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BUT COALITION GOVERNMENT PROTECTS FUNDING FOR VULNERABLE RESIDENTS
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.”
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.
Rob Adlard has been selected as the Conservative candidate for the forthcoming Longdendale by-election to be held on Thursday 30th September 2010, which was called following the untimely death of Labour councillor, Roy Oldham.
Rob is the Chairman of Longdendale Conservatives and lives in Broadbottom with his girlfriend Claire. He runs his own retail business and is also a professional musician with the Halle Orchestra.
Rob was Stalybridge & Hyde’s Conservative candidate at this year’s General Election, slashing the Labour majority from 8,500 to just 2,744 with an 8.5 per cent swing, which now makes Stalybridge & Hyde one of the most marginal constituencies in the country.
Rob said, “I am delighted to have been selected as the Conservative candidate for Longdendale. As a local resident I am immensely proud of the area, and along with the rest of the Longdendale Conservative team I have been working hard over the past few years to bring Labour to account and make Longdendale a better place to live.”
Former Longdendale Conservative candidate, Peter Hayes, is working as Rob’s political agent on this occasion. In May, Peter reduced Labour’s formidable majority in Longdendale to just 272 votes, almost ending over 30 years of Labour domination in the ward in the process.
Longdendale is now Tameside’s most marginal ward and every vote will count on the 30th September.
To find out more about Rob’s campaign please visit the Longdendale Conservatives’ website at: www.longdendaleconservatives.com.
If you are a Longdendale resident and want more detail on how to vote please visit: www.tameside.gov.uk/elections.
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.”
ABOVE: DAVID CAMERON WITH WIFE SAMANTHA OUTSIDE NUMBER TEN
Tameside Conservatives have welcomed the formation of a Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition Government, led by the new Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Rob Adlard, the Stalybridge & Hyde Conservative Parliamentary candidate at the General Election, said, “These are exceptional times and a strong and stable government is needed. We have to put the national interest first.
“The Conservative leadership was determined to get a deal done and I think it’s an indication of the character of David Cameron that he has put the national interest above party politics.
He added, “In Tameside, the Labour MPs will have to work with a Government on many issues they campaigned against.”
Further comment was added by Tameside Conservative Leader, Cllr. John Bell, who said, “I really am looking forward to this with some confidence. The main prerogative for the Government now is to take the nation forward with us.
“We have got some difficult decisions ahead of us, and we must rally around to get us out of the mess that Labour have left us in.
“My best wishes go to David Cameron, and I hope British people will come along with us when those tough decisions have to be made.”
Speaking on the steps of Number Ten, David Cameron said, “Our country has a hung Parliament where no party has an overall majority and we have some deep and pressing problems, a huge deficit, deep social problems and a political system in need of reform. For those reasons, I aim to form a proper and full coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. I believe that is the right way to provide this country with the strong, the stable, the good and decent Government that I think we need so badly.
“I came in to politics because I love this country. I think its best days still lie ahead and I believe deeply in public service. And I think the service our country needs right now is to face up to our really big challenges to confront our problems, to take difficult decisions, to lead people through those difficult decisions so that together we can reach better times ahead.
“This is going to be hard and difficult work. A coalition will throw up all sorts of challenges, but I believe together we can provide that strong and stable Government that our country needs based on those values, rebuilding family, rebuilding community, above all rebuilding responsibility in our country.
“Those are the things I care about; those are the things that this Government will now start work on doing.”
To read the coalition agreement between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats please click here.
Tameside Conservatives would like to thank residents who voted Conservative on the 6th May.
The Conservatives recorded huge swings from Labour in all three Tameside constituencies.
In Ashton-under-Lyne, Seeema Kennedy recorded a fabulous 7.3 per cent swing from Labour, taking 9,510 votes in the process.
In Denton & Reddish, Julie Searle’s hard work saw the Labour majority reduced with a 6.2 per cent swing to the Conservatives.
However, it was in Stalybridge & Hyde where the most dramatic result was recorded. Rob Adlard reduced Labour’s 8,000+ majority from the 2005 General Election to just 2,744 – a swing of 8.5 per cent that now makes the constituency one of the country’s most marginal seats.
Over 29,000 residents cast their vote for Conservative candidates in the local elections – over 10,000 more than did so at the last elections in 2008 -giving us a 30 per cent share of the vote.
Across Tameside the Conservatives provided a stiff opposition to Labour, maintaining seats in both Hyde Werneth and Stalybridge South, and coming close to defeating Roy Oldham, the Labour leader, in Longdendale.
The Conservatives remain the only political opposition to Labour in the borough, and will continue to campaign to get the best services and possible for residents.
This powerful new film looks back on 13 years of a New Labour government.
Before voting please take just ten minutes to watch this film.
Rob Adlard, Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Stalybridge & Hyde along with Seema Kennedy, Conservative Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Ashton-under-Lyne set out their vision for Tameside.
To learn more about Rob’s campaign please click here.
To learn more about Seema’s campaign please click here.
Spotted at the weekend on Roe Cross Road, Mottram, this Labour poster seemingly displays one of the more truthful statements of Labour’s entire election campaign.
Britain can benefit from immigration, but not uncontrolled immigration. That is why a Conservative government will reduce net immigration to levels of the 1990s – tens of thousands, not hundreds of thousands.
To find out more about our immigration policy please click here.
Want to know what happens every minute under this Labour government? Watch this film to find out – and then imagine 5 more years.
We can’t go on like this. Vote for Change. Vote Conservative.
In our third Election Broadcast, David Cameron talks about the big idea behind our election campaign.
The Conservatives have further exposed Labour’s scare tactics by producing twenty-three examples of Labour’s scaremongering leaflets.
In the TV debate last night Gordon Brown denied that he had any knowledge of the lies and scare tactics his MPs have been using in their campaign literature.
At a press conference today Eric Pickles and Michael Gove published 23 examples of Labour leaflets peddling lies about Conservative Party policies. The examples of leaflets containing Labour’s shameful lies include no fewer than five Minsters plus Gordon Brown’s own Parliamentary Private Secretary.
Conservative Party Chairman Eric Pickles said Labour have been “caught spreading poisonous lies about the Conservative Party”.
“Gordon Brown denied giving the go ahead for these leaflets, but with his own ministers using them in their local campaigns his comments are shown up to be complete and utter rubbish.”
“Last night, when he was confronted over these lies, the Prime Minister said that he had not authorised these leaflets”, said Michael Gove. “But today we have the proof that shows he was talking nonsense”.
“Labour have been peddling these allegations against the Conservatives for years and we now have the evidence that his own ministers were at the forefront of this smear campaign”.
Gove called on Brown to “rebuke his colleagues, insist that these leaflets are withdrawn and apologise to the electors in these seats”.
“Labour’s campaign has so far been based on fear and smear, they have nothing new to offer the British people and, on that basis, they have forfeited the right to govern.”
They have also been used by Labour in Tameside, falsely claiming that a Conservative Government would close Sure Start centres.
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.
ABOVE : ROB ADLARD, STALYBRIDGE & HYDE’S PROSPECTIVE CONSERVATIVE MP, IS FACING LABOUR’S CONTROVERSIAL JONNY ‘COME LATELY’ REYNOLDS AT THE GENERAL ELECTION
Influential left-wing magazine, Tribune, this week lifted the lid on the civil war that is tearing apart the Labour Party in Stalybridge & Hyde, following the selection of Jonny ‘Come Lately’ Reynolds as the Labour General Election candidate for the constituency.
The magazine reports that up to 20 per cent of Labour supporters will now not vote for Reynolds at the General Election, and that local Labour members believed that the selection process that saw Reynolds selected “stank so much that many would-be voters wanted no part in the proceedings.”
The article also states that several S&H Labour members plan to resign following the General Election.
Reynolds originally failed to make the shortlist for the Labour candidature, following the shock resignation of want-a-way, London-born MP, James Purnell.
However, following alleged interventions by Purnell and Lord Mandelson, and a selection process that included rigorous questioning about pop music and Dancing on Ice, Reynolds was selected as the Labour candidate.
Just last week, former S&H Labour MP, Lord Tom Pendry revealed that he had protested about the selection that saw Reynolds selected, stating it was “regrettable”.
Tribune reports that his selection has been branded an “absolute disgrace” by one Labour activist.
Reynolds will now contest the General Election against Conservative Prospective MP, Rob Adlard.
Whilst Labour enjoy an 8,000 majority from the 2005 General Election, the Conservatives polled over 800 votes more than Labour in the eight wards that make up the Stalybridge & Hyde constituency at the 2008 local elections.
And with Rob receiving a fantastic welcome by local residents, every vote will count on the 6th May.
TO READ TRIBUNE’S FULL ARTICLE PLEASE CLICK HERE.
In our second Party Election Broadcast, David Cameron explains why Britain needs the sort of change that only a strong Conservative government can bring.
Labour’s civil war in Stalybridge & Hyde descended into even more chaos this week, when the local media reported that former MP, Lord Tom Pendry, attacked the selection process that saw Lord Mandelson and James Purnell impose Jonny ‘Come Lately’ Reynolds as the Labour candidate for Stalybridge & Hyde.
It was reported that Reynolds had failed to make the original shortlist but was added following interventions by Mandelson and Purnell. In the selection process that followed Reynolds was questioned on pop music and reality show Dancing on Ice.
Lord Pendry said: “I didn’t necessarily agree with the shortlist. A lot of people were in the same position as myself but that was the shortlist. I don’t really know Cllr Reynolds very much at all – I’ve only met him fleetingly two or three times. I’m just sad that a selection process has been undermined by people outside the selection process.
“Mandelson and James Purnell had their way.
“It’s regrettable. It would’ve been far better for Jonny himself to have got on the shortlist in the proper way. I did make my protest to the Labour party nationally and I was told there was no appeal against the decision.”
It was also revealed that 44 per cent of Labour members did not vote for Reynolds, despite claims that he had received ‘huge support’ from his Party.
Earlier, an article in Labour-supporting magazine Tribune had claimed there was ‘civil war’ among local councillors.
Reynolds will now contest the General Election against Conservative Prospective MP, Rob Adlard. Whilst Labour enjoy an 8,000 majority from the 2005 General Election, the Conservatives polled over 800 votes more than Labour in the eight wards that make up the Stalybridge & Hyde constituency at the 2008 local elections.
With just a few weeks until election day, can voters really put their faith in a party at war with itself?
DAVID CAMERON CONDEMNED LABOUR’S MISINFORMATION ABOUR SURE START, CANCER TREATMENT & WINTER FUEL PAYMENTS
David Cameron has criticised Labour’s negative approach to campaigning and governing.
In answering a question after the launch of the Conservative manifesto, Cameron criticised Labour for having “nothing positive to say”.
“They’re going to spend this entire election trying to frighten people”, he said, referencing Labour’s misinformation about Sure Start, winter fuel payments, and cancer treatment.
“That’s what a government does when it’s got nothing left to give, nothing left to offer, it’s profoundly depressing”, he added.
In contrast, Cameron said the British people are crying out to hear something positive that will impact their lives.
He said, “They are longing to hear something positive, something concrete, something specific, something that will actually make a difference to their lives. And that’s what this document is all about; it is unremittingly positive, optimistic and upbeat about what we can all achieve if we come together as a country.”
He concluded, “It’s a very optimistic, hopeful, forward-looking message and I don’t think Labour have got a chance of matching it. Glad I got that off my chest!”
The Conservative Party has launched its Manifesto: “An Invitation to join the Government of Britain”.
This is not like any previous manifesto you’ve seen from a British political party.
The Conservative Party is saying that no government on its own can solve the big problems we face – everyone’s going to have to get involved.
It’s an invitation to…
- be your own boss
- sack your MP
- run your own school
- own your own home
- veto council tax rises
- vote for your police
- save your local pub or post office.
The central idea in this manifesto is that we’re all in this together, that working together we can change the country for the better:
- We won’t get the economy moving with a jobs tax and higher government spending – we need to help businesses create jobs.
- We won’t solve our social problems with more big government – we need to build the Big Society where families are strong and communities are safe.
- And we’ll never change politics if we leave it to the Westminster politicians – we need to give people real power and control over their lives.
TO READ THE MANIFESTO IN FULL CLICK HERE.
Sir Michael Caine joins David Cameron to launch plans for a National Citizen Service for 16-year olds.