Westminster News

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 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

Michael Opens the London Stock Exchange!

Trillions of pounds of stocks are traded every day at the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 8.00am precisely I officially opened the trading for that day for the London stock market.

Michael the Minister Quizzed by the House

On the 21st June 2018 I took part in a question and answer session in the House of Commons for Ministers in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of which I am one.