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Five reasons to vote Conservative
07/06/2017 08:31:00

With less than 24 hours to go until the polls open, here are five positive reasons to vote Conservative tomorrow:

1. To get the right Brexit deal for Britain

Just 11 days after you vote in this unique and crucial election, the European Union wants to start negotiations over the terms of our departure and our relationship after we leave. These negotiations are going to be tough and incredibly complex. If we get this wrong, it could have a profound effect on the future prosperity of this country and the opportunities available to your children and grandchildren.

Croydon Central is one of the marginal constituencies that will determine who wins the election, so how you vote will decide who will lead the British negotiating team: Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. A Conservative Government led by Theresa May will get the right Brexit deal for Britain - one that gives us back control of our borders and our laws but ensures we have the best possible access to European markets as well as being able to sign free trade deals with other major economies.

Jeremy Corbyn, on the other hand, has already damaged his chances of getting a good deal by publicly saying he would accept a bad deal rather than leaving with no deal at all and he doesn’t seem very interested in getting back control of our borders - his spokesman said that when it comes to immigration he is “not concerned about numbers”.

2. To maintain a strong economy - and ensure that everyone sees the benefits

There are 2.9 million more people in work in this country today than when Labour left office. Last year, our economy was the second fastest growing of the world’s major economies. The deficit is down by three-quarters. We need to maintain this progress, but we need to do better at ensuring that when the country as a whole does well everyone shares in that success.

That’s why a Conservative Government led by Theresa May will increase the Living Wage so that those working hard in low-paid jobs get a fairer reward for their efforts. It is why we will cut income tax for ordinary working people. It’s why we will introduce proper protections for people working in the ‘gig’ economy. And it’s why we will increase housebuilding so that all housing becomes more affordable and start building council homes again for those who will never be able to afford to buy.

Jeremy Corbyn, on the other hand, would put our economy at risk. At a time of economic uncertainty as we leave the EU, he is proposing big increases in taxes on businesses. This is the worst possible moment to encourage major employers to move their businesses elsewhere and it will put thousands of jobs at risk.

3. To get more funding for our local NHS and schools

Our precious public services are one of the best things about Britain. Government needs to ensure they are properly resourced.

A Conservative Government led by Theresa May will increase the NHS budget by more than inflation every year. And, contrary to what my Labour opponent would have you believe, we will not close or downgrade Croydon University Hospital - why would we do that when we’re currently spending over £20 million on a new, state-of-the-art A&E Department there?

We will also increase the schools budget by more than inflation every year. And, just as important, we will change the way that budget is distributed around the country. For years, Croydon schools have been much less generously funded than inner London schools - we’ll put that right. So, contrary to what my Labour opponent would have you believe, Croydon schools will see increases in their funding.

Jeremy Corbyn wants to increase spending on our precious public services too, but there’s a difference between wanting to do something and being able to do it. In the long term, the only way of guaranteeing funding for our NHS and schools is if we have a strong economy that generates the necessary tax income and his economic policies would put that at risk.

4. To tackle the growing threat from terrorism

Saturday’s attack at London Bridge was the third terrorist attack Britain has experienced in the last three months and during that period the security and intelligence agencies have disrupted five other credible plots.

A Conservative Government led by Theresa May will work with other governments to reach an international agreement that regulates cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorist planning online, take military action to deny terrorist groups safe havens around the world, tackle extremism here in the United Kingdom, review Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy to make sure the police and security services have all the powers they need and increase resources for the security services.

Jeremy Corbyn, on the other hand, has voted against every major piece of legislation giving the police and security services the powers they need and refused to back military action against known terrorist leaders. Diane Abbott, who would be in charge of our counter-terrorism strategy if Labour wins, has in the past advocated abolishing our security services.

5. To keep our country together

The SNP, led by Nicola Sturgeon, are intent on holding another independence referendum. They want to break our country apart.

A Conservative Government led by Theresa May will fight to keep this country together. Jeremy Corbyn, on the other hand, wants to go into coalition with the SNP - it’s his only hope of becoming Prime Minister. And because he needs their support, he has pledged to open discussions with Nicola Sturgeon over a second referendum.

No political party has a monopoly on good ideas - many of the people I have spoken to during this campaign like some of one party’s ideas and some of another party’s ideas. I’m biased obviously, but on these five big issues I think Theresa May has it right.

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