Sir Ed: UK has created more jobs than the rest of Europe

Gainsborough jobless down a third since 2010

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Gainsborough, has welcomed the latest figures showing 664 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the constituency compared to 2010 — a 34 per cent drop.

“The job creation record of this Government has been nothing short of astounding,” Sir Edward, who has represented Gainsborough in parliament for over thirty years, said. “Here in our part of Lincolnshire we’ve seen unemployment drop by over a third since the Conservatives entered government, with 135,000 more jobs across the East Midlands.”

“Britain has created more jobs than the rest of Europe put together. These are solid jobs as well, 80 per cent of them full-time, and each job is an individual or a family that can pay off debts, spend more, or save for the future.”

“These figures should help convince voters that we simply can’t risk going back to the Labour years of fewer jobs, fewer opportunities, and debt spiralling out of control. Conservatives in government are putting the country on a stable route to a brighter future. That’s why it’s vital to vote Conservative on May 7th.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | April 20th, 2015

Sir Ed welcomes tax relief for family homes

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Gainsborough, has welcomed the news today that a future Conservative Government would take the family home out of inheritance tax.

The Prime Minster has committed to introducing a new allowance into the tax system, which will effectively increase the Inheritance Tax threshold to £1 million for married couples – meaning only the very rich would pay inheritance tax. This will be paid for by increasing taxes on very wealthy people’s pensions.

“Family is the most important thing,” Sir Edward said, “and people who have saved their entire lives, putting hard-earned money into their home shouldn’t be crippled with inheritance tax when passing it on to their children.”

“This new allowance increasing the Inheritance Tax threshold to £1 million for married couples will be of gread benefit to people in our part of Lincolnshire. For most of us here in the Gainsborough constituency this should take the family home out of inheritance tax.”

“Our plan has been to cut taxes on the people who work hard and do the right thing. Income tax for basic rate taxpayers has already been cut by £825 and we’ve committed to increasing the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500 in the next Parliament.”

“The Conservatives are the only party who’ve made an explicit commitment not to increase taxes on working people. Voters are faced with the choice of stable prosperity with the Prime Minister’s team, or the chaos and debt of the SNP propping up Ed Miliband in Downing Street.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | April 13th, 2015

MP hails victory over Kingerby turbine

Warns Labour win might mean 'epidemic' of wind farms

Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh has declared victory over another wind turbine application in West Lindsey. “I am delighted to hear that permission for the wind turbine at Kingerby has been refused,” the Conservative MP of over thirty years’ standing said.

“The appeal on the original application has been turned down by my colleague the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, and I understand that West Lindsey District Council have very wisely determined that a modified application is ‘deemed withdrawn’ for failing to overcome previous objections.”

“These ominous blades would have swung 165 feet in the air and loomed over our countryside,” the MP continued. “The Government has been right to back local decision-making so that our district councils aren’t overwhelmed by appeals.”

“If Labour gets back into power, we won’t have a friendly ear at the Department anymore, and we could very well be faced with a whole new epidemic of wind farm applications. I hope voters will see off this threat as we have seen off so many before.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | March 25th, 2015

MP welcomes yet another jobless drop

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, heralded newly released figures which showed yet another drop in the number of unemployed people in his constituency.

“The statistics for February 2015 show 1,381 people claiming the Jobseeker’s Allowance here in Gainsborough,” the MP said. “This is 502 lower than a year earlier, and 76 lower than last month.”

“Since the Conservatives took over the Treasury we’ve seen a 26.93% drop in unemployment here in the Gainsborough constituency. With 30.9 million people in work nationwide, Britain now has the highest employment rate in the history of the country. The overwhelming majority of these jobs are full-time, and wages are rising faster than prices, too.”

“We are creating a jobs-led recovery so that the economy benefits all people across Britain. Given the extraordinary levels of debt Labour accumulated, I very much hope voters across the country will send a strong message and vote in a Conservative majority come May.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | March 23rd, 2015

MP welcomes Gainsborough Central rethink

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, has welcomed Network Rail’s announcement that they are re-evaluating their plans for Gainsborough Central station. The MP wrote to the rail infrastructure body objecting to their plans for new bridges at the station that would be inaccessible for travellers in wheelchairs, parents with prams, and mobility-impaired people.

“Network Rail have let me know that they are ‘actively seeking an alternative solution’,” the MP said. “I welcome this change, and I hope Network Rail will keep in mind the full range of passengers who travel by rail.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | March 3rd, 2015

Sir Ed: Private sector driving jobless drop

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough, has hailed yet another decline in the unemployment rate for his constituency. The Office for National Statistics revealed the number of jobseekers in Gainsborough stands at 1,457, a 23.8 per cent drop from the same time last year.

“I’m very pleased that we have 456 fewer people on the Jobseeker’s Allowance here in Gainsborough,” the MP of thirty years’ standing said. “The number of young unemployed has declined as well, with a 24.8 per cent drop in the number of unemployed ages 18-24 here in the constituency.”

“The private sector is driving growth,” Sir Edward continued. “The increase in private-sector employment is over five times the fall in public sector jobs, and we have nearly 2.2 million more people employed in the private sector than in 2010. The overwhelming majority of these – 76 per cent – are in full-time jobs. Overall, the country’s jobs-wanted figure is at 718,000, the highest number since records began.”

“We’ve also increased prosecutions of tax dodgers fivefold to ensure the very rich are paying their share. Meanwhile, Ed Balls is attacking ordinary working people and saying they should demand receipts for small cash jobs. I’d say he’s got his priorities wrong.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | February 23rd, 2015

MP: Station needs disabled crossing

Network Rail’s plans for a new crossing at Gainsborough Central have stoked the ire of local Conservative MP, Sir Edward Leigh. The company, which maintains Britain’s rail infrastructure, announced plans for a new crossing that fails to include ramp access.

“I condemn unequivocally Network Rail’s plans for a ramp-less replacement crossing at Gainsborough Central,” the MP of thirty years’ standing said. “It is brazen of Network Rail to make plans for this station that completely ignore the needs of disabled travellers as well as those with prams.”

“I’ve volunteered with the disabled myself and I know how difficult it can be for people in wheelchairs to get around,” the MP continued, “so I’ve written to Network Rail to express my objection to their plans.”

“I hope they do the right thing and bring in a proper crossing with a ramp to this station which has faced chronic under-investment from Network Rail.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | February 11th, 2015

Sir Ed praises ‘hale & hearty’ health stats

More doctors & nurses for Lincs as MRSA cases halved

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough, saluted recently released Department for Health figures which showed an increase in the number of doctors and nurses serving Lincolnshire since the last general election.

“Our local NHS trust has hired 29 more doctors and 78 more nurses, including two extra midwives, since 2010. The statistics also show 11,500 more MRI scans and 20,047 more CT scans, while MRSA cases have been cut in half since 2010.”

“The health of people here in Lincolnshire is demonstrably improving since our reforms were introduced, and I was happy to see that £7.2 million of the Government’s £700 million winter funding for health went to our county.”

“Lincolnshire is hale and hearty with the Conservatives running the NHS, but if Labour return it’d be back to bottomless-pit spending on administrators and bureaucrats. Jeremy Hunt knows that doctors and nurses are what we need, and these statistics show we’re delivering.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | February 4th, 2015

Open Letter on Mitochondrial Donation Regulations

Forty-four Members of the European Parliament have written an open letter to the Health Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, over today’s vote on the Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015.

The MEPs come from across the political spectrum in the European Parliament: the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats, the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), the European Conservatives & Reformists, the Greens/European Free Alliance, Europe of Freedom & Direct Democracy, and non-attached.

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Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | February 3rd, 2015

Sir Ed fights for grammar school funds

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, has organised a House of Commons debate attacking the disparity in per pupil funding of grammar schools.

Citing the research of David Allsop, head of Queen Elizabeth’s in Gainsborough, Sir Edward told MPs “the grammar school that [Mr Allsop] heads was the least well funded school per pupil in the county. It receives £4,474 per pupil on average, while a similar sized comprehensive school in Lincolnshire receives £6,481 per pupil.”

“If we are to promote educational excellence,” Sir Edward continued, “it is not a good idea to give the best school in Lincolnshire, which everybody tries to get into, only £4,000 per pupil per year, while giving the worst-performing comprehensive in Lincoln, which nobody wants to go to, £7,000 per head per year.”

The MP of over thirty years’ experience said he was “proud to have two excellent grammar schools in my constituency” and hailed them as “centres of excellence” while saluting county councillors for appreciating their importance.

Sir Edward described the scrapping of grammar schools across most of the country as “one of the greatest policy disasters of the post-war era” and recalled that the schools had achieved “an unqualified and unprecedented level of social mobility”.

In his response the Minister of State for School Reform, Nick Gibb MP, paid tribute to the “exceptional” results achieved by grammar schools in the area.

“Since 2010, 100% of students attending Caistor Grammar School have achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C,” Mr Gibb noted, adding that “at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, 61.5% of A-level grades were A* to B.”

“Those schools are achieving remarkable, high-quality, high-standard academic education results.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | January 14th, 2015

MP secures apology for “totally unacceptable” hospital neglect

An intervention by Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, has helped secure a personal apology from the Health Secretary to a constituent who suffered mistreatment at Lincoln County Hospital.

“I wanted also to reply personally to say how shocked I was – and to apologise to you on behalf of the government and the NHS,” Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Health, said in his hand-written note, adding to his three-page formal reply.

“There is much good care in the NHS, but not sadly everywhere,” he continued.

The constituent went into hospital for a broken wrist and was denied her meals alongside other patients in the ward, being told by hospital staff “it’s not our job” when she requested food. The patient was discharged without being advised as to further treatment, and it was left to an unrelated nurse to clean and remove the dressing which was left unexamined, risking infection.

Mr Hunt said that the constituent’s treatment was “totally unacceptable” and noted that he would follow the progress of the case, which “has reminded me there is much work to do as we work to improve standards in the NHS.”

Sir Edward Leigh, who brought the case to Mr Hunt’s attention, said he was “very pleased” the Health Secretary took the time to write to his constituent personally. “My constituent faced an unacceptable neglect, and I’m glad the Health Secretary admitted that,” the MP said. “It’s good to know that someone in charge is actually keeping an eye on things, and takes the time to put a human touch to what can often be an intimidating impersonal experience.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | December 17th, 2014

End imbalance in grammar school funding

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, has called on the Education Secretary to end the funding imbalance between comprehensives and grammar schools.

“[T]he top-performing grammar school in Lincolnshire gets £4,000 per pupil per year and the worst-performing comprehensive gets £7,000 per head per year,” Sir Edward told the Commons during Education Questions.

“If we are going to win the global race for excellence, we need top-flight scientists and mathematicians, and a disproportionate number of them are provided by our remaining 160 grammar schools.”

“We must do more to help our excellent schools provide the top-class mathematicians of the future.”

Caistor Grammar School, founded in 1630, is located in Sir Edward’s constituency of Gainsborough.

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | December 11th, 2014

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