With PM’s po­si­tion se­cure, there are im­por­tant money mat­ters to ad­dress

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS -

CHRIST­MAS is my favourite time of year. It’s al­ways lovely to have the op­por­tu­nity to spend some qual­ity time with my wife and our com­mu­nity.

It’s also a time for some re­ally spe­cial church ser­vices. I es­pe­cially en­joyed the nine les­sons and car­ols ser­vice at St Alphege Church, and join­ing Bishop Dr David Carr at the Re­newal Chris­tian Cen­tre.

One thing which has re­ally struck me from speak­ing to lo­cal res­i­dents is how very sup­port­ive they have been of Theresa May.

Whilst too many in West­min­ster get car­ried away with sto­ries of plots and con­flict, I think a great ma­jor­ity recog­nise that the Prime Min­is­ter is work­ing very hard to hon­our the re­sult of the ref­er­en­dum and de­liver a Brexit deal which pro­tects the in­ter­ests of our ex­porters and em­ploy­ers.

I was pleased to cast my vote in her favour dur­ing last week’s lead­er­ship chal­lenge, and I hope that my par­lia­men­tary col­leagues will now pull to­gether and fo­cus on the many im­por­tant tasks fac­ing the Govern­ment.

Last week I had the op­por­tu­nity to ask the Prime Min­is­ter per­son­ally about just one of these: the distri­bu­tion of 34,000 copies of Your Money Mat­ters, a new fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion text­book, to ev­ery sec­ondary school in the land.

This fan­tas­tic new re­source, funded by Martin Lewis of MoneySav­ingEx­pert. com and backed by the Young Money or­gan­i­sa­tion, will help teach­ers pro­vide their pupils with a firm grasp of the skills needed to be fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent.

As chair­man of the All- Party Par­lia­men­tary Group on Fi­nan­cial Ed­u­ca­tion for Young Peo­ple, this project has been a per­sonal pri­or­ity of mine over the past year.

Both in my pre­vi­ous ca­reer as a per­sonal fi­nance jour­nal­ist and in my cam­paigns against fraud as an MP, I have seen first- hand how lack­ing these skills makes peo­ple more vul­ner­a­ble, and can have a huge im­pact on their life chances.

I was very pleased that the Prime Min­is­ter of­fered this project her per­sonal sup­port, and I hope to con­tinue this im­por­tant work in the New Year.

Fi­nally, let me close by wish­ing one and all of you a very merry Christ­mas!

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