From Disraeli’s ‘One Nation’ Conservatism in the 19th century through to Harold Macmillan’s post-war housebuilding programme and Margaret Thatcher’s revival of the economy in the 20th century, the Conservative Party has a strong tradition of enabling social mobility.
People might say that I came from a classically disadvantaged background, like so many others, having been brought up by my mother in social housing in South London. Yet I was one of the few fortunate enough to get a good education and make my way in life. This should not be a one-off story; it should be commonplace. The circumstances of a child’s birth should not determine where they end up in life.
So I’m delighted that greater social mobility is the driving mission of this Conservative Government.
The ability to make your way in life is intrinsically linked to the education you receive.
While we are fortunate to live in an area with some of the best schools in the country – from academies like Charters, to free schools like Holyport College and Forest Bridge – the picture is not consistent across the country.
Conservative education reforms have shown promising results over the last six years. The creation of free schools and academies, and the modernisation of the curriculum are raising standards across the board. But there is more to do.
Today, the Windsor MP has welcomed the Government’s steps to grow apprenticeships, following a Parliamentary Question to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The number of apprenticeships in England are expected to grow by over 10%, from 64,000 in 2013/14 to almost 73,000 in 2014/15.
In the Windsor constituency 60 apprenticeships are being provided this year in Engineering and Manufacturing technologies and 30 apprenticeships in ICT.
Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP, commented:
“Every apprenticeship is another individual provided with the tools to find a decent job, earn a living and participate in Britain’s increasingly optimistic economic future.
“It is good to see the growing number of apprenticeships in the technology sector, as this will be an area of increasing importance in the coming decades.
“Technology provides a vital boost to social mobility and I am glad that the Government is showing that the Conservatives are the party of social mobility in Britain.
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.
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!
Today Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP for the past decade, has welcomed the Chancellor’s 2015 Budget, which has set out how the Government will eliminate the deficit and boost economic growth and employment.
The measures included a lower tax for the lower paid, a commitment to the NATO defence spending target of 2%, continuation of welfare reforms and objectives to achieve 3 million new apprenticeships and full employment by 2020.
Mr Afriyie, commented after watching the Budget:
“This Budget takes people out of state dependency and lets working people keep more of the money they earn.
“The Labour Party bred state dependency in their time in office through the use of tax credits. It was a dreadful system that meant middle and higher income families were supplicants to the state for handouts. In effect the state took your money in taxes, then repaid some of it back to you in tax credits for which you were meant to be grateful.
“This Budget begins to unpick unhealthy state dependency and allows people to re-gain control of their lives and spending choices.