Just back from a very busy four days at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
I spoke at two fringe meetings, the first on how to improve literacy and the second on how to make our asylum system fairer and more efficient. I also had useful meetings with Nestlé (as discussed in a previous post, I have offered to act as an intermediary between the company and Croydon Council to try to ensure that they stay in the borough) and with the new owners of Gatwick Airport who are planning to invest £1 billion in the airport over the next few years, which is great news from a number of Croydon-based businesses as well as passengers. And I helped out with our social action project (each year, we try to make a difference to the city that hosts our conference). This year, we were renovating the Dolphin Centre, a rundown and disused building in the Alum Rock area of Birmingham, for use as a community centre.
The big news story was the Chancellor’s announcement that from 2013 any household containing a higher rate taxpayer won’t receive Child Benefit, about which a separate post follows.