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am writing this in the days leading up to the Budget, with speculation rife about what


will be in the famous red box on Wednesday 22 March. One thing that we know for certain is that


business and growth is high on the agenda. I have said so many times just how important supporting and encouraging local business is to both the national and local economy. I am playing my part here in Watford by meeting businesses and speaking to Ministers about the changes local companies would like to see. With this in mind, I have written a business


survey that is being sent to the many businesses in Watford so that I can find out just how businesses are faring in Watford, what problems are standing in the way of growth and what the Government can do to help. If you would like to take part in this survey you can do by visiting my website at www.richardharrington.org.uk I also know that one of the biggest problems


facing many people in my constituency is unemployment and getting training. To try and tackle this I will be holding a jobs fair on 30 June at the Langley Banqueting Suite in Watford that will bring together the many companies in Watford to offer vacancies, apprenticeships and free skills seminars. Any local companies in Watford that wish to


take part can have a stall free of charge and anybody looking for a job or further advice are welcome to come on the day. If you would like any further information can contact me at watfordjobsfair@richardharrington.org.uk As well as local issues much time recently


has been focused on global events, most particularly what is happening in Libya. Like so many people I have watched in horror as desperate and bloody events have unfolded in Libya and I am proud that it is the British Government and David Cameron that have been so vocal in calling for action to be taken to prevent further Human Rights atrocities being allowed to happen in Libya. On Thursday 17 March the UN Security


voted to ratify Resolution 1973, tabled by the UK, US, France and Lebanon, to impose a no- fly zone over Libya. Following the Prime Minister‘s statement to the House of Commons and further discussions in Paris over the weekend the Prime Minister committed British troops to join troops from other countries in enforcing the no- fly zone. On Monday evening I voted with colleagues


from the Government and opposition parties to show my support for this action and for the commitment of the British Government in their attempts to stop Colonel Gadaffi committing atrocities against his own people. Making such decisions is never easy,


especially in light of the budgetary constraints at home and with forces currently deployed in other parts of the world. It is however, a decision that needed to be made and the Government have my full confidence in their actions on this matter. As always I want to hear from you about the


issues that you care about, therefore if you want to discuss any of these issues or ask me about anything I am doing in Watford or Westminster, please get in touch at any time.


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