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Michael Supports Local Disability Confident Scheme

I have long been a supporter of initiatives to help people with disabilities and health conditions into employment.

Recent figures show record numbers of people in employment, in fact the best since the 1970’s.

Michael Places Temporary Export Ban on Charles Dickens’ Table

In my capacity as the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism I have recently placed a temporary Export Bar blocking a William IV mahogany table from leaving the country following an application to export it after it was bought at auction in December 2017 at Christie’s.

Michael’s MP Expenses Explained

The independent body which monitors MP’s expenses (IPSA) releases the annual summary of expense accounts of each Member of Parliament on an annual basis. Soon afterwards I give an update on my own overall figures in an edition of my fortnightly E-Newsletter.

Michael Opens Tower Bridge!

It was a very early start on Monday, 16th July 2018. I met officials at London’s famous Tower Bridge at 5.00am in order to have the honour and pleasure of operating the controls to raise Tower Bridge to let a large cruise ship through.

Michael Supports Retail in Northampton

As part of Great British High Street week I visited several retail stores in Northampton. I went to Weston Favell Shopping Centre and St Giles’s Street to meet shopkeepers and show my support for British retail.

Michael Discusses Libraries with Key Figures

I recently attended a libraries roundtable meeting with numerous key stakeholders in the libraries sector including the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the CEO of the British Library and the co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Libraries, as w