As a long-standing advocate of social mobility I was cheered by the message at this years’ conference.
The Prime Minister laid out the moral mission for Conservatives over the next Parliament in his keynote address.
The message was clear and unequivocal: if you want something done about the challenges facing society, then the Conservatives are the only party for you.
As Conservatives, we are determined to tackle the complex social and economic issues of our time. Whether it’s housing, prisons, family stability, the care system or social mobility, we need to get to work, even if other politicians and political parties are reluctant to express their views through fear of being exposed as out of kilter with the sentiments of modern Britain.
The Conservative party has a proud heritage of social reformers from Disraeli’s “One Nation” conservatism to Macmillan’s housebuilding and Thatcher’s reshaping of the economy. We have a strong tradition of reforming and strengthening society. It should be no different today.
The Advertising Standards Agency has upheld a complaint over misleading adverts by Heathrow Airport, which ran with the slogan “those around us, are behind us.”
The reliability of some polling, commissioned by the airport itself, have also come under question as other polls have suggested that most residents oppose the Third Runway.
In an IPSOS Mori poll of residents of Windsor and Maidenhead, released in January, 55% of those who expressed an opinion said they were opposed to a new runway at Heathrow. Only 20% of residents were strongly in favour of the Third Runway, compared to 38% who were strongly opposed.
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, commented:
“Heathrow is a private business like any other and wants to make the biggest profits it can for itself, its shareholders and consortium of overseas investors.
“But these false adverts only underline the weakness of the arguments for expansion. In Windsor and Maidenhead, far more residents oppose than support Heathrow’s Third Runway. I hope this behaviour is not a sign of things to come as Heathrow seeks to solidify its near-monopolistic position.
One of the best gifts a young person can receive in life is a good education to give them hope for the future and the chance of a better standard of life. So I was over the moon when I received several wonderfully written letters from a group of children at Lambrook School who are taking part in a fantastic programme called Campaign Kids.
Campaign Kids, founded by Amelia Sinclair, aims to further children’s education beyond the national curriculum by teaching them kindness and charity, and to learn to look after others in need. It seeks to combine the three main elements of giving – Fundraising, Raising Awareness and Campaigning – into one programme which will support, encourage and help children to learn about the things that they care about.
The letters truly made me smile because they reminded me how strong-minded and strong-willed children are. Their enthusiasm and passion really shone through their words and I am proud that they have chosen a number of really great charities and good causes. These include The Children’s Trust; Great Ormond Street; the Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association; Amigos; the British Council for the Prevention of Blindness (BCPB); the Teenage Wilderness Trust; Rainforest Concern; International Animal Rescue; WWF; Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary; the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group; the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS); the Make a Wish Foundation; the Scottish Wildlife Trust; Gearing up 4 Gorillas; and shelters for unhealthy and homeless dogs.
I’m delighted that Campaign Kids is giving these children the chance to show others what they are passionate about, and teaching them that individually, and in a group, they can make a huge difference.
Their parents should be proud! Keep up the good work!
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Windsor’s campaigning MP, Adam Afriyie, is a key signatory to the Coalition Against Heathrow Expansion, a new group set up to fight against Heathrow’s plans for a third runway.
The group includes MPs, Councils and major global campaign organisations such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
There will be a mass rally in Central London on October 10th for opponents of the third runway.
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor commented:
“I am proud to be a founding member of the Coalition Against Heathrow Expansion. The Government must be under no illusions about the huge opposition to Heathrow’s Third Runway when it makes a decision in the next few months.
“Following my discussion with the RBWM Council I am delighted that they have agreed to contribute £25,000 towards the costs of the campaign. They continue to work wholeheartedly in the interests of residents in line with their manifesto commitments.
I am proud to be a supporter of Conservatives for Britain, a group set up to push for fundamental reform of Britain’s relationship with the European Union.
Conservatives for Britain will assess whether renegotiation achieves fundamental reform of our EU membership. If the EU refuses to change and provide a sustainable future for its member states, then we will recommend that Britain becomes an outward-looking, globally focussed nation that trades with Europe and the rest of the world from outside of the European Union.
The changes that we need are:
- Border control. As the crisis in the Mediterranean and at Calais is showing, EU policy is causing chaos. Britain needs to manage immigration in a sustainable way that benefits British citizens and aspiring migrants who want to contribute to our country.
- Free trade. We should have the ability to make trade deals with friendly nations all around the globe to bring prices down and boost British exports.
- Less regulation. The EU has imposed a Kafkaesque system of incomprehensible regulations that kill small businesses, to the benefit of multinational corporations and their swish legal teams. Regulations must be cut and only apply to those businesses exporting to EU countries.
- Parliamentary sovereignty. The European Commission remains distant and is appointed by back door deals, where political elites club together to benefit themselves. British law laid down by a sovereign Parliament, made up of accountable politicians, must remain the law of the land.
- An end to “ever closer union”. The British public wants a friendly, trading relationship with our European partners, not to hand over political powers to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. We need to act in our national interest, opting out of more integration.
The EU, as it stands, is broken. It’s too protectionist, bureaucratic and undemocratic. It needs to allow its member states more freedom to trade as they choose, a democratic process of holding decision-makers to account and assurances that Britain will not be dragged down the rabbit hole of further integration.
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