Posts By: Alec Shelbrooke

Halt rush to force student targets on colleges, say MPs

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, 30 Conservatives warn that pressure on tutors to recruit more undergraduates from poor backgrounds “undermines our universities”. The signatories include two ministerial aides, who are officially members of the Government appointed by the Conservative leadership. The MPs say the Tories must take a “different long-term approach” from the… Read more »

Barclays accused of misusing taxpayer-backed small business lending scheme

Barclays Bank has been accused of using a taxpayer-backed scheme – designed to get finance to budding entrepreneurs – to provide a safety net for its risky lending. The Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme underwrites 75% of loans to young businesses whose founders do not have enough assets to get traditional finance. But Barclays is… Read more »

Writing on the wall for Tesco protest – Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke has also thrown his weight behind the Tesco protest

MORE than 1,200 signatures have been gathered on a ‘pledge wall’ in Boston Spa objecting to proposals for a Tesco supermarket to be opened in the village. The Wetherby News revealed earlier this year plans to build a convenience store at the grade 11 listed Crown Hotel on the High Street. Now the Boston Spa… Read more »