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

Plastic whale outside Parliament!

Today I signed a pledge to #PassOnPlastic with Sky Ocean Rescue – a commitment to reduce single-use plastic consumption.

Animal Welfare Bill: Animal Sentience

I am delighted with the work Conservatives in government are doing to improve animal welfare. We are going FURTHER than EU law on animal welfare.

25 Year Environment Plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste

Launching the 25 Year Environment Plan, the Prime Minister has set out the government’s determination to leave our environment in a better state than we found it.

She has outlined steps for a cleaner, greener Britain – with avoidable plastic waste eliminated by the end of 2042.

World-leading microbeads ban takes effect

A ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads has come into force today – a landmark step in the introduction of one of the world’s toughest bans on these harmful pieces of plastic.

#BacktheBlueBelt

Thank you to all those constituents asking me to sign the Blue Belt Charter to help protect 4 million square kilometres of ocean around British overseas territories.

Immigration down in latest statistics released

Net migration to UK shows a significant fall, with the latest official figures showing net migration to Britain fell by 106,000 to 230,000 in the 12 months to June. The fall is notably in those coming to the UK without job offers. You can read the report online. Key facts are: