Claire Perry, MP for Devizes - Labour’s new energy policy fuelling a little scepticism (From This Is Wiltshire)
Claire Perry, MP for Devizes - Labour’s new energy policy fuelling a little scepticism
12:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
We are teeing up for the party conference and next week’s column will come from Manchester, ancestral home of my great-granny Esther and now a fun filled, vibrant city.
Unfortunately, there is no time to see much of the place as the conference consists of a whirl of packed meetings, bad food, late nights and much talking, but in between the politicking some real policies are revealed and many connections made.
I was interested in Ed Milliband’s new energy policy and think he is right to focus on something causing real hardship for many families (especially those of us in the country who have to rely on oil for heating), but I suspect the answer is more complicated than slapping on price controls like a 1970s socialist government.
For starters, during the time of the last government, when Milliband Minor was himself the Energy Minister, little was invested in new power stations while billions of government money was spent on micro-generation subsidies and in order to keep the lights on, companies are having to invest heavily in infrastructure.
So, like many of the opposition’s ideas, it sounds good on paper but starts to unravel the moment it is analysed – and with the Two Red Eds determined to say nothing about the mess they made of the UK economy (just a simple sorry would work wonders) then I have a hunch that most people can see through a few crowd-pleasing but unworkable ideas.
Before I catch the train north I have been catching up on local commitments. The first Healthcare Forum in Tidworth threw up some great questions and left us with an overall sense that the GP-led budgets and care are delivering real benefits to patients.
I will be leading another public meeting on the topic at St John’s School, Marlborough, tonight from 7.30pm and then next Thursday, October 3, at Devizes School (6.30pm). Do come along.
I also caught up with the fantastic new team at Chirton School just outside Devizes where the older children now have their own iPads to assist learning, and plans are moving apace for a Forest classroom and new buildings.
The school goes from strength to strength and I particularly enjoyed the cakes and bread the children baked. From there it was a quick stop at Ferndale Dental Practice to celebrate its fifth birthday and continued success, and then to Trowbridge for the Wiltshire College Apprenticeship Awards. Congratulations to the local winners and best wishes to the record number of people who started apprenticeships in the constituency last year.
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