Speaking in the Parliamentary debate on last week's budget, I praised the growing number of small businesses in Braintree and the surrounding villages and highlightend the important need for strong broadband connectivity.
In my speech I argued that small businesses form the cornerstone of the British economy and highlighted ESco Business Services Ltd as a role model rural business.Read more
Figures released this week show that 1,174 fewer people in the Braintree constituency are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance compared to 2010, a 61% drop.
This means more people in work, with the security of a good job and a regular pay packet so they can provide for themselves and their families.Read more
I worked in businesses for over 20 years before getting involved in politics including a number of years running my own company. I know how important the small business sector is.
But don't just take it from me, here is a request from Karen Brady, the Conservative Party's Small Business Ambassador.Read more
Yesterday 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.Read more
I 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.Read more
New 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.Read more
I 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.Read more
The Conservative's long term economic plan has driven down unemployment, taken job numbers to a record high and made the UK's economy one of the fastest growing in the developed world.
Rather than celebrate this economic good news Ed Miliband and Ed Balls are constantly talking down British business and attacking the very business leaders and entrepreneurs who are helping to drive this recovery.Read more
Businesses and local people deserve modern super-fast broadband and decent mobile signals. Braintree's potential will only be unlocked once these essential modern services are rolled out across the district.Read more