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A stronger economy – Conservatives: securing a better future

Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.

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£8.8m expansion of Growth Deal boosts local plan for Bucks economy

Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government, which will see an extra £8.8m invested in Buckinghamshire between 2016 and 2021 – this is in addition to the £44.2m of funding committed by the Government on 7 July 2014. The additional proposed projects include: A programme to provide access to finance to small and medium-sized businesses, so that they can grow and create new jobs; Extending superfast broadband across Buckinghamshire to […]

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The central banks have backed their economies into a corner

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Yesterday, the US Federal Reserve decided not to reduce its money creation programme of $85 billion a month. The Cobden Centre publishes a response, No tapering, no surprise: It was not too surprising that there is going to be no tapering for some very good reasons. The commencement of tapering would have led deliberately to bond yields rising, triggered by an increase in sales of government bonds to the public and at the same time escalating sales by foreign governments as […]

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Latest Unemployment figures for Wycombe

In March 2013, there were 2,105 unemployed claimants in Wycombe – 52 lower than in March 2012. The figure for March 2013 represents a rate of 3.7% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, which ranks Wycombe favourably as the 409th of the 650 UK constituencies ordered by unemployment.

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Bucks County Council extends council tax freeze

This week Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) announced its budget plans for 2013/4. Keeping money in people’s pockets during these tough economic times is an essential part of ensuring the continued prosperity of Buckinghamshire. It is also welcome to see that the Conservative 2010 General Election pledge to freeze council tax for two years has been achieved and extended by the Council. I reproduce an extract below from the BCC press release: Despite £14.4m less funding from central government, freezing Council Tax […]

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Good news on GDP

Everyone but the Opposition will be pleased by today’s GDP figures: GDP was estimated to have increased by 1.0 per cent in Q3 2012 compared with Q2 2012 Output of the production industries was estimated to have increased by 1.1 per cent in Q3 2012 compared with Q2 2012, following a decrease of 0.7 per cent between Q1 2012 and Q2 2012 Construction sector output was estimated to have decreased by 2.5 per cent in Q3 2012 compared with Q2 […]

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On double-dip recession, Tullett Prebon rightly ask “What’s the big idea?”

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The latest strategy note from Tullet Prebon asks, “What’s the big idea?” with the subtitle “the imperative need for a new ideology”, writing: Effective government is not simply a matter of management. Even in good times, competence is barely enough. In bad times, ideological clarity is imperative, and the lack of a clear, ideas-based strategy is the black hole at the heart of the coalition administration. This chart is particularly informative: They comment, “The centre-right is in desperate need of a […]

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In Greece, Atlas is Shrugging

Via BBC News – Greece MPs pass austerity plan amid violent protests: Tens of thousands protested in Athens, where there were widespread clashes and buildings were set on fire. Violent protests were reported in cities across the country. Protesters outside parliament threw stones and petrol bombs, and police responded with tear gas. Scores of police and protesters were injured. Prime Minister Lucas Papademos urged calm, insisting that the austerity package would “set the foundations for the reform and recovery of […]

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The Government’s business strategy

The Government recently announced a number of policies to help British businesses. They have launched the updated and overhauled businesslink.gov.uk website. This is now the primary gateway for businesses, of whatever scale, seeking support and information from the Government. It’s backed by a new telephone contact centre and many thousands of new business mentors. They have launched a new nationally-delivered Manufacturing Advisory Service to help small and medium-sized manufacturers to grow. It is estimated that this will help generate £1.5 […]

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A well-attended EU Fresh Start meeting

I just attended the inaugral AGM of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for EU reform, which was well attended by colleagues from across the range of opinion, all concerned about the effect of EU regulation on jobs and the economy. I asked that we consider democracy and the classical rule of law as the subtext to all our detailed work. Via the website, EU Fresh Start: UK citizens want co-operation and free commerce with our partners in the European Union, but a majority […]

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