Robert Halfon asks Harlow residents to give new PM and Chancellor a chance

Business / Mon 26th Sep 2022 pm30 03:24pm

MP Robert Halfon has urged Harlow residents and businesses to give the new Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng “a fair wind”.

He made the comments as the pound touched a record low against the dollar as markets react to the UK’s biggest tax cuts in 50 years.

YH asked as Mr Halfon was a very vocal supporter of the PM’s rival Rishi Sunak.

Mr Sunak stated on TV as well on his visit to Harlow that the PM’s plans were unviable. He said: “borrowing your way out of inflation isn’t a plan, it’s a fairy tale”

Robert Halfon said: “I was proud to support the former Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, during the Conservative Leadership campaign. Not just because of his economic policies, but because of his ambitions to transform our education system by expanding the national curriculum and providing more support for apprenticeships and vocational education.

“It’s important to remember that Rishi said that he also, would make a large-scale intervention to help people with the cost of living if he was elected as leader, and as the new Prime Minister. This is something that I myself have also campaigned for day in and day out in Parliament and in the media.

“It is for this reason, that the new Government’s recent announcements to provide people with billions of pounds to pay their energy bills this winter is the right thing to do. From October, every household will have their energy bills capped for two years up to £2,500. This will mean everyone will save up to £1,400 and the most vulnerable families will save up to £2,200.

“Alongside this, the National Insurance tax will be cut for everyone and the basic rate of income tax will be reduced to 19%. This comes on top of the previous announcement that the National Insurance levy would be reduced for 70% of households. For low-income households, anyone earning under £12,570 per year will not have to pay income tax. Moreover, the additional financial support provided to schools, businesses and hospitals to cap their energy price usage will provide real assistance in covering their energy costs.

“These measures come on top of the financial package announced earlier this year which will mean every household will receive a £400 payment for their bills, as well as a £150 Council Tax rebate. Vulnerable households will also receive up to £1,200 of additional support. This comes alongside the 5p cut in fuel duty and thankfully, we are now seeing petrol and diesel prices coming down after the record highs over the summer.

“The Government has said that the new measures announced will help to grow the economy because more money will be coming into the exchequer. This additional revenue would mean the Treasury can then spend more on public services and do more to help people by cutting the cost of living.

“Of course, the proof of the pudding will be in the eating, but I think it is important to give the new Prime Minister and Chancellor a fair wind.

“It is critical to remember that the significant impacts on energy bills caused by the war in Ukraine have required an unprecedented scale of response to help families who are struggling. The Government has responded to this need and have provided almost £150 billion of support to ensure people get the help they need, now.

“I look forward to seeing the results of the new Government’s policy and to learning about how they will reduce the national debt in the long-term. The measures set out on Friday were not a Budget, but rather a Financial Statement.

There will be a full Budget later in the year which I expect will set out further measures to help those on lower earnings.

In the meantime, as I have always done, both in the media and in Parliament, I will continue to campaign to cut the cost of living for Harlow residents, whether that be through further tax cuts for the lower paid, or additional fuel duty cuts.” 

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17 Comments for Robert Halfon asks Harlow residents to give new PM and Chancellor a chance:

2022-09-26 16:24:19

Well for export a low pound is good, it is just a shame we have destroyed most productive industry in the UK in exchange for non jobs and overpriced housing. The tax cuts are great, and more are needed. Now we need to reduce the public sector employment significantly.

2022-09-26 16:25:05

Sorry Robert but WHY should we give them a chance. The new PM & Chancellor have taken us on a completely new economic road. Such a dramatic and risky change demands the electorate have an opportunity to express their views, this isn’t what we voted on. A General Election is the only democratic way forward !

tony edwards
2022-09-26 17:06:30

Robert your campaign is failing. The cost of living for Harlow residents is going up - not down. The 25% fall in the exchange rate will see fuel prices, petrol and gas, go up not down as they are priced in dollars. If the Bank of England raises interest rates to curb inflation then mortgage rates will also go up not down. What we are seeing from your Government is the economics madhouse and we have to wait until the 23rd of November to hear the Government's "plan". You want us to give the PM and Chancellor a chance ! Harlow people don't have that luxury. People in Harlow don't pay the top rate of taxes. Most people in Harlow are scraping a living. Wasn't it Nero who fiddled whilst Rome was burning? The same accusation could be applied you and your parliamentary colleagues when you look at the reaction of the financial markets to the latest Government proposals. Stop defending the indefensible!

Steve Robinson
2022-09-26 17:28:58

I voted Tory at the last election, based upon their manifesto. I did not vote for these ERG disciples who were voted in by a tiny proportion of the electorate. Fiscal probity is what I expect from a Conservative government, not playing fast and loose with the economy. Time for an election.

gary roberts
2022-09-26 17:52:27

Lets get it clear: This is not a new government! Indeed the rubbish now in charge have at some stage supported everything the Conservative party has proposed and then instituted it in the last 12 years. Halfon is no different. From the note in the Treasury to the current mini-budget he has supported. And the people of this town have suffered because of it sadly. But some of you voted for it and I suspect will do so again. Never mind, eh.

2022-09-26 18:14:45

Robert, your government has had 12 years of "chances". That's 12 years of stagnant wages, low productivity, low growth. I know you like to give second chances - you gave Boris 4 or 5 "one last chance" over the various lies he told. Why should the people of Harlow now give the latest version of the Conservatives yet another one last chance when your own party isn't? https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/26/senior-tory-claims-mps-are-already-plotting-to-get-rid-of-liz-truss-17450187/ Senior Tory claims MPs are already writing letters of no confidence in Liz Truss Have you written your letter yet, Robert? The only thing your government needs to do is call a General Election.

2022-09-26 18:50:28

When somebody is on course to hit a brick wall, do you give them a chance or do you speak up and tell them to steer the other way?

2022-09-26 19:17:09

Robert please put your letter into the 1922 Committee, time for a general election, we now know why OBR was tied up, gagged and locked in a cupboard last week.

David Forman
2022-09-26 19:19:36

And all of this before ditching the Working Time Regulations and forcing more votes on unions, plus minimum service standards in public services which in itself will curtail strikes. Boris Johnson looks positively kind in comparison.

tony edwards
2022-09-26 21:55:00

In 2014 Kwazi Kwarteng published his book War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures and Debt. It apparently is a history of capital and the enduring ability of money, when combined with speculation, to ruin societies. (Wikipedia) (Oh the irony!)

2022-09-27 07:27:11

I don't think another long drawn out battle for leadership of the Tory party is the answer. The country needs someone leading the way with intelligence and compassion now, not bogged down in a fight for their own survival. We're witnessing now what a disastrous choice the tories made last time. The only way has to be a general election as soon as possible. I know that will take time but it should at least give people hope for something better and may be the only way to calm the market with prospect of change around the corner.

2022-09-27 07:47:33

If I wanted to go back to the eighties, I would have voted for Corbyn. Solutions to yesterdays problems will not cut it today. The core problem is the disruption to the global supply chain caused by global lockdowns. The actions by our banks and governments are like someone walking on broken glass and stopping to put plaster on each time they cut their foot, instead of not walking on broken glass. Banks and governments should be talking to each other around the world to work out how to get the supply chain fixed and targeting the help at a global level. Sadly this seems to be the last thing anyone wants to do.

Kim Oconnor
2022-09-27 09:25:59

Give her a chance, is that while thousands of people suffer. Gas, electricity, cost of living, petrol, theres, no escape from it, the people will pay a price, for this government s mistake s. It's not right , and it's not just. Give her a chance no, your just covering your own back by the sounds of it.

Ms Chinn
2022-09-27 09:41:34

Why would I support another Margaret Thatcher she was the downfall of Britain in the beginning what we need is a general election so us everyday people who are struggling to even eat at the moment have a say in who runs the country. Saying that unless we get a total outing of both Conservative and Labour what's the point. The ri h get richer and the poor get poor same old story 😡

2022-09-27 15:18:10

For many months now - maybe years(?) - there has been a prominent header/advert for Robert Halfon, right at the top of the 'Your Harlow' website, every day. However, it curiously seems to have vanished now. What are we to read into that, I wonder. Is someone starting to loose his nerve...

Staff Reporter
2022-09-27 15:22:44

Advert still there. They operate on rotation...bit like Christmas lights.....

Nicholas Taylor
2022-09-27 17:37:34

Lets not forget that when the first ballot for the Tory leadership took place, of the 347 MP's who took part, Sunak got 88 votes, Mordaunt 67 and Truss 50, the other votes going to 4 other candidates. So most MP's never supported Liz Truss who is now taking this Country on a path which it has never been on before. Her final opponent and his supporters were clear that her plan was not one they could support. Her days must be numbered.

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