One week ago I joined The Conservative Party. I had always imagined that I’d find it a hard thing to do, if i ever were to do it. Mainly because up until two months or so ago the party was lead by a Prime Minister in David Cameron, who was campaigning against me in the referendum on the European Union. My decision in the end though was not a hard one by any means, it was actually rather straight forward and a sensible move for me to make now that the party and the country is lead by Theresa May.
Within weeks of taking over from David Cameron I found myself agreeing more and more with Theresa May, whether that be the supposed reintroduction of grammar schools or controls migration being a red line in any negotiations with the European Union. Though I admit I was sceptical at first to see how Theresa May would go about Brexit and what her red lines would be, I’m pleased to see and really do believe that Brexit really will mean Brexit and we will become a self-governing independent nation once again, leading the world in trade in a time where free trade is under heavy attack.
I’m proud to have joined a party that is putting social mobility at the heart of its government. I’m proud to have joined a party that will respect the will of the voters and not just disregard the referendum result as other parties would have, had they been in government. And I’m proud to be in a party that will give young working class people a chance, if they want it, to climb the ladder of prosperity. Whereas Labour take away that ladder, we as Conservatives give a chance to every single person who wants it and is prepared to work for it.
I’ve had people criticise me for this decision, claiming that ‘Theresa May hasn’t done much’, but as a conservative, I’m very much at ease with the government not doing too much. We are cracking on with Brexit and starting to announce some key new policy changes, starting hopefully with grammar schools and cross-government review which will hopefully reveal the scale of inequalities in Britain's schools, universities, hospitals and the criminal justice system. These are the key things.
Now though my focus will shift towards the upcoming local elections in 2017, it is more vital than ever that we take advantage of Labour’s plight and make sure we have more and more councils being run by Conservatives, who will tackle local issues head on and fight for more local investment alongside cutting council taxes, meaning working families keep more of their hard earned pay packet. The Conservative way.
Edward is a new member of the Conservative party and a student studying politics after two years working for a Member of the European Parliament for to help get Britain out of the European Union and win the referendum.