Cautiously optimistic about Tabor Academy's future

Tabor_logo.jpgI'm pleased to hear that progress is being made in finding a new sponsor for Tabor Academy in Braintree.

The Loxford School Trust, based in Ilford, has recently written to parents letting them know that the current sponsor, Lilac Sky, will be transferring sponsorship of the school to them.

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Why I support the TTIP

TTIP.pngI've recently received a number of form-letters from people concerned about the implications on the NHS of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), I thought it important to address those concerns.

Firstly let me make it clear that the TTIP does not require us, the USA or any other country to open up their national health systems to private providers. These accusations of privatisation are unfounded scaremongering.

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How good is your internet connection?

james_cleverly_broadband.jpgThe internet is now an important part of all our lives. As more public services go online it is essential that everyone has access to a fast and reliable Internet connection. 

I want to find out who has and hasn't got a decent broadband connection so that I can more effectively lobby government and the telecoms companies for the speedy roll-out of super-fast rural broadband.

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Village shops matter

post_office_Gt_Yeldham.jpgI visited some of the shops in Great Yeldham earlier this week and it is clear that despite on-line shopping and out of town shopping centres the traditional village shop still has an important role.

As well as providing goods and services the local shop is also a community hub, ad-hoc advice bureaux and local information provider.

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Unemployment falls in Braintree

Jobcentre__Braintree_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1037739_1_.jpgNew figures show that 1288 fewer people in Braintree are now claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance since 2010 - a 63% drop.  There are now just 761 claimants a fall of 407 since January last year. 

People are getting off benefits and into work across the country and here in Essex, in total a record 30.9 million people are now in work, up by 1.85 million since the last election. We can see this working locally with new jobs at businesses like Milbank Concrete Products Ltd, Wilkin & Sons Ltd and Alphasense.

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