Thursday, 24 November 2016

Autumn Statement - A Letter from the Chancellor

Six years ago, we took over an economy on the brink of collapse, with the highest budget deficit in our peacetime history. We took the tough decisions to tackle that deficit, rebuilt Britain’s shattered fiscal credibility and created more than 2.7 million new jobs.

The 2016 Autumn Statement I gave today provides an economic platform with certainty and stability at its heart. As the UK leaves the EU and as we begin writing this new chapter in our country’s history, we have set out how we will provide support for our economy through investment and job creation; and how we will provide help for ordinary working people with the cost of living.

It tackles the long-term challenges facing the country, by investing in infrastructure and innovation to boost long-term economic growth. Raising productivity is essential to delivering the high-wage, high-skill economy that will deliver more jobs and higher living standards for people across the country. And that’s why we are acting, with a £23 billion National Productivity Investment Fund, to invest in our infrastructure, transport, digital economy and to build the homes that we need.

It provides the confidence and certainty that our economy needs with a clear plan to get the country back to living within its means. Our new draft Charter for Fiscal Responsibility will see the public finances returned to balance as early as possible in the next Parliament, with a secondary target for the deficit to be below 2% of GDP by the end of this Parliament, public sector net debt as a share of GDP falling by the end of this Parliament, as well as welfare capped.

And it signals our help with the cost of living for millions of ordinary working people. As well as taking millions of people out of income tax, this Government has introduced 15 hours a week of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, raised school standards and invested in the NHS. But more needs to be done to help families make ends meet. That’s why we are raising the National Living Wage – a pay rise for over a million people, and £500 for a full time worker; that’s why we’ve announced a freeze in fuel duty for the seventh successive year, saving the average car driver £130 a year in total; and that’s why we will reduce the taper rate for Universal Credit, increasing the incentive to work and helping three million households.
This is an Autumn Statement that will build an economy that works for everyone.

As I said at the start, six years ago, the economy that Labour left us was on the brink of collapse. And every step of the way, the Labour Party have been sniping from the sidelines, opposing every decision we’ve taken to fix the economy. They want to raise taxes, reverse savings and spend hundreds of billions of pounds we don’t have. It just shows they couldn’t control the public finances and would crash the economy like they did last time.

Today we resolve to prepare Britain to seize the opportunities ahead, and to do so in a way that builds an economy where everybody has a chance, and where every part of this United Kingdom contributes to, and shares in our future success.

Thank you for your support.
Philip Hammond
Chancellor of the Exchequer 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Whitton Station Upgrade - OPEN TO ALL

Five million pounds worth of upgrades were officially unveiled at Whitton Station on Friday, the major improvements include a new station building, new bridge, two lifts, refurbished platforms and canopies.
Passengers will find Whitton Station more accessible than ever thanks to the partnership work between Network Rail, Richmond Council and the Department for Transport.  The new station building includes a new ticket office, shops, new fully-accessible toilet, an improved station forecourt and cycle racks. An enormous amount of investment has been made at the station since improvements began in March 2015 and were completed this month.
Whitton Cllr Gareth Elliott said:
"This upgrade is a wonderful addition to Whitton Village bringing provision of access to all - be it the disable, the elderly or parents with young children. With fast access into London our partners at Network Rail, the RFU and the Council have shown a confidence in Whitton as a forward looking dynamic place to live, work and play."
Richmond Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:
"We have worked hard over the years with our partners at Network Rail and the RFU to help make this major £5million improvement programme happen at Whitton Station. The official unveiling of this new, fully accessible footbridge is a proud day for us and marks the completion of the final phase of these upgrades.
"The new bridge provides two lifts for passengers and since the work began in March 2015 our £450k investment alongside a similar amount from the RFU, has helped to provide passengers with refurbished platforms and canopies and a new station building which houses a new ticket office, new retail unit, new accessible toilet and an improved station forecourt and cycle racks.
"Richmond Council has already made a big investment in transforming Whitton High Street through our Uplift Programme which complements the major upgrade work at Whitton Station. We are all very proud of the work that has gone on in Whitton over the years. It will make a big difference to the local community and leave a long-lasting legacy."
Route Managing Director at Network Rail, Becky Lumlock, added:
"Our Railway Upgrade Plan is delivering better stations and better journeys across the region. The £5million that has been invested here will make a real difference to passengers, providing them with a more pleasant and more welcoming station. The number of passengers using the railway is growing at a fantastic rate and by investing in making the railway more accessible we can help to make sure that everyone can take advantage of the improvements we're making."

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Are You Interested in Representing Whitton - Join the Team for 2018

The Twickenham Conservative Association is currently on the lookout for talented individuals with a desire to serve their local community. 

Across the Borough of Richmond upon Thames we are seeking to identify committed and passionate individuals with an interest in standing as a local Councillor.

If this is something that appeals to you and you believe you have the time and the capacity to make a real difference then please register your interest with David Jones, the Borough Campaign Agent.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to their local area and the Conservatives, complete an application form and attend an Approvals Committee before applying for seats in their preferred wards. Membership of the Conservative party is mandatory.

It is important that those wishing to nominate expect to meet the strict eligibility requirements before applying:
  • Be a British citizen, or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the EU and resident in the UK.
  • Over 18 years old on the day on nomination.
  • On the Electoral Register for the Council Area in which you seek election.
  • Have lived or worked in the Council Area for at least the last 12 months.

Being a councillor gives individuals a genuine opportunity to make a difference in our community.  So if you are interested  why don’t you get in touch ASAP.  Applicants will receive lots of support from local MPs, Conservative Group colleagues and the Borough Campaigns Team.

Any further questions or to register an interest should be directed to the Agent on 020 8878 7866 or by email to

Please Note: If you have previously registered an interest in standing as a Cllr through the Chairman or Deputy Chair Political of Twickenham Association there is no need to re-notify in response to this email as your details have already been passed across.  This email is a final call for anyone wishing to register an interest, but has not yet done so.   The Agent will promulgate details of the application process and timelines to all registered applicants and Branch Chairs later this week.