Conservative Party Conference 2019 – Boris delivers for Harlow
Cllr Joel Charles, Deputy Leader of Harlow Conservatives
THE Prime Minister headed to Manchester for the Conservative Party Conference after another volatile week in Westminster. The opposition parties, keen to disrupt the conference, adopted the protest playbook from a second-rate student union. There is nothing mature about attempting to prevent the members of a mainstream political party from gathering to debate ideas and set out their vision for the country. The Prime Minister had two clear conference objectives: reassure the country that the Government is going to ‘get Brexit done’ and give the wider electorate an indication of what his post-Brexit domestic agenda will look like. He succeeded on both fronts.
Fully Funding A New Harlow Hospital
Harlow hit the headlines for all the right reasons on Sunday when the Prime Minister announced that the Princess Alexandra Hospital would be one of six hospital trusts to benefit from £2.7 billion in government funding to build a new hospital. This is a major achievement for the hospital staff and leadership team at the Trust. Robert Halfon MP led the charge and his efforts mean residents will have better access to modern NHS facilities to help meet the healthcare needs of our ageing population.
National Living Wage
One of the standout pledges at conference was Sajid Javid’s commitment to increase the National Living Wage as he works to end low pay. The National Living Wage is set to be £10.50 in 2024, benefiting over 4 million people with a full-time worker on the National Living Wage seeing an increase in their annual pay of over £4,000. This increase will help Harlow’s lowest-paid workers to make ends meet.
Harlow has experienced the impact of county lines drugs gangs. It’s important for the police to be given the resources to take on county lines drugs gangs and put an end to the exploitation of children and young people they rely upon. That’s why I am pleased that the Home Secretary used her conference speech to confirm the Government will be investing an additional £20 million to tackle county lines drugs gangs. We must continue to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to organised crime.
Harlow voted 68% to leave. The Government is working hard, despite attempts by the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats to frustrate the Brexit process, to ensure the result of the EU referendum is respected. Deal or no deal – we are leaving the European Union on October 31st. The Prime Minister outlined in his main conference speech proposals for a new deal that is based on a reasonable compromise for all sides that respects the EU referendum. The previous deal did not take back control – it meant we could have been stuck under European law and the European court forever. Unlike the previous deal, the Government’s new deal means we will take back control of our laws and our borders. We cannot be trapped under European law like the previous deal. There is also a special arrangement for Northern Ireland that protects the Irish peace process and ensures democratic consent for the arrangement. The new deal will also mean that the UK leaves the customs union.
This year’s conference was full of optimism about the future. The membership is energised and keen to get out on the doorstep. Boris is focused on delivering the people’s priorities – investing in our schools, the NHS and funding the recruitment of more police officers. The conference season is over for another year and we are heading towards a General Election. Despite the fast-changing political landscape, Harlow is directly benefiting from the Prime Minister’s clear leadership.
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