Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tyne Set to Loose out in Double Whammy

After months of delays, it’s been reported that the Tyne looks set to loose out completely on the Ministry of Defence Contract to build two aircraft carrier hulls, a contract which promised to bring 500 jobs to the Tyne. This is shattering for the region and further evidences the extent Labour takes its support in the North East for granted. It looks as though the contract has been pushed up to the Clyde in Scotland. With the SDP and the Conservative Party putting up very strong opposition in Scotland, Labour is surely worried about it’s majority and it seems clear to me the award of this contract in Scotland is simply to bribe Scottish voters.

If all of that is not bad enough, Gordon Brown is trying to push through his Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill – yes, yet another piece of legislation. This Bill will bring a 5% rate increase effective from April this year BUT backdated to 2005. This is further wrench on small businesses trying to survive the recession and it really is the final straw. The North East being home to many of the UK’s major ports: Teesport, Hartlepool, Seaham, Sunderland, Blyth, Amble and Berwick, as well as of course the Port of Tyne, the region is set to be loose out in a double whammy which we cannot afford.

Shadow Communities and Local Government minister Caroline Spelman announced the Conservative proposal, which will NOT backdate the tax. It is Conservative intention to try to protect businesses and help them in this time of economic trouble. Car manufacturing has already been hit badly, Nissan has shed many jobs already, backdated tax increases will have a huge impact at this sensitive time and could very well push some firms into insolvency.

Surely the MPs in the region should be doing something to stop this happening.
Don’t be fooled into thinking Labour cares about the North East.


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