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The Paralympics are coming home

As we get ready to mark two years to go to the Paralympic Games this weekend, I have been reflecting on how Britain’s strong tradition in disability sport is helping to drive the recovery of our some of our injured service men and women, following a visit to Headley Court rehabilitation centre with Lord Coe…

Putting out the Welcome Mat

John Penrose

, August 18, 2010 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

I think it was The New Statesman, or possibly I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue on Radio 4, that first came up with the idea of asking contributors to find the most inappropriate, but well-meaning, advice to give to overseas visitors to Britain.

Are you going away at all this year, sir?

John Penrose

, July 28, 2010 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

It’s around this time of year that Ministers for Tourism get the call, I’m told. It may come from a Sunday tabloid or a daily red-top. It may even be a broadsheet. But the question is very much the same, whoever’s asking. It goes like this: Where’s the Minister for Tourism going on holiday this…