We spent today calling on people on the Whitgift estate and on Park Hill. We were joined by two good friends, Don Porter and Brian Hamill. Don is a former Deputy Chairman of the Party, having been its most senior volunteer, and Brian is a former Chairman of South East region - great to have two such experienced canvassers out with us. A good response again - lots of positive comment about our Conservative Council. We haven't achieved everything we wanted to but there does seem to be a widespread recognition that we have changed the Council for the better.
Nationally, David Cameron launched our plans to recognise marriage in the tax system funded by a levy on banks. Making Britain the most family friendly country in Europe is an important part of our plans to strengthen society. At the moment, the tax and benefit system penalises couples who stay together and given that children of married couples are healthier, do better at school and are less likely to commit crime, that's crazy.
David Cameron has now launched three positive ideas to change this country for the better this week - stopping Labour's proposed tax on jobs, National Citizen Service and recognising marriage in the tax system. In contrast, all I have heard from Labour and the Liberal Democrat is negative attacks on us. People are pretty disillusioned with politics at the moment and if we spend the next three and a half weeks slagging each other off, rather talking about how to get the country back on its feet again, it's not going to help.