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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Tabor Academy's students, staff and parents have been let down

james_tabor.JPGI have written to Nicky Morgan MP, the Secretary of State for Education, to highlight the current situation at Tabor Academy and request a meeting with her to talk about its future.  I am also arranging to meet with the new management team.

Brooks Newmark MP and I had a meeting booked with the former management team of Tabor but it was cancelled a few hours before we arrived.

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Tax avoidance and tax evasion

Tax_buttons.jpgI believe that taxes should be modest and tax regimes simple, and when big companies or wealthy individuals don't pay their fair share it puts more of the tax burden on the rest of us. That is why I believe that we should be tough on tax dodgers.

When in office Labour spectacularly failed to act on aggressive tax avoidance, turning a blind eye to tax dodging because they thought they had ended boom and bust.

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Supporting Our Armed Forces

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The Conservatives created the Armed Forces Covenant to make sure that we honour the social contract that we have with service personnel and their families.

After more than a decade of significant military commitments, it is right that we make sure those who defend us get fair treatment at home.

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