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'The country is in safe hands'

Rugby Editorial 16th Jul, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

“Labour’s Great depression affected us all. It was the longest and deepest recession in the British economy since the war.

“Our businesses and core industries feared for their futures; the value of hardworking British people’s homes fell and our standard of living dropped.

“Our economy was a mess; our young people could not foresee a time when they would be able to get onto the housing ladder, unemployment increased by nearly half a million and people claiming unemployment benefit rose by 82 per cent between 2005 and 2010 – all under Labour’s watch.

“Now a recovery is well under way. It was never going to happen overnight and despite the massive progress this Government has made there is still so much more to do.

“We need a sustainable recovery; one that lasts and we need a responsible Government with a record of bringing stability and growth back to our economy to oversee it and to get the job done.

“In just four years this Government has reduced Labour’s deficit, cut immigration, frozen Labour’s planned fuel duty rises, helped create two million jobs in the private sector where there are now 400,000 more businesses than in 2010, capped welfare, delivered over 1.8m more apprenticeships, cut income tax for 25m people, cut crime by 10 per cent and helped our young people get the chance to own their own home.

“That is why I was delighted to welcome two government ministers to Rugby in recent weeks. The housing minister Kris Hopkins came to see first-hand how Rugby is helping deliver the homes this country needs to grow and prosper and the skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock visited the innovative MTC in Ansty before cutting the ribbon on one of Rugby’s great businesses success stories Automotive Insulations’ new premises on Central Park.

“In Rugby, and across the country, our businesses have grown confident again over the last four years and jobs are being created.

“And thanks to the foresight of the Conservative led borough council in bringing forward a Local Plan to direct where building should take place new homes are being provided.

“I know that both ministers were rightly impressed by what they saw in Rugby and left fully aware why we are all so proud of our town.

“Rugby is a success story but even in our home town there is more to do and local residents can rest assured that at both a central, and a local government level we have people determined to deliver long-term growth and prosperity.”

Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby

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