote upon Rob Marris MP's Private Member's Bill on the legalisation of assisted dying.  I have received hundreds of e-mails and letters from my constituents on this subject, and I am aware of the strength of feeling on both sides of the issue. I appreciate ...


17 AUG 2015

Worcestershire People's Parliament

Karen had an opportunity on Thursday last week to again visit representatives from Worcestershire People's Parliament who are launching a White Paper on Health and presenting it to the Minister in October.  Karen attended the launch event, held in conjunction with Speakeasy Now, and spent time ...


14 JUL 2015

Fairer Funding Meeting

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley attended a meeting in Parliament to discuss the ongoing campaign for fairer schools funding. Fairer schools funding for Worcestershire has been a long-running crusade of Karen's. Worcestershire is one of the lowest funded local education authorities in England...


10 JUL 2015

FairFuelUK

Following the welcome and continuing freeze in fuel duty by the Chancellor announced in his Budget, Redditch MP Karen Lumley was amongst 32 MPs who this week put their support to FairFuelUK's Campaign for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to fully investigate the suspect processes surround...


08 JUL 2015

One Nation Britain Open For Business

Karen Lumley MP has welcomed the measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the budget. Amongst the Chancellor's announcements were: The introduction of a new National Living Wage of over £9 an hour by 2020.  A budget surplus by 2019-20, with the deficit reduced by arou...


02 JUL 2015

English Votes

Karen Lumley MP has welcomed the government's proposed changes which would give English and Welsh MPs a veto over devolved matters which only affect them. The introduction of 'English votes for English laws' will see the government strengthen the constitution with changes that make the law-making p...


18 JUN 2015

Climate Change rally

A large rally was held yesterday around Parliament to highlight issues around climate change.  There were several Redditch constituents that joined the rally, and some had asked to meet me to discuss their concerns privately.  I am always happy to see my constituents when they come to...


18 JUN 2015

Royal Life Saving Society

I am a patron of the Royal Life Saving Society and hugely value the work that they do to reduce drowning in the UK.  Last week I was pleased to attend their annual awards, and had the honour of presenting the Outstanding Contribution to Lifesaving in the Community award to Leeds City Council. ...


09 JUN 2015

Karen Raises Nasheed Plight In Parliament

Earlier today at Foreign Office Questions, Redditch MP Karen Lumley raised the current political situation in the Maldives with the Minister of State, Hugo Swire. Speaking in the chamber, Karen said: "My right hon. Friend will be aware of the grave concerns about the political situation in the Mald...


09 JUN 2015

Karen Praises Signal Reservists In Parliament

Yesterday at Defence Questions Redditch MP Karen Lumley praised the work of the 37 Signal Regiment and asked about future proposals on army reservists. Speaking in the chamber, Karen said: "The 37 Signal Regiment reservists, who are based in my constituency, do an amazing job and have been awarded ...


25 MAR 2015

Karen Presents Fair Votes Petition To Parliament

Karen Lumley MP, Patron of the Fair Votes for All campaign, yesterday evening presented to Parliament a petition calling for English votes for English issues to be introduced in the House of Commons as soon as possible. Petitions have been raised in dozens of constituencies across England. There was...


06 MAR 2015

Rare Diseases Day 2015

Last week Redditch MP Karen Lumley attended a reception in Parliament to mark Rare Disease Day 2015. Rare Disease Day 2015, which took place on 28th February this year, was an opportunity to raise awareness of those living with a rare disease and highlight it as a public health priority. To mark t...


03 MAR 2015

Karen Gets Great Result For Local Schools

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has expressed her delight at news that the Government is changing its policy towards special schools' teacher training places following a meeting she had at the Department for Education. Pitcheroak School provides education and specialist support for pupils between 4 and 19...


23 FEB 2015

'Many Positives' From Secretary Of State Meeting

Following a meeting with the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and the Chief Executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority, David Flory, Redditch MP Karen Lumley has spoken of the 'many positives' she took from the meeting. Karen put forward the case for commitments on the future of th...


06 FEB 2015

What Would You Ask The Prime Minister?

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has been drawn to ask a question at next Wednesday's (11th February) Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) and has taken the chance to open it out to her constituents. Redditch County residents have until 17:00 on Monday (9th February) to suggest questions at www.s...


28 JAN 2015

Karen Made Patron Of Fair Votes For All Campaign

The Fair Votes for All campaign has welcomed Karen Lumley, Member of Parliament for Redditch County, as a Patron. This campaign is calling for English votes for English issues to be introduced into the House of Commons as soon as possible. Karen is distributing a petition throughout her constituenc...


26 JAN 2015

Taking Parsons' Case To Treasury

Last Tuesday, Redditch County MP Karen Lumley took part in a meeting with Andrea Leadsom MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, alongside her constituent Sebastian Parsons. Also at the meeting was Gutto Bebb MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Interest Rate Mis-Selling. The Financia...


22 JAN 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day

Ahead of Saturday's Holocaust memorial service in Redditch, this week Karen Lumley MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordina...


14 JAN 2015

Karen Backs Change In Strike Laws

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the announcement that the next Conservative government will introduce changes to strike laws for key public services. Protecting the right to strike but also hardworking taxpayers who rely on public services, the next Conservative Government will: Introduce a ...


06 JAN 2015

Mohamed Nasheed

Earlier today Karen Lumley MP welcomed her good friend, Mohamed Nasheed, the former President of the Maldives, to Parliament. Mohamed Nasheed was the first democratically elected president of the Maldives. Karen has known him for a number of years, their paths having first crossed when she assisted...


16 DEC 2014

Welcoming New Careers & Enterprise Company

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the announcement from the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, of a new approach to the way we open young peoples' eyes to the world of work. Christine Hodgson, Executive Chairman of Capgemini UK plc, has agreed to chair a new careers and enterprise ...


11 DEC 2014

Make The World Better With A Sweater

Karen Lumley MP has popped on a pullover and posed for a festive photograph to support for Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day campaign. In its third year, and the biggest yet, Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day is bringing together supporters and campaigners to be part of its woolly rev...


08 DEC 2014

Financial Conduct Authority Debate

Last week in Parliament Redditch MP Karen Lumley spoke in a debate organised by her colleague Guto Bebb, MP for Aberconwy about the Financial Conduct Authority redress scheme, adopted as a result of the mis-selling of complex interest rate products to small and medium sized businesses.  In her...


02 DEC 2014

Biggest Upgrade To Roads In A Generation

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch and member of the Transport Select Committee has welcomed the £15 billion 'Road investment strategy' which will increase the capacity and improve the condition of England's roads by the end of the decade. The Government is investing in more than 100 new road sche...


25 NOV 2014

Backing Campaign To Give Britain A Break

Karen Lumley MP for Redditch is backing a campaign to scrap the tax on children's flights which launches today, Monday 24th November 2014. Scrap the Tax on Family Flights calls on the Government to scrap the Air Passenger Duty (APD) on children's tickets (2-11yrs), giving families the break they de...


20 NOV 2014

Backing A Fair Deal For England

Today in Parliament Redditch MP Karen Lumley is supporting a motion on Devolution and the Union. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Dominic Raab, Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, and Frank Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead, supported by Karen and a...


10 NOV 2014

Helping Prevent The Spread Of Flu This Winter

Karen Lumley MP has highlighted the importance of protecting yourself, and others, against the flu virus by having the flu vaccination this winter. Karen attended an event at the House of Commons, which was organised by Lloyds Pharmacy to raise awareness of the benefits of preventing the spread of ...


31 OCT 2014

Call For Action On Pancreatic Cancer Research

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, yesterday attended a cross-party event to launch the report of an important new Inquiry looking at pancreatic cancer research. The publication of the report, Pancreatic Cancer Research: a Roadmap to Change from The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pancreatic Ca...


28 OCT 2014

Backing Constituents' Right To Recall

Yesterday in Parliament Karen Lumley voted in favour of both the Government's Recall Bill and an amendment by her colleague Zac Goldsmith MP. Under the government-backed plans a recall petition would be opened where an MP is convicted in the UK of an offence and receives a custodial sentence of 12 ...


21 OCT 2014

Taking Up The Pedometer Challenge And Supporting Diabetes Awareness In Redditch

Redditch MP Karen Lumley joined high profile parliamentarians in taking the Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge at the House of Commons. On Wednesday 15th October 2014 Karen Lumley MP took the quick and easy diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for public to take the test of the cond...


16 OCT 2014

Calling For Support For Women In Business

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley asked a question in the House of Commons at Women & Equalities Questions. Karen asked the Minister for Women & Equalities, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, what recent progress she has made to encourage women to set up their own businesses. Mrs Morgan resp...


15 OCT 2014

Karen Elected Vice-Chair Of Drowning Prevention Group

Yesterday in Parliament Karen Lumley MP was elected to the position of Vice-Chair for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention, which she also helped set up. The formation of the cross-party group comes after the tragic drowning of 15-year-old Richard Fellow...


14 OCT 2014

Backing A Two State Solution

Yesterday in Parliament Karen Lumley MP voted in favour of a motion saying 'That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.' The motion, put forward by Labour MP Grahame...


06 OCT 2014

Talking Tactics On Prostate Cancer

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has pledged to help eradicate the inequalities men with prostate cancer face after speaking with campaigners at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last week. Prostate Cancer UK was at the conference calling for urgent action on these issues. As well as pledging...


03 OCT 2014

Visit To Bournville

In a brief break from the business of Conservative Party Conference, Redditch MP Karen Lumley took a trip to Bournville with two of her colleagues, Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, and Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire. Bournville is the home of Cadbury chocolate, now owned by Mondolez Internat...


02 OCT 2014

Calling For An End To 'Game Of Chance' Bus Service For Blind People

Getting off at the right bus stop is like "playing a game of chance", says guide dog owner Linda, about her experiences navigating the bus network without sight. Redditch MP Karen Lumley got a chance to experience for herself why people with sight loss need audio-visual announcements (AV) on buses,...


02 OCT 2014

Tax Cut For 30 Million Taxpayers

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that a Conservative Government will cut taxes for 30 million hardworking taxpayers. A future Conservative Government will raise the tax-free personal allowance from £10,500 to £12,500. That will take 1 million more of the lowest paid workers out of...


02 OCT 2014

Conservative Party Conference 2014

Yesterday Redditch MP Karen Lumley returned from a busy but nonetheless enjoyable week at Conservative Party Conference. There were also plenty of policy announcements ahead of the election, including raising the 40p tax threshold to £50,000, a competitive business tax regime, a commitment ...


25 SEP 2014

Parliament Recalled To Discuss Islamic State Action

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has responded to news that Parliament will be recalled on Friday to discuss possible action in Iraq.  She said: "Tomorrow my colleagues and I will be unexpectedly returning to Parliament to discuss the UK's possible involvement in air strikes against Islamic State...


23 SEP 2014

Scottish Referendum

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the decision of the Scottish people to vote No to Independence. Looking to the future Karen spoke of her support for a more balanced Union and constitutional reform. Karen said: "Last week we learned that the future of our United Kingdom is secure with Scotlan...


11 SEP 2014

Gaza Response From Prime Minister

I have received a response from my letter to the Prime Minister which I am pleased to share with my Redditch constituents. His comments are as follows:- Dear Karen I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of civilian life in the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel. The conflict is ta...


05 SEP 2014

First Lumley Tour 'A Real Success'

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has spoken of her delight following her first coach trip for constituents to Parliament. Fifty residents, predominantly from Matchborough, made the journey down from Redditch to London on Thursday afternoon, arriving at 4:30pm. After a brief look around the gift shop the v...


02 SEP 2014

Expansion Of Free Childcare To 1,900 Two-Year Olds In Worcestershire

Karen Lumley MP has welcomed the news that, from this week, the Government has extended the entitlement of 15 hours of free early education to the 40 per cent of most disadvantaged two year olds, which will help them fulfil their potential in life. Already 116,000 two-year olds benefit from this fr...


02 SEP 2014

British Armed Forces Learning Resource

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the announcement of the launch of the British Armed Forces Learning Resource 2014, a free, high quality resource which will be made available to all schools. It has been developed as a learning resource for History, English and Citizenship, for Key Stages 1&nda...


06 AUG 2014

'Emotional' Trip To Bosnia For Redditch MP

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has spoken of her 'emotional' trip to Bosnia for a social action project during the summer recess. A delegation of MPs and peers travelled to Bosnia to support a local charity, Medica Zenica, which provides psycho-social, medical, and informational support to women and chil...


05 AUG 2014

Karen Shares Her Gaza Concerns With The PM

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has today written to the Prime Minister to voice her concerns about recent events in Gaza. In her letter Karen said: "As with many colleagues I am feeling deeply uneasy about ongoing events and the Government's response. I am particularly sympathetic to the remarks made by...


29 JUL 2014

Project Maja - Bosnia

Later this week Redditch MP Karen Lumley is heading over to Bosnia for an international social action project called Project Maja. A delegation of MPs and peers will travel to Bosnia to support a local charity, Medica Zenica, to help build and equip a new counselling and information centre. Medica ...


22 JUL 2014

Modern Slavery Bill

As part of her work in Parliament Redditch MP Karen Lumley has been selected to serve on the Bill Committee debating the Modern Slavery Bill in the coming months. The Modern Slavery Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on the 10th June 2014 and is concerned with crimes such as human traffick...


21 JUL 2014

Remembering Srebrenica Genocide

Hundreds of parliamentarians last week signed the Remembering Srebrenica Book of Pledges, providing their personal comments in commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. The book signing took place in the House of Commons and different locations across the UK during Remembering Srebrenica Memor...


17 JUL 2014

Welcoming Oak Hill To Parliament

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley welcomed Oak Hill First School to Parliament during their trip to London.  After spending time with Parliament's Education Service they met Karen for a Question and Answer session.  Karen said: "It was great to meet the boys and girls from Oak Hill ...


17 JUL 2014

JSA Claimants In Redditch Halved Under This Government

Once again Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed falling levels of unemployment and youth unemployment in her constituency. When Karen was elected in 2010 there were 2,497 people claiming out of work benefits in Redditch and 670 claimants aged 18 to 24. Figures released by the Office for National S...


16 JUL 2014

Backing Travel And Tourism's Economic Contribution

Karen Lumley MP has supported calls for the next Conservative Government to put travel and tourism at the heart of its economic plan. She was present at the launch of Association of British Travel Agent's (ABTA) Manifesto for 2015 in the House of Commons – an event hosted by the Travel Associ...


10 JUL 2014

Actions Not Words Needed On Apprenticeships

In a recent Opposition Day debate on Technical and Vocational Training Redditch MP Karen Lumley called on the Labour front bench to do more to provide their constituents with skills and job opportunities. Intervening in a speech made by Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Karen said: "The hono...


10 JUL 2014

Supporting Calls To Do More To Beat Cancer Sooner

Redditch MP Karen Lumley joined Cancer Research UK scientists in Westminster to find out more about the charity's inspiring new plan to accelerate progress and help save more lives in Redditch and the West Midlands. Karen was there to find out the part she could play in helping to achieve Cancer Re...


09 JUL 2014

Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Redditch MP Karen Lumley is supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to join their local library and take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge - the UK's largest reading for pleasure promotion for primary school children. Research show...


08 JUL 2014

New Growth Deal Means More Jobs And Security For Hardworking People In Redditch

Karen Lumley MP has welcomed the announcement of new funding to support businesses and infrastructure in Redditch – helping local businesses to create new jobs and train more young people. £13 million has been allocated for 2015/16 to Worcestershire, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LE...


07 JUL 2014

Business Leaders Lunch

Earlier today Karen Lumley MP hosted her Business Leaders in Parliament for their annual lunch. This was an opportunity for business leaders from Redditch to enjoy a private lunch with a Minister - the Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Employment and gain her insight into issues affec...


04 JUL 2014

I Am Proud That We Are Backing Skills And Aspiration Once More (ConservativeHome Article)

Karen wrote the following article for the ConservativeHome website to coincide with her Apprenticeships & Skills Fair.I will today be hosting an Apprenticeships & Skills Fair in my constituency. In common with most MPs, I am passionate about helping my constituents secure employment as ...


30 JUN 2014

Karen Presents PM With Operation Market Garden Lapel Badge

Last week at a Downing Street Reception hosted by the Prime Minister Karen Lumley MP presented him with a lapel badge to commemorate Operation Market Garden. Operation Market Garden took place between September 17 and 25, 1944 and was designed to force entry into Germany over the Lower Rhine and br...


27 JUN 2014

Backing The Calls To Stop The Hospital Car Parking Rip-Off

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has given her support to a campaign to reduce hospital parking costs and provide a service that is equal and fair for all. Freedom of Information requests to Health Trusts across the country have revealed that 79% of hospitals still charge for parking. The picture is a very...


25 JUN 2014

Committing To Helping 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 children's palliative care charity Together for Short Lives. The event took place on Tuesday 17 June during Children's Hospice Week, the national awarenes...


18 JUN 2014

Meeting Minister To Discuss Rural Broadband

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley met with Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey MP, to discuss the issue of rural superfast broadband in Worcestershire. Also present at the meeting were David Smith and Dirk Washington who have been campaigning on the issue in...


18 JUN 2014

Pledge To Support Drowning Prevention Charity After Westminster Visit

Karen Lumley signed up to support the UK's drowning prevention charity in its work to reduce drowning and provide water safety education and lifesaving awards across the UK and Ireland. Representatives from The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) made the trip to Parliament ahead of its annual n...


14 MAY 2014

1,084 Fewer JSA Claimants In Redditch Than At The General Election

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the news that during the time she has been the Member of Parliament the number of unemployed benefit claimants in Redditch has fallen by almost half meaning more people with the dignity, security and the peace of mind of a pay packet to support themselves and ...


13 MAY 2014

Bring Back Our Girls

Earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley joined female colleagues from all parties in showing their support for the 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaign. Karen said: "I'm sure my constituents have been as appalled as I have by the events in Nigeria where young girls have been kidnapped by the Boko Haram ...


08 MAY 2014

Karen Supports Calls To Toughen Up Prison Rules

Following the high-profile abscontion of Michael Wheatley – an escaped bank robber who is now back in custody – this week, Redditch MP Karen Lumley has supported calls for tougher prison rules. The Government has already moved to end automatic early release for a small number of the m...


08 MAY 2014

Dementia Friends At PMQs

Yesterday, Redditch MP Karen Lumley, along with the Prime Minister and Parliamentary colleagues, showed her support for Dementia Friends by wearing their badge at Prime Minister's Questions. Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by the Alzheimer's Society. It is a trailblazing initiative t...


06 MAY 2014

Karen Meets With Health Minister

This afternoon Karen Lumley MP met with Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter to discuss the future of maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. The Minister agreed with Karen that all parties have got to ensure that the decision made is the right one and that enough time is taken to consi...


29 APR 2014

Karen Backs HS2 Bill

Yesterday in Parliament, Karen Lumley MP spoke and voted in favour of High Speed 2, saying that it was 'good for Redditch, good for the West Midlands and good for Britain'. MPs voted in favour of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill which gives the Government the powers required to con...


29 APR 2014

Karen Welcomes Fairer Funding In Westminster Hall Debate

Earlier today Karen Lumley, Member of Parliament for Redditch County, spoke in a Westminster Hall debate organised by Worcester MP Robin Walker on fairer funding in education. Worcestershire is one of the lowest funded local education authorities in England, ranking at 147 out of the 152 authoritie...


29 APR 2014

Economy Grows By 0.8 Per Cent

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed new figures showing that the economy grew by 0.8 per cent compared with the previous quarter and by 3.1 per cent compared with a year ago; its fastest rate in over 6 years. For the first time in a decade all three main sectors of the economy - manufacturing, se...


17 APR 2014

Unemployment And Inflation Fall; Employment And Wages Rise

Karen Lumley, Member of Parliament for Redditch County, has welcomed figures released this week showing that unemployment and inflation are continuing to fall whilst employment and wages rise. Figures today from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the number of unemployed claimants...


09 APR 2014

Karen's Comments On Expenses

Following recent events, Redditch MP Karen Lumley made the following statement: "This week the expenses scandal has raised its ugly head once again. I listened to Maria Miller apologise to the House on Thursday. It reminded me of listening in 2008 to my predecessor making a similar apology over her...


03 APR 2014

Karen Welcomes PM's Jobs Announcement

Today the Prime Minister will visit Birmingham Airport where he will celebrate the 8,000 jobs that could be created by the airports expansion. Mr Cameron is visiting the airport ahead of 4,000 jobs expected to be directly created by the runway extension and a further 4,000 in the supply chain. The...


01 APR 2014

Questioning Health Minister On Elderly Care

Earlier today in Health Questions, Karen Lumley MP asked the Secretary of State for Health about out-of-hospital care for frail elderly people. The Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt explained that under the new GP contract which starts today the Government will ensure that everybody aged 75 and over w...


01 APR 2014

Meeting With Royal Life Saving Society UK In Parliament

This afternoon Karen Lumley MP met with representatives from the Royal Life Saving Society UK to discuss the hazards of open-water. Following the tragic death of Brockhill schoolboy Richard Fellows in the River Arrow near Church Hill in Redditch, the charity contacted Karen to arrange a meeting to ...


01 APR 2014

Goodbye Atos, And Good Riddance

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed news that the Government has reached a settlement for Atos to exit the contract to deliver Work Capability Assessments before it is due to end in August 2015. Having inherited the Atos contract from Labour who appointed them, the Government has been committed t...


26 MAR 2014

PM Wishes Redditch A 50th Anniversary

Earlier today at Prime Minister's Questions, the Prime Minister responding to a question by Redditch MP Karen Lumley wished 'everybody in Redditch a very happy 50th birthday'. Karen asked if, in the week of her 50th birthday and the month of Redditch's 50th anniversary as a new town, the Prime Mini...


19 MAR 2014

Budget 2014: A Welcome Boost To Businesses In Redditch

Karen has welcomed the announcements in the Budget that will back manufacturers and businesses in Redditch and helps them to invest and export more. Measures announced in the budget to support businesses include: Cutting the cost of manufacturing by cutting the cost of energy bills for manufactu...


19 MAR 2014

Budget 2014: New Tax Cut To Make People In Redditch More Financially Secure

Karen has welcomed a new tax cut for hardworking people in Redditch. From April 2015 the personal allowance will rise to £10,500, cutting taxes for 25 million people and taking another 290,000 people out of paying income tax altogether. Rises in the personal allowance since 2010 mean that by...


19 MAR 2014

Budget 2014: Good News For Redditch Drivers, Bingo-Players, Drinkers And Theatre-Goers

Today's Budget Statement, delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne contained a number of measures to help hardworking people in Redditch. First there was a commitment that the planned fuel duty rise for September will not take place making petrol 20p lower per litre than it would...


19 MAR 2014

Budget 2014: Karen Welcomes New Measures To Back Savers In Redditch

Karen has welcomed dramatic new help announced in the Budget for savers. The Budget will help those people who want to save for a home, save for their family or save for their retirement by: • Merging the cash ISA and stocks and shares ISA into a single New ISA with an annual limit of ...


13 MAR 2014

Only Conservatives Can Deliver A Referendum On Europe

Ed Miliband yesterday effectively confirmed that if Labour are in government after the next election they will not give the British people a say on our membership of the European Union. This admission shows that the only way to get an in-out referendum on Britain's EU membership is by electing a Co...


13 MAR 2014

'Historic Announcement' on Fairer Funding

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed the statement made by Schools Minister David Laws today on Fairer Funding in education. Highlighting the 'opaque, overly complex and frankly unfair' system that the Government inherited, that previous Governments had 'failed to act' on, the Minister announced t...


12 MAR 2014

Care Bill

The main Parliamentary business of the week has been the Care Bill, an issue of particular relevance to Redditch. Please see Karen's comments here: "I met with the Save the Alex campaigners last week to listen to their concerns. I have to say I shared their concerns about the short time that any...


04 MAR 2014

Redditch MP 'Deeply Concerned' About Ukraine Situation

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has expressed concern about the ongoing political situation in Ukraine, condemning the actions of the Russian Government. The Prime Minister has been in regular contact with President Obama and they have agreed on the urgent need for de-escalation and for Russia to engage i...


27 FEB 2014

Bliss Raises Concerns About Financial Costs For Parents Of Premature And Sick Babies

Today Karen Lumley MP attended a reception organised by Bliss, the special care baby charity, which provides support to families of babies born premature and sick across the UK. A campaign has been launched with the release of their report called 'It's not a game: the very real costs of having a pr...


26 FEB 2014

Redditch MP To Discuss Maternity Care With Health Minister

During yesterday's Health Questions in the House of Commons Redditch MP Karen Lumley asked Health Minister Dr Daniel Poulter to meet with her to discuss the future of maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital. Praising Karen's 'long and distinguished record' on campaigning for services at the Ho...


19 FEB 2014

Employment Up; Unemployment Down

Karen Lumley has welcomed news that, in another sign that the Government's long-term economic plan is working, Office for National Statistics figures have shown that unemployment has continued to fall. The number of unemployed claimants in Karen's constituency in January 2014 was 1,569, 3.3% of the...


18 FEB 2014

Whole-Life Sentences Verdict 'A Victory For Common Sense'

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed a ruling by Court of Appeal judges that life can mean life, following a European Court of Human Rights decision which declared them unlawful. Delivering the ruling, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas said judges could continue to give whole-life sentences for the "...


18 FEB 2014

Karen Welcomes Fall In Inflation

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed news that UK inflation fell to 1.9% in January 2014. This is the first time the rate has fallen below the Bank of England's 2% target in more than four years. This follows other recent figures that have shown that the economy is growing, the deficit falling and...


11 FEB 2014

Karen Welcomes Apprenticeships

In Deputy Prime Minister's Questions on Tuesday, Nick Clegg joined Karen in welcoming the target set by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership of creating 10,000 new apprenticeships by 2016. If met, the targets they have set will be highly beneficial for the region. These are real jobs and...


10 FEB 2014

Redditch MP Says No To Ban On Smoking In Cars

This afternoon Redditch MP Karen Lumley will vote against an amendment to the Children and Families Bill that would ban smoking in cars when children are present. The proposed ban was put to Parliament by the Labour Party, and endorsed by the House of Lords last month. This follows a campaign by...


05 FEB 2014

Transport Select Committee US Trip

Karen is currently in the US and Canada where she is currently on a Transport Select Committee visit. Karen and her colleagues spent Monday in Toronto, Canada having meetings with officials to discuss congestion management and road infrastructure before flying into Washington on Tuesday, where they...


30 JAN 2014

Karen Calls For Action On Rural Broadband

Speaking in Culture, Media and Sport Questions earlier today Redditch MP Karen Lumley called on the Government to do more to help areas such as the Lenches and Abbots Morton in her constituency which are struggling to access superfast broadband. The Government has committed at further £250 ...


30 JAN 2014

Redditch MP Welcomes Support for High-Streets

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has spoken of her support for the work the Government is doing in relation to local shops and high-streets. As part of the Government's long-term economic plan, they are cutting taxes for small businesses to help them create more jobs, so that more families have the secur...


30 JAN 2014

Karen Calls For Tougher Line On Deportation

Later today, Redditch MP Karen Lumley will be voting in favour of an amendment to the Immigration Bill, tabled by her colleague Dominic Raab, to curb the power of judges to block deportation when foreign criminals have a family link to Britain. Karen and many of her colleagues have backed an amen...


28 JAN 2014

West Midlands Businesses To Benefit From Employment Allowance

Recent figures, revealed in answer to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Redditch MP Karen Lumley, show that in the West Midlands up to 101,000 employers will be able to benefit from the Government's Employment Allowance in 2014-15. From April 2014 every business and charity will be entitled to...


28 JAN 2014

Karen Investigates Helicopter Safety

Yesterday Redditch MP Karen Lumley along with her Transport Select Committee colleagues travelled to Aberdeen to visit helicopter firm bases in the city and take evidence at Aberdeen University from union representatives, helicopter operators and manufacturers, and representatives of Oil and Gas U...


24 JAN 2014

Business Secretary Invited to Visit Redditch Businesses

During Parliamentary Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills yesterday, Karen Lumley invited Business Secretary, Vince Cable to come to Redditch to see for himself the successful businesses in the constituency. Karen also asked the Secretary of State to join her in...


24 JAN 2014

Latest Figures Show Crime Down by 17% in West Mercia

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed news that latest figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show that between July 2010 and September 2013 crime in West Mercia fell by 17 per cent – above the national average. Published yesterday, the latest crime statistics bulletin for...


23 JAN 2014

Karen Hosts Pitcheroak School In Westminster

A group of 16-18 year olds from Pitcheroak School visited Parliament and had a tour of the Palace before meeting Karen for a question-and-answer session. A wide range of topics were raised by the students during a lively discussion, including support for children coming out of foster care, bus se...


23 JAN 2014

Youth Unemployment Continues To Fall

Redditch MP Karen Lumley has welcomed news that youth unemployment has, both nationally and in Redditch, continued to fall. According to official figures published yesterday, the number of young people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance in Redditch has fallen for the fifth consecutive month. This re...


21 JAN 2014

Karen Lumley Invites Constituents To 'Rock the House'

Founded by Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mike Weatherley MP, Parliament's largest competitions, Rock the House and Film the House, are sponsored by industry leaders and supported by celebrity Patrons. Both competitions offer the opportunity for Redditch's creatives to have t...


16 JAN 2014

Karen Asks Constituents to Suggest Transport Inquiry Topics

In her role as an elected member of the Transport Select Committee, Karen Lumley MP is inviting her Redditch constituents to suggest subjects for inquiries to take place later in the year. Topics should relate to the work of the Department for Transport or one of its related bodies, such as the H...


16 JAN 2014

Holocaust Memorial Day

Marking Holocaust Memorial Day this week, Redditch MP Karen Lumley signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, honouring both those who died and the extraordinary survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured. Monday 27th Ja...


15 JAN 2014

Karen Becomes A Dementia Friend

Redditch MP Karen Lumley took a key step towards helping end the stigma surrounding dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend. Karen joined a group of MPs and Peers from across the country for a Dementia Friends session in Parliament. Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by the Alzheimer...


07 JAN 2014

Karen Questions Airport Chiefs

Karen took part in a lively Transport Select Committee hearing on winter resilience and the travel issues over the Christmas period. Taking evidence from representatives from Gatwick Airport and easyJet alongside her committee colleagues, Karen raised questions on operational staffing issues an...


06 JAN 2014

Karen Champions Redditch Schools

Speaking in Education Questions earlier today, Redditch MP Karen Lumley brought to the attention of the Education Minister David Laws, who visited the constituency towards the end of last year, the great work of two local schools. During oral questions in Parliament Karen took the opportunity to con...


19 DEC 2013

Unemployment in Redditch Below 3%

The number of unemployed claimants in Redditch constituency in November 2013 was 1,372. This represents a rate of 2.9%, well below the national and regional average. This is almost 500 people lower than this time last year. Karen said: "Seeing unemployment in Redditch fall below 3% is absolutely ...


19 DEC 2013

Transport Minister Proposes "Lumley Junction"

Karen attended Transport Questions where she asked Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill about the possible renaming of Birmingham International station, and whether this could take place prior to the development of HS2. Welcoming her 'sensible suggestion', the Minister went on to say that 'Lumley Jun...


17 DEC 2013

Karen Responds to the Davies Report on the Future of UK Aviation

Karen Lumley MP today commented on the Davies report which has made proposals on the future of UK aviation. The main proposals include: A new runway at Gatwick Airport more than 3,000m in length. However, Gatwick Airport have publicly said they will not build a second runway if Heathrow is also al...


11 DEC 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron Gets a Redditch Monopoly Game

Karen along with Diamond Buses Commercial Graduate Sarah Lewis was delighted to present the Prime Minister, David Cameron, with a copy of the Redditch Monopoly Board and a copy of his favourite music record, sent by Vintage Trax in Redditch. Karen said: "I was absolutely delighted to hand the Pri...


10 DEC 2013

Nelson Mandela

"Neslon Mandela was a great player on the world stage and he brought with him humility and courage. He will be sadly missed and my thoughts are with his family at this very sad time." Karen signed the Book of Condolences.


10 DEC 2013

Christmas Cushions

Karen visited the Inkberrow Design Centre and met "Friday Designers" Myra Burton, Marie Frascina and Lyn Perkins. The Friday Designers came to the Old Needle Works from a Redditch Borough Council Community Grant. They were able to complete a City & Guilds Level 1 Course in Fashion. The Friday...


10 DEC 2013

Oasis Toy Bank

Oasis Christian Centre is working with Redditch Borough Council and the Winning Winyates project to provide food hampers and brand new toys to families who find themselves in extremely difficult financial circumstances this Christmas. The centre hopes to help over 100 families in Redditch during ...


05 DEC 2013

Karen Lumley MP Welcomes the Chancellor's Long-Term Economic Plan

Karen Lumley MP has today welcomed the Autumn Statement, which sets out the next steps in the Government's long-term economic plan. Karen has also welcomed measures in the Autumn Statement to help hardworking people in Redditch. Karen said: "There is good news for people in Redditch in the Autumn...


04 DEC 2013

Severn Trent Announce Price Limits and Investment

Severn Trent has announced it will be delivering lower prices in real terms from 2015 onwards.  The plan covers the time period 2015-2020. There will be a freeze in prices from 2015 and prices will then be limited for the 4 years after that to 0.2% below inflation. Severn Trent will also increase...


02 DEC 2013

Karen Lumley MP Warns of Deadly Carbon Monoxide Risk

Karen Lumley MP has urged Redditch residents to protect themselves against the deadly threat of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. New research from the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign has found that 35 million households in the UK could be at risk of poisoning they don't have an alarm in their home ...


02 DEC 2013

Drop in British Gas Prices

Karen responded to the news that British Gas has announced it is reducing average household energy prices by 3.2%. Gas prices will reduce on average by 3.2% and electricity prices will also reduce on average by 3.2%. The price reduction will come into effect on 1 January 2014, will apply to all c...


27 NOV 2013

Save Our Soldiers Christmas Parcel Appeal

As part of the Save Our Soldiers Christmas Parcel Appeal, which is now in its 10th Year, Karen has donated her shoebox packed full of festive goodies for the brave soldiers who will be serving during the Christmas period.


27 NOV 2013

Karen Lumley MP Backs Campaign to Get Local School Children Talking and Learning About Money

Redditch schools are urged to take part in charity's free new scheme.  Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, has called for local schools to get their pupils talking and learning about money, as part of a charity's new campaign to help improve the financial capability of young people. Every primary and sec...


18 NOV 2013

Carbon Monoxide Awareness

Don't let your loved ones fall victim to this silent killer.  Lynn Griffiths, the founder of the Carbon Monoxide Awareness charity launched the charity's 8th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week at the House of Lords.  The mother-of-four set up the charity over eight years ago, after she and her ...


14 NOV 2013

Unemployment In Redditch Down To 3.1%

The number of unemployed claimants in Redditch constituency in September 2013 was 1,459. This represents a rate of 3.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, well below the national and regional average. Karen said today: "I very much welcome the steep fall in the number of JSA cla...


06 NOV 2013

Karen Lumley MP Calls for Formal Recognition for War Heroes

[caption id="attachment_7018" align="alignright" width="200"] Courtesy HMGPublic Domain Images[/caption] Karen Lumley MP has given her full support to the campaign to provide formal recognition to those who worked in the manufacture of munitions during the two world wars. Well over a million p...


05 NOV 2013

Karen Lumley MP Celebrates 150 Years of Football in England

The Football Association celebrated its 150th anniversary and, with the First Round of The FA Cup approaching, Karen Lumley MP took the opportunity to get her hands on The FA Cup. Karen who was photographed at the event with The FA Cup, said: "Football has come such a long way since that first me...


26 OCT 2013

GDP Grows Again

GDP growth for the third quarter of 2013 was 0.8% which means that the UK is growing faster than it has in three years. Today's figures build on the 0.7% growth seen in the second quarter. Karen said: "I am very pleased that Britain is growing as its fastest rate in three years. This shows that B...


22 OCT 2013

MPs Call for Rethink on Fire Service Resourcing

[caption id="attachment_6967" align="alignleft" width="300"] Courtesy Hereford & Worcester Fire[/caption] Worcestershire MPs have written to Fire Authority chairman Derek Prodger calling for a re-think on plans to re-configure front line fire services across the county. The MPs attended a ...


17 OCT 2013

Unemployment in Redditch Down to 3.3%

The number of unemployed claimants in Redditch constituency in September 2013 was 1,596. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, well below the national and regional average. Karen said: "I very much welcome the steep fall in the number of JSA claimants...


30 SEP 2013

Palestinian Teachers

Karen was delighted to meet with Palestinian teachers and Woodrow First School teachers at Worcester Cathedral as part of an exchange project organised by the Qattan Foundation. The Qattan Foundation seeks to "invest in people and to provide a fertile cultural soil upon which they can build their l...


30 SEP 2013

Lottery Supports Worcestershire World War 100 Project to Mark Centenary

Communities from across Worcestershire will become involved in uncovering more about how the First World War impacted on every town, village and family across the county thanks to funding confirmed today by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The £353,200 grant will enable the Worcestershire A...


16 SEP 2013

Karen Makes Pledge in the Fight Against Dementia

Karen joined 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer's Society in Portcullis House, Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers. Karen pledged to help make Redditch dementia friendly so people with dementia can...


31 AUG 2013

Syria Vote

Dear Constituents I think that I should update you on the very emotive issue of Syria. In June I wrote to the Prime Minister about the deteriorating situation in Syria and to express my view that there should be a Parliamentary debate and a vote on the issue. I am pleased that the Prime Min...


16 AUG 2013

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14 AUG 2013

The Essence of Bengal Restaurant Runner Up for Tiffin Cup

Karen is shown with Amin Islam at The Essence of Bengal offering congratulations on the Redditch Indian restaurant's success in finishing runner-up in this year's Tiffin Cup. Now in its eighth year, the competition celebrates the best of South Asian cuisine. Karen said "I am delighted that The Es...


14 AUG 2013

Alzheimer's Society

Karen was delighted to attend the Alzheimer Society which is organised every week by local champion, Jan Little. These gatherings are held to provide support for those suffering from dementia. Karen said "The work Jan does is absolutely excellent in terms of providing support, comfort and friends...


02 JUL 2013

Press Release: Karen Lumley MP Welcomes Potential £65 Average Saving on Energy Bills for Homes in Redditch

Karen has welcomed news today that 1,139 households in her constituency are already benefiting from increased control over energy bills through British Gas smart meters, with average annual savings of £65 per household. Smart meters mean for the first time, households can see how much gas a...


02 JUL 2013

Press Release: Tiffin Cup

Karen is pleased to announce that Redditch Indian restaurant "The Essence of Bengal" has finished runner-up in this year's Tiffin Cup. Now in its eighth year, the competition celebrates the best of South Asian cuisine and in conjunction with The Redditch Standard Karen invited readers to name their ...


01 JUL 2013

Snippet: Ridgeway Middle School Visits Parliament

Karen recently invited students from Ridgeway Middle School to come to Westminster to develop a greater understanding of how Parliament works and what is involved in a day in the life of a Member of Parliament. Karen took part in several question and answer sessions and was quizzed on a range of...


13 JUN 2013

Press Release: Unemployment In Redditch Down To 3.8%

Unemployment in Redditch is down to 3.8%. The number of JSA claimants has also fallen and is now 157 lower than in May 2012 and 114 lower than in April 2013. Karen said today: "I welcome the news that there has been a fall in the number of JSA claimants in Redditch and that unemployment is now be...


12 JUN 2013

Press Release: Karen Says "Help Us Win Historic EU Vote"

Karen Lumley MP is urging people from Redditch to help the Conservatives in their bid to secure the first EU referendum in 40 years. This follows news that the Prime Minister has launched a new campaign website, www.LetBritainDecide.com, which makes it simple for people to join the campaign to ba...


10 JUN 2013

Press Release: Karen Welcomes Greater Say for Local Communities Over Wind Farms

Changes introduced by Conservatives today will give people a much greater say over wind farms in their communities, shifting the balance of power to local communities in deciding whether to agree to onshore wind proposals. ·        People to have much earlier and better involvement in turbine plans...


07 JUN 2013

Press Release: Fairer Funding

Local Authorities get extra flexibility to help small schools but fair funding still some way off Karen Lumley MP member of the f40 group has warmly welcomed the announcement this week of changes to the local funding formula which will allow education authorities greater flexibility to set di...


03 JUN 2013

Snippet: Woodrow First at Westminster

Karen invited students from Woodrow First School to come to Westminster to develop a greater understanding of how Parliament works and what is involved in a day in the life of a Member of Parliament. Karen took part in four question and answer sessions and was asked a range of questions from how an ...


28 MAY 2013

Press Release: Disabled Access to Transport

Karen is pictured with Jean Cribdon, Anita Clayton, and Stacy Everill as she went around Redditch on the Number 58 bus as part of her work as a member of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee. The Committee is looking at how travelling on public transport could be made easier for those wit...


13 MAY 2013

Snippet: CAMRA at the Commons

Karen is pictured with Brett Laniosh, CAMRA National Director attending the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Parliamentary Reception in the Terrace Pavilion at the Houses of Parliament. Karen is a member of CAMRA and played an active role in a parliamentary campaign to cut beer tax during the last budg...


29 APR 2013

Press Release: Drop in Local Crime Clear Sign Police Reforms are Working

Local MP Karen Lumley has given a warm welcome to news that recorded crime in West Mercia has fallen over the last twelve months. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that recorded crime in West Mercia fell by 11%. Karen said: 'The news that crime is falling in ...


09 APR 2013

Snippet: East Midlands Airport

Karen visited East Midlands Airport as part of her role on the Transport Select Committee to see night time freight operations. It is one of the biggest freight operators in Europe and employs thousands of people in the Midlands. Karen said "The visit was fascinating. East Midlands Airport em...


03 APR 2013

Press Release: Karen Lumley MP Pledges to End the Institutionalisation of Children

Karen pledged to support efforts to end the institutional care of children globally and ensure that all children have the opportunity to grow up in a family at an event held recently in the Houses of Parliament hosted by international charity Hope and Homes for Children. Shockingly, it is estimat...


27 MAR 2013

Press Release: UK-Ukraine Relations

Karen met with the Leader of the UDAR Party and the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World Vitali Klitschko. Mr Klitschko was in Parliament as part of a tour of Europe and the United States to promote democracy and anti-corruption. Karen as a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group with ...


20 MAR 2013

Snippet: BUDGET - Scrapping of the Beer Duty Escalator

Karen Lumley MP and member of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) recently visited several pubs in Redditch. First visiting the The Wheelbarrow Castle in Inkberrow and The Mayfly pub in Redditch to discuss the beer duty escalator and how this impacts on local pubs. In today's budget the Chancell...


20 MAR 2013

Press Release: Karen Lumley - On the Budget

Karen is pleased to welcome the measures in the Budget which see the creation of a new employment allowance and increased personal allowance threshold to £10,000 helping those who are doing the right thing. The new Employment Allowance introduced by the Government will take £2,000 off...


19 MAR 2013

Press Release: Support for Childcare

Karen today welcomes the Government's support package for Childcare. Under the plan, parents will be eligible to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs up to £6,000 a year. David Cameron described it as "a boost direct to the pockets of hardworking families in one of the biggest measures ...


19 MAR 2013

Press Release: New Funding for School Sport

Karen announced new funding for school sport and PE worth £150m a year for the next two years. The funding includes lump sums for schools - a typical primary school with 250 primary-aged pupils would receive £9,250 per year, the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher o...


18 MAR 2013

Snippet: Karen Meets Redditch Special Olympics Skier

Karen recently met with Special Olympics Skier Clare Lines. Clare, who lives in Redditch recently returned home from the World Winter Games held in PyeongChang, South Korea where she won two bronze medals. Karen has been a patron of Special Olympics Redditch for many years and was delighted to hear ...


06 MAR 2013

Press Release: Young Maldivians Visit

Karen was delighted to meet with a delegation of young Maldivians aged 16-21 in Westminster recently as part of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association programme aimed at deepening the participants' knowledge and understanding of democracy, youth leadership, social justice and community work. Kar...


05 MAR 2013

Press Release: Karen Hails the Contribution of Green Business in Climate Week

Karen Lumley MP for Redditch has hailed the contribution of Green Business to the local economy in her message for Climate Week 2013. Climate Week is Britain's biggest climate change campaign culminating in a week of activities, which showcases practical solutions to the problems arising from cli...


20 FEB 2013

Press Release: Financial Education for Young People

Karen Lumley MP, Member of the APPG on Financial Education for Young People welcomes the Government's plan to introduce financial education to the school curriculum. The new curriculum will see elements of personal finance included in both mathematics and citizenship education. Karen said: "I ...


19 FEB 2013

Snippet: Karen Backs Responsible Advertising

Success! Karen has been campaigning for the past few weeks against the unnecessary move to ban advertising boards for shops on Unicorn Hill. Karen is delighted to announce that the Redditch Borough Council have backed down and in the future businesses will be able to keep their advertising board...


18 FEB 2013

Press Release: Local MP Karen Lumley Backs Conservative Action to Tackle Metal Theft

Local MP Karen Lumley has welcomed a new law which will reform the scrap metal industry and tackle the scourge of metal theft. The Scrap Metal Dealers Bill was taken through Parliament by a Conservative MP with support from the Government and this week passed its final stage in the House of Lords ...


08 FEB 2013

Press Release: HS2 Will Be An Engine For Growth In Redditch

Karen Lumley MP for Redditch welcomed the next phase of the High Speed rail link, which will connect Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds. High Speed 2 underlines the government's absolute commitment to investing in the infrastructure that Britain needs to compete and succeed in the global economy. ...


06 FEB 2013

Snippet: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Karen Lumley MP for Redditch County explained her voting decision on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: I appreciate that this important issue raises strong and genuinely held opinions from both sides of the debate. This is a decision over which I have agonised long and hard, listening to ...


05 FEB 2013

Snippet: Crime Map: Draw Your Own

A new online tool which allows local people to check on the safety of their estate, village, or route to work has been welcomed by local MP Karen Lumley. Users can make their own personalised crime maps. The new 'Draw Your Own Area' function celebrates the two-year anniversary of the successful P...


05 FEB 2013

Press Release: New Homes Bonus Allocation

Karen has received a letter from planning minister Mark Prisk MP detailing the good news that Wychavon Council will receive an allocation of over £1 million to build more new homes. The bonus is based on the Council Tax of additional homes and those brought back into use, with a premium for...


22 JAN 2013

Press Release: Karen Lumley MP Urges Local Primary Schools to "Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe

MPs and e-skills UK have launched the seventh year of the Make IT Happy competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for middle school students aged 9 to 11. The competition is run by the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council f...


22 JAN 2013

Press Release: Redditch MP Creates Buzz About Bee Decline

Redditch MP Karen Lumley joined a giant bumble bee and campaigners from the environment charity Friends of the Earth to draw attention to the alarming decline in UK bee numbers. Karen Lumley was one of more than 125 MPs to show their support for Britain's threatened bees. Last year Friends of the...


18 JAN 2013

Press Release: Algeria

Karen asked the Prime Minister about stepping up security in Algeria and other African countries after the terrible situation in Algeria. Her husband, Richard, worked in the oil industry in Algeria for years – on a base not too far away from the one that was attacked. Karen said: "It is vit...


15 JAN 2013

Press Release: Karen Signs Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment

Karen Lumley MP signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons, in doing so pledging Redditch's commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust. Sunday January 27th will mark the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi concent...


15 JAN 2013

Press Release: Cold Weather Payments Triggered

Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather. To 'trigger' the payments, the average temperature at a specified we...


10 JAN 2013

Press Release: Schools Autism Challenge

Karen Lumley MP for Redditch is supporting a nationwide charity challenge to help raise awareness of issues affecting pupils with autism and is calling on all local schools to take part. The Anderson Schools Challenge is a joint campaign between The National Autistic Society (NAS) and the Anderso...


07 JAN 2013

Snippet: CAMRA

Karen is pictured with Paul Richards from Redditch and Bromsgrove CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) when they met recently in Westminster to discuss CAMRA's aim to scrap the beer tax escalator which sees tax on beer, increase by 2% above inflation every year. Karen said "I was pleased to meet with Pa...



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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