VIEW FROM THE HOUSE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - CH­ERYL GIL­LAN MP for Che­sham and Amer­sham

THERE aren’t usu­ally many ma­jor po­lit­i­cal an­nounce­ments dur­ing Au­gust, but one of the sig­nif­i­cant ones this year was made on Au­gust 2.

The new Prime Min­is­ter, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, said that a new Cab­i­net com­mit­tee would be meet­ing that day, to dis­cuss the econ­omy and how to make it work for ev­ery­one in the UK. The com­mit­tee’s mem­ber­ship is made up of Cab­i­net min­is­ters from more than 10 de­part­ments of state. They are go­ing to be work­ing to put for­ward an in­dus­trial strat­egy that pro­motes a di­ver­sity of in­dus­trial sec­tors, and mak­ing sure that the ben­e­fits of eco­nomic growth are shared through­out the whole of the UK.

This com­mit­tee be­gan its work not long af­ter the Prime Min­is­ter said that there should be a re­view of the Hink­ley C nu­clear power sta­tion project.

While we need elec­tric­ity gen­er­at­ing ca­pa­bil­ity to en­sure that we have power sup­plies for do­mes­tic and busi­ness users, we do need to think about the value for money which such a project rep­re­sents.

With a new team around the Cab­i­net ta­ble it is time for a fresh look at some of the ma­jor projects which have been put into place.

I hope I will be for­given for say­ing that one of these should be the HS2 project, es­pe­cially af­ter the re­port by the Tax­pay­ers’ Al­liance which shows how much money has been spent be­fore any track has been laid or any tun­nels dug out. More sig­nif­i­cantly the ques­tion of com­pen­sa­tion still needs to be set­tled for res­i­dents who are af­fected! As a coun­try we need to look at pro­duc­tiv­ity be­cause peo­ple in this coun­try do work hard and they work long hours.

This needs to be trans­lated into higher pro­duc­tiv­ity across the coun­try as well as into bet­ter wages so that there is more fair­ness in the way that the re­wards of eco­nomic suc­cess are spread.

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