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."


25 JUL 2014

Ovarian Cancer

 

Stephen Phillips MP recently met at Westminster with his constituent Stacey Loveday, who came to Parliament to attend a reception held by Ovacome, the ovarian cancer support charity.  Stacey had surgery for borderline ovarian cancer at the age of 21, and now has the all clear.  She told Stephen about her experience and explained how little awareness there was among young women of this type of cancer.  If ovarian cancer is diagnosed early on, the survival rate is high, but if it is not spotted until the later stages the survival rate can be as low as 10%.  Stacey wants every young woman, and every GP, to be aware of the importance of early diagnosis.  After their meeting, Stephen said: "It was an honour to meet Stacey and hear about her experience of cancer treatment. A lot is being done to make young women more aware of cervical cancer, but it is important that they are aware of the risks of other cancers as well, particularly as cancer is far easier to treat if it is caught early. I have written to the Secretary of State to ask what is being done to improve awareness in the hope that women will be more likely to recognise the symptoms of this type of cancer."


30 JUN 2014

Ruskington Schools' Day

 

Pupils from the three schools in Ruskington – Chestnut Street Church of England Primary School, Ruskington Winchelsea Primary School and St. George's Academy, Ruskington – welcomed local MP Stephen Phillips to a schools' day on Saturday to celebrate their many successes over the last year and to bid farewell to those leaving St. George's to pursue their education in Sleaford and beyond. Stephen was shown around a number of projects which pupils have pursued over the last year and enjoyed performances by many of the pupils: of music, dance and the performing arts, before having a go on the climbing wall and a bouncy slide, though he prudently declined any pictures on that one. "Ruskington is one of the villages in the constituency with great schools which mean that many local children can enjoy their formative years close to home," Stephen said. "Despite the threat of rain, the weather has stayed fine for everyone who has come out today from the village and I am really grateful to have been given such a fabulous day."



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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The biggest annual fall in unemployment - and 5 other things you need to know about today's jobs figures (15/10/14)

Over the last year unemployment is down by 538,000 – the biggest fall since records began.

New figures by the Office for National Statistics also show:

  1. More people in work than ever before, including a record number of women in work – since 2010, there are 1.7 million more people in work with the security of a pay packet
  2. Youth unemployment down by 253,000 over the last year – the largest annual fall since records began
  3. The biggest fall in unemployment over the last year in the G7 – Britain is outperforming all other major advanced economies
  4. 542,000 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – more people getting off benefits and into work
  5. 1.3 million of the jobs created have been full-time – that’s three-quarters of all new jobs

Our long-term economic plan is working – as these figures show – but there’s still a lot to do and there are risks in the global economy that could threaten Britain.

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The biggest threat to the recovery is Labour. They left half-a-million more people out of work when they were last in power, and their plans for ineffective spending, more borrowing and higher taxes would cost jobs and put the security of Britain’s future at risk.

That’s why we need to keep the plan going – to help even more people find a job and look forward to a better future.

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Increasing the state pension - for the fifth year in a row (14/10/14)

For the fifth year in a row, we’re increasing the state pension.

Next year pensions will go up by 2.5% – more than twice the rate of inflation – giving pensioners more security in retirement.

Our triple lock ensures the state pension rises every year in line with wages, prices or by 2.5% – whichever is highest.

Since 2010, we’ve increased the state pension by £800 and are committed to keeping the triple lock beyond the next election.

But that’s only possible because we’re taking difficult decisions as part of our long-term economic plan.

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More freedom over your pension pot (14/10/14)

The Conservatives are on the side of people who have worked hard, saved hard and done the right thing.

We believe that people who have worked hard and saved all their lives should be free to choose what they do with their money.

That’s why we’re giving pensioners more freedom over their pension pot.

From next year you will be able to access as much or as little of your defined contribution pension as you want, and you will be able to pass on a hard earned pension to your family tax free.

And we are going even further – you will be able to choose to take a number of smaller lump sums, instead of one single big lump sum.

This is the most radical reform to how people access their pension in almost a century.

And it means more economic security and independence to help you plan for a better future.

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Better schools for a better future (13/10/14)

A good education is vital for a better future.

That’s why our long-term economic plan is delivering better schools by:

  • Restoring rigour to the curriculum
  • Toughening up exams
  • Creating more good local schools, with 800,000 more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010

And now we’re going further. To overhaul a small but stubborn minority of failing schools, we’re giving powers to school commissioners who already oversee successful schools. They will have the power to remove failing head teachers, pair up failing schools with good ones, and change the curriculum if it isn’t up to scratch.

These changes will help transform failing schools and give parents peace of mind that their child will receive a better education, reach their potential and get on in life.

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It's official: Britain is the fastest-growing major advanced economy (08/10/14)

Britain will be the fastest-growing major advanced economy in the world this year.

That’s the verdict of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and it confirms that our long-term economic plan is working.

A growing economy is vital for creating jobs and giving people the financial security of a pay packet.

And that’s what our plan is helping deliver. In just four years we’ve:

  • Helped 1.8 million more people get into work – so people can provide for themselves and their families
  • Cut income tax for more than 25 million people – so hardworking taxpayers are more financially secure
  • Reduced the deficit by over a third – so we can safeguard the economy for the long term

But as the IMF also says, there are risks to the recovery. That’s why we must keep working through the plan – to build a stronger, healthier economy and secure a better future for Britain.

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