Today is the last day of Parliamentary business of 2015 and time to take stock.
With the unemployment figures showing record numbers in work. Inflation continuing to hover around zero (the latest figures show inflation at 0.1%) and wages are rising in real terms these are signs of a growing economy. The Conservatives have been busy since the general election delivering on our manifesto pledges. By continuing to reduce the budget deficit, keeping welfare bills down and cutting tax we are delivering the economic security that was promised at the time of the general election. There is much more to do but the important building blocks are being put in place.
By committing to spend the NATO target of 2% of our national income on defence, increasing spending on our security services and maintaining spending on the police we are demonstrating it is only by having a strong economy that we can maintain our national security.