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Bill Wiggin MP pledges support for local pubs in North Herefordshire

Long Live the Local Jan 2020

This January, Bill joined more than 240,000 supporters of the Long Live the Local Campaign, including 316 in North Herefordshire, in signing the petition to help local pubs keep their doors open.

Bill commented:

“The brewing and pub sector is a vital part of our local economy. It is at the centre of our cultural heritage, hospitality industry and social life of every community.

We have a wonderful 131 pubs and 8 breweries in North Herefordshire, which support 1,318 jobs and contribute £44.5m to the local economy.

However, £1 in every £3 pounds spent in UK pubs goes to the taxman, and each pub pays on average more than £140,000 a year in tax. Alongside Business rates and VAT, Beer Duty is putting these pubs under considerable financial pressure.

Seven in ten alcoholic drinks served in pubs are beer, underlining how directly a cut in beer duty will help pubs.

That is why I am calling on the Government to cut beer tax at the Budget to support the survival of our local pubs.”

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“Beer duty has increased by 60% over the last 17 years and now the UK has one of the highest rates of tax in Europe.

When over two thirds of all alcoholic drinks purchased in the pub are beers, a cut in beer tax would go a long way to protecting pubs across North Herefordshire.

We are very grateful to Bill Wiggin for his support for the Long Live the Local campaign, and hope that the Government listens to MPs across Parliament and the thousands of people across the country who are calling for a cut in beer tax to protect our pubs.”

The next Budget will take place on 11th March 2020.

 

Bill Wiggin MP thanks North Herefordshire’s voters

I would like to thank the voters of North Herefordshire for supporting the Conservative Party and for once again placing their trust in me as their Member of Parliament.

My thanks also go to everyone who has helped with the campaign, my supporters, the Chairman of the North Herefordshire Conservative Association and my family.

It is an immense honour to be elected to serve the good people of North Herefordshire for a successive term with 63% of the votes cast, and a majority of 24,856.

The high turn out of 72.6% shows just how important this election has been in deciding on the course of action for our country.

I have been delighted to meet and share views with so many North Herefordshire residents during the campaign. I know how much we all want to move on from the Brexit deadlock so that our economy, public services, businesses, and communities can finally start experiencing the benefits of leaving the European Union.

I will continue to work to represent your voices in Parliament and stand up for North Herefordshire so that those of us living in rural communities are heard. I will work to support our farmers and producers, protect our environment, and secure funding for local hospitals, schools and infrastructure throughout this new Parliament.

The people of the United Kingdom have elected a Conservative Government with 365 seats in the House of Commons. This fantastic majority means that we can now pass legislation to get Brexit done and get on with improving our world class public services so that the UK is an even better place to live.

I look forward to working with my many new colleagues in this next Parliament; to deliver both Brexit and a dynamic domestic agenda.

Thank you again for your support.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust thank Bill Wiggin MP as Orkambi becomes available to sufferers in the UK.

After meeting with constituents directly affected by Cystic Fibrosis, in February 2019 Bill held a debate in Parliament that threatened to take away the patent on Orkambi, a drug for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers.

Bill was delighted when Orkambi finally became available to sufferers in the UK and received the following message from the Chief Executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust:

Dear Bill Wiggin MP,

Congratulations on your re-election as a Member of Parliament. We’d like to thank you for the support you have given to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. You were there to ensure the Government considered all methods of access to cystic fibrosis medicines by bringing an adjournment debate to the chamber in February, highlighting the urgency of this issue to all key parties in the negotiations.

This Christmas there are thousands of people with cystic fibrosis who’s hope shines a bit brighter. People who might imagine this Christmas could be their last, who now dare to believe new medicines can give them a happier, healthier future. Families who will hold their loved ones with greater hope in their heart that we can beat cystic fibrosis.

The drugs Orkambi, Symkevi and Kalydeco, which – with thanks to your support and campaigning – are now available to eligible patients in the UK, treat approximately half of people with CF in the UK.

In 2020, we expect the European licensing of a fourth cystic fibrosis treatment from Vertex Pharmaceuticals. A triple-combination drug therapy (branded Trikafta™ in the USA). The data for the drug shows stunning impact on health and wellbeing, and critically that the drugs can help a far wider group of people with CF than Orkambi, Symkevi and Kalydeco. We estimate that this could increase the number of people in the UK eligible to receive these medicines to 90% of those with the condition.

Now is the time for UK health authorities to work together so that the NHS is among the first healthcare systems in the world to prescribe this radically, game-changing medicine.

In the New Year, we will ask for your support again to help us make this ambition a reality but, for now, we wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Yours

David Ramsden

Chief Executive

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Bill Wiggin condemns assault on Labour activist in Bromyard

Bill commented:

‘I was shocked to learn that a Labour campaigner was assaulted in Bromyard over the weekend.

My thoughts are with the victim of this horrific abuse and I hope that she makes a speedy recovery.

Such aggression is, as ever, completely unacceptable, and I wish to thank the police officers who swiftly attended the scene and who work so hard to keep us safe in North Herefordshire.

The wellbeing of campaigners is of utmost importance, especially leading up to the election. I would urge campaigners with any concerns over their safety to contact their local police.’

The Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2019 and Costings Document

Click on the links below to view the Manifesto and Costings Document:

The Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2019

Costings Document

My message to residents of North Herefordshire on the General Election

North Herefordshire and the Country decided in 2016 to leave the European Union. The UK is a democracy, and we must respect the result.

As Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats failed to back our timetable to leave the EU on 31 October, we now face further uncertainty.

Jeremy Corbyn would like to force a second referendum on the British people, having ignored the first – meaning pointless delay and indecision.

The Liberal Democrats want to ignore the June 2016 Referendum, which is neither liberal nor democratic.

I also do not see an advantage in voting for the Brexit party as this will split the leave vote, leading to more remainer seats as we recently saw in Brecon and Radnorshire. Their other policies are not yet clear from the Brexit party.

The Conservatives just produced the Queens speech which sets out a detailed plan for the NHS, Environment, Economy and a strong domestic agenda.

 

My approach to Brexit

The best way to end Brexit is therefore to leave and do so in an orderly way with the deal that Boris negotiated with the EU.

It is good for us and good for the EU. They are our neighbours and we should accept the deal.

I voted for Boris’ deal as it is better without the backstop.

I therefore once again support a General Election so that those of us who, like me, respect the referendum result can get a majority in Parliament to get us out of the EU.

 

Why your vote matters

I also respect those who have different views on this. Yet I would like to ask you to consider the point that this General election is not just a protest about the referendum result.

Brexit will play an integral role in the election, but it is about so much more. What is now at stake is who leads either Boris or Jeremy Corbyn.

The choice is yours between a country driven by compassionate conservatism and strong economic growth or by a misguided Marxism that would wreck our economy and put hard-earned jobs at risk again. Just as we are recovering!

The risk of a Labour Government or Labour-led coalition is real, and that is why I am asking you to vote for me.

 

My plan for North Herefordshire

This election is an opportunity to deliver for North Herefordshire so that we can benefit from:

  1. Fairer funding for schools. £14bn extra funding announced by the Government this autumn will help children in North Herefordshire receive the education they deserve.
  2. Raising broadband standards. I will continue to work to rollout fibre broadband and improve the service.
  3. Securing more funding for our roads. The Government have designated £1,252,647 to Herefordshire roads since 2017, and I will secure further funding as rural communities should have the same quality of road as our towns.
  4. Improving our public transport services by building on the Government’s new National Bus Strategy and continuing to campaign for a better rail network.
  5. More police to keep North Herefordshire safe. I look forward to working with the new officers posted to Herefordshire as part of the Government’s £750m project to strengthen police numbers.
  6. Supporting our farmers and producers as we transition to a new Agricultural Policy.

 

Thank you to all those who have been in touch. I look forward to meeting many more North Herefordshire residents in the weeks to come and I hope I can count on your support on December 12th.

 

Bill Wiggin MP joins Radio 4 Farming Today panel to discuss how Britain’s food and farming industry is preparing for Brexit

This weekend, Bill joined an expert panel on Radio 4’s Farming Today to look at the practical implications of leaving the EU with or without a deal.

Debating the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU on Britain’s agriculture industry, Bill commented:

“I think it is the dawn of a very exciting change for farming.

Many people did not believe that Boris would put forward a sensible deal but he has. The EU must now consider the necessary compromises.

The tariffs we have seen so far are responses to a worst case scenario that the Government has published in order for people to see what a worst case could be. However, what we all actually want is a future trading relationship with our European friends and partners, not this negative tariff-based regime.

Our focus is therefore on getting the best possible deal for the future of the UK’s businesses and communities, and that is what the Government is trying to do.”

Bill farmer photo

On Environmental Standards:

“We are dealing with the Withdrawal Agreement at this stage, but the future trading arrangement is where regulations like environmental standards will be agreed.

It is important that people remember we didn’t vote to leave the EU because we didn’t like their environmental standards. We voted to leave because we had no control over them.

I think that people do like EU standards by and large, and that as they are mostly desirable we will keep them.

Where I think the advantage lies is that we can also improve on them, so that we can have standards that are far more specific to the UK.

We will therefore be able to raise our standards and have better environmental regulations than the EU.

I don’t think the EU will have a problem with that. What I want to see is the EU agreeing that we don’t need all these tariffs.

At this stage we must prepare people. That is why it is in everybody’s interests for us to move forwards as quickly as possible to arrive at the part where everybody benefits, which is the trade negotiation, rather than fighting over this element, which is the divorce part.”

Listen to the full debate at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00092t3

Letter from the Prime Minister 02/10/19

A copy of the letter I received from the Prime Minister regarding the UK proposals for a new protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

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Update from the Department for Transport regarding the Thomas Cook Group

A copy of the letter I received from The Secretary of State for Transport on 26/09/19.

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