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Government's Industrial Strategy builds on a strong economy

We live in turbulent global times, but the Conservatives’ sound management of the economy is continuing to deliver more jobs and higher wages for people in London and across Britain.

In the past fortnight we’ve had lots of welcome news confirming this position:

Balham and Tooting Love Your Local Awards Ceremony

Local entrepreneur and Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Tooting, Dan Watkins, hosted the Balham and Tooting ‘Love Your Local’ awards on 28th February. The initiative has been running since December and helped connect residents with their local independent stores by encouraging them to nominate their favourite shops, restaurants and pubs.

Dan's Message for Christmas and the New Year

The festive period for me is a time for relaxation, reflection and resolution. It is a time to think even more than usual of those who are not with their families for this special occasion; those away serving our country in the armed forces, and the emergency services working shifts to keep us safe; in the Metropolitan Police or on the wards of St George’s Hospital. I’ve also been taking the time to think about all of the fantastic community groups and campaigns I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with this year since my selection as Parliamentary Candidate for Tooting.  

Earlsfield ‘Love Your Local’ awards celebrate the High Street

Local entrepreneur and Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Tooting, Dan Watkins, hosted the Earlsfield ‘Love Your Local’ awards on 19th December.  The initiative has been running for two months and helped connect residents with their local independent stores by encouraging them to nominate their favourite shops, restaurants and pubs.

Furzedown Conservatives Support Mitcham Lane Traders

For several years the Mitcham Lane shopping parade in Furzedown has suffered from low shopper footfall and high vacancy rates. Recently Sainsbury’s has made an application to open a new store on the former Gig Sounds site, providing both an opportunity and a threat to the existing community of shop-keepers.

Welfare changes helping Wandsworth families

Government welfare reforms, introduced to restore fairness to the welfare system, are already showing signs of success in Wandsworth. Two policies in particular - the benefit cap and the ending of the Spare Room Subsidy - are responsible for many out-of-work households making the decision to return to work. The policies are very new, but already 165 families affected by the Spare Room Subsidy changes in Wandsworth have come off housing benefit altogether and gone into work.