More apprenticeships for Braintree

3 million apprenticeshipsNew apprenticeships mean more young people in Braintree are getting the skills they need to succeed.

New figures show that 440 new apprenticeships were started by people in Braintree between August 2014 and January 2015. In total 3,880 new apprenticeships have been started since 2010.

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A good budget for Braintree

budget.jpgYesterday the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered his sixth and final Budget of the current Parliament. It was a good budget for the country as a whole and an excellent one for Braintree.

The UK economy grew 2.6% in 2014, faster than any other advanced economy in the world, we have record employment with jobless rate falling to 5.3% this year. Trade figures are the best for 15 years, living standards higher than in May 2010, according to OBR data, with households better off by an average of £900 in last five years.

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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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