Infrastructure investment is key, says Reading MP
April 04, 2012
Rob Wilson told businessmen in Reading the Thames Valley is the competitive engine room for private sector-led recovery.
The MP for Reading East gave a speech to the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Political Working Lunch at the Microsoft Campus in Thames Valley Park.
In his speech, Mr Wilson gave his thoughts on the Budget and the need for infrastructure investments in Reading including direct rail access to Heathrow Airport and ultrafast broadband.
He stressed that “infrastructure investment is king” in recovering from the financial crisis and continuing prosperity in the Thames Valley.
On the Budget and its implications for business, he welcomed the cut in the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p and the two per cent cut in corporation tax, with a further two per cent to follow next year.
Drawing from his own business background he said in his speech: “As a business conscious Thames Valley MP, I am ever aware that you guys are running businesses, you’re creating wealth, you're employing people and you're paying tax.
“Knowing that you contribute so much, it’s about time the Government got off your back and cut your tax to stimulate growth – and that's what the Chancellor has done.”