CBI optimism in manufacturing industry highest for 41 years – Conservative long term plan working

According to the CBI, optimism in the manufacturing industry is at its highest level for 41 years and yesterday the Bank of England upgraded its growth forecasts for the first half of the year
These latest figures are very good news – and are compelling evidence that our long-term economic plan is working.

There is still much more we need to do to build a resilient economy with more exports, more building, more investment – and more manufacturing too.

Our long-term economic plan is creating more jobs, so that more families are able to enjoy greater economic security and the prospect of a brighter future, and is building a stronger, more competitive economy that will secure a better future for Britain.

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Conservative government to protect local people from any more wind farms

The next Conservative Government will end any additional subsidy for onshore wind and change the planning system so that local councils have the decisive say on any future wind farms beyond those which have already received planning consent

If we are to protect Britain’s energy security, cut carbon emissions and ensure cost-effective supplies of energy for the long term, then renewable energy – alongside nuclear, gas and carbon capture and storage – is an important component of our energy future.

We remain committed to cutting our carbon emissions. And renewable energy, including onshore wind, has a key role in our future energy supply. But we now have enough bill payer-funded onshore wind in the pipeline to meet our renewable energy commitments and there’s no requirement for any more. That’s why the next Conservative Government will end any additional bill payer subsidy for onshore wind, and give local councils the decisive say on any new wind farms. Hardworking families’ energy bills will not rise as a result of this policy.

Improving competition in the energy industry and making sure that we have a good mixture of reliable energy are important parts of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain.

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Cambridge Labour proposing a raft of non jobs for city council

It seems Labour are not learning. In Cambridge they are planning to employ a range of new officers. What happened to austerity? What happened to protecting front line services?

First up is the most daft. A living wage promotion officer!!!!! This person will be employed to lobby businesses, colleges and other organisations in the city to pay the living wage. This will cost £39,280 over two years as well as a £14,000 costs and publicity budget.

This is a complete waste of public money. Whilst other public sector organisations are tightening the belt it seems Labour in Cambridge think that there is so much spare money around it can be used inappropriately. Hard working people deserve better. They are paying taxes to fund this nonsense. The money should either be not taken in precept in the first place or used on essential services.

This smacks of employing a council officer to carry out political work.

Second up is the Chesterton Co-ordinator role. This will cost £45,000 over two years. This looks like an unnecessary campaigning position. Why is it necessary in Chesterton and not other parts of the city? If local people want to gather together or bring ideas forward then if they see the need to they will. For example, I brought together a group of people, where I live, to campaign for broadband (see previous posts) and we won the day. We did not need a publicly funded officer to do this for us. The money would be better off being returned to the tax payer in a lower precept of being used on essential services.

Third but by no means least, a promotion of water meters officers. This is a daft idea created by politicians who are ……. wait for it ………wet behind the ears. Labour are proposing to spend £100,000 on an officer aimed at promoting the benefits of changing to a water meter?????? What happened to personal choice? What happened to common sense? What about the Water Companies in all this? It seems that council tenants still need to get permission before switching to water meters so that could be easily sorted with out cost.

Madness. Financially inept.

More and more. Labour want more enforcement officers, dog wardens, tree officers, anti-social behaviour officers, play officers, recycling and waste minimisation officers and so on.

Cambridge City Council has too many non jobs paid for by the taxpayer. It is time to get rid of them and certainly not to add any more.

At the county council I removed loads of them and the job was only half finished when I left.

For a more in-depth analysis Richard Taylor has a nice piece at http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/labour-non-jobs-cambridge.html

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Unemployment down again.

Unemployment has fallen again – meaning there are now 1.5 million more people in work since the last election

These strong jobs numbers are very good news – and are compelling evidence that our long-term economic plan is working. There are now a record number of jobs in Britain – and we have taken a further step in meeting the ambition the Chancellor has set for full employment. Every job created means another family with greater economic security and the prospect of a brighter future.

These remain difficult times for families facing pressures on their budgets, and much work needs still to be done to build a resilient economy. But these figures support the argument we have made all along that the only way to see rising living standards is to grow the economy.

Labour left nearly half a million more people without a job and Ed Miliband predicted that our economic plan would ‘lead to the disappearance of a million jobs’. But there are now 1.5 million more people in work and unemployment is down 251,000 on the election. Labour’s wild predictions about our economic plan have been exposed for the short-term politicking that they always were. Labour don’t have a long-term plan to secure Britain’s future – all they care about is their own short-term self-interest.

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Conservative East of England European Campaign Launch – Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I am looking forward to a great day on the 23rd. It is the Conservative launch of the European Campaign. It’s fitting that it is St George’s day with the Conservative party standing up for thus great county of ours.

We have a full day. First up is the official launch with Eric Pickles Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government joining our MEPs and candidates at the St Johns Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS at 12:00 noon. We are also expecting a significant number of local members.

Then we are off manning a high profile stand, with MEPs and candidates in attendance followed by a serious canvassing session.

I am pleased that we local Cambridge Conservatives have been able to attract such a high profile launch to Cambridge. Things are starting to happen for Conservatives in Cambridge and it feels good.

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Labour – a powerful brand but no substance and no economic plan

I am always amazed by voter loyalty. I guess it is a bit like buying into a known brand that lots of others buy. It feels safe in a group and not everyone can be wrong, can they? Similarly, some people support a football club however badly they perform, what ever the disastrous consequences for a Saturday afternoon.

Those that vote Labour seem particularly loyal and appear to see things through rose tinted spectacles. I guess Labour supporters buy into the redistribution of wealth concept. Take money from those that have it and give it to those that don’t.

Higher taxes on the wealthy and middle income earners to support those on benefits is the plan. This plays into the cliche of the working class marching to London for a job which at the time would have been appropriate but now is not. The old class wars are dead. We have a huge and growing middle ( no ) class.

The Union led Labour Party would try to convince us that everyone is downtrodden and unsuccessful. This is very far from the truth. The vast majority in this country are proud to be independently supporting their families, working to better themselves and see opportunity not negativity.

So, if Labour still see redistribution of wealth as a key aim what about wealth creation to fund it? I can’t see a plan. In fact when you get past the increasingly weak cost of living argument I don’t see anything at all.

All party’s want everybody to be better off. Why wouldn’t they? So what is the Labour plan to achieve this? All I can see is redistribution which in itself does nothing to generate wealth, worse it obstructs it.

Let’s look at Ed Balls record and see how he helped generate wealth for this county.

As an advisor to Gordon Brown, Balls encouraged the annual £5 Billion raid on private and company pension funds (Oct 1997). This directly affected all those who rely on pensions since that date. I conclude Ed Balls sees all pensioners as wealthy and needed to have that taken off them as redistribution.

Then he encouraged Brown to sell our gold reserves (having notified the market first) at the lowest prices, losing our country the equivalent of £11 Billion. That is a lot of money and seemed to have no basis except to cover up excessive spending by the Labour government. It potentially weakened our credit rating which could have increased interest rates for everyone including the young trying to buy a house.

Then Ed Balls encouraged local councils to double their council tax, introduced the fuel duty escalator, increased over one hundred and eleven other taxes.

None of which generated any additional wealth. So, Mr Balls, if you want to redistribute wealth you need to find a way of generating it first and a high tax, business unfriendly environment is not the way to do it.

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Are Cambridge City officers too close to Lib Dem party?

Local authorities depend on the political neutrality of officers. Officers must be independent and as importantly seen to be independent.

Sometimes organisations get too cosy. Sometimes council officers get caught up in the moment and without adequate supervision and the right culture they cross a line. It seems to me that when a council officer is promoting a Lib Dem manifesto using a semi official twitter account that is a step too far.

This morning it was made public, on twitter, that the Mill Road coordinator, appears to be promoting the Liberal Democrat manifesto. They retweeted one of Kilian Bourkes tweets.

Under normal circumstances political bias from officers is inappropriate but actively promoting a political parties manifesto just before an election is either a deliberate political act or an act of gross misconduct.

I question the use of tax payers money in promoting political parties, something this government expressly prohibits.

Not too long ago the same twitter account seemed to be promoting Julian Hupperts activities. If these coordinating roles are being used to promote political activity then the roles should go.

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