CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE, Wokingham constituency.

About John:

John is a business man by background, who ran industrial and financial companies before becoming an MP. John was MP for Wokingham in the last Parliament, and has been a Minister, Cabinet Minister, Shadow Cabinet Minister and Chairman of the Conservatives Economic Policy Review.

In the last couple of years John has written his daily blog on www.johnredwood.com, keeping people in touch with the economic crisis, other issues and local matters, and proposing solutions to the UK’s ills. He co authored “Freeing Britain to compete”, a study of the policies needed to create higher living standards and a more prosperous economy, and published “After the Credit Crunch – No more boom and bust?”.

He has also been an active campaigner on local issues, ranging from flooding through planning to education.

John Redwood on the 2010 election in Wokingham:

“All the pundits and pollsters agree this General Election offers a genuine choice to voters – do you want five more years of Gordon Brown or do you want to change to a Conservative government?

The polls show it is possible for the Conservatives to win a majority and then to get on with the task of sorting out the economy and the massive debt. In Wokingham many voters will want to help the nation make that crucial decision. If you want a change of government then voting Conservative is the way to bring it about. If you don’t want a change to a Conservative government then any of the other parties will help give you what you want.

As an economic adviser to the Conservative leadership, I am only too well aware of how many things we need to change to create the jobs and the higher living standards people rightly want. If we do not start to control the deficit and debt soon we could end up like Greece, forced by a crisis to slash public spending and forced by the markets to pay much higher interest rates for our borrowing. We need to do more for less throughout the public sector.

We need to cut taxes on earning and saving, to provide the incentives to earn our way out of the mess. Labour’s strategy of more taxes and more regulations will drive business away, limit or destroy jobs, and lower living standards. That’s why Conservatives have proposed cutting National Insurance, freezing Council Tax and cutting Corporation and small business taxes. They also have said that lower tax rates in general help create more prosperity.

We need to strengthen Parliament and our democracy. That is why Conservatives say we need to get powers back from Brussels, give more power to Parliament to challenge and question the government, and give more power of choice to Councils, individuals and families.

We need to raise educational standards, make it more worthwhile to work and get many of those on benefits into jobs. The best spending cut of all will be to cut the amount spent on benefits because more are in paid employment.

I would like to help bring about those changes Wokingham and the rest of the UK need. That is why I am standing for Parliament.”

Promoted by Christine Hill on behalf of John Redwood, both of 30 Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XU

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  1. Nick
    Posted April 9, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    And there is the problem.

    Less power for Brussels politicians. More power for Westminister. Democracy.

    However, its just democracy for MPs.

    Where is the right for the electorate to have their direct say in an issue? Nothing.

    ie. It's rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. Electing the next thief.

  2. cheap ghd
    Posted May 7, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    The best spending cut of all will be to cut the amount spent on benefits because more are in paid employment.

  3. rolex daytona
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    I would like to help bring about those changes Wokingham and the rest of the UK need. That is why I am standing for Parliament.

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    John Redwood won a free place at Kent College, Canterbury, and graduated from Magdalen College Oxford. He is a Distinguished fellow of All Souls, Oxford. A businessman by background, he has set up an investment management business, was both executive and non executive chairman of a quoted industrial PLC, and chaired a manufacturing company with factories in Birmingham, Chicago, India and China. He is the MP for Wokingham, first elected in 1987.

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