Solihull needs a Referendum

The controversy over an in out referendum on the EU has been dominating the national headlines. Now as I am running for MP in Solihull I thought it right for me to put my own views out there clearly and honestly.  I have long believed that the people of Solihull have the right to have a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. It is forty years since the last referendum and frankly people voted for a common market not for the European super state which the EU has become. Successive generations of politicians – from all political parties – have in my view dragged the British people by the nose into ever deeper union with Europe, this cannot go on, we deserve to have a say on this issue, each and every one of us. But I firmly believe that a prelude to any such vote must be a renegotiation of our treaties with the EU, as the British people can then be presented with the best possible deal we can get and then they can decide.

Shirley Bank Holiday clean-up

Julian Knight and his fiancé Philippa, joined Shirley Councillors and Conservative Future members this bank holiday weekend to clear up hanging hedge-growth and pick up litter in the Highlands Road area.Julian said; “It was great to be involved with such an enthusiastic team of volunteers and to rid Shirley streets of litter.  Projects like this really give me heart as it shows that people of all ages are willing to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in for their community.”

Proposed Shirley Library move

The proposed move of library services from the old site to a new up to date site within the Parkgate development at first glance has some points to recommend it.

There is the chance to reach out to a new audience through modern facilities and the proposed location will be somewhere with a much higher footfall than the current location.  There will also be 500 car parking spaces within Parkgate which are FREE for the first three hours.   

Julian Knight dons lycra for wheel good cause!

Julian Knight, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Solihull, is marking the official opening of Solihull Marie Curie hospice with a marathon bike ride to raise much needed funds for this deserving cause.Julian said ""The hospice is a very special, inspiring place and we are so lucky to have it here in Solihull. These are tough times financially but if people could find a few pounds to support this bike ride that would be wonderful."  

Growth & Infrastructure Bill

Julian Knight speaks on the Growth & Infrastructure Bill  - "I support homeowners being able to extend their property, particularly when it can be so hard to get a mortgage to move to a bigger place. Sometimes building out or up is the only option for growing families. However, these decisions should still be scrutinized locally by the council, with neighbours having the right to object. Our planning laws do need reform but a free for all is not the way to go."

Julian Knight sets the record straight on Pensions

As the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Solihull, I felt compelled to write to you to correct some of the inaccuracies over government pension policy contained in Lorely Burt Liberal Democrat MP's column published in the Solihull News 12 April called "A fairer way forward".  Mrs Burt claimed in the piece that the 'triple lock' on pensions - whereby pensioners will always see a rise in their state pension - was "Lib Dem". This policy was in fact brought before parliament by a Conservative Chancellor and voted on in the main by Conservative MPs. The same applies to the proposed rise to £10,000 in the income tax personal allowance.

Book of Condolence opened

Solihull Borough Conservatives were saddened to hear of the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday.  Since the sad news, people have approached the Conservative Headquarters situated on Manor Road, Solihull, to express their condolences.A book of condolences has been opened by Cllr Robert Hulland, the Chairman of Solihull Conservatives and Julian Knight, Parliamentary Candidate for Solihull and is available during office hours - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

Julian Knight speaks about the Budget

Chancellor unveils a Budget for jobs, business and homeowners This was a Budget for the homeowners, hard-working families, savers, taxpayers and business owners of Solihull. This government is on the side of hard workers and wealth creators in our society and this is highlighted by the Chancellor’s slashing of business taxes. 

Julian Knight launches new website

Thank you for your support at the last election. Because of you, David Cameron is the first Conservative Prime Minister in 13 years and the Government’s plans to build a strong economy and a big society are in full swing. Now, to help us communicate with you, we've launched this new local website.