On Wednesday I met leading BBC people at the Commons. They told us of their commercial successes with Dr Who and Strictly Come dancing, and tried to whet our appetite for their Christmas schedules with a long advert for their leading programmes. I asked them how they defined public service broadcasting? They said they saw […]
Free enterprise offers us the hope of a better tomorrow. Conservatives like me want more people to succeed, more people to enjoy rising living standards, more people to own homes and shares and other items of value. My opponents’ caricature that Conservatives promote low pay for the many and greater inequality for the few is […]
The documents connected to the Autumn Statement include an interesting table which shows that the majority of the additional deficit reduction the OBR is now forecasting will come from increased tax revenue. In 2014-15 an additional £9.6bn of tax is 77% of the extra deficit reduction (compared to the March position). In […]
As expected, the Autumn Statement produced a new independent official forecast for the economy. The OBR expects growth to be faster, and extra borrowing lower as a result. By 2018-19 the government aims to be repaying debt. The forecast also anticipates a substantial increase in new housing, with modest house prices rises […]
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I agree with my right hon. Friend the Minister (Michael Fallon) that the House would be wise to reject amendment 105. I will not rehearse the arguments that he or my hon. Friend the Member for Poole (Mr Syms) eloquently put, but I would take issue with one thing that […]
Conservatives are in many ways better placed to cut poverty than Labour. If you are keen to let more people succeed, to build businesses and create jobs, you will do more to eliminate poverty than if you want to tax enterprise into submission. If you believe in competitive markets, you offer people more choice of […]
I voted with other MPs today in support of Zac Goldsmith’s Bill for the recall of MPs. We won the vote, but the three main front benches do not agree with the measure, so it is unlikely to become a law.
This year’s Autumn Statement will come just before the end of the year, on a wintry December 5th. It should show us that this time the economy is performing better than the official forecasts. Tax revenue will be higher, the deficit lower, and output higher than the OBR thought in the spring. This gives the […]
Today I met representatives of Post Office management at the Commomns. I pointed out that Wokingham POst Office now regularly has long queues of people wishing to use the services. There are insufficient counters in the front of the building. The working conditions in the sorting office at the back, part of the Royal Mail […]
I arranged a meeting for the Leader of Wokingham Council to meet the new Minister for Housing. Mr Hopkins, in Westminster yesterday. The aim was to continue the close working between central and local government established by Mr Lee the Leader and Mr Prisk when he was Minister.