Charlie Elphicke is the Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal. Follow Charlie on Twitter.
Last week the White Cliffs of Dover remained blue. They did not go red. They did not go purple. The Conservatives beat off Labour and came first in the popular vote.
Why? Because we were clear what the election was about. We didn’t talk about the things we would like to do. We set out what we had done. The port Labour wanted to flog off to the French or whoever saved and forever England. The hospital Labour decimated about to be replaced with a brand new hospital. The Council Tax Labour had spent years jacking up frozen. Action to boost jobs and money with a regional growth fund and moving forward regeneration projects that stalled under the last failing Labour Government. The election choice was clear. A Conservative Party able to point to real achievements against Labour’s past failures and lack of new ideas. People don’t believe what you say, they believe what you do. And being able to point to a strong record of action made a real difference in a difficult set of mid term polls.
It’s the same nationally as it is locally. We should time and again point to Conservative achievements in office in contrast to Labour’s past failures and lack of ideas. A record of concrete action we can show that we have done in Government:
- Economy: Growth of 0.3% last quarter showing the economy is healing, record low interest rates, the deficit down by a third and 1.25m new private sector jobs
- Cost of living: A tax cut of £600 for 24 million people, with 2.2 million out of tax altogether, while Council Tax has been frozen for 3 years and the longest fuel duty freeze in 20 years with pump prices 13p lower than under Labour’s tax plans and energy companies are being made to put customers on the lowest tariff
- Immigration: Has been cut by a third. In addition, tough action has been taken on sham marriages and to sort out the organisation of our border security. New measures being brought in to tackle benefits and health tourism from EU states and elsewhere – much of which is work in progress with stronger results likely to be seen over the next year that we will be able to point to as concrete achievements.
- Welfare reform: Universal credit is action to make work pay and unleash the potential that is in every one of us, benefits are capped at the average earnings level of £26,000 while the Youth Contract has been set up to tackle youth unemployment.