During the election, many of the people I spoke to liked what David Cameron was promising - but they weren’t convinced we would keep our promises if we won.
Each year the Queen dissolves Parliament and reopens it fresh for the next legislative session. At the State Opening of Parliament she reads a speech announcing the new laws the Government hopes to introduce over the next 12 months.
The most recent speech included a number of key election promises contained within the Conservative manifesto:
We pledged more help with childcare. The new Childcare Bill will double the amount of free childcare available to eligible working parents of three and four year-olds to 30 hours a week. As a father-of-three I know this will benefit hundreds of my constituents and I very strongly support it.
A referendum on our membership of the EU. The EU Referendum Bill will require an in/out referendum to be held before the end of 2017. This is the first chance for many of us to have our say on our relationship with the European Union – something I am very passionate about.
We also made promises to help more people to own their own home. The Housing Bill will give tenants of housing associations the right to buy their home at discount and help to build 200,000 Starter Homes that can only be sold to first-time buyers under the age of 40 and at a 20% discount.
It’s important that we tackle illegal immigration. That’s why the Immigration Bill will be designed to make illegal working a criminal offence and extend the principle of ‘deport first, appeal later’ to all illegal immigration cases.
High on my personal agenda is our ambitious plans to raise standards in our schools. Our Education Bill will allow the Government to intervene in coasting schools that are not failing but are not providing children with a high enough quality of education and cannot demonstrate the capacity to improve.
These are just a few of the Bills that will be debated and voted on in Parliament over the next year. If you have any views on them, or would like some more information, then get in touch and I’d be happy to help: Gavin.Barwell.MP@Parliament.uk.
This column first appeared in the Croydon Advertiser on Friday 12th June 2015