MP John Hayes is a regular visitor to Tulip Radio, keeping us abreast of political developments as he represents his South Holland constituents.
Hot topics were the floods, both locally in Boston as well as the more severe floods in Somerset, and the Environment Agency’s response to the crisis and the manner in which they plan for these type of events.
We also spoke of the proposed changes to the benefits system which his colleague, Iain Duncan Smith, is currently formulating.
John spoke of the improving national economic position, which has prompted the International Monetary Fund to upgrade its view on the UK economy, predicting a 1.4 per cent growth rate this year. While some commentators have seen the positive reaction to this as largely London-centric, Mr Hayes spoke about the improving local economy, with unemployment in South Holland now under 3 per cent and with encouraging signs for South Holland’s shops and businesses.
This may well be the perfect time to support our high streets and markets and John is wholeheartedly supporting the Spalding Guardian’s local shopping campaign, ‘Shop local, eat local, play local’. To this we would add, ‘listen local’. The full interview can be heard on the podcast section at www.tulip-radio.co.uk