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We Must be Vigilant to the Danger of Winter Floods

In the Windsor constituency we are well aware of the devastating impact that floods can have on people homes, lives and livelihoods.

Almost every winter the River Thames swells and our flood defences are tested. Three years ago we watched with alarm as the gauges on the Thames reached the highest levels recorded since their introduction as we were hit by serious winter floods.

Adam Afriyie welcomes tax cut for businesses, charities and clubs in Windsor

Adam Afriyie has welcomed new figures showing that 109,000 businesses in the South East have benefited from the new Employment Allowance.

The allowance takes up to £2,000 off the National Insurance bill of every employer in the country, and means a business can now hire someone on £22,400 a year without paying any Employers’ National Insurance at all.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:

“Cutting this pernicious Jobs Tax will help businesses create jobs in Windsor, Berkshire and across the country. More people will now have the added security of a regular monthly wage, so they can pay their bills and look after their families.

“Unemployment in Windsor has fallen by over 50% since May 2010, and this cut to National Insurance will help businesses, charities and clubs continue to do their good work creating jobs and prosperity.

“We must also rename Employers’ National Insurance the ‘Jobs Tax’, so that everyone can see on their payslip that their employers are charged for every job they create. This tax must be reduced in the longer term if we want more jobs.

“It’d also be a great idea to merge Employees’ National Insurance and Income Tax into one simple tax, so it’s easier to see how much tax you are paying and simpler to work it out.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. Mr Afriyie’s website: http://www.adamafriyie.org/

 

Contribution to a debate on communities

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): We face some challenges, too. The character of our area, our community and our neighbourhoods is being ruined by insensitive high-density development. That is placing pressure on our roads, creating queues at our GPs’ surgeries and causing stress to parents who cannot find a place for their children in the local schools. We have also had the blight of flooding in recent years. In areas such as Horton, Wraysbury, Old Windsor and Datchet, the risks caused by the inadequate measures on the Jubilee river still exist. In other parts of the constituency, the challenge and threat of increasing aircraft noise remain. We have a noisy neighbour in Heathrow, which not only provides employment but brings stresses and strains with the continued noise and pollution that is created. We have some challenges, and we must rise to meet them.

Like many Members, I come from a fairly ordinary background. When one comes from an ordinary background, one is determined to make something of oneself. I worked hard at school, I made it to grammar school and then on to university. I have worked hard in business for many years. I am delighted that today, the organisations that I helped to start provide incomes and livelihoods for about 300 people and their families. I will continue to work hard here in Parliament, to take action on the issues that matter to us all.

When I was being lovingly dragged up in south-east London, a thought struck me. My friends, my family and the people with whom I have worked over the years all seem to be happier when they are making decisions for themselves—when they have control of their own lives. One of the biggest causes of stress in Britain today is a feeling that one’s own life is out of one’s control. With my hon. Friends, I am determined that people should regain a sense of control over their lives. We have had a lot of talk today about civil liberties, and I am determined that we shall continue that push towards civil liberties, towards a country free from unnecessary interference from state and government.

Despite the sleep deprivation during the campaign and for the first couple of weeks here in Parliament, I am thrilled, delighted, excited and elated to be here, but I am also conscious of the onerous responsibility that we bear as Members. The House has my commitment that I will take action; I will not only campaign for the residents of Windsor but take action on the things that matter to us all. In the years to come, I want all of us to feel a sense of control over our lives, a sense of self-confidence in who we are and, as far as is possible in a civilised society, a sense of freedom to enjoy our lives in the way that we choose. Above all, I want all British citizens to rediscover a sense of pride in being British. I say without hesitation or hindrance that I am proud to be British. I am proud to play a small role in this debate, and I am proud that under your watchful eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I will play a small role in the future of our great nation.