ELECTION 2015: Chichester - Andrew Tyrie (Conservatives)

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In this election, every voter will face a choice as to who will best protect the interests of the Chichester area, and which party can best consolidate the economic recovery now under way.

In this election, every voter will face a choice as to who will best protect the interests of the Chichester area, and which party can best consolidate the economic recovery now under way.

In 2010, the Conservative-led coalition inherited a country on the path to bankruptcy.

Tough decisions have been taken, in particular to make sure that the country lives within its means. As a result, confidence – in ourselves as a country, and of others in us – is returning.

The economy is growing and jobs are being created: in Chichester, unemployment has halved over the past five years.

The choice now is to stick with the approach that has been working, or to risk a return to higher borrowing, tax and spending: the policies that failed Britain only a few years ago.

All businesses, and particularly small businesses, need banks they can trust to lend responsibly.

We must not allow the past to be repeated, when the taxpayer and many customers were ripped off by banks.

In 2012, the Prime Minister and the Chancellor asked me to chair the Banking Commission as part of the effort to reform the banks. There is much more to do, but a start has been made.

I have been living and working in the Chichester area as its MP for nearly twenty years. A&E at St Richard’s has twice been under threat over the past decade. On both occasions, working closely with clinicians and the local community, we have seen off the threat.

Parts of the constituency can cope with some development, but building more houses without the essential supporting infrastructure – roads, drainage and the like – is asking for trouble. The Chichester area already has roads so congested that many people find they can’t get to work on time. After a lot of campaigning by MPs and local councils, some improvements are now, at last, to be made to the A27. I have also worked hard, over many years, to secure better sea defences on the Manhood peninsula. More flood protection and better sewage treatment is much needed in some areas, too.

Few people will agree with everything a government does. I haven’t. But most will accept that progress has been made over the past five years. The Conservatives offer leadership to entrench the recovery for the benefit of Chichester, and the country.