Shropshire Council cuts to Acton Scott historic farm and Secret Hills Discovery Centre are 'shortsighted'

Shropshire Council's cuts to the historic farm at Acton Scott and the Secret Hills Discovery Centre are shortsighted and ignore the huge potential of tourism encouraged by recent TV programmes, says Euro MP Phil Bennion.

The county's Lib Dem Euro MP visited Acton Scott and Craven Arms with local Lib Dem Bob Welch, after concern at Council cuts to the farm, which plays a starring role in the hit BBC2 series 'Victorian Farm

Supermarkets must heed desperate Midlands' farmers protests over milk prices

Farmer and Euro MP Phil Bennion has warned supermarkets to heed consumer pressure and pay a fair price for milk.

Consumers should follow farmers' warnings and boycott supermarkets who fail to pay a fair price for local milk, says Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion

Miliband's 'race to the gutter' could devastate the rural economy

Farming could be hard hit by Labour's kneejerk plan to curb migrant workers, Phil Bennion MEP has warned Labour leader Ed Miliband's plans to curb migrant workers and take unspecified action to make it more difficult to hire them could devastate the rural economy of the West Midlands region, says Euro MP and farmer Phil Bennion.

The region's Lib Dem MEP said that he feared a 'race to the gutter' by Labour over immigration policy could have serious consequences in sections of the labour market where employers find it impossible to recruit locally for seasonal jobs such as fruit and vegetable picking

Birmingham's Shahjalal co-op is a model of affordable and inclusive housing, says Euro MP

West Midlands Euro MP Phil Bennion has praised Birmigham's Shahjalal Housing Co-operative as 'an inspiration and a model' after meeting the project board and visiting a number of residents in their homes today (Friday 22nd June).

The area's new Lib Dem MEP had been invited to visit the Co-op in Aston by the chairman, Malik Ullah, to see the success of Shahjalal's democratic and co-operative approach to tackling acute housing need in the local Bangladeshi community

Euro MP backs residents' demand for rethink over Stoke City's Academy plan

Staffordshire's Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion is backing residents demanding a rethink to plans by Stoke City FC to expand their Academy at the Clayton Wood Training Ground in Trent Vale.

Phil Bennion and local Lib Dem campaigner Les Porch viewed the site on Saturday with a group of residents from the Rose Tree Avenue area who have signed a petition calling for major changes to the plan, especially to improve access

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