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In 2008 Philip wrote over 8,000 letters to, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                WEATHERING THE
                                                                                                                 Philip Dunne MP
on behalf of, local residents. He occasionally
receives a note of thanks. Below are extracts
from letters or emails which Philip has received
since the summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ECONOMIC STORM
                                                                          oldest veteran

  “...We are thrilled to be able to tell you that we                                                                                                                                                                                            January 2009
  heard by telephone today that the Learning and
  Skills Council have agreed to fund... We cannot                                                                                                                                                           Dear Resident
  tell you how much this means to us. He has not                                                                 Let Philip know your views by completing his surveys on-line at:
  stopped talking about the college. May we take
  this opportunity to thank you for your support and
  to tell you how much we appreciated your
                                                                                                                                                                                We are now officially in a recession. So much
                                                                                                                                                                                                            for the end of Boom and Bust.

                                                                                                                 LISTENING TO YOU...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            In these uncertain times I am doing what I
                                Mr C.M., Bridgnorth                                                                                                                                                         can to support measures that I judge will help
                                                                                                                 Philip Dunne is always keen to hear the views of his constituents.                         keep Britain and Shropshire working. I see it
                                                                                                                 To this end, he often carries out surveys if a specific group of people                    as my responsibility to point out the pitfalls
                         of the 7th November
  “Thanks for your reply Change Bill... Its good                                                                 are affected by a particular Government policy. He then uses the                           when I believe Government moves are
  regarding the Climate myself, obviously                                                                                                                                                                   misguided.
  to have an MP who, like will leave our                                                                         results in the House of Commons to inform Ministers of what is
  cares about the legacy
                           we                                                                                    really happening on the ground in the Ludlow constituency. If you                          I receive evidence every day of pressures by
   children/grandchildren.”         Mr D.L.,
                                                                          Thanking                               have an issue you would like Philip to pursue through a survey on                          the banks on the small business lifeblood of
                                    Much                                  card designer                          a topic of particular interest, do get in touch.                                           our economy.

                                                                                                                   Tell Philip
                                                                                                                                                                                                            There have thankfully been relatively few tales
                                                                                                                                                                                                            of individual woe, so far. But as unemployment
       “Thank you for your letter of 18th September                                                                                                                                                         rises and the spectre of negative equity looms,
       in reply to mine on the situation with my
       pensions. As always your reply is helpful and                                                                                                                                                        I suspect 2009 will be the year when the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            recession bites in Shropshire.


    Mr J.N., Church Stretton                                                                                                                                                                                All is not bleak. The largest employers in both
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bridgnorth and Ludlow are planning to expand.
                                         my ongoing
                        August regarding
   “...I wrote to you in P to obtain a Funeral Grant
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have sought to find out how my constituents
   battle with the D ess, and I received your very                                                                 PHILIP undertook three ‘Philip’s Panel’                                                  are faring and their hopes and fears for the
   but with no succ of 28th August. It seems your                                                                  questionnaires last year to gauge Ludlow                                                 future. This Westminster Report includes
    comforting letter eeded beyond my                                                                                                                                                                       answers to my latest online survey which I
    efforts have succ so very grateful for you                                                                     constituents views on a wide range of issues.                                            hope you find of interest.
    expectations... I r.”                                                                                          He believes it is important for individuals to take
    help in this matte                                                                                             part in these regular surveys so that he can                                             In Parliament I was appointed an Assistant
                                Ms R.T., Ludlow                                                                    represent them effectively in Westminster.                                               Opposition Whip in October. This means I
                                                                                                                       They have been particularly useful        the importance of helping families and     have had to relinquish my roles on both the
   “Marvellous!... my driving licence duly arrived                                                                                                                                                          Treasury Select Committee and the Public
                                                                                                                   in informing Philip of local views ahead      small businesses through the current       Accounts Committee, both of which have
   amended with my new address, last Saturday                                              Supporting Bishop’s     of important votes in the House of            economic downturn.
   - after 6+ months, largely, I’m sure due to                                             Castle Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                            helped me help you, so I shall miss them.
   your intervention - or folk in your constituency                                        Hospital
                                                                                                                   Commons; including some of the                    You can join Philip’s Panel by
   office here in Ludlow...”                                                                                       ethical issues around the Human               registering at         But as a Whip I shall continue to hold Ministers
                                           Mr B.D., Ludlow                                                         Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, for        Everyone who takes part will receive       to account in the House of Commons. So
                                                                                                                   example where nearly 64% of those             feedback showing the results and each      please let me know of problems where I can
                                                                                                                   responding were in favour of a child          quarter Philip makes a modest donation     help.
   “As a constituent - though not one
   voted for you! - I find it refreshing who has                                                                   retaining the right to identify their         to a charity of local interest chosen by
   my MP is listening and attentive. to know that                                                                  biological father.                            the participants. The most recent
   again.”                              Thanks                                                                         Philip will use the results of the most   survey voted to support the Lingen
                                                                                                                   recent Economic survey to press home          Davies Cancer Appeal.
       Mr G.H.,

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Shropshire SY8 1GP and paid for from his Communications Allowance.
Printed by St Leonards Press, Corve Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1DL
                                                                                                 Economic Downturn                                                                          Public debt
                           SURVEY                                                                PHILIP recently carried out an online survey of
                                                                                                 opinions on the economic downturn. He is
                                                                                                 increasingly using his established online survey                                           PHILIP responded to the
                                                                                                 network to gain a better understanding of local concerns.                                  Government’s Pre-Budget Report
In the last edition of my Westminster                                                               The survey tapped respondents’ feelings about the prospects for the British economy     by warning that we face higher
Report I asked some questions of local                                                           and labour markets and how their personal economic position will fare in the coming        taxes and record levels of public
interest, the replies to which are listed                                                        months as we officially enter a recession. 99 per cent believed the economy was ‘Likely’   debt in the coming years.
below.                                                                                           or ‘Very likely’ to enter a recession.                                                     National debt will double to
                                                                                                     All respondents expect unemployment to rise with three quarters expecting              £1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion
Many thanks to all who found the time                                                            unemployment to ‘Rise a lot’. 74 per cent of respondents think their household income      pounds), forcing even higher
to complete and return the survey to                                                             will weaken over the coming 12 months, whilst over 80 per cent expect household bills      taxes to pay back the nation’s
me. It is a great help for me to know                                                            will rise. Over 50 per cent were concerned about job losses within their family and        overdraft.
the strength of feeling of those whom I                                                          almost 50 per cent reported being worried about the safety of their money in banks or          This is equivalent to £30,000 per
am honoured to represent.                                                                        building societies.                                                                        taxpayer in Shropshire. Philip
                                                                                                     38 per cent hold The British Government responsible for the weakening economy          is concerned that this will take years    Challenging the Prime
   Should detention without charge be                                                            and 35 per cent Bankers.                                                                   to pay off, saddling future generations   Minister over the economy
   extended from 28 to 42 days? YES 44%                                                                                                                                                     with debt and leaving the country
                                                            NO 47%                                     A selection of questions and your responses are illustrated:                         exposed, should the recession last longer than expected.
                                                    DON’T KNOW  9%                                                                                                                              We urgently need action to get lending going and to protect jobs. Philip has called for
                                                                                                                How do you expect your household income to                                  the Government to adopt a National Loan Guarantee Scheme to help keep Shropshire
   Should more speed limits be introduced                                                                       be affected over the next 12 months?                                        working.
   on Shropshire’s main roads through
   villages?                     YES 75%                                                                                                               52%                                                                                    Working to help save
                                                            NO 23%                                                                                                                                                                            primary schools, seen here
                                                    DON’T KNOW  2%                                                                                                                                                                            at Lydbury North school
   Do you think Shropshire gets fair funding                                                                                               21%                      22%
   from central government?      YES      2%
                                                            NO 80%
                                                    DON’T KNOW 18%                                            Improve      Improve        No change    Weaken      Weaken

                                                                                                                a lot       a little                   a little     a lot

                                                                                                                Do you think your own household bills will

                                                                                                                rise or fall over the next year?
                                                                                                              42%           42%
                                                                                                                                                                                            THE pattern of primary school provision in Shropshire is being reviewed
                                                                                                                                                                                            by an Independent Policy Commission due to report this summer. Philip
                                                                                                                                           10%          6%                                  has presented evidence to this Commission arguing for village primary
 Is it right to spend our way out of recession if it means
                                                                                                                                                                     0%                     schools to be retained.
 doubling the national debt over the next four years?                                                                                                                                           The campaign to keep Lydbury North and Clunbury primary schools open has succeeded.
                                     YES           NO           DON’T KNOW                                   Rise a lot   Rise a bit      Remain at   Fall a bit   Fall a lot
                                                                                                                                            these                                           The schools at Ashford Carbonnel and Caynham are due to merge into a new school site.
 Do you think taxes will have to be raised by a future                                                                                      levels                                              Plans have been finalised for a completely new William Brookes secondary school with
 government to pay off debt?                                                                                                                                                                community sports and leisure facilities in Much Wenlock which should be on stream in time
                                                                                                                Are you worried about possible job losses                                   for the London 2012 Olympics.
                                     YES           NO           DON’T KNOW
                                                                                                                for you or members of your family

                                                                                                                                                                                            Post Office
 Are you concerned about the prospect of job losses for
 yourself or for your family?                                                                                               33%
                                                                     YES           NO
                                                                                                              19%                                      18%
                                                                                                                                                                     5%                     Card Account
                                                                                                             Yes, very    Yes, a little     Not
                                                                                                                                                      Not really   Not at all
                                                                                                                Who do you hold responsible for the                                         PHILIP received over 1,000 postcards
                                                                                                                weakening economy?                                                          from local people keen to keep the
                                                                                                              38%                                                                           Post Office Card Account which has
                                                                                                                            35%                                                             proved so popular in paying pensions
                                                                                                                                                                                            and benefits through Post Offices.
                                                                                                                                                                                               The good news is that after nine months of
                                                                                                                                                       14%                                  uncertainty, the Government finally agreed in
                                                                                                                                                                     4%                     November to scrap the tender process and to
                                                                                                                                                                                            give the Post Office another five years to run
                                                                                                              British      Bankers           US        Others        Don’t                  and improve their card.
 • The information provided is for the use of Philip Dunne MP                                               Government                     housing                   know                      Local Post Offices and their customers have
 and his office only. The information provided will not be passed                                                                          market                                           been through the mill this past 12 months. They
 to a third party or any other organisation.
                                                                                                                                                                                            now need to be allowed to get on with doing       Opening a small, but new, Post-Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 at Bourton
  Promoted on his own behalf by Philip Dunne MP, 54 Broad Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1GP
   and paid for from his Communications Allowance. Printed by St Leonards Press, Corve Street,
                                 Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1DL                                                                                                                                 their job.

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