30 OCT 2014

Mary Williams

 

Well known to everyone in Ancaster and the surrounding villages, Mary Williams has been a stalwart of village life for decades, and a committed Conservative who has kept the Ancaster, West Willoughby and Sudbrook branch of the local Conservative Association running for more years than she cares to count! Local MP Stephen Phillips, who was attending the branch's annual fish and chip supper and quiz last week, presented Mary with an engraved bowl recording her commitment and dedication over the years. "Mary is real brick," Stephen said. "She was one of the first to welcome me to the area when I moved to Lincolnshire and she spends a great deal of her time keeping me on my toes and making sure that I know what everyone in Ancaster is thinking about the Government's performance. My team didn't win the quiz tonight, but we have all had a splendid evening, as we always do when Mary is involved."


30 OCT 2014

HeadSmart

 

Fiona Goldsby, who lives in Nocton, invited Stephen Phillips MP to discuss with her the work which she has been doing for the charity HeadSmart, which raises aware of the symptoms and signs of brain tumours in children and young people.  Early diagnosis is critical to achieving a successful outcome for sufferers of this dreadful cancer and, as a Charity Ambassador for Headsmart, Fiona has been working to increase awareness of early symptoms. Each week, around 10 children are diagnosed with a brain tumour and HeadSmart has now prepared Early Signs and Symptoms cards which are being sent to thousands of children in Lincolnshire to increase awareness of potential problems. "It is incredibly important," Stephen said, "that we catch these tumours early so that the NHS can reduce disabilities and deaths in children who have a brain tumour. Fiona's work is vital and I am proud to support her efforts."


13 OCT 2014

Arnhem Remembered

 

Last month saw the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem. Prior to leaving for the Netherlands for what was then the largest airborne operation in history, members of the Parachute Regiment were stationed in various villages throughout the constituency of Sleaford & North Hykeham. Many of these, like Heckington, have taken the time over the last few months to remember those who made this part of Lincolnshire their home in the build-up to the operation to seize the bridges across the Maas and the Rhine. Local MP, Stephen Phillips, was kindly invited to a number of events to remember those who risked their lives for our freedom. "The role of our part of Lincolnshire in Operation Market Garden is not always remembered," Stephen said, speaking at St. Andrews, Heckington. "But it is an important part of our history and I pay tribute to those who have oragnised these events of remembrance ahead of Armistice Day this year."



More taxes vs tax cuts - the choice at the next election (30/10/14)

We’re giving families more financial security by cutting their taxes.

While Labour want to hit you with more taxes, we know that the best way to raise people’s living standards is to cut their taxes.

In just four years, at the same time as reducing the deficit, we’ve cut income tax for 26 million people.

We’ve only been able to do that because we’re working to a long-term economic plan.

In the next Parliament, we’ll go further. We’ve made two clear commitments that will help 30 million taxpayers:

  1. Raising the personal allowance again, so no one earning less than £12,500 will pay income tax
  2. By 2020, no one earning less than £50,000 will pay the 40p rate of tax

These commitments will mean people keep more of their hard-earned money and families are more financially secure.

This goes straight to the heart of the choice facing Britain at the next election – the most important for a generation.

On the one hand, Labour and more spending, more borrowing and more taxes to be squeezed out of hardworking taxpayers.

On the other hand, our long-term economic plan that’s working and cutting taxes to secure a better future for you and your family.

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The number of children in workless households hits record low (29/10/14)

The number of children living in workless households is at its lowest level for a generation.

Labour’s something-for-nothing benefits culture left families trapped in a cycle of welfare dependency.

But by backing businesses to create jobs and changing the welfare system to reward work, we’re giving more children the security of living in a household with someone bringing home a regular pay packet.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show:

  • The number of children living in a household where no one has a job is down by 387,000 since 2010 – to the lowest level since records began
  • The number of workless households has fallen by 671,000 to a record low 
  • There are 271,000 fewer workless households than there were last year – the biggest annual fall on record

Our long-term economic plan is helping people get into work and turn their lives around – and giving hope to the next generation.

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Another damning verdict on Labour's homes tax (28/10/14)

Labour’s tax on the family home will ‘punish’ savers and mean ‘fewer opportunities’ for first-time buyers.

That’s the verdict of the Chief Executive of Legal & General, one of Britain’s biggest insurers – who says Labour’s homes tax will lead to fewer houses being built, hitting hardworking taxpayers who want to get on the housing ladder (Telegraph, 27/10/14, link).

Labour haven’t learned their lesson. All they offer is higher taxes for people who work hard and do the right thing.

Labour said only the ‘most wealthy’ would pay their homes tax – but now Ed Balls says that everyone who earns £42,000 or more will have to pay up front.

Labour said pensioners would be protected – but now Ed Balls says pensioners will have to pay the tax after they die.

Labour said only homes worth £2 million would be hit – but already a senior Labour figure has said that homes worth £400,000 in the North of England should be taxed (Claire Reynolds, Sunday Express, 10 Aug 2014, link).

It’s clear that hardworking families across the country would be hit by Labour’s homes tax.

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REVEALED: The black hole at the heart of Labour's spending plans (23/10/14)

Labour’s spending plans contain a black hole of up to £28 billion, according to analysis from a think tank favoured by Ed Miliband.

The IPPR, considered Labour’s favourite think tank, analysed Labour’s spending plans and found that most of Labour’s planned tax rises would do nothing to reduce the deficit – as Labour have already spent the money elsewhere.

The money from Labour’s planned tax on the family home, for instance, has already been committed – as have the proceeds of their plan to abolish the tax allowance for married couples.

The report from the think tank makes clear that Labour will have to raise up to £28 billion to fill the black hole at the heart of the plans - “through a combination of cuts to departmental spending, cuts to welfare and tax rises.”

This independent analysis confirms what we’ve known all along – that a Labour government would mean higher taxes, more debt and a stalled economy.

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Labour's homes tax would hit hardworking families - say Labour MPs (22/10/14)

Labour’s planned homes tax would hit hardworking families.

That’s the verdict of Labour MP Tessa Jowell: ‘Let’s stop calling it a “mansion tax” – these are not mansions, these are family homes’ (New Statesman, 20 Oct 2014, link).

And Jowell isn’t the only Labour politician to criticise Ed Miliband’s latest tax:

  • 'It will impact disastrously on people… particularly pensioners' – Glenda Jackson, Labour MP (Ham&High, 2 Oct 2014, link)
  • 'It is misconceived… what it does is create a cliff edge' – Nick Raynsford, Labour MP (Daily Telegraph, 20 Oct 2014, link)
  • 'A hopeless and desperate idea' – Lord Noon, Labour Peer (Sunday Times, 5 Oct 2014, link)

Labour said only the ‘most wealthy’ would pay their homes tax – but now Ed Balls says that everyone who earns £42,000 or more will have to pay up front.

Labour said pensioners would be protected – but now Ed Balls says pensioners will have to pay the tax after they die.

Labour said only homes worth £2 million would be hit – but already a senior Labour figure has said that homes worth £400,000 in the North of England should be taxed (Claire Reynolds, Sunday Express, 10 Aug 2014, link).

It’s clear that hardworking families across the country would be hit by Labour’s homes tax.

And it’s clearer than ever that a Labour government would mean a return to higher taxes, more debt, and a stalled economy.

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3 million more opportunities to get on in life (20/10/14)

We will deliver 3 million more apprenticeships over the next Parliament.

Apprenticeships give people the hope and opportunity to fulfil their potential and get on in life.

In just four years we’ve already doubled the number of apprenticeships, delivering more than 1.8 million. In the next Parliament we will go even further by creating 3 million more and ending youth unemployment – so all young people get a good start in life.

Our commitment to deliver more apprenticeships is only possible because we’re reducing the benefits cap and restricting housing benefit for 18-21-year-olds – so the welfare system doesn’t trap young people in a culture of dependency.

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Delivering the best skills for young people is a key part of our long-term economic plan. With the Conservatives, more people than ever will benefit from an apprenticeship – so they can secure a better future for themselves and for Britain.

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Cutting crime, securing a better future (16/10/14)

We’re making Britain a safer place to live, work and raise a family.

New figures show that crime has fallen by more than a fifth since we came to power.

Our action plan to cut crime is working. This year there were 2.3 million fewer crimes than the year before the last election – including:

  • 413,000 fewer violent crimes
  • 160,000 fewer home burglaries
  • 290,000 fewer vehicle crimes

Our plan is cutting crime by:

  • Freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets
  • Giving criminals tougher sentences so communities are protected and justice is done
  • Giving the police the powers they need to tackle criminals, using the latest tools and techniques
  • Stopping people from becoming criminals by tackling the root causes of crime
  • Making the police answer to the community to help drive down crime in your area

Thanks to our plan and the hard work of police officers, crime is falling, families are safer, and communities can enjoy a better, more secure future.

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Welcome

Welcome, and thanks for visiting my website.  On 6th May 2010, I was elected by an overwhelming majority of more than 50% of voters as the Member of Parliament for the Sleaford and North Hykeham Constituency.  It's a great honour to have this responsibility of fighting for this beautiful part of Lincolnshire and I hope that my website will answer any questions you have.  You'll find some information about me, about what I and my party stand for and about how to get in touch.  Please don't hesitate to do so: what matters to you matters to me.  I'm passionately committed to serving the interests of all of our community as best as I can.