Owen Switches on St Oswalds Xmas Lights

Owen Paterson was invited to switch on the Christmas lights on the Tree of Light at St Oswald's Church for the Oswestry Rotary Club on Friday.

Petition on Home Education

Owen met Randall and Mary Hardy with the Rev Paul Darlington in Oswestry on Friday. Mr and Mrs Hardy are concerned about the Badman review of home education which is the fourth consultation on this subject in as many years.

Owen Meets new NI Chief Constable

Commenting on his meeting with PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson said: ""I had an excellent meeting with the Chief Constable, at which we were joined by Shadow Northern Ireland Minister Lord Glentoran.

Owen Meets Rail Regulator over WSMR Service

Owen met senior officials from the Office of the Rail Regulator to discuss the plans by Arriva to put on a spoiler service between Aberystwyth and London which could put Wrexham and Shropshire out of business.

Owen Meets Oswestry Chamber of Commerce

Owen met Yossi Gliksman last week at his business, Upstairs Downstairs, in Oswestry. Mr Gliksman is the Chairman of the Oswestry Chamber of Commerce and invited Owen to visit his shop which sells an array of kitchen equipment and discuss the difficulties facing businesses in Oswestry.

Owen Takes up A5 with Transport Minister

Owen has obtained the following statistics on casualties as part of his contunuing campaign for the upgrading of the A5 between Shrewsbury and Ruabon and has written to transport Minister Lord Adonis (see below):

Adderley Church Restoration

Owen recently visited St Peter's Church, Adderley, which has been restored with the help of the Chuches Conservation Trust. after his visit, he commented:

Road Discussions with Highways Agency

Owen met senior representatives from the Highways Agency in Birmingham last week to discuss various road projects in North Shropshire. He was disappointed to learn that the A5 improvements, between Wolfshead and Queen's Head, did not receive approval in the regional funding round.

Latest Delay of Bloody Sunday Report

Commenting on the delay to the publication of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Owen Paterson said: ""This inquiry has cost nearly £200million and it last took evidence in 2005.

Owen Chairs Baschurch Rail Meeting

Owen chaired a packed meeting in Baschurch Village Hall on Monday 21st September. 300 people turned out to support calls for the reopening of Baschurch Station.