Letter to Editor: The Tories under Sunak are simply out of touch

News / Sun 18th Feb 2024 at 09:51am

Dear Editor

RISHI Sunak’s visit to Harlow on Friday, where he refused to meet locals or take questions from the local press, was as ill timed as it was clumsy. It served only to illustrate how out of touch the Conservatives have become.

Just the day before, voters In Wellingborough, where the Prime Minister had chosen not to campaign, handed Sunak’s Conservatives an embarrassing by-election defeat, when  Labour secured a near record swing of 28.5% to take the seat.

If this was not disaster enough for Sunak’s Conservatives, in Kingswood, Labour claimed another Tory by-election scalp with a 16.4% swing, another constituency where local people had not had a chance to question the Prime Minister or other senior Tories.

Quite why Harlow’s current Conservative MP was keen to appear with a Prime Minister, seen as being a vote loser is open to questions. Although Mr Halfon’s failure to attend a meeting at beleaguered SFG, and his subsequent refusal to answer parents questions that evening, suggest he too is becoming increasingly out of touch to voters real concerns.It’s clear voters have had enough of the broken promises and sleaze that has characterised the fourteen years of Conservatives government.

Fourteen years in which most people have found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet, while dodgy donors and family and friends of the Conservatives have milked the public purse of billions.Labour will get Britain building again, take back our streets, get the NHS back on its feet, switch on GB energy and break down barriers to opportunitiesThe message of Wellingborough and Kingswood is that people want real change.

I am standing here in Harlow because I believe that Kier Starmer’s changed Labour can and will bring about the change that is so desperately wanted and needed. https://labour.org.uk/missions/


Chris Vince

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11 Comments for Letter to Editor: The Tories under Sunak are simply out of touch:

Guy Flegman
2024-02-18 10:29:27

Funny how politicians are only interested in us little people at election time. It is no wonder so few people vote. I would like to encourage everyone to vote. If there are no candidates on the ballot you can support then simply spoil your paper as they have to count spoilt papers. If there are more spoilt papers than the winning candidate then that should send a powerful message. Think of it as voting “ none of the above”. The biggest threat to a democracy is people not voting as you eventually end up with a minority quasi dictatorship, which I am sure nobody wants.

Matthew Kirkbride
2024-02-18 10:41:02

Chris Vince and Harlow Labour are pathetic. Their track record of running the town for almost a decade is awful. The new Tory administration in Harlow is performing much better. As for nationally, neither Labour nor Tories have any credibility. The Tories have not stopped the boats and Labour will open floodgates to let in the whole world. The choices are clear: vote Conservative in the local elections and Reform UK in the national general election!

Mark Ingall
2024-02-18 12:27:38

Chris Vince is right, the country needs a change of direction. Tory sleaze has had its day, they need to be booted out of office.

gary roberts
2024-02-18 12:47:30

I am old and getting older but really have national politicians' got worst over the decades: less trusted, more ambiguous, deceitful, and many that lie. I will vote but with no sense that the current or future bunch will change the country for the better. For example: Sunak says the economy is on the up while in recession while Starmer pledged many radical policies but now the cupboard is empty. I suspect turnout will reflect both views.

2024-02-18 16:08:19

It's easy to talk the talk , but I guarantee the labour party will be no different than the Tories. I worry the only difference will be the unions running the country. And when not if but when they all go out on strike , which they will , I guarantee the labour politicians will not fight them , they will be on the picket line with them. Stamer is weak, and has no believable policies, don't forget he backed Britain hater Colmyn.

2024-02-18 16:15:54

Sorry that should have read Starmer and Corbyn. What a dodgy pair🫣

2024-02-18 17:59:46

Eddie, you and I could run the country better than the Tories, well, i certainly could. And why keep bringing up Corbyn, he is irrelevant, perhaps you want to dig up Churchill as well.

2024-02-18 19:39:44

The UK needs a real change. Labour buggered things up and so has the Conservatives. Can you guess who I will NOT be voting for?

2024-02-19 09:00:16

I heard that Chris Vince was rejected as a Labour candidate in other towns, so what makes him up to represent Harlow? Clearly his last choice. Labour in Harlow have been very useless running the council for years and a lot of anti semitic Momentum people. What has changed?

David Vincent
2024-02-21 16:05:47

Why is that Chris Vince is the only Labour councillor to take a freebie? As a matter of public record a look at section 11 of his council Register of Interests document provides the evidence: https://moderngov.harlow.gov.uk/mgDeclarationSubmission.aspx?UID=1394&HID=538&FID=0&HPID=0

Graham von Haartman
2024-02-25 13:50:20

Labour in Harlow was a dead loss all the time they were running Harlow and there is no reason to see anything different now days. The thought of a ĺabour win in Westminster is a disaster for our country they have no plans they chop and change whilst trying to drag us back into the EU after all the work business's have done to make our departure work. Yet we are still under the EU's human rights Bill denying our right to deport illegals, while quietly in the back ground according to the security services we now have over 50,000 known terrorist residing here. At least this present tories government is trying to curtail this influx. Starmer would open our doors further without a thought of infrastructure. Some say voting for the reform party takes away tories votes but then the same for Labour. What this country needs is strong leadership not indecisive bickering with no where ahead.

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