Conservatives in Government

1. Unemployment is now at its lowest rate since 1975. It currently stands at 4.5 per cent – down 0.4 per cent over the past year and down 3.5 per cent since 2010.

Source: ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 12 July 2017

2. The NHS has been ranked the best health service across 11 developed countries. outperforms health services in Australia, Germany and France amongst others.

Source: Mirror, Mirror 2017 report by the Commonwealth Fund

3. Schools are receiving an extra £1.3 billion in funding over the next two years. in 2018-19 and £884million in 2019-20, on top of the core school budget set in the last spending review. This means schools funding will be £2.6 billion higher in 2019-20.

Source: Gov.uk, 17 July 2017

4. 31 million people have had their income tax cut. A typical basic rate taxpayer is paying over £1,000 less income tax than when we came into government.

Source: Hansard, 16 March, Col. 967

5. More young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are getting into university than ever before. Disadvantaged young people in England are around 73 per cent more likely to enter university now than they were in 2006.

Source: UCAS, End of Cycle Report 2016

6. There are over a million more businesses than when we came into office. There were a record 5.5 million businesses at the start of 2016 – that’s an increase of nearly 110,000 on the previous year and more than 1 million since 2010.

Source: BIS, Business Population Estimates 2016, 13 October 2016

7. The National Living Wage has given 1.7 million people a pay rise. Someone over 25 on the National Living Wage has seen an increase of over £1,400 since its introduction.

Source: BEIS, Press Release, 1 April 2017; HMT, Spring Budget 2017, 8 March 2017

8. As a share of GDP, the deficit is down by three quarters. In cash terms, the deficit is down almost two-thirds from £151.7 billion in 2009-10 to £51.7 billion in 2016-17.

Source: OBR, Public finances database, 2 May 2017

9. We have protected and increased NHS funding. The health budget, which includes NHS spending is £116.1 billion in 2016-17; £117.6 billion in 2017-18; 120.3 billion in 2018-19; and, 123.2 billion in 2019-20.

Source: HMT, Spring Budget 2017, 8 March 2017

10. The UK has been the most successful G7 nation at tackling climate change. In 2014 – the most recent year for which we have full figures across the G7 – UK per-capita greenhouse gas emissions were 33% down on 1992.

Source: Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit Report, April 2017

News

We're investing £25 million in 5G technology

We’re investing £25 million in 5G technology because we’re determined to be one of the first countries in the world to use the cutting edge technology. Not only will it mean faster internet speeds on your phones, it’ll improve productivity and connectivity for businesses.

Banning microbeads & exploring a deposit return scheme

Conservatives in government are acting to stop plastic entering our oceans, by banning microbeads and exploring a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles.

I am so proud of what we have done over last few weeks to secure better animal welfare both at home and abroad.

Banning the sale of ivory in the UK

In government the Conservatives are banning the sale of ivory in the UK to help protect the world's elephants and rhinos.

This is an issue lots of constituents have contacted me about and as an animal lover I welcome this fantastic move 

Opt-out system for organ donation

500 lives a year lost because a suitable organ is not available.  The Conservatives in government will look to create an opt-out system for consent – rather than the current opt-in system – that will make it easier people who are willing to be an organ donor to be one, to help increase the number

Securing a trade deal with Canada

The Prime Minister’s visit to Canada today is not only about recognising our past but also looking ahead to our bright future. 

Youth unemployment has been cut by over 400,000

As former Children's Minister, I am so happy to see more young people in work. After the 2008 crash the situation was truly awful for young people and many faced long-term unemployment. Thankfully recent stats show that youth unemployment rate is now 12.5% down from 22.5% in 2011.