Over 60 local supporters attended the Clatford Conservative Summer Drinks in Goodworth Clatford, where atmosphere was provided by Domini Hogg playing the harp.
Sir George spoke of his experience as an MP serving on the Finance Bill Standing Committee. "It is 10 years since I last sat on this committee, during which time the cat-and-mouse game between the Revenue and tax advisers has got yet more complex, with a real risk of innocent bystanders being caught up. I am glad the Government climbed down from their initial proposals on Inheritance Tax, which were grossly unfair on many ordinary families who use trusts not to evade tax, but to ensure that their wishes about their assets are respected when they die."
Sir George added that he was concerned that the recent growth of the economy had been underpinned by large personal borrowings, by current Government expenditure and by a balance of payments deficit. "In the medium term, this is unsustainable. Growth should be underpinned by productivity and investment, and these are not doing well."
Sir George thanked John Winchcombe and his team for another successful event.
Those in picture from left to right.
Cllr Arthur Peters, Giffin Lorimer, John Winchcombe, Judy Gould, GY, Mary Robinson, Michael Payne, Cllr Michael Woodhall