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.
Labour’s spending plans contain a black hole of up to £28 billion, according to analysis from a think tank favoured by Ed Miliband.
The IPPR, considered Labour’s favourite think tank, analysed Labour’s spending plans and found that most of Labour’s planned tax rises would do nothing to reduce the deficit – as Labour have already spent the money elsewhere.
The money from Labour’s planned tax on the family home, for instance, has already been committed – as have the proceeds of their plan to abolish the tax allowance for married couples.
The report from the think tank makes clear that Labour will have to raise up to £28 billion to fill the black hole at the heart of the plans - “through a combination of cuts to departmental spending, cuts to welfare and tax rises.”
This independent analysis confirms what we’ve known all along – that a Labour government would mean higher taxes, more debt and a stalled economy.
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Labour’s planned homes tax would hit hardworking families.
That’s the verdict of Labour MP Tessa Jowell: ‘Let’s stop calling it a “mansion tax” – these are not mansions, these are family homes’ (New Statesman, 20 Oct 2014, link).
And Jowell isn’t the only Labour politician to criticise Ed Miliband’s latest tax:
- 'It will impact disastrously on people… particularly pensioners' – Glenda Jackson, Labour MP (Ham&High, 2 Oct 2014, link)
- 'It is misconceived… what it does is create a cliff edge' – Nick Raynsford, Labour MP (Daily Telegraph, 20 Oct 2014, link)
- 'A hopeless and desperate idea' – Lord Noon, Labour Peer (Sunday Times, 5 Oct 2014, link)
Labour said only the ‘most wealthy’ would pay their homes tax – but now Ed Balls says that everyone who earns £42,000 or more will have to pay up front.
Labour said pensioners would be protected – but now Ed Balls says pensioners will have to pay the tax after they die.
Labour said only homes worth £2 million would be hit – but already a senior Labour figure has said that homes worth £400,000 in the North of England should be taxed (Claire Reynolds, Sunday Express, 10 Aug 2014, link).
It’s clear that hardworking families across the country would be hit by Labour’s homes tax.
And it’s clearer than ever that a Labour government would mean a return to higher taxes, more debt, and a stalled economy.
Sign our petition to stop Labour’s homes tax, then share this post to let everyone know that Labour’s homes tax would hit hardworking families.
We will deliver 3 million more apprenticeships over the next Parliament.
Apprenticeships give people the hope and opportunity to fulfil their potential and get on in life.
In just four years we’ve already doubled the number of apprenticeships, delivering more than 1.8 million. In the next Parliament we will go even further by creating 3 million more and ending youth unemployment – so all young people get a good start in life.
Our commitment to deliver more apprenticeships is only possible because we’re reducing the benefits cap and restricting housing benefit for 18-21-year-olds – so the welfare system doesn’t trap young people in a culture of dependency.
Delivering the best skills for young people is a key part of our long-term economic plan. With the Conservatives, more people than ever will benefit from an apprenticeship – so they can secure a better future for themselves and for Britain.
We’re making Britain a safer place to live, work and raise a family.
New figures show that crime has fallen by more than a fifth since we came to power.
Our action plan to cut crime is working. This year there were 2.3 million fewer crimes than the year before the last election – including:
- 413,000 fewer violent crimes
- 160,000 fewer home burglaries
- 290,000 fewer vehicle crimes
Our plan is cutting crime by:
- Freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape and scrapping unnecessary targets
- Giving criminals tougher sentences so communities are protected and justice is done
- Giving the police the powers they need to tackle criminals, using the latest tools and techniques
- Stopping people from becoming criminals by tackling the root causes of crime
- Making the police answer to the community to help drive down crime in your area
Thanks to our plan and the hard work of police officers, crime is falling, families are safer, and communities can enjoy a better, more secure future.