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 31, 2009

Ready For Change - Get Britain Working

To give people hope for the future, the country needs to change direction. Conservatives are honest, united, determined and ready to deliver the tough and radical change Britain needs to rebuild our broken economy, mend our broken society and fix our broken politics.

Conservatives have bold plans to deal with the big problems the country faces. To deal with Labour's Jobs Crisis we have published our detailed plan to Get Britain Working. Labour are now the party of unemployment - we are the party of new jobs and new opportunities. To deal with Labour's Debt Crisis we have been honest with the British people about the tough decisions we need to take. Unlike Gordon Brown, we won't duck them and treat the British people like fools.

UK economy shrunk by 0.4% in Q3
This is deeply, deeply disappointing news. Britain is now in the deepest and longest recession in its modern history. Britain's economy is still shrinking a full six months after France and Germany started growing.

We now know that Gordon Brown's recession plan has not worked, and this news has destroyed Labour's claim that Britain was better placed than other countries to weather the storms.

There is now no confidence in Gordon Brown's economic policies - he has no banking plan, no debt reduction plan and no growth plan. The whole country is suffering from this lack of leadership.

Britain urgently needs new economic leadership - and needs it now. We need a Conservative Government to Get Britain Working again.

Labour are now the party of unemployment. Two and a half million people are unemployed and one in five young people can't find a job. By launching our plan to Get Britain Working - a big, bold and radical scheme to get millions of people back to work - Conservatives are showing that we are now the party of jobs and opportunity.

As part of a package of measures designed to Get Britain Working, Conservatives will introduce The Work Programme which:

· Simplifies Labour's numerous and piecemeal programmes into one single back-to-work programme for everyone who is unemployed.

· Includes the 2.6 million people claiming Incapacity Benefits currently excluded by Labour's plans.
· Pays welfare-to-work providers according to whether they get jobseekers into sustainable employment of a year or more.

· Is funded by refocusing the Government's employment and training programmes, including the various New Deals and Train to Gain, and reducing the benefits of Incapacity Benefit claimants found to be fit to work.

To provide extra opportunities to those looking for work, we have also announced:

· Youth Action for Work - 100,000 additional apprenticeships and training places, 50,000 additional training places at FE colleges, and 50,000 work pairing places each year for two years.

· Work for Yourself - offering business mentors and loans to support self-employment and franchising as a route back into work.

· Work Together - a programme to connect people to volunteering opportunities in their area.
· Work Clubs - places where people can receive mentoring, skills training and help to find local job opportunities.

· 10,000 additional university places next year.
· New technical schools in England's largest cities, as part of our plans for radical school reform.


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