MP of­fers bud­get ad­vice

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS -

Bill Grant was among Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive MPs who had a pre- bud­get meet­ing with the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer Philip Hammond.

The Ayr, Car­rick and Cum­nock MP said: “Mr Hammond lis­tened very care­fully to the points we made in the in­ter­ests of our in­di­vid­ual con­stituen­cies and the Scot­tish econ­omy in gen­eral.

“We, as a Con­ser­va­tive group in Scot­land, have a voice we can use to in­flu­ence the fi­nan­cial and tax poli­cies in the UK to the ben­e­fit of Scot­land.”

He added: “The chan­cel­lor has a very dif­fi­cult task in bal­anc­ing the books while main­tain­ing a strong eco­nomic fu­ture for all of the United King­dom.

“How­ever, there are ac­tions I be­lieve that can be taken to boost the econ­omy here in the Ayr, Car­rick and Cum­nock con­stituency.

“I put a num­ber of spe­cific points to him and I hope at least some of them will prove to be pos­i­tive for the peo­ple I rep­re­sent.”

Mr Grant cau­tioned: “I’ve never been in the busi­ness of promis­ing the Earth, ei­ther dur­ing my time as a coun­cil­lor or now as an MP, as de­liv­er­ing the Earth is the dif­fi­cult part.

“The rhetoric of end­less prom­ises gen­er­ally ends in fail­ing to de­liver the sus­tain­able poli­cies and growth that sup­ports pub­lic ser­vices.”

Top ta­ble Grant, back row sec­ond from right Bill

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