MP offers budget advice
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.”
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