The country (and Milton Keynes) needs an eay qualified movement to encourage international companies to set up their European headquarters and/or operations in the UK. Santander is a good example in Milton Keynes as key personnel live and work in Milton Keynes itself. We cannot set a quota on numbers but must have control.

To prevent the demand for professionals such as doctors and nurses from overseas, the UK must increase the number of places offered on medical degree courses available to UK citizens. In addition, evidence from medical professionals such as paramedics shows both that there is insufficient mobility between different NHS trusts and that highly trained staff are emigrating. We must stop this ludicrous situation; I will campaign for change.

The UK needs to follow MK's lead and create 10 new towns by 2025: in order to achieve this we need a trained work force. If we do not have this in place, building firms will bring in migrants. Therefore a trained workforce and incentives to UK businesses are ways of controlling migration. Withholding benefits for migrants is another effective way of controlling the numbers of economic migrants from the EU, some of whom seek free NHS and Welfare without making any contributions. Germany, for example, is preparing to restrict the period in which immigrants are allowed to stay in the country without a proper job. The UK has overhauled its immigration law and implemented a points-based system* for non-European Union migrants wishing to come to the UK to work, study, and train but we can do little to limit the numbers coming from within the EU. This must be addressed.

*The points-based immigration system is broken into five tiers and replaces the previous 80 or so routes that existed previously. Each tier has different conditions, entitlements, and entry requirements for people wishing to live and work in the UK. This should continue to work to the needs of the UK and be strictly policed.

National Housing Policy

8 September 2014,Katja Hall, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:

“Our research shows the national housing shortage is taking a £4 billion slice out of consumers’ pockets. We need a stronger response from politicians who must be ready to take bold decisions from building on low quality green belt land to overhauling Stamp Duty.”

To satisfy current levels of demand, 240,000 new homes a year need to be built. However, over 200,000 homes have been delivered in only four out of the last fourteen years, whilst in 2010 fewer houses were built than in any year since the Second World War. This gap in demand is pushing up prices, with, on average, a 56% increase in house prices nationally since 2004, and a 90% increase in London.

With housing affordability a major political, social and economic issue, the CBI is urging all political parties to commit to increasing supply. Among the measures it’s calling for are:

  • The development of ten new towns and garden cities by 2025
  • Doubling the number of new homes currently built, to 240,000 a year
  • Reforming Stamp Duty to end its distortive impact on the housing market

MK is the model town used as a reference for China’s new towns. The MK experience can benefit our nation. “On the job skills training” has been created for MK young people and jobs created to stimulate the economy. However the government has more to do to enable MK to expand in a sustainable manner. Much more infrastructure investment is needed now. This is a policy I will pursue vigorously.

Renewable Energy

Location and use of wind farms should be decided by the Milton Keynes elected bodies and not enforced by government. The efficiency and commercial value of wind farms against their blight on a location such as Milton Keynes is not adequately proven. In fact recent studies show that the output of wind farms is poor (between 0.75 to 1% of total demand) and often does not produce output when most needed. It is also questionable in terms of its 'carbon footprint' as it takes more energy in its construction than it gives back. Solar and ground source energy generation needs greater emphasis. MK has vast warehouse and office roofing that could support solar installation. All residential builds could support ground source. We need investigation and innovation in ergonomic design for residential roof space too.
I will fight to support the wishes of the MK Council and MK residents, not government interference.