Lincolnshire MPs Meet With Local Government Minister Over Fair Funding Campaign

Sir Edward Leigh, the veteran Member of Parliament for the Gainsborough constituency, has taken part in a meeting with other Lincolnshire MPs and the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, about the important issue of getting a fairer funding deal from central government for local government in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire MPs meet Secretary of State Sajid Javid MP

Lincolnshire MPs meet with Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Sir Edward has joined fellow parliamentarians and local councils across Lincolnshire is seeking a fairer funding deal from central government for the county. Currently Lincolnshire County Council estimates that the county would benefit from £116 million of extra funding if Lincolnshire received the national average for council areas in England.

Sir Edward was joined by Matt Warman MP (Boston & Skegness), Victoria Atkins (Louth & Horncastle) and Dr. Caroline Johnson (Sleaford & North Hykeham) at a meeting with the minister on Wednesday, 11th October 2017. Sir Edward Leigh said:

“Lincolnshire’s Conservative Members of Parliament are working as a team to make sure that this issue is on the radar of ministers. Next week I look forward to joining my colleagues and welcoming Cllr. Martin Hill, the Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, to a meeting with the Secretary of State to discuss this issue.

“A fairer funding deal for Lincolnshire could help with providing key transport infrastructure improvements or fibre broadband to all the county’s businesses. The sort of money we are missing out on would equate to building a new hospital or a by-pass scheme – each year.

“Fundamentally this is an issue of fairness. It is surely unfair for other shire areas to, on average, receive an extra £57m a year – whilst in metropolitan areas that figure rises to £87m a year and in London it’s £141m a year.

“Lincolnshire needs to fight now to make sure our voice is heard. So local people and parish councils should add their voices to our district councils and county council to make soure we get the best possible deal for Lincolnshire.”

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | October 12th, 2017


The flat tax would be good for Britain

Simplifying tax would help small business, increase government revenue, and make us more free

The following essay of mine is printed in The Future of Conservatism, a new book edited by David Davis MP, Brian Binley MP, and John Baron MP.

The UK has a labyrinthine tax system. Much of the responsibility for this lies with the last Labour government, which burdened British citizens and businesses with over 5,000 pages of new tax rules and regulations. The result; our Tax Code has more than doubled in size since 1997, recently surpassing India’s to become the largest in the world.

This has allowed the growth of an entire industry to discover tax loopholes. The TUC claims tax avoidance costs the Treasury £13 billion per year in lost tax from individuals, and £12 billion per year in unpaid tax from businesses. This dwarfs the estimated £1 billion a year lost as a result of benefit fraud.

With the Coalition Government forced to make tough choices about public spending in order to reduce the deficit, we need to consider not just what the government spends money on, but also how the government raises taxes in the first place. If we really want a simpler tax system, we should implement a flat tax for both individuals and businesses.

This is how it would work. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Edward Leigh | October 3rd, 2011


Edward Leigh Appointed Financial Advisor to HM Treasury

Edward Leigh MP has accepted the Chancellor’s invitation to act as an adviser on improving accountability to Parliament. In this role, he will provide advice and challenge the Treasury and the activities it is undertaking that are aimed at improving financial management across the government. Edward Leigh MP hopes to strengthen financial discipline across the public sector.

You can read more about this appointment here.

Posted by Edward Leigh's Office | September 17th, 2010





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