Tax and Pension Policy to Help Everyone

A key priority for Conservatives is helping ordinary working families with the cost of living. nThis includes making work pay by ensuring that you keep more by being in work than you would if on benefits. This year saw the Personal Tax Allowance increased by more than inflation for the seventh consecutive year, raising it to £11.500. As a result of these changes, a typical basic rate taxpayer will now pay £1,005 less income tax in 2017-18 than in 2010-11.

A Call for Responsible Cycling

Many of you will be aware of the tragic story of Kim Briggs, 44, who was hit and killed by a cyclist in London as she stepped onto a road. This court case was in the headlines for many days. However, you may not be aware of the tragic story of Mary Evans, 73, who was hit by an anti-social cyclist in Hereford on the 30th of July 2014 in their pedestrianised shopping area. She died as a result of head injuries after 9 days in hospital.

Self-Driving Lorries

Self-driving lorries will be trialed on England’s motorways

Self-Driving Lorries

Self-driving lorries will be trialed on England’s motorways

Self-Driving Lorries

Today, the Transport Secretary will announce that platoons of self-driving lorries will be trialed on England’s motorways to improve vehicle efficiency and reduce emissions.

Keeping a Strong Economy

I have written before that the economy tends to be newsworthy only when things are going badly. It is also true that it generally ranks lower down people’s concerns when performing well, as opposed to being the top political concern when we are in recession. It is only natural to be less worried about the economy when things are going well but we should never lose sight that our economy underpins everything, especially employment and the provision of public services.

Mandatory CCTV in Slaughterhouses

In Crawley we have an MP who has conviction and who makes a difference. On the 3rd of February 2015, Crawley MP Henry Smith put forward an Adjournment debate in the House of Commons calling for the mandatory introduction of CCTV in slaughterhouses. This followed the release of secret recordings that showed shocking and appalling mistreatment of animals in a slaughterhouse.

Crawley MP hails Animal Welfare Victory

Following continued campaigning on the issue, Henry Smith MP has welcomed confirmation from the Government that animal protection standards are to be enhanced in law through the mandatory introduction of CCTV in slaughterhouses across England.