Employment numbers continue to break records

Damian welcomes the latest ONS employment numbers that show a record 31.77 million people are now in work - an increase of 2.7 million since 2010 – with the unemployment rate holding at 4.9 per cent; the lowest rate for over a decade.

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Discussions with the local NFU

Damian had a good and useful discussion with representatives of the local NFU, considering the outlook for farming and hopes for the sector post Brexit on trade, agricultural policy and labour supply.

Catching up with Energy Alton

Damian had the pleasure to catch up with John Hubbard, Eleanor Hill and Jenny Griffiths from Energy Alton at Alton Library and get an update on the great work they do in promoting energy efficiency, as well as seeing the latest readout from the solar panels at the library.

Visit to Eggar's School

Damian paid a visit to Eggar's School in Holybourne last week and was shown around by Head Teacher Mr Sullivan.

TAG start new consultation on revised flightpath

Although the CAA has yet to make a final decision, TAG is now holding a further consultation on an amended part of their Airspace Change Proposal (ACP), which makes changes to a flightpath across the South Downs National Park, over Midhurst and Milland and up above Liphook.

Record-breaking levels of inward investment

Damian comments on the recently published numbers for foreign direct investment in the UK, with Britain benefiting from record-breaking levels in the last year, with a total of 2,213 projects secured across the country, creating or safeguarding around 116,000 jobs as a result - the second highest

Latest column in the Petersfield Post

You never forget the moment you find out how you’ve done in major exams, whether it was opening a letter, reading results on a board at school or even receiving a phone call from a parent.

Column in Petersfield Post focuses on tourism

The theme for Damian's column this month in the Petersfield Post honours the literary heritge of East Hampshire, with details of six published walks that enable people to follow in the footsteps of the famous writers who visited and lived in the District.

Damian appointed Minister of Employment

In last week's reshuffle, Damian was appointed to the position of Minister of State for Employment, in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Damian will be reporting to new DWP Secretary of State, Damian Green.