08 APR 2014
Local MP, Stephen Phillips, meets regularly with community groups and others representing particular aspects of life in our area, and spent time last week with local farmers and regional representatives of the National Farmers Union to listen to their concerns and take them back to ministers in London. On the agenda for the meeting were a wide range of subjects affecting not just farmers, but all of us living in rural Lincolnshire, including food security, weight and speed limits for agricultural vehicles and crime in rural communities. Stephen has written a number of letters to the Government raising the concerns expressed to him by those attending and said, "Meetings like this with groups representing particular interests in our communities help me to do my job better. We live a way of life of which many civil servants have no experience, something I find incredibly frustrating. It's important that I represent issues affecting rural constituencies like ours effectively and I am grateful to those who give up their time to tell me their concerns for helping all of us get the message across."
01 APR 2014
Last year, pupils on the school council of South Hykeham Community Primary School tackled local MP, Stephen Phillips, on what it was like to be an MP and how they should handle difficult questions from the constituents in each of their classes. Stephen suggested to head Mr John Richardson that they come down to Westminster, as many primary schools do from the constituency, and have a look at Parliament for themselves. Last week, in between a Committee hearing and a debate in the Chamber, Stephen had the great pleasure of welcoming the youngsters and their teachers to Parliament where he met with them in historic Westminster Hall, the oldest part of what is still a Royal Palace. "It's really important to me," Stephen said, "that MPs try to explain to young people what it is that we do here and why it matters to everyone in Lincolnshire. The children have been absolutely beautifully behaved today, despite their train being 90 minutes late, and it has been a real pleasure to meet with them and to be invited to come and see their school again soon."
27 MAR 2014
A large part of the economic problem faced by the Coalition Government was caused by the last Labour Government borrowing more money during its time in office than all of its predecessors put together since the foundation of the Bank of England, Stephen Phillips QC MP told the House of Commons in a debate this week. Speaking on the new Charter for Budget Responsibilty, which will ensure both fiscal prudence and the independence of economic forecasting used by the British Government, Stephen pointed out that between 2008 and 2010, GDP fell by 7.5% whilst borrowing, in particular to pay for benefits, went through the roof. The Charter introduced by this Government will now have to be published annually and sets out the fiscal policies to which the Government is operating and the amount it intends to spend on benefits. "Unless a future Government repeals the Charter," Stephen said, "it will do much to ensure that we can never again get into the sort of mess for which the shadow chancellor was responsible when he was in Gordon Brown's government."