MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

“DISGRACEFUL, appalling and baffling”

Just some of the phrases used to describe the large bonus payouts to bankers at surgeries, in letters and when I’m walking around the supermarket on Saturday afternoon.

It’s a point of view I can certainly understand and the banking sector certainly has a lot to answer for in relation to the financial crisis we face.

There has of course, as a result, been an increasing demand for the Government to come down hard on the bankers.

So I’m sure almost everyone will join me in backing the Government’s announcement of an increased levy on the banks to £2.5bn this year.

I was sat just yards from the Chancellor as he made the announcement which I know has also delighted many colleagues.

This will ensure that all banks pay their fair share and represents a brave step towards encouraging responsible behaviour throughout the sector.

Banker bashing is everyone’s favourite sport these days but we have to be aware it remains vital the city of London remains one of the world’s foremost economic trading areas.

Just as they are accused of causing the problems, banks are also an important part of the solution; the bane and, potentially, a vital part of the antidote.

Therefore I hope you will join me in backing this firm but fair approach which is a direct response to the views of the general public.

Another national issue that I know is concerning a lot of people is the motion to give prisoners the vote.

I know this has left a lot of people feeling very uneasy including myself.

People from Lytham, St Annes and other areas have told me, in no uncertain terms, they are feel those who have committed some of the most heinous crimes like murder, rape and violent offences, should never be given the right to vote.

This is an extremely complex issue and I know the Justice Secretary has said the UK cannot defy the European Court of Human Rights which means some prisoners may get a vote.

It’s hard to know what the solution will be but I feel very strongly that our Parliament should make these types of decisions rather than the European Courts.

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