Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Video Blog No. 5 - Conservative Conference

Monday, 29 September 2008

A Two Year Council Tax Freeze

Conservatives will freeze Council Tax for two years.

Under Labour council tax bills have more than doubled.

In 1997 the average Band D bill was £688. This year the average bill is £1,374.

It’s time the Government tightened its belt like the rest of the country. Conservatives will slash wasteful spending on Government advertising and expensive private sector consultants – and with the co-operation of local councils, use the money to freeze your council tax bill.

Instead of rising council tax bills under Labour, millions of families
will get help at the time they need it most.

Conservatives policies to help families cope with the rising cost of living:

HELP AT THE PUMPS
We will introduce a Fair Fuel Stabiliser − when fuel prices go up, fuel duty would fall.

HELP FOR FAMILIES
As we save money on wasteful welfare, we will abolish Labour’s couple penalty in the tax credits system – giving 1.8 million couples an extra £2,000 a year.

HELP FOR FIRST-TIME BUYERS
We will permanently abolish Stamp Duty for first-time buyers on purchases up to £250,000 − nine out of ten first-time buyers will pay no Stamp Duty at all, saving an average of £2,000 each.

HELP WITH YOUR BILLS
We will cut the energy and gas bills of up to four million people by £100 by reforming Post Office Accounts to allow families without bank accounts to access cheaper tariffs.

HELP FOR MOTORISTS
We will oppose Labour’s new tax on family cars, which will hit 1 million owners of family cars bought up to 7 years ago with tax rises of up to £250.

Video Blog No. 4 - Conservative Conference

Thursday, 25 September 2008

The Liberal Democrats have been ordered to stop making automated phone calls to voters.

Two hundred and fifty thousand households were supposed to receive calls with a recorded message from party leader Nick Clegg.

But the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said the party had broken privacy rules and that they will face prosecution unless they stop.

Anyone who answered the call heard a recording of Mr Clegg telling them about his conference speech for 30 seconds before he asked them to press buttons on their telephones to select political topics and register their opinions on the LibDems' stance.

The party argued that the calls did not constitute marketing as they also asked people questions about their views on Liberal Democrat policies.

But the ICO ruled that the calls constituted "direct marketing" which is not allowed to be targeted at anyone who has not given prior consent.

They said they had received a number of complaints from those who received the calls

The Scottish National Party also complained to the IOC about the calls.

The commissioner took action against the SNP over its cold-calling campaign targeting 500,000 voters in 2005 after a formal Lib Dem complaint.

The Lib Dems have said they will not appeal against the ICO's decision.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Summer's Over

Giles McNeill writes:

"To regular readers of this blog I apologise for the lack of recent updates. It has been a busy time for the party locally - there is a by-election at Middle Rasen which I have been assisting with. Together with my role as Conservative Future Area Chairman for Lincolnshire I have been surprisingly busy. Nevertheless I have been working hard for the residents on Nettleham on the Parish Council. I have joined the parish council's Property Committee and have been taking an active interest in the proposals from Truelove Construction Ltd.

"Hopefully in the coming week I will find the time for regular updates while I am attending the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham at the weekend."