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MP Advice Surgeries

Because of holidays and limited availability of venues, I don't hold a fixed surgery in August. If you need my help, please call my office on 0121 550 6777 and we will try to help straight away if you case is urgent and cannot wait until my next surgery.

Next surgery dates:

Friday 5th September 2014
Brickhouse Community Centre, Rowley Regis

Saturday 6th September 2014
Hope Centre, Halesowen

To request an appointment, please call 0121 550 6777 or email samantha.hadley@parliament.uk

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Positive politics: getting things done in Halesowen & Rowley Regis

One of the reasons why a lot of people are turned-off by politics is because it often seems like many politicians are more interested in winning political points against their opponents than they are in actually achieving something.

I am not a career politician. I have only been involved in politics for a few years after twenty years as a small businessman.

I got involved because I wanted to get things done.

Now, as Member of Parliament, I try to use the position to make a positive practical difference to people in Halesowen & Rowley Regis - whether getting things done for people who come to me for help, or by bringing the community together to get things done in our area.

I try to focus on the things that I am "for". I don't think that politics should be based on what you are against, and at the next election I hope that you will vote for me based on the positive things that I am doing, rather than just as a negative vote against my opponents.

A bit about me

James with his children Evie and Sollie

I am proud to have been MP for Halesowen & Rowley Regis since May 2010 and am doing everything that I can to support local people and to help make our area an even better place to live and work.

I set up and ran my own small businesses, and am trying to use that experience and understanding of the challenges that firms face, to help boost our local economy.

I am married to Anna and we have two children - Sol and Evie.

Am I your MP?

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