A vibrant economy and building a “fairer society and fairer deal” is critical for the future success of Thirsk, Malton and Filey, insists MP Kevin Hollinrake.
During a wide-ranging maiden speech at the House of Commons, the recently-elected Conservative MP also paid tribute to predecessor Anne McIntosh, quoted former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and called for more investment along the A64.
“I will work tirelessly and to the best of my ability and always on behalf of the people who put me in this place,” he said on Thursday.
By tradition, an MP’s maiden speech - the first time he or she speaks in front of colleagues at the House of Commons - focuses on the politician’s beliefs and background.
Mr Hollinrake, who co-founded Hunters estate agents in 1992 which today has 140 branches nationwide, was quick to point out his support for small businesses - citing them as the backbone of the nation’s economy.
“I come to this House wanting a fair deal for our farmers, our businesses, our councils, our schools and our hospitals,” he said. “I also want to help to build a fairer society and a fairer deal for the north and, in particular, for North Yorkshire.
“The vibrancy of our economy is critical. Never forget that everything here is provided by business people who go out and take risks, work twice the hours for half the money and put their life savings on the line. More often than not, they will never see them again.
“Ronald Reagan once said that virtually all our economic growth is achieved by entrepreneurs and their small businesses. I have heard a lot of talk about productivity in this Chamber over the past couple of weeks and the way to increase productivity is to increase competition. We must make it easier and more rewarding to start a business and invest, and we do not help the poor by destroying the rich.
“As our economy grows, the benefits should be felt by everyone. Over time, I believe that we should work with business and work towards introducing a living wage so that everybody gets a decent standard of living. I welcome the Government’s drive to cut red tape. Governments should do less, not more, but must keep stable conditions in our economy.”
He added that he would welcome investment in the A64, describing it as a “huge bottleneck and accident blackspot,” and said better rural broadband and mobile phone coverage is needed as, without it, “many businesses are at a disadvantage.”
“Local businesses compete locally but also nationally and internationally and we need to give them a level playing field,” he said.