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, October 10, 2009

Conservative Chancellors past and (hopefully) future

I listened very keenly to Ken Clarke's - Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills - speech in the main hall, where he rolled out plans to cut red tape to help businesses form and succeed. Working in the City of London, placing Insurances for companies in the UK and North America, of course I have seen how the recession has effected many businesses. Engineering firms, struggling to compete and down to a couple of engineers from double figures, finding it more difficult than ever to comply with the form filling and regulation; all of the red tape consistently introduced by the Labour Government over the last 12 years, which does nothing to help our businesses grow and only hinders them.

There was an elephant in the room of course though during the speech - which surely cannot be left unmentioned. There are fewer than 20% of laws and regulations actually passed by Westminster. The overwhelming majority of our laws are passed in Brussels and which, really, we have very little control or affect over. As a well known Europhile, of course, I did not expect Mr Clarke to allude to this. I was however slightly more reassured on the point of our ability to cut business red rape, when David Cameron pledged in his speech, to take back lawmaking from Brussels which directly effects the UK. By "directly" I mean an area which we need full control over, because we and not Brussels know what is best for our country - areas where we are not stronger working in a group, such as the EU - such as Climate Change.

As you'll see in the picture above, I did manage to figuratively grab Ken after his speech! Just behind us you'll be able to spot, George Osborne - who came over to greet his colleague and join is for a picture also, as below!


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