Tamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher, has welcomed the Summer Budget, endorsing the Chancellor’s plan to finish the job on the deficit, keep moving to a higher “living wage”, lower taxes for the many and careful welfare economy to put security first for Tamworth families.
Mr Pincher said, “Tamworth continues to have one of the lowest levels of unemployment across the country and this Budget delivers security for working people in Tamworth and keeps Britain moving from a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy to a higher wage, low tax and fair welfare country. I welcome this Budget as another positive step that helps make Tamworth the best place to live, work and bring up a family.
“The new National Living Wage and tax cuts for working families will boost take-home pay for those who work hard and want to get on in life – meaning more financial security.
“Reducing the tax burden on businesses will create new and more skilled jobs and give more Tamworth people the security of well-paid work. A strong economy means we can invest in our world-class NHS and meet our defence commitments – which the Chancellor pledged to do by honoring our NATO spending target – and helping families across the county get a foot on the housing ladder.”
Earlier Mr Pincher had spoken during Prime Minister’s Questions asking David Cameron to back more high-tech firms in the Midlands. He also paid tribute again to local Tunisia outrage victim Sue Davey. He said, “May I associate myself with the Prime Minister’s remarks about the families of the victims of Tunisia, particularly the family of my constituent, Sue Davey? In the past three years, unemployment in Tamworth has fallen faster than anywhere else in the country.
“Will my right hon. Friend encourage high-tech firms such as Jaguar Land Rover and BMW to be the motors of the midlands engine, and remind the Labour party that Ed Balls’ comments that our long-term plan would choke off jobs and growth were just plain wrong?”
The Prime Minister responded saying, “I am delighted that Tamworth has that record, not least because it has such an association with Conservative Prime Ministers down the years and the Tamworth Manifesto.
“The point my hon. Friend makes is a good one. People who try to say that the jobs we have created are part-time and low paid should look at what is happening in places such as the west midlands where we see growth in manufacturing, engineering and jobs that have long-term successful careers attached to them, and we want more of that.”