I have now been to most of the villages and towns of the constituency, and will visit the remaining ones this week. Two big themes come out from the many conversations I have held on doorsteps.
The first is the wish to see the economic recovery continue. People in business are finding things are picking up, with better order books. Wages are at last outstripping prices, and the tax cuts are welcome. There is a strong feeling that we should carry on with the approach that has got us back above the levels of 2007 when the Labour bust destroyed the boom and visited austerity on many families. The success in creating many more jobs is widely welcomed.
The second is the worry that the Wokingham constituency and England could get a bad deal, especially if the SNP win lots of seats and have undue influence on our public finances in the next Parliament. Scotland already has a better financial settlement than we do in Wokingham. As a result Scotland does not have tuition fees, and has better arrangements on care costs. People want a fairer settlement. They agree with me in taking up the issue of fairer funding for our schools and want to see Wokingham receive the money it needs for infrastructure.
If elected on May 7th the work I have been doing on getting permissions and money for new schools, roads, and general running expenses of our public services will continue. It will also be in the context of leading a campaign to get fairness for England, at a time of maximum pressures from the SNP.
Published and promoted by Thomas Puddy for John Redwood, both at 30 Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XU