The recent visit from Prime Minister May to the White House was nothing less than monumental. President Trump, like him or not, has extended his hand to the Prime Minister and the United Kingdom alike. This, as the Prime Minister knows, was a golden opportunity to solidify her commitment to exiting the single market. By reigniting the special relationship that dwindled during the previous administration the pair are counting on each other to stimulate their economies, and in doing so, to further their legitimacy.
Generally I think there is a wish to make life simpler. This can easily be seen in the events of the past year, which can be viewed as wish call for a more straightforward relationship between individuals and their rulers. In this piece I don’t offer any novel or clever ideas but hopefully you will see some common sense.
As a Councillor in Brent, the most diverse Local Authority in the UK, I am used to representing a wide range of communities. The fastest-growing community in Brent is Polish, now making up 5% of the borough's population.
With nearly 1 million Poles now living in the UK, this thriving community contributes enormously to the country. Polish values of hard work, entrepreneurship, and dedication to family values make them perhaps the ideal community to be welcoming here.
Is it possible that any local council would have the nerve to combine the following?
The second highest council tax rises in the country
One of the country’s highest spends per resident on senior salaries
One of the country’s lowest spends per resident on library facilities
Strikes on the London Underground bring misery to millions of commuters, yet most don’t question the issues around them. The last couple strikes have been centred around Tube ticket office closures, but with the evidence against them it’s hard to see why this is such a sticking point for unions and TfL. I would like to clear up the misconceptions around this issue and tell you why the Mayor should not give in to the unions.
Upcoming Events & Action Days
Join Conservative Way Forward in Copeland this Saturday for another important day of campaigning. This is the last Saturday before polling day, so we really need to get out on the doorsteps and convince the good people of Copeland to vote Conservative!
We will be meeting at Egremont Conservative Club at 1030am and 130pm.
If you cannot make it to Copeland you can still help by signing up to make calls from home or from your local call centre.
The Conservatives have chosen a fantastic local candidate, Trudy Harrison. She was born in and has always lived in the local area, and has previously worked for the local council and for Sellafield. She is a local champion with a track record of delivering for her community, and led the way on the Bootle Community Plan which saw more than £4 million invested in her local area since 2010.
Make sure you sign up to join us this weekend to make sure we secure victory in this vital by-election.
REMEMBER: if you can't make it up to Cumbria, you can still sign up to make calls from home or from your local call centre.
Join Conservative Way Forward for an afternoon of campaigning in Coventry for Andy Street, the Conservative candidate for the West Midlands Mayoral election.
We will be providing subsidised transport to Coventry from London and Oxford for just £5 p/p, and will be providing FREE drinks in a local pub after campaigning.
Join Conservative Way Forward for a quick spot of campaigning during the Conservative Spring Forum, followed by FREE drinks in a local pub.
We will be campaigning in the key Cardiff Council target ward of Cyncoed, currently represented by the Liberal Democrats.
The Lib Dems recently lost Cardiff Central, both in the National Assembly and in the Westminster Parliament. The local team has been working hard to dislodge the Lib Dems, and are in with a strong chance of winning in May.