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.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Labour Poodle on......

Yet again we see the Government using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Yes, we need tougher laws against the growing problem of dangerous dogs being used in acts of violence - but the solution to the problem is NOT to tax every dog owner.

Mr Brown is proposing all dog owners - and that means the owner of poodles and other placid breeds - pay a tax levy. This tax will hit more than 20,000 law-abiding dog lovers in South Tyneside and more than 5.4m across the UK. Our dog owners will be penalised and nothing will be achieved to target irresponsible dog owners.

This tax is yet another example of Labour not understanding the problem and hitting the poorest homes hardest. Another example of how five more years of Gordon Brown will make things worse for struggling families in South Tyneside.


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