on the road to recovery

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Recently I visited the newly opened Three Rooms Art Gallery and Antiques Store just off the High Street and met with owner Simon Johnson.

This is a new shop set out over three storeys that specialises in antiques sourced from across the UK and artworks that are both exhibited to the public and sold—many works by artists based in and around Nottingham.

I am not the biggest expert on art but I was given a hugely enjoyable crash course by the superbly enthusiastic Mr Johnson and I would thoroughly recommend giving this shop a visit!

It is really important to mention that we can only have new shops, new businesses and services opening up in our towns and villages if we have a strong, stable economy that supports enterprise.

By helping the economy to grow and recover, as well as making it much easier to set up a business, this government is enabling economic recovery at a local level.

Our high streets are now beginning to be rejuvenated with local shops and services in buildings that have laid empty since the financial crisis struck under that last Labour Government.

We are now seeing new businesses open up in Hucknall and across Sherwood so I welcome the success of the government’s long-term economic plan for the East Midlands and what has been delivered so far, what is underway and what more can be done to support the regional economy in the long-term.

This government has worked so hard to reduce taxes and cut red tape to ensure that people can start businesses and create a healthy local economy with job opportunities for local people.

I am optimistic for the future as long as we continue with the plan.

One of my main ambitions since being first elected has been simply; jobs, jobs, jobs. Opportunities for local people, both young and old, to find a good, worthwhile job that pays them well is the best way to improve people’s lives.

We all know you can only have a strong economy if you have a balanced one.

It is the well managed and well balanced economy that has enabled us nationally to achieve: an unemployment rate falling below 6 per cent for the first time in six years; the number of people without a job falling by nearly one million since 2010; the number of job vacancies at a 14-year record high—to 700,000 job opportunities across the country; youth unemployment falling by 171,000; and the number of 18-24 year-olds in our own constituency claiming JSA dropped by 28.6 per cent in one year under our long term economic plan.

The way to create jobs is to create a strong economy—not gimmicky policies that will lead to higher taxes and another recession from Labour.

Ed Miliband and his pink minibus full of candidates can talk about energy price freezes that have caused higher prices already and jobs guarantees they cannot fulfil.

Having lived locally all my life, I know that local people will not be fooled by Labour’s nonsense.

Judge a government on its results I say!