Article for Tiptree Tribune

Many thanks to everyone who supported me during the General Election campaign. I am grateful for the strong support I received throughout the Witham constituency during the campaign and for the help of hundreds of local campaigners who worked on my campaign delivering leaflets, making phone calls and canvassing.
 
I am also grateful to the many local residents and businesses who invited me into their homes, shops, offices and factories during the campaign to discuss local issues and the national political picture. This has been an incredibly dynamic campaign with social media and 24 hour news both playing a more prominent role than ever before. Headlines are broadcast across the country within seconds and it is possible to communicate to more people than ever before. However, there is no substitute for meeting people face-to-face, discussing policy with them and the importance of voting. As well as campaigning hard across the Witham constituency during the campaign, I have also been pleased to support Conservative candidates elsewhere in Essex and other parts of the country. 
 
We have campaigned for a positive future for the country to deliver lower taxes for hardworking families and businesses and investment in infrastructure, including local roads, rail services and broadband access. We campaigned to deliver more support for parents with childcare costs, support for savers and help for people to own their own homes, a freeze in rail fares for commuters, and positive action to take people off of benefits and into employment.  Conservatives have also stood up for new investment in public services, including our NHS and schools, which is only possible because of strong economy we have established over the last five years. 
 
Wherever I have gone during the campaign I have been delighted to see more businesses employing more staff and confident entrepreneurs investing in growth and jobs. I have met many hardworking families on modest incomes who are better off as a result of the cuts in income tax introduced since 2010 as well as the action taken to reduce fuel duty and other taxes. Britain is a stronger, more secure and more prosperous place now than in 2010 and that is a record Conservatives can be proud of. 
 
Outside of the General Election campaign, I have continued to support and help residents with a range of issues and enquiries. These have included making representations to Essex County Council about the impact of changes to the free school transport policy and supporting families to secure residential home placements for relatives. I have also been addressing local concerns about various highways related issues brought to my attention by residents. In response to concerns raised about speeding in Church Road, Tiptree, Essex County Council and the Local Highways Panel will look at installing a vehicle activated sign. Following concerns brought to my attention by residents in Tollesbury about HGVs travelling at excessive speeds on local roads I have been assured that Essex County Council are going to monitor the situation and work with the Police if necessary to enforce speed limits.
 
Priti Patel

A12/A120 Consultations

Strategic Road Network Consultations

There are two important consultations running at the moment on key strategic road infrastructure improvements - the A12 widening scheme and the upgrading of the A120. Priti has been campaigning to secure new investment in these roads and has welcomed the consultations taking place. Members of the public can review the proposals for the A12 and A120 at the weblinks below, attend consultation events, and respond to the consultation. Feel free to also contact Priti by email to: [email protected] with your views too.

Widening the A12

Upgrading the A120

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