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.
The Conservatives’ Help to Buy scheme is helping families across the country achieve their dream of owning their own home.
Here are 6 things you need to know about the scheme:
- It’s helped over 50,000 people buy a home of their own
- 82% of those helped have been first-time buyers
- 94% of sales have been outside London
- The average price of a house bought is about £187,000 – well below the national average
- It’s giving builders the confidence to build – and private sector house-building has increased by 34%
- It’s helped create jobs, with the number of workers being taken on in the housing sector increasing at the fastest rate in 17 years
Help to Buy is part of our long-term economic plan to give people more security and a better future – and it’s helped tens of thousands of families and first-time buyers get on the housing ladder and get on in life.
Small business are the lifeblood of the economy – and we’re on their side.
Figures this week show that 20,000 start-up loans, worth over £100m, have been awarded to help new businesses get off the ground.
Start-up loans are helping people build something of their own and create jobs for others. That means a more financially secure future for hardworking taxpayers and their families.
We’re also supporting businesses by:
- Cutting the jobs tax – saving businesses up to £2,000
- Doubling rate relief – so 360,000 small businesses pay no rates at all
- Scrapping red tape – saving businesses £1.5 billion and helping them grow
While Labour hit businesses with higher taxes and more regulations, our long-term economic plan is backing businesses – the key to creating jobs and building a healthier economy.
Only by continuing that plan will we secure a better future for Britain.
The UK’s economy has grown even faster than previously thought, according to the Office for National Statistics – more evidence that our long-term economic plan is working.
The ONS have revised the UK’s GDP figures up by 1% since 2010 – meaning that our economy has grown faster than Germany, France, and any other major economy outside of North America.
A growing economy means more jobs and greater security and peace of mind for hardworking British taxpayers.
We are building a stronger, healthier economy – the deficit has been cut by over a third, there are 400,000 more businesses and 1.8 million more people in work, with the security of a pay packet to provide for their families.
But the job is not yet done.
Under Labour, Britain went through the deepest recession since the War – and the risks to the recovery from Europe and elsewhere remain. That’s why we must continue to work through the long-term economic plan, which is the only way to secure a better and brighter future for people across the country.
Labour started by claiming their proposed tax on the family home would only hit properties worth £2 million.
- Labour MP David Lammy has said homes worth £1 million or less could be taxed
(Source: The Evening Standard, 03/09/14)
- A senior Labour figure said homes worth £400,000 in the North of England should be hit too
(Source: Claire Reynolds quoted in Sunday Express, 10/08/14)
- And Labour MP Tessa Jowell has admitted “people would have to move out of their family homes” because of the tax
(Source: The Guardian, 26/11/13)
If Labour get into government, who knows how many hardworking families will be hit by their planned tax on the family home?
Labour simply haven’t learnt their lesson: they taxed hardworking families to the brink last time they were in power – and now they want to do it all over again.