Saturday, 19 April 2008

Vote Blue, Go Green - and Save Money

On 1st May, voters in many parts of the country will be going to the polls to decide who runs their councils. These elections are really important. Local people and communities expect their council to deliver good service and value for money, and they expect them to help improve the quality of life locally. That’s why, increasingly, people are choosing the Conservative Party.

Today, we have the highest number of Conservative councillors since 1985, with more councillors in England than Labour and the Liberal Democrats combined. The reason is simple: Conservative councils deliver better services and better value.

So our message in this local election campaign is simple: vote blue, go green – and save money. That’s the kind of change people really want. Conservative councils are greener, helping to improve the local environment and protect green spaces in our towns and villages. And crucially, at a time when Labour’s economic incompetence is pushing up the cost of living, Conservative councils offer better value for money. On average, Conservative councils levy lower council taxes than their Labour or Liberal Democrat counterparts. They’re also safer, fighting the crime, anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti that ruin people’s quality of life.

This election is a chance to vote for change and to send a message to this failing Labour Government. A new Conservative Government will deliver value for money by improving the way public services are run.

We’ll improve the NHS, raise standards in schools and fight back against crime. And we have a long-term plan for the economy to fix the country’s finances and make sure public money is spent properly. That’s the only way to get taxes down and get a grip on the cost of living.

We have a clear vision for Britain’s future. We want to see a country where people have more opportunity and power over their lives; a country where families are stronger and society is more responsible; a Britain which is safer and greener.

We have the new ideas and the long-term policies to make it happen: every Conservative vote on 1st May will help to turn these aspirations into reality.

David Cameron