Please note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.
We’re now in the final few hours before the polls open in the most important General Election in a generation.
I have always said that the reason I am standing to be our MP is to secure change – wherever it is needed, and in whatever way possible. For me, this is what politics is all about. It’s what drives me as a local councillor and as a volunteer in the community – and it’s what drives me to want to represent our area as it’s new MP.
Since I was selected as our Conservative Parliamentary Candidate a year ago, I have spoken to thousands of residents on the doorstep about the issues that matter to them in this election. I have also been campaigning on some of the big challenges our communities face – improving public transport, including through my Sort It, Southeastern campaign, securing real action on low pay in our borough and supporting our small businesses.
This local work, of course, has taken place against the backdrop of the enormous choice that the nation faces – and that we all individually face, as voters – in this General Election. Do we stick with the plan that’s working, or do we go back to square one and a return to the mistakes of the past?
I am proud of what the Conservative-led government has achieved over the last five years: the deficit cut in half as a share of GDP, two million more people in employment, an income tax cut for 26 million people (including the lowest paid in our society), one million more pupils in good and outstanding schools and NHS spending UP in real terms.
Here in Greenwich & Woolwich, we have seen the benefits. The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the constituency is down by 41 percent since 2010. 142 local businesses in Greenwich & Woolwich have received Start Up Loans, helping them grow and create jobs for our area. The government has delivered 3,480 apprenticeships in the constituency since 2010. More than 48,000 people in Greenwich & Woolwich are now paying less income tax and keeping more of their hard-earned money. These aren’t just statistics – but real improvements in our community, and in people’s lives.
We have achieved a lot in the last five years – but it’s a job half done. That’s why we need David Cameron back in Number 10, and it’s why we need a strong Conservative MP locally to be the champion we need, to ensure our area receives the full benefit.
And that’s why I’m asking for your vote tomorrow. I hope I can count on your support.