Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Vote for change on 4th June

David Cameron has today launched the Conservative Party's local election campaign and urged people to "vote for change" on 4th June.

He accused Labour of:
"running our country into the ground... [by] borrowing eye-watering amounts of money, presiding over social decline, [and] letting our politics descend into the quagmire."
He highlighted the 'national importance' of these elections and urged voters to
"give this weak, useless and spineless Government a message it won’t forget" on June 4th:

"With every Conservative vote, that message will be simple: 'Enough is enough. You’re the past.'"
Mr. Cameron stressed that Conservative councils offer value for money and provide 'more for less':
"They are delivering more of the safe, clean and green streets that are so vital to everyone’s quality of life for the less tax that is so important for everyone struggling in Labour’s Debt Crisis."
He promised to instruct Conservative councillors, new and re-elected, to
“go through the books, page by page, line by line, to see what savings you can make and do everything you can to get council tax down and help people in Labour’s Debt Crisis.”
And he stressed that Conservative councils are greener, helping to improve the local environment and protect green spaces, cleaner, with lower levels of the graffiti, fly-posting and fly-tipping, and safer, with lower levels of crime, anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
"Of the councils with the top twenty highest ‘overall satisfaction’ ratings by residents, sixteen are Conservative and none are Labour or Liberal Democrat controlled. This shouldn’t surprise anyone."
A key theme of the Local Elections campaign will be how councils are working to combat the recession, in Lincolnshire's case supporting local businesses, helping protect local jobs. Working with others, Conservative councils have introduced a range of innovative schemes to keep local firms in business and local people in work.

When Siemens, a major local employer, was looking to relocate its gas turbine production from Lincoln, Lincolnshire County Council acted swiftly to protect local jobs and avoid a huge blow to the local economy. Working in partnership with two district councils, the county council persuaded the company that a site, which they had identified for potential development into a business park, could be a suitable location. A state-of-the-art factory and offices are now under construction. In the last few years, projects led by the council’s economic regeneration section, have helped to create 2,000 jobs.

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