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Sunday, 26 July, 2015

Our summer survey is your apportunity to give us your views on what our local priorities should be.

Monday, 25 May, 2015

On the 7th May voters in the constituency re-elected Crispin Blunt as their Member of Parliament, increasing his majority in the process. At the same time thay also elected a highly experienced and competent team of local Conservative councillors, who will continue their work to improve the lives of the people of Reigate & Banstead.

Monday, 28 April, 2014

Reigate, Redhill and Banstead's Conservatives have unveiled their team of candidates for the local elections on 22nd May, seeking to represent local residents on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.  A total of 9 existing councillors are seeking re-election, with 3 new candidates seeking to achieve election.

Monday, 14 April, 2014

At Full Council meeting last Thursday evening (10th April) Conservative Council Leader Mrs Joan Spiers announced her intention to step down as Leader of the Council at the end of the municipal year at the 12th June Council meeting.

Thursday, 3 April, 2014

A new Chairman and officer team was elected at our Annual Meeting, held last Friday (28th March).

 

Friday, 28 March, 2014

At our Annual Meeting held last Friday (28th March) Reigate & Banstead’s local Conservative party elected a new Chairman, Julian Ellacott, and officers.

Wednesday, 20 November, 2013

Following a ballot of all local Conservative Party members, Crispin Blunt MP has been reselected as the Conservative candidate for the 2015 General Election.  This followed an earlier vote of the local Executive which declined to reselect him automatically.

Thursday, 8 November, 2012

Following the news that the proposed merger between Epsom Hospital and Ashford and St Peter's Hospital Trust will not now go ahead, Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate, called for a review not poisoned by party politics around particular buildings

The Queen delivered a One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government. With the strengthening economy moving in the right direction, we can be ambitious in our plans to deliver for the hardworking people of Britain.

Strengthening our national security to keep our country safe is the first duty of Government. We cannot extend opportunity or help working people if our country is not safe. So this is a Queen’s speech that invests in Britain’s armed forces, honouring our NATO commitment to spend two per cent of GDP on defence. To support global stability and prevent new threats to our security, we will also meet our commitment on international development spending. And in an ever more dangerous and unstable world, where the threats to our country are increasing not diminishing, we will secure the long-term future of our nuclear deterrent and give our security and intelligence agencies the powers they need to keep us safe.

Bill of Rights

This Bill will support and reinforce Britain’s long-standing commitment to human rights and restore common sense to the way human rights law is applied. It will include:

  • Measures to reform and modernise the UK human rights framework.
  • Protections against abuse of the system and misuse of human rights laws.

Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill

This Bill gives law enforcement agencies new powers to protect vulnerable people – including children – from those who seek to brainwash them with extremism propaganda so we build a stronger society around our shared liberal values of tolerance and respect. It will include:

  • Stronger powers to disrupt extremists and protect the public.
  • Powers to intervene in intensive unregulated education settings which teach hate and drive communities apart.
  • A new civil order regime to restrict extremist activity, following consultation.

Criminal Finances Bill

This Bill will cement the UK’s leading role in the fight against international corruption crack down on money laundering and people profiting from crime, so that we root out corruption. It will include:

  • Measures to reform proceeds of crime legislation to allow the Government to recoup more illicit income.
  • A new criminal offence for corporations that fail to stop staff facilitating tax evasion.
  • New rules to toughen the UK’s anti-money laundering regime.

Policing and Crime Bill

This Bill is the next phase in our reform of the police, reforming out-of-date complaints and disciplinary procedures, so we increase public confidence in the people who keep us safe. It will include:

  • A new duty to collaborate on all three emergency services, to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • New authority for chief officers to designate wider powers on police staff and volunteers, so they can make best use of their workforce.
  • A stronger oversight role for PCCs over local complaints, giving them an explicit responsibility for ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of the local police complaints system, and extending HM Inspector of Constabulary’s remit to enable it to inspect private contractors.

Investigatory Powers Bill

This Bill will fill holes in our security apparatus so that we give law enforcement agencies the tools they need to protect the public in the digital age, while building confidence in the public that powers are operated sensibly. It includes:

  • Plugging gaps in the abilities of law enforcement agencies to monitor people’s online communications when investigating crime or terrorism.
  • Tough new safeguards for the use of investigatory powers.
  • Establishing a world-leading oversight regime of law enforcement agencies and the security services.

This is our legislative programme: to give working people security in their personal and professional lives; to increase the live chances for the most disadvantaged in our society; and to strengthen our national security to keep us all safer. We’ve set challenging, but achievable goals, using the strong foundations of our economy to make a series of bold choices that will improve lives across the country. It is a One Nation Queen’s speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government.

The Queen delivered a One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government. With the strengthening economy moving in the right direction, we can be ambitious in our plans to deliver for the hardworking people of Britain.

Increasing life chances for the most disadvantaged is at the heart of this Queen’s Speech. We will carry out bold reforms that tackle some of the deepest social problems in our country and remove all barriers to opportunity. Giving children in care the best possible start in life by tackling state failure, so children in care are not doomed to a life of poverty. There are reforms to schools, so excellence that comes with more teacher freedom is spread to every community. There is an expansion of higher education, so just as we uncapped the number of student places we now encourage the new universities that will help educate the next generation. And because this Government sees the potential in everyone, we will finally undertake the long-overdue change that our prisons need. No longer will they be warehouses for criminals; we want them to be incubators of changed and reformed lives. This is a Queen’s speech aimed at giving everyone in our country the chance to get on.

Children and Social Work Bill

This Bill aims to tackle state failure and transform the outcomes of children in care, so that we give all of them the hope of a better life. It will include:

  • Changes to the considerations that courts must take into account in adoption decisions, tipping the balance in favour of permanent adoption where that is the right thing for the child - helping to give children stability.
  • A new system of regulating social workers by setting up a specialist regulator for the profession with a clear focus on driving improvement and introducing more demanding professional standards.
  • A new statutory ‘care leavers covenant’ to make sure local authorities set out clearly their entitlements – including housing, jobs and healthcare.

Education for All Bill

This Bill is the next phase of our transformation of education, extending the principles of freedom and accountability across the country so that we encourage excellence everywhere and give every child the best start in life. It will include:

  • New laws to expand the academies programme in the poorest performing local authority areas.
  • A new funding formula to deliver fair funding for every school and pupil in the country.
  • Measures to make schools accountable for the provision and progress of excluded pupils so that those currently let down by the system are given an excellent education.

Higher Education and Research Bill

This Bill introduces the biggest supply-side reforms to the higher education sector for a quarter of a century, so that we open more universities and give more young people - from all backgrounds – the opportunity to go to university. It will include:

  • Measures to make it easier for new high quality universities to open, boosting competition to improve teaching quality.
  • Reform of university funding that will link funding for universities to the quality of teaching rather than student numbers, with graduate employment prospects tracked so students can be sure they are getting value for money.
  • New requirements on all universities to publish detailed information about application, offer and progression rates, broken down by ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background. This will shine a spotlight on universities that need to go further and faster on social mobility and spur further action to ensure all institutions reach out to reach out to disadvantaged groups.

Prisons and Courts Reform Bill

This Bill represents the biggest reform of our prisons since Victorian times, ensuring they are not just a place of punishment but also rehabilitation, so everyone has the chance to get on the right track and we show as a society we believe in the best in everyone. It will include:

  • New powers for Prison Governors to allow them unprecedented levels of control over all aspects of prison management.
  • A complete overhaul of education, health and training to improve the life chances of every offender.
  • New performance measures to assess prisons’ current performance, long-term direction and progress.

Lifetime Savings Bill

This Bill helps people to save and make plans for the future, so we build the financial resilience and security of people across the country – especially the young and those on low incomes. It will include:

  • The new Help to Save scheme, which will help those from low incomes build up their savings. Workers in receipt of working tax credits or Universal Credit who save up to £50 a month receiving a Government bonus of 50% - to a maximum of £600 – after two years.
  • A new Lifetime ISA for young people, with a Government top up bonus of 25% on all savings up to £4,000 a year.

National Citizen Service Bill

This Bill will see the expansion of the Government’s hugely successful National Citizen Service so more young people can mix with people of other backgrounds, and learn what it means to serve their community. It will include:

  • A new statutory framework to deliver the programme, which will benefit from a £1.2 billion cash injection.
  • A new duty on schools and local authorities to promote the scheme to all young people and their parents.

This is our legislative programme: to give working people security in their personal and professional lives; to increase the live chances for the most disadvantaged in our society; and to strengthen our national security to keep us all safer. We’ve set challenging, but achievable goals, using the strong foundations of our economy to make a series of bold choices that will improve lives across the country. It is a One Nation Queen’s speech from a progressive, One Nation, Conservative Government.