A big thank you to all those Londoners who voted Conservative in the various Council and European Elections on 22nd May 2014. Thank you too to the thousands of Conservative activists and supporters whose work, not just in the election period but over months and, in some cases years, helped to take the messages about our record of achievement and our honest, practical and, above all deliverable policies, to all sections of their local communities.
May 22nd 2014 will see Londoners go to the polls to elect 1855 local Councillors, four directly elected Mayors in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets and eight Members of the European Parliament - the members of our Conservative Euro Team are pictured opposite with the Prime Minister. You can find out more about the European Elections and your local Borough campaigns by visiting our Election 2014 page.
At the conclusion of this year's London Regional elections two members of the current team; Graham Postles (Chairman) and Edward Heckels (Deputy Chairman - Political), were re-elected, Tara Douglas-Home (Deputy Chairman - Membership & Finance) having previously been returned unopposed.
London might not be going to the polls for local government and European Parliamentary elections until 22nd May 2014, however, campaigning activity is in full swing right accross the region.
Over 650 members from the London Region attended the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester which closed with a rallying call from Prime Minister David Cameron in which he called into sharp focus the major political and philosophical differences between the Conservative and Labour visions of Britain in the run-up to the 2015 General Election and beyond.
Our picture shows London Regional Chairman Graham Postles introducing the Prime Minister and London Mayor Boris Johnson at our successful London reception held in association with our colleages in the South East Region.
The team of candidates that will represent the Conservative Party in the London Region in next May's direct elections to the European Parliament was announced at Conservative Campaign Headquarters in Westminster at noon today, following a ballot of Conservative Party members across the Capital. Our three sitting Conservative MEPs, Syed Kamall, Dr Charles Tannock and Marina Yannakoudakis are joined by five new candidates.
For millions of people, an apprenticeship is the key to getting on in life.
It gives them the chance to learn skills, earn a salary and gain vital qualifications.
Since 2010, we’ve created 1.8 million apprenticeships. That means young people up and down the country are kick-starting their working lives and fulfilling their potential.
Today we’re launching a campaign to encourage even more young people to start an apprenticeship. There’s now a greater variety and quality of apprenticeships on offer, with new employer-designed apprenticeships in sectors such as engineering, hospitality and the legal profession.
By delivering the best skills, we’re helping young people get on in life and ensuring Britain succeeds in the global race.
Apprenticeships are a vital part of our long-term economic plan to secure a stronger, healthier economy – and a better future for Britain.
Families are at the heart of our long-term economic plan.
Supporting family life helps secure a better future for the next generation. That’s why we’re doing all we can to help families by:
1. Supporting parents
We’re nearly doubling the annual relationship support budget to £19.5m, helping more families stay together.
2. Helping troubled families
We’re extending our support programme for troubled families, helping with problems such as unemployment, debt and truancy. That will give many of our most vulnerable children a more stable and secure start in life.
3. Giving more children a family
The number of adoptions increased by a quarter last year, thanks to more financial support for councils and voluntary groups, and speeding up the adoption process. These improvements balance the need to find families for children with robust checks of adoptive parents.
We’re now going even further. From this year, all school children adopted from care will benefit from £1,900 of pupil premium money; and from next year, adoptive parents will receive more help with our new £19m Adoption Support Fund.
4. Putting families at the heart of our plan
Every single domestic policy that we propose will be examined for its impact on the family – and only approved if it passes the ‘family test’. That ensures the family is always at the heart of our long-term economic plan.
By supporting families in all that we do, we’re helping secure a stronger society today and a better future for Britain tomorrow.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy – and we’re doing all we can to back them.
Under Labour, businesses were hit with higher taxes and more regulations. Labour didn’t understand that the key to growth and jobs is helping businesses, not punishing them.
With the Conservatives, there’s never been a better time to start a business – there are now 400,000 more businesses than there were in 2010.
More and more people are choosing to start a business from home. So today we’re helping Britain’s home businesses by:
- Making it easier to run a business from a rented home
- Ensuring that the majority of home businesses are exempt from business rates
These changes will help more businesses start up and keep the recovery going.
It’s the latest part of our long-term economic plan to secure a healthier economy and a better future for Britain. The drive, graft and courage of business owners are leading the recovery – and the Conservatives are on their side.
Jobs up. Unemployment down. More people getting on in life. Today’s employment figures are an important step forward for Britain:
1. Unemployment down 437,000 in the last year – the biggest fall in 25 years
2. Employment up 820,000 in the last year – equivalent to 15,000 more people in work every week.
There are now 1.8 million more people in work than there were in 2010. What’s more, 90% of jobs created in the last three months are full-time (ONS, Labour Market Statistics, August 2014, 13 August 2014).
3. Long-term unemployment down 171,000 in the last year – the biggest fall since 1998
4. Youth unemployment down 206,000 in the last year – the biggest fall in 30 years
These figures mean more hardworking taxpayers with the security of a pay packet to provide for themselves and their families.
Our long-term economic plan is building a healthier economy and a better future for Britain. Today’s figures show the plan is working – but it’s far from finished.
The biggest risk to people’s jobs is Labour. Their only plan for the economy is more spending, more borrowing and higher taxes – including taxes on jobs – for which hardworking taxpayers would pay the price.
We need to continue working through our plan so even more people have the opportunity to get into work and get on in life – and secure a better future for themselves and their children.