CONSERVATIVES: CLEARING UP THE MESS WHILE LABOUR PUT THEIR HEADS IN THE SAND

 

Tameside Conservatives are out and about in the borough delivering their latest leaflet, showing the ridiculous stand taken by Labour – to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the mess they left after 13 years of mismanagement and waste in Government. 

LABOUR IS… NEVER HAVING TO SAY SORRY FOR THE DEBT

The Conservatives have hit back at Labour’s gutter-like campaigning against the Conservative-led Government’s attempts to cut the debt left by the last Labour Government.

Following weeks of pathetic attacks by Labour politicians with their heads in the sand, local Conservatives have been putting them firmly in their place.

READ ABOUT LABOUR’S 13 YEARS OF WASTE AND DEBT IN GOVERNMENT, CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.

In one letter to the local press, Dave Westhead, the Chairman of Ashton-under-Lyne Conservatives, wrote: 

“The cuts that have to be made are Labour’s cuts – a direct consequence of its economic policies which brought this country to the verge of bankruptcy.

“You only need to look at Ireland to see what would have happened without action. Nobody has yet seen an apology for the mess they left.

“Labour did not leave a “Golden Legacy” but rather burdened every man, woman and child with a debt of over £22,500 pounds which costs £120million a day in interest.

“What did [local Labour politicians]… do to lessen this debt locally? The answer is nothing, they continued increasing your council tax and spending your money on any pet project that sounded good, examples of this are: £36,000 on a Virtual Town scrapped because nobody used it; £10,000+ on a You Tube channel watched by 63 people; and, over £5,700 on an iphone application. Not really good examples of prudence.

“I notice that they will not tell you how Labour would deal with the massive debt burden, that is because they have no idea, either locally or nationally other that to deny it exists.

“Indeed, they feel that it is their right to be allowed to carry on taxing you and then spending the money any way they see fit.”

LET’S END LABOUR’S ‘JOBS FOR THE BOYS’ CABINET SYSTEM

FLOYD PATERSON: LABOUR’S ‘JOBS FOR THE BOYS’ CABINET IS COSTING TAMESIDE £326,000-A-YEAR

As Labour continues to refuse to apologise, or acknowledge the financial mess they left the country in, Denton Conservatives have highlighted the ‘jobs for the boys’ system that has been created in the higher echelons of the controlling Labour Group on Tameside Council.

Twenty-one members of the Labour Group now hold a cabinet position of one variety or another, after it was enlarged last May, which will cost Tameside council taxpayers approximately £326,000 in 2010/11 – an increase of almost £95,000 since 2003/04.

In a direct response to comments made by Labour councillor, Dawson Lane, Denton West’s Conservative spokesman, Floyd Paterson, said:

“Councillor Dawson Lane claims Tameside Council are going to lose £100 million and states that Tameside Council can’t, ‘…make up the differences with so-called efficiencies’.
 
“Cllr Lane also states that he is Tameside’s ‘assistant executive member for sports and leisure’.

“This is a role that was created last May in an enlarged Labour cabinet system that now includes 12 cabinet members and nine assistant executive members. This means that almost half the entire Labour group of 47 members now have paid cabinet positions of one grandiose type or another.”

Floyd continued:

“The growing cost of Labour’s ‘jobs for the boys’ cabinet system is clear to see. In 2003/04, Labour’s cabinet cost Tameside’s taxpayers £232,180 in ‘special responsibility allowances’. In 2010/11 it is expected to cost £326,859 – a staggering increase of £94,679 (or 41 per cent) in just seven years.
 
“Cllr. Lane has done well out of the system. His wife, Cllr. Jackie Lane, is also an assistant executive member.

“So, before Cllr. Lane bleats about supposed ‘cuts’ maybe he should be thankful for his place in Labour’s system of political patronage. Or better still, he should do the decent thing by putting frontline services before his own pay packet and demanding an end to Tameside Labour’s ‘jobs for the boys’ system.”

DOUBLE GOOD NEWS FOR THE ECONOMY

There was double good news for the British economy this week, as new figures showed record growth in manufacturing output, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) backed the Coalition Government’s plans for reducing the deficit.

GOOD NEWS #1

UK manufacturing in January expanded at its fastest pace since records began in 1992, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), whilst employment in the manufacturing sector also rose at its fastest pace in 19 years, beating expectations.

David Noble, Chief Executive Officer of CIPS, said, “UK manufacturing steamed ahead in January as the sector continues to expand quicker than even the most optimistic amongst us could have predicted. As well as improved market conditions abroad, demand in the UK market also showed signs of growth. This is the much needed kick start to 2011 everyone in the sector was hoping for.”

GOOD NEWS #2

Further good news for the economy was delivered by the IFS, which backed the government’s strategy for putting the public finances back on a sustainable footing.

In its green budget, the think tank warned that delaying the plan, as Labour calls for, could undermine investor confidence in Britain. Any fiscal loosening could push up interest rates and be ‘ineffective’ in helping the economy.

The IFS said it, “…continued to believe that aiming to complete the fiscal repair job in one parliament is a sensible strategy as it should be more credible with international investors than a plan that involves tightening in a future parliament.” Instead, the think tank backed the OECD and the Bank of England in saying that the government should stick to its course.

The IFS said, “Any fiscal loosening aimed at helping the economy could be ineffective if it prompts an offsetting monetary tightening, and risks undermining investor confidence that the remainder of the fiscal consolidation plan, in which the Chancellor has set such store, will be delivered.

“Having set out his fiscal consolidation plan, it is important that Chancellor George Osborne resist the temptation to engage in any significant net giveaway in the Budget.”

DEFICIT DENIER BALLS’ POLICY OWN GOAL

 

HE DOESN’T KNOW HIS RIGHT FROM HIS LEFT: ED BALLS’ CONTRADICTORY POLICY ANNOUNCEMENTS

In a rush to respond to the disappointing GDP figures today, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls raised more questions than he answered about Labour’s economic policy.

Mr Balls insisted that he stood by “every paragraph” of a speech he made last summer in a pitch to become Labour leader – despite last week ditching his principles to get the Shadow Chancellor job. 

Speaking at Bloomberg in August 2010, Ed Balls rejected Alistair Darling’s plan to halve the deficit over four years. Instead he set out new tax rises including a mansion tax and revising down the 50p rate of income tax to everyone earning more than £100,000.

Last week, however, Balls promised Ed Miliband he would adopt the Darling plan, which would consolidate the public finances at a faster pace and make spending cuts starting this year. 

Michael Fallon, Conservative Party Deputy Chairman, said that Mr Balls was confused about Labour policy. He said, “Ed Balls had to ditch his economic plan to get the Shadow Chancellor job, but it has taken only five days for him to become confused about what Labour’s policy is.

“Ed Balls cannot escape his record. He was at Gordon Brown’s side when Labour maxed out the nation’s credit card and burdened our children and grandchildren with billions of debt.”

GROWTH FOR THE NORTH WEST

DAVID CAMERON: LAYING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

As part of a regional tour in the North West today, the Prime Minister David Cameron set out plans to boost growth in all regions of the country and encourage local businesses and entrepreneurs to bid for money from the Government’s flagship £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Speaking in Manchester, David Cameron said:

“Getting behind tourism, green energy, pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, the industries of the future – all this is crucial.

“But it would be a big mistake if we stopped at those big ticket industries. Because if you look at where growth has come from in recent years, you see that it’s the small, innovative companies that hold a lot of the potential.

“Over and over again studies show that around one in 20 companies – the small, high-growth firms – are responsible for half of new job creation. So far from ignoring the start-ups and the small players, we’re laying out the red carpet for them.”

Click here to read David Cameron’s full speech.

TAMESIDE ESCAPES WORST OF CUTBACKS

BOROUGH RECEIVES FOURTH BEST SETTLEMENT IN THE WHOLE OF GREATER MANCHESTER 

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JOHN BELL – LABOUR SCARMONGERING AT TAMESIDE COUNCIL MUST STOP

Tameside has escaped the worst of the cutbacks, as the Coalition Government works to clear up the financial mess left by the last disastrous Labour Government.

In the next two years, Tameside Council’s revenue spending power will be cut by just 6.21 per cent, the fourth lowest cut in Greater Manchester behind Bury, Stockport and Trafford.

The news was announced earlier this week by the Department for Communities & Local Government, and the settlement is better than expected, following the near bankruptcy of the country following Labour’s 13 years in power.

The settlement ends months of scaremongering by Tameside’s Labour-controlled council and local Labour politicians.

The news now gives Tameside Council the opportunity to cut waste from its operations and deliver the best services possible for its residents, safe in the knowledge that it has escaped the worst of the cuts that are the lasting legacy to the wasteful and wasted years of the last Labour government.

Cllr. John Bell, the Tameside Conservative Leader, said, “For months the scaremongering coming from Labour has verged on the hysterical. It has been unprofessional, immature and, frankly, dishonest.

“Nobody should forget it was Labour that took us to the verge of bankruptcy and it has been left to the Coalition Government to clear their mess up. And nobody should forget that Labour planned cuts of as much as 25 per cent had they won the General Election last May. Those Labour politicians that have been decrying the financial mess we’re in are clearly in denial about the mess their Party left us in. 

“It is now time for Tameside Council to get to work eradicating waste and getting the best value for every single penny it spends. At the beginning of the financial year it had £36 million of taxpayers’ cash in reserves, where other councils barely have a penny, and it has a promise of financial aid from Government to help it freeze residents’ council tax for the next two years should it choose to do so. I therefore hope that the Labour council will pull its head out of the sand, stop scaremongering and get on with the job.”

To view an area by area spreadsheet of revenue spending power please click here (Tameside MBC’s details can be viewed on line 59).

CUTS ARE LABOUR’S LEGACY TO TAMESIDE

BUT COALITION GOVERNMENT PROTECTS FUNDING FOR VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

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CHANCER OF THE EXCHEQUER – ALISTAIR DARLING AND LABOUR WASTED BILLIONS OF POUNDS OF TAXPAYERS’ CASH AND THEN PLANNED TO CUT PUBLIC SPENDING BY 20-25% IF LABOUR HAD WON THE GENERAL ELECTION.

Cuts to public spending are the direct result of Labour’s wasteful years in Government. That was the message driven home by Cllr. John Bell at Tuesday’s State of the Area Debate.

The Tameside Conservative Leader slammed the Governments of Blair and Brown for leading Britain to the brink of bankruptcy, and leaving David Cameron’s Government with the largest deficit in peacetime history.

And he defended the cuts that are now being made to public spending by citing the economic crisis that is gripping Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain, warning that Britain could be next.

Cllr. Bell, who has been warning the Council for over three years about over-spending, said, “Labour left us with a disastrous legacy. Who can forget Liam Byrne’s two-fingered farewell note to the Treasurey, in which he wrote, ‘there’s no money left… good luck!’?”

“Make no mistake, these cuts are Labour’s cuts. It’s their legacy to Tameside and to Britain.

“If we were to carry on down Labour’s path in five years time we would be spending £70 billion-a-year on the country’s debt interest alone – more than education, transport, and the environment.”

To jeers from Labour councillors, he retorted, “Until you come up with your own credible plan, instead of naval gazing about your leadership problems, you have no right to attack the Government’s actions.

“Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. You planned to raise VAT. Alistair Darling cut £23 billion of public spending, and you planned to cut public spending by 20-25 per cent if you’d won the election. But now you oppose every cut, and refuse point blank to set out your alternatives. You demand a plan B from us, but you don’t have a plan A.

“So, as with all Labour Governments, it is left to the Conservatives to pick up the pieces.”

Cllr. Bell went on to outline Conservative commitments to protect spending for vulnerable residents, including:

  • More money for adult social care;
  • More money for affordable and decent homes;
  • More money for the supporting people programme;
  • Retention of free and concessionary travel on public transport for pensioners; and,
  • More flexibility for the Council to spend its money and the services that mattered.

Cllr. Bell said, “Tameside Council will have greater control over spending with the ending of ring-fencing in many areas.”

He also outlined the Government’s financial commitment to allow local authorities to freeze council tax. “We will be interested to see how you will handle this one at budget time,” he commented dryly.

Cllr. Bell concluded, “The emphasis for Tameside Council in future years must be creativity and innovation, fundamentally re-examining every aspect of the way we work, maximising efficiency and productivity with our partners, whilst bringing down the excessive pay of senior managers.”

TOGETHER IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST

WATCH THE LATEST CONSERVATIVE PARTY POLITICAL BROADCAST ABOVE

In his first Party Conference speech as Prime Minister, David Cameron has laid out his vision for Government.

Speaking to Conservative Party members in Birmingham he said that just as two parties came together to form the coalition, so the entire country must now come together in the national interest. Speaking directly to the British public in a re-affirmation of his big idea of the Big Society, he said, ‘Your country needs you’.

The Prime Minister also made the case for a redefined approach to fairness – supporting people out of poverty and not trapping them in dependency.  He said, “for too long we have measured success in tackling poverty by the size of the cheque we give people. We say let’s measure our success by the chance we give.”

And he restated the case for deficit reduction, pointing out that delaying action would cost Britain more. He declared, “it means that after years of cuts not only would the national debt still be growing… the problem would still be getting worse and as a result the cuts would be bigger not smaller.”

The speech brought down the curtain on the Conservative Party’s annual gathering, which was attended by more than 12,000 people, significantly up on last year.

Watch the Prime Minister’s speech to Conference

Read a full transcript of the speech

VOTE FOR ROB ADLARD – TODAY!

The polls are now open for today’s by-election in Longdendale ward.

Conservative hopes rest with Rob Adlard, who has mounted a strong campaign and led demands for a rethink on the proposed ‘bonkers’ Tesco development for Hattersley. As Rob puts it, if the Tesco store is built it will be, “…the largest Tesco development in the region, built in the middle of the biggest traffic jam in the region.”

Early indications show that the result will be tight. Every vote truly counts today.

So, if you are a Longdendale resident please make the most of your vote – vote Rob Adlard.

For more information about Rob’s campaign please visit: www.longdendaleconservatives.com.

To read Rob’s latest leaflet please click on the images above.

IMF BACKS COALITION’S DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN

In a strong endorsement of the government’s approach, the IMF said that a “sustainable recovery” was underway.

The news is an early blow to the economic credibility of new Labour leader Ed Miliband, who called the coalition’s plan ‘economically dangerous’ – at odds with the IMF, the CBI and the Governor of the Bank of England.

Last year’s IMF report criticised Labour’s high borrowing, saying that it was a risk to the recovery.

Chancellor George Osborne said that the IMF’s report was “very welcome”.

“They have made it pretty clear that the deficit reduction plan that we have set out is essential for bringing about sustainability in our budget. It reminds us that if we divert from the course the new Government has set out then we really will be heading back into a disastrous period of economic instability for Britain.”

HOW WOULD YOU CUT YOUR DEFICIT, MR. MILIBAND?

Conservative Co-Chairman Sayeeda Warsi has congratulated Ed Miliband on narrowly winning the Labour leadership election.

She called on the new leader to recognise his role in creating the financial mess that Britain is now in and tell us what he’d do to fix it.

Sayeeda said, “For the past five months, all we’ve heard from Labour is knee-jerk opposition, now’s the time for Mr Miliband to tell us how he’d cut the deficit. He promised us a Labour spending plan before the spending review, now we’d all like to see it.”

And she added, “Ed Miliband wasn’t the choice of his MPs, wasn’t the choice of Labour Party members but was put in to power by union votes. I’m afraid this looks like a great leap backwards for the Labour Party.”

Sayeeda’s comments came after a dossier was published that showed massive black holes in the spending commitments of both Miliband brothers.

The dossier, by Conservative MP Matthew Hancock, showed that both Ed and David Miliband had made massive unfunded spending commitments during the Labour leadership campaign, in which they also opposed the Coalition government’s actions to deal with Labour’s record deficit.

Both Miliband brothers had committed to £44bn worth of deficit reduction but were unable to make their sums add up, opposing individual cuts and making extra spending commitments. The shortfall in David Miliband’s spending plans added up to £55bn, while brother Ed’s was even greater at £67bn.

Read Sayeeda’s exclusive blog post by clicking here.

Read more about the Milibands’ spending black hole by clicking here.

ROB ADLARD UNDERTAKES LONGDENDALE TESCO SURVEY

Rob Adlard and Longdendale Conservatives are surveying local residents for their opinions about the proposed new Tesco store opposite McDonald’s at the Eastern Terminal Roundabout, Hattersley.

Rob (left) said, “Investment in our area is long overdue, and who could argue with new jobs in Hattersley? However, many fear that Labour’s failure to provide a solution to the traffic problems will be compounded by this plan.

“The traffic report compiled for Tesco has alarmed some. It suggested that new traffic lights at the entrance on Ashworth Lane would cause severe delays, and that would be ‘helpful’ in stopping Ashworth Lane being a ‘cut-through’ for people driving to Broadbottom and into the Peak.

“For locals who know these roads, it’s very easy to imagine how tailbacks from the new entrance, so close to the lights already in place on Stockport Rd, will connect up with tailbacks on the M67 roundabout causing an even worse problem than exists today. Any plan shouldn’t accept punishing locals for simply driving home.”

He added, “We’ve often argued that Labour’s local domination means that residents don’t get to hear the full story. We think this another example where Labour Councillors have taken their ‘party’ view on the issue, and are doing everything they can to discourage discussion. Contrast Labour’s silence on this issue with their mail-shots to every home whenever they have something they want to shout about, or they simply want your vote.

Rob concluded, “I hope that Tesco can find a way to invest a little more and find a better solution. Let’s start the debate.”

To read Longdendale Conservatives’ survey leaflet please click the following link: longdendale matters.tesco

PRIME MINISTER VISITS TAMESIDE

DAVID CAMERON VISITS ST. PETER’S PARTNERSHIPS & LAUNCHES CRACKDOWN ON FRAUDULENT BENEFIT CLAIMS

CLLR. JOHN BELL WITH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON

David Cameron today met long-term unemployed people in Tameside – and said genuine claimants had nothing to fear from an “uncompromising” government crackdown on benefits cheats.

The Prime Minister visited St Peter’s Partnerships in Ashton-under-Lyne, a scheme which helps the jobless back to work and spoke to officers and the staff they have helped get back into a working environment.

Afterwards Mr Cameron met with Tameside Conservative Leader, Cllr. John Bell to discuss the matter and thank Tameside Conservatives for all their efforts in the recent General and local elections.

Mr. Cameron said; “This [St. Peter’s Partnerships] is a really great social enterprise that helps to get people off welfare and into work. I spoke to a man who’d been unemployed for 10 years. Can you imagine how much that does to his confidence and self-esteem? St Peter’s Partnerships is part of the big society that we want to build in this country.”

Cllr. Bell added, “It was a fabulous opportunity to meet the PM face to face and discuss this excellent venture which is absolutely at the core of the Conservative idea of big society.”

Earlier, Mr. Cameron said the state was entitled to call on outside help to try to reduce the £1.5 billion lost by taxpayers to benefit fraud every year.

He said the country needed to regain the sense that claiming benefits you were not entitled to was “morally wrong”, before and he announced an “uncompromising” crackdown on benefit cheats which will be unveiled in the autumn.

He said reducing the £5.2 billion annual cost of fraud and error would be the “first and deepest” cut in public spending and that credit rating agencies could be recruited to help identify false claims.

Mr Cameron said: “There are some people who are claiming welfare who are not entitled to it and that is just wrong and that should stop. As a country as we start to make savings to get our budget deficit under control the first cut we ought to make is the welfare payments to people who are not entitled to it.

“The system pays money inappropriately to people who are not entitled to it so we have got to make the system work better as well. Both things, fraud and error, go

“In the end it’s taxpayers’ money. People going out to work hard every day do not pay their taxes so that someone can basically claim it fraudulently. That is not right, it is not fair and I want to stop it.”

He added: “In the end, government can only do so much. We also need parents bringing up their children properly, we need citizens behaving responsibly and we need people taking responsibility for themselves for a sense that it is morally wrong to claim money you are not entitled to. We need that sense back in our national life as we grapple with this deficit and try to build a more responsible society.”

WILL UNION FAT CATS TAKE PAY CUTS?

ABOVE: RANK & FILE UNISON MEMBERS’ PAY IS A PITTANCE COMPARED TO THE £127,436 EARNED BY THEIR LEADER, DAVE PRENTICE

(Photograph by Kaihsu Tai & reproduced by kind agreement from Wikimedia Commons.)

A leading Ashton Conservative has attacked the hypocrisy of fat cat union leaders.

As one union leader called for ‘co-ordinated strikes’ and ‘direct action’ in protest at any future cuts to public services, it was revealed that the likes of Bob Crow and Dave Prentice earn hundreds of thousands of pounds each year – lining their pockets with pay and perks far in excess of the vast majority of their union members. 

In addition to their pampered existence, the union leaders enjoy extra funding for union activity each year via the taxpayer-funded Union Modernisation Fund, whilst using vast amounts of cash to prop up the Labour Party.

Paul Buckley, the Deputy Chairman of the Ashton-under-Lyne Conservative Association, highlighted the issue in a recent letter to the local papers.

Dr. Buckley wrote; “Last month the leader of the RMT union, Bob Crow, called for “co-ordinated strikes” and “direct action” in protest at the cuts in public services that are coming our way.

“This month we learn that Bob Crow gets a whopping £105,679 a year in salary and perks. He doesn’t even get the highest amount –the leader of the largest teachers’ union (the NUT) gets £124,483 and the leader of the Fire Brigades Union has to make do with £115,804. Dave Prentis, the leader of Unison (the union of many local government workers) gets a massive £127,436 in pay and perks – though he says his salary is ONLY £92,688 – well that’s all right then, only about 5 times the average salary in Tameside.

“The vast majority of the people they represent do not earn anywhere near that amount of money.”

“The Unions receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in taxpayer’s money every year from the Union Modernisation Fund. The unions spend vast sums every year supporting the Labour Party – the same Labour Party whose disastrous running of the economy whilst in government that has caused the difficult, but necessary, decisions to cut funding in the public sector.

“Will these leaders take a cut in pay, apologise for their support in getting us into this mess in the first place and be constructive and work with the coalition government to make the cuts as painless as possible? Or will they continue as before, bring the country to the brink and make the pain much worse for everyone?”

PLANS TO END GEE CROSS PARKING CHAOS

BOLLARDS & NEW GUARDRAILS TO STOP INCONSIDERATE PARKING OUTSIDE TESCO EXPRESS

ABOVE: JOHN BELL & THE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS OUTSIDE TESCO EXPRESS

Traffic mayhem may be coming to an end in Gee Cross, if new proposals are given the go-ahead.

Motorists using the junction of Mottram Old Road and Stockport Road have faced difficulties in recent years, thanks to inconsiderate customers at the Tesco Express store double-parking right outside the store, which is located just yards from the junction.

However, following intense lobbying by local Conservative councillors John Bell, Derek Baines and Ruth Welsh, Tameside Council is now finalising proposals to stop the traffic chaos outside the store, with the introduction of bollards and additional pedestrian guardrails.

Cllr. John Bell said, “As local councillors we have been inundated with requests from residents to resolve the indiscriminate parking outside Tesco Express, which predates Tesco’s occupancy of the shop. These proposals have taken years of lobbying to see the light of day, but nonetheless, I am delighted that action is finally being proposed. For too long the safety of motorists and pedestrians has been put at risk by the parking situation at Tesco, and it simply could not continue for fear of a serious accident occurring.”

It is anticipated that the proposals will be approved within the next few weeks.

OSBORNE BUDGET SETS OUT TO CLEAR UP LABOUR’S DEBT

ASHTON METROLINK EXTENSION TO GO AHEAD & SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE PROTECTED

ABOVE: GEORGE OSBORNE LEAVES 11 DOWNING STREET TO DELIVER HIS ‘FIRM BUT FAIR’ BUDGET

Commenting on today’s emergency budget, Cllr. John Bell, the Tameside Conservative Leader, said, “This is a firm but fair emergency budget, designed to drag the country back from the brink of financial oblivion. In just 13 years Labour took our wealthy nation and built up the largest national debt in our history. Their massive deficit has to be cleared up without delay.

“Despite the massive burdens we now face, George Osborne’s budget protects the most vulnerable members of society, with tax cuts for nearly one million low paid workers and spending on the NHS and education protected.

“Capital schemes, such as the Metrolink extension to Ashton, have also been retained. The Metrolink extension will bring much needed investment and jobs to Tameside through its construction and future inward investment.”

Cllr. Bell concluded, “I simply have no time for any criticism from Labour politicians until they spell out the action they would have taken to cut the debt. It is their mess, and once again it is left to a Conservative Chancellor to clear it up.”

SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES & ECONOMY

CONSERVATIVES WILL SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES,  CUT CONGESTION & PROVIDE A SKILLED WORKFORCE TO ATTRACT HIGH-TECH ‘BIG’ BUSINESS TO TAMESIDE.

Whilst the trade of large retail companies has boomed in Tameside in recent years, our town centres are fighting a decline in their fortunes, and there are still not enough opportunities for high-tech, high-calibre careers in Tameside.

As Labour’s recession has shown, Tameside is too reliant on the retail market and low paid jobs to make the borough’s economic future secure. As a result, unemployment has increased by 118 per cent in the last two years, average wages in Tameside are still amongst the lowest in Greater Manchester, and the brain drain from the borough continues.

We believe that our local, independent traders need support in order to bring the shoppers back to our town centres, and help Tameside maintain its unique identity.

We also believe that more must be done to attract big business to Tameside, by taking advantage of our proximity to the M60 and improving our transport infrastructure – so that we can truly create the foundations for long-term economic stability and growth in Tameside. 

“As Labour’s recession has shown, Tameside is too reliant on the retail market and low paid jobs to make the borough’s economic future secure.”

OUR POLICIES

We will:

  • Introduce a managed system of free and low cost parking on council-owned car parks – to attract shoppers back to our beleaguered town centres.
  • Support the expansion of the Metrolink to Ashton – following the hard work of Conservatives on the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority and Association of Greater Manchester Authorities to resurrect the project and get it ‘back on track’.
  • Cut congestion on our roads by:
    • Reviewing our traffic light system and removing traffic lights where they are not required.
    • Reviewing the location of all Tameside’s Gatso and Watchman speed cameras, to ensure that the borough’s cameras are placed in the areas of main priority and are being used for the specific reason they were created, to cut accident rates.
    • Removing unnecessary road obstacles – such as speed humps and road markings – where appropriate, and supported by local residents, to allow traffic to flow freely and reduce the number of congestion bottlenecks.
  • Develop opportunities for business relocation into the borough, and career opportunities for local residents, through established links with our local universities and ‘big business’ and improved education results.

YOUR CHOICE ON 6th MAY:

  • A resurgence for our towns, congestion cut, and job opportunities with the Conservatives; or,
  • Poor wages and the continued decline of our town centres and infrastructure with Labour.

YOUNG TAMESIDE TORY MAKES NATIONAL HEADLINES

TOM HATTON (#9) MADE NATIONAL  HEADLINES WITH HIS VIEWS ON YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

One of Tameside’s brightest political minds has been featured in a national newspaper’s article which gauged young people’s views on youth unemployment.

Mottram’s Tom Hatton, was featured in Tuesday’s edition of The Sun, along with eleven other young voters from across the country.

Tom’s quote was used as the headline for the article which asked first-time voters how their experiences will influence who they back at the ballot box.

Tom told the Sun, “”Young people often fail to see the relationship between their lives and politics. It’s only when they find it hard to get a job or a house that they start to realise it affects them too.

“I am the only member of my family to support the Conservatives.

“To me, they represent aspiration and hard work.

“I’m very worried that when I graduate, I’ll struggle to get a job.

“The Tories say tackling youth unemployment is a priority, which is a major reason I’ll back them.”

TO READ THE ARTICLE IN FULL PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.

“SIX STEPS TO CHANGE”: THE TAMESIDE CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO 2010

 

The Tameside Conservatives have launched their ambitious local election manifesto for 2010, and are promising to end Labour failure in six key areas.

The Conservatives are pledging to:

1) Stop the year-on-year rise of Council Tax by ridding it of Labour’s waste and freezing it;

2) Tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by putting more more police on the beat in the borough;

3) Tackle Tameside Council’s £40m pothole backlog by repairing the roads, as well improving the environment by tackling fly-tipping and making the bin service more reliable;

4) Support our children by improving Tameside’s below-average education standards;

5) Increase support for our communities by giving greater support to Sure Start, opening new community centres, and developing better youth facilities; and,

6) Support local businesses by providing free and low cost parking in our town centres and ridding our roads of congestion.

These pledges are receiving widespread praise from local residents, who are fed up with Labour’s arrogance, waste and failure.

TO READ TAMESIDE CONSERVATIVES’ LOCAL ELECTION MANIFESTO FOR 2010 PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.