Anna Soubry has been among the more vocal Conservatives in the Coalition government – which is interesting as she represents the extremely marginal seat of Broxtowe.
The seat had been Labour-held since 1997, and it seems likely that the Tory victory here in 2010 was a sign of dissatisfaction with the then-current Labour government, rather than interest in anything the Tories had to offer.
How would residents vote if they knew Ms Soubry’s voting record? Let’s find out.
She is against increasing income tax paid by the extremely rich; against a bankers’ bonus tax; supports cutting Corporation Tax (even though this does not make companies more likely to invest in the UK or its workforce); and supported the increase in VAT. Clearly she believes in taxing the poor to pay for the rich.
She is strongly in favour of the current government’s creeping privatisation of the NHS.
She strongly supported the Bedroom Tax.
She strongly supported cuts to social security benefits including Jobseekers’ Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, the Personal Independence Payment and so on.
She strongly supported the benefit uprating cap, ensuring that benefits do not rise in line with prices.
She voted very strongly for making local councils responsible for helping people afford council tax – and for reducing the amount available for such support.
She is a strong supporter of military operations overseas.
She voted very strongly for replacing Trident with more nuclear weapons.
She opposes a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.
She supports privately-run ‘Free Schools’ and privately-owned ‘Academy Schools’; she voted very strongly for the increase in undergraduate tuition fees to £9,000 per year; and she voted to end financial support for 16-19 year olds in training and further education. Clearly she only wants education to be available to those who can afford it.
She is totally against localism and has voted to reduce both the powers of local councils and their funding.
She supported the waste of money that is Police and Crime Commissioners.
She supported the restriction of Legal Aid that has made justice available only to the rich.
She supports secret courts.
She supported the invasion of privacy that allows the security services to monitor and keep information about your communications.
She voted very strongly for the botched privatisation of the Royal Mail – and for the sale of England’s state-owned forests.
She supports unrestricted rises in rail fares, and is against regulation of gambling.
She opposes green energy generation.
She supported the badger cull.
If you live in Broxtowe, you need to know this information.
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