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GE17: Robert Halfon details his key priorities

Politics / Wed 7th Jun 2017 at 02:19pm

From Robert Halfon

I’ve been working hard for Harlow and the villages every day since I was first elected in 2010. During this time, I’ve had six key priorities:

1) Building an Even Better Harlow: I have secured £millions of Government investment to bring more jobs, apprenticeships, housing & infrastructure back to our town and villages. £400m is relocating Public Health England to Harlow, bringing thousands of jobs. £19m is upgrading our roads to reduce congestion. £500K is supporting the delivery of 8,500 new affordable homes. I will continue to strive to bring investment into Harlow and the villages.

2) Championing Apprenticeships and Education: I’ve worked hard to bring many millions of pounds of Government funding to Harlow schools, including £6m of Pupil Premium, which has gone to our schools to support disadvantaged pupils. Spending on schools is at a record level and no school’s funding will be cut. Theresa May has pledged to increase school funding by £4 billion. I will continue to champion the apprenticeships and education our town and villages need.

3) Cherishing our Villages: Harlow Constituency includes the beautiful villages of Hastingwood, Matching, Nazeing, Roydon and Sheering. I work hard to protect the character and heritage of our villages on important issues like bus routes, unauthorised encampments and unwanted developments like waste incinerators. I will continue to protect our villages.

4) Cutting the Cost of Living: For many years, I’ve campaigned hard to keep fuel duty frozen. The Government will introduce a price cap to stop rip-off energy bills. I campaigned successfully for the National Living Wage and a significant tax cut for lower earners to help Harlow workers. Pensions will continue to rise in line with inflation or average earnings, whichever is higher. I will continue to work hard to cut the cost of living for Harlow families.

5) Ensuring Brexit Means Brexit: As I pledged the day after the EU referendum, I’ve consistently voted to give our Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 and leave the European Union. I will fully support Theresa May to get the best deal for an independent Britain.

6) Protecting our NHS: I was born with Spastic Diplegia and without the help of Great Ormond Street Hospital, I would never have been able to walk. I’ll always be passionate about our NHS. The NHS in West Essex received £371m in 2016/17, a 6.3% increase. By 2020, Essex will receive £49.9m of additional funding for social care. We now have 27 more doctors and 35 more nurses looking after residents. I’m working hard to get a new hospital in Harlow and I’ll keep working hard to get the investment we need.

I love Harlow and our villages. I will fight for Harlow, I will champion Harlow, and I will always work hard for residents.

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