New role for former Worcestershire Labour MEP

Former Labour MEP Dr Simon Murphy

Former Labour MEP Dr Simon Murphy

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Malvern Gazette: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A FORMER Labour MEP for Worcestershire has been appointed to a key role at the heart of a body tasked with improving the county.

Dr Simon Murphy, who tried to become the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia in 2012, has been appointed to the board of Worcestershire's Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The former politician was an MEP between 1994 and 2004, lives in Worcester and has strong ties with the city as the current interim CEO of the community trust.

The LEP is being handed £47 million over the next five years from the Government to help improve Worcestershire.

The cash has come from a £2 billion deal known as the growth fund.

It includes finally building Worcestershire Parkway rail station, part-dualling of the A4440 Southern Link Road and £700,000 on flooding protection for New Road.

Dr Murphy's appointment is one of three new arrivals on the board - chairman of Sanctuary Housing Nick Baldwin and Chris Walklett, a partner at Bishop Fleming have also secured places on it.

Peter Pawsey, Worcestershire LEP chairman, said: "As the LEP enters a new phase with a greater focus on delivery of projects funded through the growth deal, I am confident our newly constituted board will not only be fit for purpose but also revitalised with fresh ideas, skills and energy.

"As we move forward we recognise that these are very positive and exciting times for Worcestershire.”

Dr Murphy lost out to current Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore in 2012, despite getting 25 per cent of the overall vote for Labour.

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7:24pm Wed 3 Sep 14

alanquattro says...

This is how our taxes are being thrown away. Failed politicians being awarded jobs for the boys.
This is how our taxes are being thrown away. Failed politicians being awarded jobs for the boys. alanquattro
  • Score: 7

8:35pm Wed 3 Sep 14

dulon says...

Just where were these positions advertised ?
How many people were interviewed ?
Who is responsible or the appointments ?
It appears to me that this is just another quango that will swallow up our scant resources and fade away . What is the point apart from 'jobs for the boys' ? We already have 'development' officers etc is this just another way of employing the unemployable ?
Just where were these positions advertised ? How many people were interviewed ? Who is responsible or the appointments ? It appears to me that this is just another quango that will swallow up our scant resources and fade away . What is the point apart from 'jobs for the boys' ? We already have 'development' officers etc is this just another way of employing the unemployable ? dulon
  • Score: 8

8:37pm Wed 3 Sep 14

denon says...

Like you I thought the job was paid. Just looked up the job it's unpaid .
Like you I thought the job was paid. Just looked up the job it's unpaid . denon
  • Score: 5

8:44pm Wed 3 Sep 14

3thinker says...

denon wrote:
Like you I thought the job was paid. Just looked up the job it's unpaid .
Politics aside Simon Murphy is a safe pair of hands and I'm sure will be a real asset to the Board.
[quote][p][bold]denon[/bold] wrote: Like you I thought the job was paid. Just looked up the job it's unpaid .[/p][/quote]Politics aside Simon Murphy is a safe pair of hands and I'm sure will be a real asset to the Board. 3thinker
  • Score: 0

8:47am Thu 4 Sep 14

voledog says...

As 3thinker says, Simon Murphy is a safe pair of hands but the LEP is, more because of the way the government set them up than anything else , a waste of space. They have no real money of their own to spend, and because Worcestershire is so small, they have little or no clout when it comes to getting things done. Worcestershire needs innovative businesses to create growth, and it's not big businesses that generate real growth, it's the small ones. Small local businesses employ more people, pay more tax and spend more money locally than corporations, yet the focus is always on the likes of Bosch (who send their profits back to Germany) or other big players. I hope Simon recognises that stimulating small businesses - particularly by addressing the chronic lack of small affordable business units in the area - is the key to growth rather than pandering to those big companies who always grab all the government subsidies to use for investment so they don't have to dip into the cash they're saving for shareholders dividends.
As 3thinker says, Simon Murphy is a safe pair of hands but the LEP is, more because of the way the government set them up than anything else , a waste of space. They have no real money of their own to spend, and because Worcestershire is so small, they have little or no clout when it comes to getting things done. Worcestershire needs innovative businesses to create growth, and it's not big businesses that generate real growth, it's the small ones. Small local businesses employ more people, pay more tax and spend more money locally than corporations, yet the focus is always on the likes of Bosch (who send their profits back to Germany) or other big players. I hope Simon recognises that stimulating small businesses - particularly by addressing the chronic lack of small affordable business units in the area - is the key to growth rather than pandering to those big companies who always grab all the government subsidies to use for investment so they don't have to dip into the cash they're saving for shareholders dividends. voledog
  • Score: 2

10:33am Thu 4 Sep 14

danieled says...

Anybody who aspires to become a Police and Crime Commissioner is, to me, a suspect character.
Anybody who aspires to become a Police and Crime Commissioner is, to me, a suspect character. danieled
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Thu 4 Sep 14

3thinker says...

voledog wrote:
As 3thinker says, Simon Murphy is a safe pair of hands but the LEP is, more because of the way the government set them up than anything else , a waste of space. They have no real money of their own to spend, and because Worcestershire is so small, they have little or no clout when it comes to getting things done. Worcestershire needs innovative businesses to create growth, and it's not big businesses that generate real growth, it's the small ones. Small local businesses employ more people, pay more tax and spend more money locally than corporations, yet the focus is always on the likes of Bosch (who send their profits back to Germany) or other big players. I hope Simon recognises that stimulating small businesses - particularly by addressing the chronic lack of small affordable business units in the area - is the key to growth rather than pandering to those big companies who always grab all the government subsidies to use for investment so they don't have to dip into the cash they're saving for shareholders dividends.
Voledog you are so correct.

There's plenty of evidence that some (not all) of the larger companies find ways of not paying tax, use barely legal recruitment practices and then close 'branch plants' at the first sign of recession or with another take over or merger. They have very little real allegiance to their local communities.

Smaller local companies who grow gradually tend to be far better and because more of their staff and supply chains are local (who in turn spend more locally) they have a much greater economic impact on their local communities.

Yet its these smaller businesses whom are starved of cash by the banks and find it more difficult to get any grants preferential loans that are on offer.

If we learn't anything from this last bank driven recession its that the economy needs to be rebalanced away from full blown capitalism and back to the gradual and more sustainable growth that can be generated through 'enterprise'.

This is the area where the LEP must and should be focussing its efforts. I've seen too many councils and organisations waste vast sums on failed attempts to attract 'big business' into their patch. Money that could have been far better spent on fostering the growth of of those local indigenous businesses that have the drive and potential to grow.
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: As 3thinker says, Simon Murphy is a safe pair of hands but the LEP is, more because of the way the government set them up than anything else , a waste of space. They have no real money of their own to spend, and because Worcestershire is so small, they have little or no clout when it comes to getting things done. Worcestershire needs innovative businesses to create growth, and it's not big businesses that generate real growth, it's the small ones. Small local businesses employ more people, pay more tax and spend more money locally than corporations, yet the focus is always on the likes of Bosch (who send their profits back to Germany) or other big players. I hope Simon recognises that stimulating small businesses - particularly by addressing the chronic lack of small affordable business units in the area - is the key to growth rather than pandering to those big companies who always grab all the government subsidies to use for investment so they don't have to dip into the cash they're saving for shareholders dividends.[/p][/quote]Voledog you are so correct. There's plenty of evidence that some (not all) of the larger companies find ways of not paying tax, use barely legal recruitment practices and then close 'branch plants' at the first sign of recession or with another take over or merger. They have very little real allegiance to their local communities. Smaller local companies who grow gradually tend to be far better and because more of their staff and supply chains are local (who in turn spend more locally) they have a much greater economic impact on their local communities. Yet its these smaller businesses whom are starved of cash by the banks and find it more difficult to get any grants preferential loans that are on offer. If we learn't anything from this last bank driven recession its that the economy needs to be rebalanced away from full blown capitalism and back to the gradual and more sustainable growth that can be generated through 'enterprise'. This is the area where the LEP must and should be focussing its efforts. I've seen too many councils and organisations waste vast sums on failed attempts to attract 'big business' into their patch. Money that could have been far better spent on fostering the growth of of those local indigenous businesses that have the drive and potential to grow. 3thinker
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