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."


02 JUN 2014

Branston Community Academy

 

Branston Community Academy, one of the many excellent schools in the Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency, recently asked Stephen Phillips MP to perform the formal opening of their newly refurbished concert hall and community nursery. Stephen attended a hustings in the old facilities just before the last election and, following two ribbon cutting ceremonies, commented on the excellence of the new hall before being treated to music and drama performances and having a tour of the nursery, where he enjoyed playing on the sand table! "A lot of hard work goes into projects like this one," Stephen said, "and I have been really proud to come along on behalf of our community and congratulate everyone involved in ensuring fantastic facilities for youngsters in Branston and the surrounding communities. Branston Community Academy is an outstanding school and my thanks to headteacher Peter Beighton and everyone else for giving me such a great day."



Labour's death tax (30/07/14)

There are two certainties in life: death and Labour taxes – and now Labour want to combine both.

Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, says he wants to ‘embrace’ a 15% death tax – hitting people’s plans to pass on their hard-earned money to their loved ones.

Estimates based on official figures show that Labour’s latest proposed tax would cost the average taxpayer £46,000 – forcing thousands of people to sell their homes.

It comes just two weeks after Labour denied planning new tax rises – showing once again that you can’t trust a word they say.

It’s same old Labour: saying one thing, doing another – and hitting hardworking people with more taxes.

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An immigration system that puts Britain first (29/07/14)

We’re fixing our immigration system so that it puts the British people first.

Labour’s no-questions-asked welfare system drew immigrants to Britain for the wrong reasons – regardless of whether they wanted to work hard and contribute to our society. And unforgivably, we had the highest rates of immigration in modern history at the same time as five million people on out-of-work benefits.

But the Conservatives are turning this around by:

1) Closing down bogus colleges

We’ve already closed down 750 and are now going even further. If 10 per cent of the students that any college recruits are refused visas, we’ll strip that college of its licence.

2) Cutting benefits for immigrants

We’re making sure people come for the right reasons. That’s why we’re cutting the time immigrants can claim out-of-work benefits from six months to three months.

3) Ensuring the British people get a fair deal

We’re restricting the practice of advertising job vacancies in Europe but not in Britain, so the British people aren’t disadvantaged in the jobs market.

It’s all part of our long-term plan to build a welfare system that rewards work; an education system that gives young people the skills they need to get on in life; and an immigration system that puts the British people first.

That plan is turning our economy around – and securing a better future for Britain.

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A major milestone (25/07/14)

Today was a major milestone for Britain.

New figures show the economy is now above its pre-crisis peak.

Labour’s Great Recession shrank the economy by 7.2 per cent and cost Britain six years.

But the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan is getting Britain back on track and the IMF say our economy is now growing faster than any major advanced economy.

A growing economy means businesses creating jobs so more people have the financial security of a pay packet to provide for themselves and their families.

Thank goodness we didn’t listen to Ed Balls.

Only last year Labour’s Shadow Chancellor said our plan ‘is not working’ and we ‘should have U-turned on the plan’ (BBC News, 20 March 2013).

It’s yet another thing Labour have got wrong. They wrecked the economy when they were in government; said the recovery would never happen; and now have no plan besides more spending, more taxes and more debt than future generations can ever hope to pay off.

We owe it to hardworking taxpayers to keep working through our long-term economic plan and not repeat the mistakes of the past.

That’s the only way we’ll secure a stronger, healthier economy, and a better future for Britain.

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You should pay more tax, says Harman (16/07/14)

Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader, has finally let the cat out of the bag: Labour want to raise your taxes.

In a radio interview, she said:

‘Yes I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’

(Source: LBC phone-in, 14th July 2014)

Ed Miliband has defined those on middle incomes as “people either side” of £26,000 a year (Source: Ed Miliband, BBC Breakfast, 28 February 2011). So Harriet Harman’s confession means that millions of hardworking taxpayers would pay the price for a Labour Party that hasn’t learnt its lesson.

Labour want you to foot the bill for their plans to spend more and borrow more - and they’ve floated a number of tax rises if they win the next election:  

-          A new tax on the family home (Source: Ed Miliband’s Speech in Bedford, 14 February 2013)

-          A rise in National Insurance (Source: Observer, 20 April 2014)

-          Higher fuel duty (Source: Ed Miliband, Labour Press Conference Q&A, 11 January 2011)

-          A new tax on farms (Source: Mail on Sunday, 8 June 2014)

-          A graduate tax (Source: Emily Thornberry MP on Daily Politics, BBC Two, 2 April 2014)

-          A rise in corporation tax (Source: Financial Times, 24 September 2013).

-          A new tax on pensions (Source: Liberal Conspiracy, 20 September 2013; HM Treasury, Budget 2013, March 2013, Table 2.1).

When they were in government, Labour raised taxes by £1,400 per family (Source: IFS, Tax and Benefit reform under Labour, p.24, 7 April 2010).

By contrast, the Conservatives have frozen fuel duty and cut income tax for 25 million hardworking taxpayers, making families more financially secure.

Don’t let Labour hit hardworking taxpayers again. Share this post on Facebook and Twitter and help stop Labour’s plans to make you pay more tax.

UPDATE: Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps has written to Harriet Harman. Click here to read the letter in full (PDF).

A recovery for every region: a recovery for all (15/07/14)

All over the country the economy is growing.

New figures from Lloyds show that there was growth in every region of the economy in June, with companies in the North East growing faster than in any other part of the country.

The figures also show that jobs are now being created at the fastest rate since records began, with companies in the East, South East, Yorkshire and Humber, and the West Midlands hiring more people than at any time since 2001.

Every new job gives another hardworking taxpayer the security of a pay packet to provide for themselves and their families.

Our long-term economic plan isn’t just building a stronger economy, it’s doing so in a balanced way – benefitting all parts of the country.

The plan is working – but it isn’t finished. We need to keep it going to ensure the recovery continues and to secure a better future for every part of Britain.

The recovery is in stark contrast with Labour’s record. For every ten private sector jobs created in London and the South between 1998 and 2008, just one was created in the Midlands and the North. (Centre for Cities, Private sector cities: A new geography of opportunity, 2010)

While Labour left large parts of the country behind, we’re building a recovery for all.

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Oops!... they did it again - Labour just keep getting their sums wrong (09/07/14)

Labour have done it again.

Just six days after their last dodgy stat, they’ve come out with another.

On Monday Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna claimed that the number of young people on unemployment benefit has gone up by 60 per cent since May 2010.

Wrong.

It’s actually fallen by 38 per cent. In May 2010 there were 429,300 young people on JSA compared with 265,600 today – a fall of over 163,000 (ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 11 June 2014, CLA02).

Umunna also said that young people on unemployment benefit in the North East has gone up by 263 per cent.

Wrong again.

It’s actually gone down by over 6,000 – a fall of 27 per cent (ONS, NOMIS Labour Market Statistics, http://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/gor/2013265921/subreports/gor_ccadr_time_series/report.aspx).

By delivering skills and creating opportunities and jobs, our long-term economic plan is helping young people get on in life and securing a better future for Britain.

Whereas we have a long-term economic plan, Labour have no plan at all – and no amount of dodgy stats can hide it.

Last week it was jobs, this week it’s benefits for young people – if Labour keep getting their numbers wrong, how can they be trusted on the economy?

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5 reasons Labour can never be trusted with the economy again (07/07/14)

You can’t trust Labour with the economy - just look at what they did when they were last in power:

  1. They were responsible for Britain’s longest and deepest recession since the War – making hardworking taxpayers poorer and less financially secure. (Source: Office for National Statistics, Quarterly National Accounts)
  2. Unemployment increased by nearly half a million under Labour – with hundreds of thousands of families left without the security of a pay packet. (ONS, Labour Market Statistics, Table A02)
  3. The number of people claiming unemployment benefit rose by 82 per cent between 2005 and 2010 – under Labour, our economy did not deliver for those who wanted to work hard and play by the rules. (ONS, Labour Market Statistics, Table CLA01)
  4. They left 292,000 more young people unemployed than when they came into office – a rise of 45%. (ONS, Labour Market Statistics)
  5. They left Britain with the biggest budget deficit in our peacetime history - with hardworking taxpayers forced to pick up the tab for Labour’s reckless spending. (ONS, Public Sector Finances)

The facts are clear: Labour wrecked the economy and failed hardworking taxpayers.

And they haven’t learnt their lesson. While the Conservatives have a long-term economic plan that is building a stronger, more competitive economy, Labour’s only answer is more spending, more borrowing and more taxes – exactly what got Britain into a mess in the first place.

That’s why we need to carry on working through our plan to secure a better future for Britain.

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