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.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Shadow Transport Secretary visits South Shields with Lord Bates and Martin Callanan MEP

Left to right:
Martin Callanan MEP, Theresa Villiers MP, Karen Allen,
Barbara Musgrave (No. 2 on North East Europe List) & Lord Michael Bates

Theresa Villiers, Shadow Transport Secretary visited South Shields today, with Lord Michael Bates, Martin Callanan MEP, and Barbara Musgrave who is number 2 on the North East European List. After a quick cup of coffee at the newly refurbished Franchi's Bar in the Market Place we headed down to the Tyne. I wanted to show our visitors the Port and to discuss the Government's retrospective tax proposal on ports which is set to damage businesses in the region. Conservatives have been actively campaining against the backdated collection of this tax, with Lord Bates leading in the Lords and David Cameron leading from the top in the Commons:

http://www.conservatives.com/News/News_stories/2009/05/Cameron_slams_unfair_tax_hikes_on_port_industries.aspx

Talking to Theresa at the Ferry Terminal she commented:

My visit to South Shields and the North East region has reinforced my concerns about the devastating impact of Labour's retrospective ports tax which is hitting so many local businesses hard with huge unexpected bills at the worst possible time. When port businesses are already struggling with the recession, this extra blow is the last thing they need.

This retrospective tax is just another demonstration of Labour's lack of support and forethought to businesses, which is particularly vital in a time of recession. We are urging the Government to rethink.

With Lord Bates and Pat from Franchi's Cafe

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