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Equal Opportunities for Women

This month the Prime Minister set out his ambition to end the gender pay gap within a generation. He believes like the rest of his party that there should be equal opportunities for men and women in all aspects of their lives. There are now more women leading businesses than ever before, the gender pay gap is at an all-time low, and women now make up at least 25 per cent of all FTSE 100 company boards – but there is more to do.

Global Security

The world feels like a dangerous place all of a sudden. Greece first. We have continued to urge our euro area colleagues to act swiftly and responsibly to resolve current uncertainty and ensure economic and financial stability but given the present situation of a default and a potential exit from the euro, we have to be prepared for an impact on the stability of our own financial systems.

EU Referendum

Exmouth JournalThe EU Referendum Bill has now been introduced to the House of Commons and the Prime Minister has been racing around Europe to hold talks on the renegotiation. So it seems after years of wrangling it is actually going to happen as promised. This Bill is a concrete step towards settling the debate about the UK’s membership of the EU once and for all. It will pave the way for the British people to have their say for the first time in 40 years on our place in Europe and will offer an important choice about our country’s destiny. 

Post Election

Exmouth JournalElection over and now the real work begins. There is much to do. The deficit may be down by more than a half but we need to keep working through our long-term plan to make sure Britain lives within its means. 

Worst Case Scenario

Express & EchoCan I throw up a scenario? It’s May the 8th and the Conservatives have just won the election; 290 seats to Labour’s 260. But no-one is feeling particularly exhilarated, in fact there is an impending sense of doom and gloom. 

Budget

Express & EchoLast week Chancellor George Osborne unveiled his final Budget before the general election, telling MPs "Britain is walking tall again" after five years.He announced tax relief for savers and said a squeeze on public spending would end a year earlier than planned if the Conservatives win in May. There were no real gimmicks or surprises. 

Election

Express & EchoFor a while it all looked pretty simple, either the Conservatives would win the 2015 election or Labour would. But in the last four months the shape of British politics has become even more altered and unpredictable. First we had a split on the right (Tories/UKIP) then one on the left (Labour/SNP)  then there was the green surge (Lib Dems/Greens/Labour) which oddly enough was created by Downing Street with the Prime Minister threatening not to participate in the election debates unless Natalie Bennett was included. 

TTIP

Exmouth JournalThe Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is causing a bit of a stir at the moment. If you have not heard about it yet, you soon will. Opponents say that our public services, environment and democracy are under threat from the biggest corporate power grab in a decade.

Crisis in the NHS

Exmouth JournalBack to Westminster and Ed Milliband couldn't have wished for a better backdrop to launch his election campaign. "A & E Crisis Worst for Ten Years" screamed paper headlines. The pressure on the NHS certainly does feel as if it has reached breaking point with at least 14 hospitals declaring major incidents and cancelling operations.

The Economy

Exmouth JournalWhat we call the "the regulated period" of the 2015 general election campaign has well and truly begun. I’m afraid from now on in there will be many duelling speeches from the PM and his opposite numbers. Last week we had David Cameron attacking Ed Milliband’s plans for the economy while Ed Milliband took to the seaside with a speech on immigration in which he committed his party to introducing jail terms for employers who exploit migrant workers.