AN MP is calling on the government to make sure some of the £25 billion set aside for roads in the Budget is spent on the A120.

Priti Patel, Witham's MP, says it is important that Essex sees its fair share of the cash and wants to see it used on the A120 and A12.

Ms Patel said: "The government has set aside funding for investment in key infrastructure and it is important that Essex gets its fair share of this funding.

"I will be continuing to press for much needed investment in the A120 for the dualling scheme, the progression of the A12 widening scheme and the upgrading of the Great Eastern Mainline to bring these key economic corridors into the twenty-first century."

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She has also backed plans to raise the income tax threshold next year to £12,500 for basic rate taxpayers and £50,000 for higher rate taxpayers.

Ms Patel said: "I welcome the announcements on income tax and business rates, which I have been campaigning for.

"The increases in the tax free allowances will mean that people can keep more of the money that they earn while the cutting business rates bills for small retailers will give our high streets a welcome boost.

"This is positive news but more reforms to the tax system are needed to simplify the tax system and cuts taxes further so people can have more money in their pockets."