A piece in today’s Times. Philip spoke about the justice gender gap at the 2016 conference in London, and will be speaking at the next conference, in Chicago, in August – along with Elizabeth Hobson, Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad), myself, and 25+ others. The Times piece:
Whoever ends up leading the Conservative Party and whatever divisions we have had over Brexit, one thing is clear to us all: we must unite to defeat the perilous threat of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.
Corbyn has hijacked the Labour Party and turned it into a dangerous, divisive and toxic force, putting his outdated ideologies above the needs of working class communities across the United Kingdom. The Conservative Party must become a home for these voters.
Corbyn’s expensive nationalisation plans, tax rises and anti-business policies will destroy jobs, crush people’s dreams and aspirations, send businesses packing and waste all the sacrifices we have made over the last nine years to breathe fresh life into an economy put on its knees by Labour. And the only reason the threat of a Corbyn premiership still looms over us all is because we haven’t yet delivered Brexit.
Millions of voters instructed us to leave the EU so that we could start engaging with the world’s fastest growing economies, as well as with our trusted partners in Europe. Ninety per cent of global growth will come from outside the EU in the years ahead and in voting for Brexit, the British people painted an outward and forward-looking picture of our country’s future. And yet all the political class has done for the last three years is insult voters’ intelligence and do everything possible to get in the way of implementing the referendum result.
The country is drained by the crippling uncertainty and repetitiveness of the Brexit process so the next Conservative leader needs to be a visionary, must have the clout to be able to shift the dial in Brussels and must be prepared to take us out of the EU on 31st October – with or without a deal.
This is the only way to unite our party and country, to bring back some trust in politics, and to get on with delivering an agenda that will re-connect us with our people in the North, the Midlands and the regions. And that agenda must be Blue Collar Conservatism.
Working class voters are asking why we haven’t made enough money available for schools and why our classrooms are creaking and class sizes increasing. They want to know why the police are not being given enough money to keep our communities safe. And Britain’s 4 million public sector workers need to be rewarded for all the hard work they continue to do.
As Corbyn continues preaching his irrelevant, Marxist ideologies, the Conservative Party has a chance to show what it can do to make a practical difference to our constituents’ lives and to address the challenges faced by voters in constituencies in the North and the Midlands, which we had to work hard to win in the past.
Labour has taken these areas for granted and it’s time for us to win them back with a Blue Collar Conservative agenda that makes a real difference.
We need to stop being ashamed and offer real, Conservative values to voters. It’s time to re-balance our overseas aid policy so that we aren’t making dangerously short-sighted cuts to our own public services.
We must re-examine prison sentences so that the public has some faith in our justice system again. And we must make the case again for tax cuts so that we show that we are a party who believes families should be able to keep more of their hard-earned money, recognising that high tax bills hit the least well-off families the hardest.
Our next leader must address these challenges with as much energy and drive as they bring to delivering Brexit and, for me, it is Boris Johnson who should take our country and Party forward.
On Sunday Boris acknowledged this Blue Collar Conservatism agenda and said how important it is that we address the funding gap faced by our police, schools and public services. For that reason, I will vote for him to become the next leader of our Party and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
He understands how important Brexit on 31st October is – not just for the benefits it will bring in terms of our independence and prosperity, but in bringing back trust and credibility to our politics.
And by backing the Blue Collar Conservatism agenda he has shown that he understands what is necessary to see off the threat posed by Jeremy Corbyn.
Boris’ ability to communicate with voters in ways most politicians can’t, his unbridled optimism and the fact that he truly believes that Brexit can transform us into a prosperous, free and dynamic nation will make him a great Prime Minister and I am looking forward to helping him to deliver this Blue Collar agenda for voters all over the country.
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