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Monday 22 December 2014

First class efforts at sorting office get stamp of approval

David Mackintosh at Royal Mail's sorting office in Northampton

Conservative parliamentary candidate David Mackintosh has visited Royal Mail’s Northampton East delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

Cllr Mackintosh was shown around the office by the Delivery Office Manager and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas.

Cllr Mackintosh said: “It was great to meet postmen and women at Royal Mail’s Northampton East delivery office and see first-hand just how much effort they put into delivering for people at this time of year.

“Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year and help to deliver Christmas for many people and families in our area. I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”

Wednesday 17 December 2014

New figures show Conservatives’ plan is delivering more security for families in Northampton South

Cllr David Mackintosh

David Mackintosh has welcomed new figures showing 1,078 fewer people in Northampton South claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance compared to 2010 - a 40 per cent fall. This means more people with the self-respect and security of a good job and a regular pay packet.

People are getting off benefits and into work across the East Midlands, with 124,000 more people in work compared to the last election.

Overall there are now a record 30.80 million people in work, with 1.75 million more people in work since 2010.

Jobs are being created in Northampton South by businesses like Cosworth and Carlsberg.

David Mackintosh said: “It’s great news that 1,078 fewer people in Northampton South are relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance to get by. This is a clear sign that the Conservatives' long-term economic plan is working – helping people get off benefits and into work.

“This is happening because we’ve been backing businesses to create more jobs with lower taxes and better infrastructure, and fixing the welfare system to make sure work pays. We’ve been seeing this work locally with new jobs at places like Cosworth and Carlsberg.

“This means a better future for families in Northampton South, as more people have the financial security and self-respect that comes with a good job and a regular pay-packet.”

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Planning permission granted for major development at Sixfields

David Mackintosh with Cobblers chairman David Cardoza outside Sixfields Stadium

Conserviative parliamentary candidate for Northampton South, David Mackintosh, has welcomed the decision to grant planning permission for a major redevelopment of the land around Sixfields stadium.

The home of Northampton Town Football Club will undergo a major overhaul as part of the plans, which will see a new conference centre built along with a 100 bed hotel.

Northampton Borough Council's planning committee have also given the go ahead to 255 homes and a small number of retail units on land surrounding Sixfields. 

Cllr Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “I am pleased to see the plans have been approved, as the redevelopment of Sixfields stadium is essential to the club. Modernising the ground to bring in more corporate and commercial facilities will help ensure the club can maximise revenue and operate as a business all year round. This additional funding can only help provide a sound financial base for the club to work from.”

Friday 12 December 2014

Date confirmed for opening of railway station

Cllr David Mackintosh played a key role in securing an opening date for the new railway station

Northampton’s new £20 million railway station will open no later than January 12, after top level talks led by Conservative MP Brian Binley and David Mackintosh saw Network Rail agree to finally name a date.

During a meeting on Thursday, the pair put pressure on Network Rail to address concerns raised by the public following continued delays to the eagerly awaited new facility.

It has today been confirmed that the station will open no later than January 12 while London Midland has confirmed that the new lifts and over-bridge will open on Monday, December 15. 

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Everyone has been extremely patient, and we’ll all be glad to finally see the new station in use. 

“It is a key gateway to our town, and the kind of facility that rail passengers to and from Northampton have deserved for many years. 

“It will also be good to get on with demolition of the old station buildings so our plans for the new multi-storey car park can be put into operation.”

London Midland has now begun the work to move staff and equipment into the building as quickly as possible. This process normally takes three to four weeks. However London Midland has committed to opening the station sooner if all of the equipment and testing can be completed earlier.

Covering 2,500 square metres, the new building is twice the size of the old station. Shortly after the station opens more features will be added including a Starbucks, a Café Republic and a WH Smith store as well as an Enterprise car rental outlet. 

The station is fully accessible with a lift between the car park entrance and the booking hall. The booking hall leads to a new over-bridge with covered stairs and new lifts to all platforms.

The new station also has more ticket barriers which means passengers can get to the platforms more easily than before. The station can be accessed from Black Lion Hill or via the car park opposite the entrance to the old station.  

Friday 12 December 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May visits the University of Northampton

Cllr David Mackintosh with Home Secretary Theresa May

Conservative parliamentary candidate David Mackintosh was delighted to welcome Home Secretary Theresa May to Northampton during a visit to the town on Friday, December 12.

The Home Secretary visited the University of Northampton during the event, which was organised by Conservative MP for Northampton North Michael Ellis.

Mrs May took part in a question and answer session with a group of about 50 people, including a number of different religious leaders.

Thursday 11 December 2014

Alfie Boe to headline Alive at Delapre

The Alive at Delapre stage will host Alfie Boe
 

Cllr David Mackintosh has announced that the people’s tenor, Alfie Boe, has been announced as the second headline act to perform at next summer’s Alive@Delapre concerts.

Music lovers will get the chance to enjoy Alfie Boe performing in the open air on Sunday, July 19 in the historic setting of Delapre Park.

Britain’s favourite tenor, Alfie’s distinctive voice has helped him conquer the world’s most prestigious opera stages, led the cast of Les Miserables for nearly a year, and stolen the show at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Northampton South, said: “Alfie Boe is the perfect act for a warm summer Sunday evening in Northampton. Our Alive@Delapre concerts continue to attract the best British musicians and performers.

"Alfie has played in some amazing opera houses and theatres, and I am sure the picturesque setting of the grounds of Delapre Abbey will be just as special as we welcome him to our town.”

Always striving to bring good music to different audiences, Boe has succeeded in winning hundreds of thousands of fans, and achieving platinum album sales in the UK, as well as four top 10 albums and three sold-out UK tours (including performances at the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall).

Last month the singer released his new album Serenata, a beautiful collection of romantic Italian songs.

For more information about the Alive at Delapre concerts, to sign up to the mailing list and to find out about tickets, visit: www.aliveatdelapre.co.uk

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Council tax to be frozen for fifth straight year as Northampton gets jobs boost

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, setting the proposed budget for 2015/16

Budget proposals unveiled by Cllr David Mackintosh would see Northampton Borough Council freeze council tax for a fifth straight year, while investing more to help boost local businesses and create new jobs in the town.

The Conservative administration at The Guildhall has announced its proposals for the 2015/16 budget, focusing on a programme of internal efficiency savings to ensure council tax payers get best value for every pound they pay and investment to promote regeneration and stimulate growth in the town’s economy.

The key features include a further £1.25m investment in the Business Incentive Scheme over the next five years. During its first year, the scheme has already helped 36 small businesses in Northampton to establish or expand, has filled empty units and created jobs.

Coupled with the town centre’s free parking offers, it has made a strong contribution to the renewed vitality of the town centre and is now to be made a permanent grant fund.

The budget will yield a surplus for the first time since the financial downturn. This £1.8 million surplus will be committed to reserves in preparation for future financial challenges in years to come.

Cllr Mackintosh, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Northampton South, said: “This budget focuses on strong financial management and making careful, sensible savings while helping to boost the local economy and create new jobs.

“Our Business Incentive Scheme, where we contribute £1 for every £5 invested by the private company itself, has already created 120 jobs in the town since April.

“We will be awarding a further £120,000 in grants to all types of businesses, which will create another 70 jobs and unlock almost £600,000 in private sector investment to the local economy.”

The Borough Council will also become a Living Wage Employer, ensuring that all directly employed staff are paid the nationally-set living wage, which is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK and designed to provide sufficient income for a person to have a minimum acceptable standard of living.

Saturday 06 December 2014

Shopping local in support of Small Business Saturday

David Mackintosh and members of the NBC cabinet backing local businesses as part of Small Business Saturday

David Mackintosh, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Northampton South, was joined by members of Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet to show their support for local campanies as part of Small Business Saturday.

The event, organised by the Federation for Small Businesses (FSB), is in its second year and aims to demonstrate how important small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are for the UK economy.

Northampton has a higher than average number of SMEs, thanks to the particularly entrepreneurial mindset of those who live here. This was recognised in a report from Experian earlier this year.

For the latest event on Saturday, 6 December, the Borough Council’s Cabinet members headed out to meet business owners across the town.

Councillor Mackintosh said: “We work hard to make sure businesses in Northampton have the best chance of success and it was great to hear some of their stories.

“There are some outstanding small businesses across the borough, spanning a diverse range of sectors, which is one of the reasons we managed to weather the recent recession so well.

“Businesses we visited ranged from leisure, such as cafes and restaurants, to retail, physiotherapy clinics and small industry.

“We want to continue making sure small firms take advantage of the wealth of support on offer, including grants, loans, or even valuable business advice.”

FSB staff were at the Guildhall on the day, offering drop-in sessions for any businesses wishing to find out more about the organisation’s services.

Wednesday 03 December 2014

David Mackintosh welcomes clear plan to stay on course to prosperity in Northampton South

Cllr David Mackintosh has welcomed the Autumn Statement, echoing the Chancellor’s argument that it is only by working through the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan that we can achieve prosperity and security for families in Northampton South. 

The new forecasts for the British economy in the Autumn Statement shows the Government’s long-term economic plan is working: 

Deficit will be halved this year

British economy expected to grow by 3 per cent this year

Employment up and unemployment down – with over half a million new jobs forecast this year 

The Chancellor set out the next steps in his long-term economic plan in the Statement:

We will overhaul stamp duty so that 98% of stamp duty payers pay less tax when they buy their home.

We will continue to back businesses to create jobs in all parts of the country - with action on business rates and more help for the high street.

We will abolish the jobs tax on apprenticeships for people under 25 to help more young people get the skills they need. 

We will raise the personal allowance, and higher rate taxpayers will also benefit – a down-payment on our promises to raise the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000 in the next parliament. 

We will cut tax for families by abolishing the air passenger duty paid for children. 

And we will support savers by letting husbands and wives inherit their partner’s ISA and keep its tax free status.

David Mackintosh welcomed these measures as good news for hardworking taxpayers in Northampton South and said: “This is excellent news for hardworking families in Northampton South. The fundamental reform of stamp duty will cut taxes for the overwhelming majority of people trying to buy a house here – and the personal allowance rise and change to the ISA rules back people who want to work hard and save. 

“This Autumn Statement confirms the Government’s long-term economic plan is working. This matters to families here in Northampton South because it’s only with a strong and healthy economy that families here can have economic security for the future.

“We must carry on working through our plan and stay on course to prosperity.”

Tuesday 02 December 2014

New infrastructure investment will mean more jobs and growth in Northampton South

Huge investment is due to be made into improving Northamptonshire's roads

Cllr David Mackintosh has welcomed the announcement of £1.4 billion new investment in Midlands infrastructure – dealing with problems on the roads and supporting jobs and growth. 

This will result in a transformation of the roads network in the region, including making improvements to the M1 and the M6. This builds on the work started since 2010 to upgrade the Catthorpe Interchange, make major improvements to the Birmingham Box on the M6 and M42 and widen the A453 – making life easier for businesses and motorists. 

This is part of a £15 billion Roads Investment Strategy setting out how the government will invest in the roads network in England between 2015/16 and 2020/21 – with over 100 major schemes planned in total.

Locally, people in Northamptonshire will particularly benefit from a new junction 10A to be built on the A14. The A45 will be dualled to the A14 and improvements will be made to the Chowns Mill roundabout linking the A45 and A6.

George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “Because we Conservatives have been working through our Long-Term Economic Plan over the last four years, we are able to invest an unprecedented sum into the Midlands.  I am committing a further £1.4 billion of new funding for roads in the Midlands.

“For years these roads have suffered from underinvestment, resulting in congestion and delays. This has brought misery to motorists and undermined growth prospects of businesses. This new investment will help deal with these issues, creating jobs and opportunities for hardworking taxpayers throughout the Midlands. This never would have happened without the strong voice of Conservative MPs and candidates”.

David Mackintosh said: “This is great news for motorists and businesses in Northampton South who have had to deal with the consequences of underinvestment in roads in the Midlands.

“The 17 new schemes announced across the Midlands will go a long way to dealing with these problems. And locally we’ll particularly benefit from improvements to the A14 and the A45.

“By fixing Britain’s roads the Conservatives are supporting local businesses, helping businesses to create more jobs and making life easier for the hardworking taxpayers in Northampton South who rely on them to get around." 

Tuesday 02 December 2014

Out and about for Small Business Saturday

Small businesses will be championed this Saturday

David Mackintosh will be out and about on Small Business Saturday (6 December) finding out more about some of the fantastic firms across Northampton. 

The event, launched last year by the Federation for Small Businesses (FSB), aims to demonstrate how vital SME (small to medium-sized enterprises) are to the UK economy. 

It also encourages people to support and promote small businesses, and use independents all year round. 

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “Small businesses are vital to our economy, particularly in Northampton where we have a higher than average proportion of SMEs. 

“Our town boasts an unusually large number of entrepreneurial people with enormous drive and energy to takes to make their businesses thrive. 

“This is underpinned by a huge amount of support from a partnership of local authorities and central government organisations, making our town the place to be for success.” 

Last year’s event was supported by Northampton Borough Council, and this year members of the Cabinet will visit more than 20 firms to find out about their plans for the future. 

During the past year, the council has also worked with companies in the town centre, or those seeking premises there, through its Business Incentive Scheme. 

This has helped more than 20 businesses start up, make improvements, relocate or expand, creating dozens of jobs in the process. 

Representatives from the FSB will be in town on Small Business Saturday, offering a chance for businesses to drop into Northampton Guildhall for a chat. 

Anyone can support the event on social media using the hastag #SmallBizSatUK or visit smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com to find out how to get involved.