Positive and tactical reasons to vote Conservative in tomorrow's Croydon Council elections
Tomorrow, we get to decide who we want to run Croydon Council for the next four years.
Whatever your views, I hope you’ll exercise your right to vote. You may not agree with any party 100% of the time, but there are clear differences between them - voting does make a difference.
I’d obviously encourage you to vote for your Conservative candidates. I think there are both positive and tactical reasons for doing so.
Let’s start with the positive reasons.
Over the last eight years, Conservative-controlled Croydon Council has cut Council Tax bills - not by a lot, but in stark contrast to the huge increases when Labour was last in charge between 1994 and 2006.
We’ve successfully lobbied for 117 extra police officers on Croydon’s streets.
We’ve helped people treble the amount of household waste they recycle.
We’ve improved Croydon’s schools - they used to perform worse than the national average; now they’re better than the national average and improving more quickly.
And most importantly we’ve reversed Croydon’s economic decline, bringing leading retail developers Westfield and Hammerson to the town.
But if you’re still tempted by UKIP, the Liberal Democrats or the Greens, there’s also a tactical argument for voting Conservative. Like it or not, the local elections are a two-horse race. Across Croydon, there are currently 37 Conservative councillors and 33 Labour councillors. No other party has any councillors. If you don’t want a Labour Council, you need to vote Conservative.
And there are good reasons not to want a Labour Council. When they last ran Croydon from 1994 to 2006, they doubled Council Tax bills and presided over the town’s decline. They haven’t changed - their leader today is the same person who was in charge back then. They’ve made it clear that if they win tomorrow, they’ll introduce an emergency budget. That can only mean one thing: higher Council Tax bills. And you won’t get better services in return - they plan to make residents in the centre and south of the borough pay for better services in north Croydon where most of their supporters live.
I don’t want that to happen. If you feel the same, you need to vote Conservative tomorrow.