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."



5 things you need to know about today’s important jobs figures (17/09/14)

The claimant count is down, employment is up, and our long-term economic plan is helping more people find a job and get on in life – as today’s jobs figures show.

1. Claimant count down

For the first time since 2008, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen below one million. Our plan is building a stronger, healthier economy, with fewer people relying on benefits and more having the security of work.

2. Record fall in unemployment

Unemployment is down 468,000 in the last year – the biggest annual fall on record. That’s giving more people the job they need to plan for a brighter future.

3. Employment up

There are now over 1.8m more people in work than in 2010 – that’s 1.8m people with the security of a pay packet to provide for themselves and their families. And there are now a record number of women in work.

4. Record fall in youth unemployment

Youth unemployment is down 213,000 in the last year – the biggest annual fall since records began.

5. Full-time employment up

Full-time employment is up 589,000 in the last year – showing that new jobs are secure and long-term.

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Labour left nearly half-a-million more people out of work than when they came into office. Their plans for more ineffective spending, more borrowing and higher taxes would put jobs, the recovery and the security of Britain’s future at risk.

But our long-term economic plan is helping people from all over the UK find a job and get on in life. The plan is working but there’s still more to do.

We now need to finish the job, keep moving towards our target of full employment, and secure a better future for all of Britain.

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6 things you need to know about Help to Buy (11/09/14)

The Conservatives’ Help to Buy scheme is helping families across the country achieve their dream of owning their own home.

Here are 6 things you need to know about the scheme:

  1. It’s helped over 50,000 people buy a home of their own 
  2. 82% of those helped have been first-time buyers
  3. 94% of sales have been outside London
  4. The average price of a house bought is about £187,000 – well below the national average
  5. It’s giving builders the confidence to build – and private sector house-building has increased by 34%
  6. It’s helped create jobs, with the number of workers being taken on in the housing sector increasing at the fastest rate in 17 years

Help to Buy is part of our long-term economic plan to give people more security and a better future – and it’s helped tens of thousands of families and first-time buyers get on the housing ladder and get on in life.

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Backing businesses for a better future (11/09/14)

Small business are the lifeblood of the economy – and we’re on their side.

Figures this week show that 20,000 start-up loans, worth over £100m, have been awarded to help new businesses get off the ground.

Start-up loans are helping people build something of their own and create jobs for others. That means a more financially secure future for hardworking taxpayers and their families.

We’re also supporting businesses by:

  • Cutting the jobs tax – saving businesses up to £2,000
  • Doubling rate relief – so 360,000 small businesses pay no rates at all
  • Scrapping red tape – saving businesses £1.5 billion and helping them grow

While Labour hit businesses with higher taxes and more regulations, our long-term economic plan is backing businesses – the key to creating jobs and building a healthier economy.

Only by continuing that plan will we secure a better future for Britain.

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A stronger, healthier economy (05/09/14)

The UK’s economy has grown even faster than previously thought, according to the Office for National Statistics – more evidence that our long-term economic plan is working.

The ONS have revised the UK’s GDP figures up by 1% since 2010 – meaning that our economy has grown faster than Germany, France, and any other major economy outside of North America.

A growing economy means more jobs and greater security and peace of mind for hardworking British taxpayers.

We are building a stronger, healthier economy – the deficit has been cut by over a third, there are 400,000 more businesses and 1.8 million more people in work, with the security of a pay packet to provide for their families.

But the job is not yet done.

Under Labour, Britain went through the deepest recession since the War – and the risks to the recovery from Europe and elsewhere remain. That’s why we must continue to work through the long-term economic plan, which is the only way to secure a better and brighter future for people across the country.

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Labour admit it: they want to tax your family home (04/09/14)

Labour started by claiming their proposed tax on the family home would only hit properties worth £2 million.

But already:

-          Labour MP David Lammy has said homes worth £1 million or less could be taxed

(Source: The Evening Standard, 03/09/14)

-          A senior Labour figure said homes worth £400,000 in the North of England should be hit too

(Source: Claire Reynolds quoted in Sunday Express, 10/08/14)

-          And Labour MP Tessa Jowell has admitted “people would have to move out of their family homes” because of the tax

(Source: The Guardian, 26/11/13)

If Labour get into government, who knows how many hardworking families will be hit by their planned tax on the family home?

Labour simply haven’t learnt their lesson: they taxed hardworking families to the brink last time they were in power – and now they want to do it all over again.

We have to stop them. Share this post on Facebook and Twitter today and let’s stop Ed Miliband getting into No. 10.

£21 billion: the cost of Labour’s summer spending spree (02/09/14)

Labour made an incredible £21 billion of unfunded spending commitments over the summer, new analysis has revealed.

In a series of speeches, Labour Ministers made a host of promises - such as more spending on benefits - which would cost hardworking taxpayers £21 billion.

In return, they only set out £105 million worth of savings to pay for them.

Labour simply haven’t learnt their lesson.

After taking Britain’s economy to the brink and opposing every spending reduction we’ve made, they spent the summer racking up billions of pounds more in spending promises.

With eight months to go until the next election, it’s becoming increasingly clear that all Ed Miliband offers is the exactly what got Britain into a mess in the first place: more borrowing, higher taxes and more debt than our children could ever hope to repay.

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World-class care for cancer patients (28/08/14)

We’re investing more in frontline NHS services.

Today we’re announcing an extra £160 million for the Cancer Drugs Fund – to give more patients access to the latest and best cancer drugs.

By taking the difficult decisions to cut inefficient spending elsewhere, we’re in a position to increase investment in the most important areas and give patients the care they need.

The Cancer Drugs Fund has already secured world-class and life-enhancing medication for over 55,000 patients – giving hope to them and their families.

Today’s news of more funding – which is only possible because of our long-term economic plan and careful management of the nation’s finances – will give that hope to many more.

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