General Election 2017: Statement from South Cambs Conservative candidate Heidi Allen

PUBLISHED: 16:22 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:24 15 May 2017

Conservative candidate Heidi Allen.

Conservative candidate Heidi Allen.

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I was elected as the Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire in 2015, and live in Steeple Morden with my husband Phil.

I came to politics from a business background, having worked for 18 years in a variety of industries.

I have worked in the private sector for organisations such as ExxonMobil and the public sector with the Royal Mail. For the last eight years, prior to becoming an MP, I ran my family’s manufacturing business.

This combination of business experience and a degree in astrophysics, means I have been able to represent the diverse interests of South Cambridgeshire, promoting the growth of our small enterprises and high-tech industries alike.

I grew up in rural Yorkshire, so I understand the rural way of life and the importance of maintaining the character and individuality of villages. In recent months I have worked with the Housing Minister to explore what further protections might be available to protect our communities from inappropriate speculative housing developments.

Over the last 2 years, it’s fair to say I have gained a reputation for being an independently minded backbencher. I am a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, and have influenced the national debate on the funding of the welfare state, regularly speaking up for families on low incomes and for the disabled. I am very proud to have been awarded “Conservative Newcomer MP of the Year 2015” for my work in representing the vulnerable and marginalised. I also played a lead role in encouraging the Government to take in child refugees displaced by the war in Syria.

Although I supported “Remain” in the EU Referendum, I fully accept the decision made by the nation. But Parliament must be sovereign, so I worked with colleagues to ensure MPs will have a vote on the final deal.

I believe that representing South Cambridgeshire, the most economically active constituency in the country and one of the very few who contribute positively to the UK tax coffers, we are especially important to the Government. Brexit will only work for the UK if it works for South Cambridgeshire, and if re-elected will leverage this unique quality with every fibre in my being!

We rely heavily on the skills of EU Nationals in science, agriculture and healthcare and are renowned for our international collaboration. I want to ensure free movement of these precious skills is still possible post Brexit. I know this is something our Prime Minister wants to achieve too, indeed our economy needs it!

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