£10,000,000 to refit RAF Voyager aircraft as PM’s private jet

While Austerity continues to bite further into the poorest sections of our society. The Conservatives have come up with another scheme for reducing costs, spending £10M on refitting a RAF Voyager air to air refuelling aircraft. These aircraft were purchased in 2012 at a staggering cost of £152M each  (Read more about how they could purchased them for a third of that price  >>HERE<<) Previously when Tony Blair was PM, he muted plans for a ‘Blair Force One’ at a cost of £100M for two aircraft to be shared with the Royal Family, the Conservatives criticised the idea at the time saying it was the “wrong moment to be splashing[…]

Schoolboy learning

A “..weak commitment from David Cameron and the Conservatives..” – FOWER

A Conservative majority government would slash funding for pre-school and higher education by more than £3.1bn a year, by 2020, Liberal Democrat research reveals. The Prime Minister has said that his party would freeze per pupil funding at state schools in England over the course of the next Parliament, a cut in real terms. The Conservatives would not maintain the early years education budget or the Department for Education‘s 16-19 education budget. Conservative Government would need to slash £0.9bn a year from pre-school education and £2.2bn a year from 16-19 education by 2020. Also raises questions over the future of the £2.5bn Pupil Premium, which is money targeted at the[…]

Peterborough UKIP

UKIP add Peterborough as target seat for May 2015 General Election

Should Peterborough Tories be worried? Following the UK Independence party securing their second MP in Rochester and Strood, reports suggest that they now have their sights on our city? Over the last few decades, Peterborough has swung, between Labour and the Conservatives, when it comes to electing their Member for Parliament, so could there really be a change? After the latest by-election, Peterborough’s present Tory MP, “Smiley” Jackson tweeted that Mark Reckless would be “gone in May” and earlier tweeted: “Any Tory MP who defects to Ukip on the basis of the result in Rochester and Strood (whatever it is) would frankly be completely insane.” Asked about Jackson’s tweet, Farage[…]

Lib Dems WILL abolish NI contributions for anyone earning below £12,500 a year!

As reported in the national media, the Liberal Democrats plan to cut national insurance contributions even further, for anyone earning below £12,500 a year. The Lib Dems will promise in their general election manifesto to raise the level at which workers start to pay national insurance contributions. Employees currently start paying national insurance on earnings above £153 a week, or £7,956 a year, at a rate of 12%. The Lib Dems, who will beat the goal set out in their 2010 manifesto to raise the personal income tax allowance to £10,000 in this parliament, have already indicated that they will pledge to raise it to £12,500 by 2020. Danny Alexander[…]

Are Peterborough’s Tory MP Tweets really worth reading? @DoctorChristian

Conservative PM David Cameron once said, “The trouble with Twitter, the instantness of it – too many twits might make a twat.” So what of our Tory MP for Peterborough? YOU may remember he helped get the city in the national newspapers last year after describing viewers of the Channel 4 show Embarrassing Bodies as ‘chavs’. As reported in the Mail, Stewie accused Dr Christian Jessen of making ‘crap chav TV’ after the TV presenter criticised a fellow Tory MP for being against gay marriage. Then of course there was the time he engaged in a war of words with John Prescott describing the Labour Peer as a “super-annuated has-been”. And of course, then there[…]