A new poll by the Edelman Trust shows a solid vote of confidence in this Conservative government and a recognition of how divided left-leaning Labour has become.
Just 18% trust Jeremy Corbyn to do what is right, compared to 33% who felt the same way about Miliband in 2014. Moreover, 40% of the public trust David Cameron to do the right thing, up from 33% in 2014.
This builds on a YouGov poll from just before the New Year that showed that people recognise that the Conservatives are the only party that can be trusted with the economy. 41% said that they trusted the Conservative Party the most to handle the economy, with Labour on a distant 18%. This 23% lead is higher than any lead we had in the last Parliament. Even in Scotland the Conservative Party are recognised as being the best party to handle the economy. Let’s hope that this translates into votes at the Holyrood elections later this year.
These figures are an encouraging sign that people are recognising the good work that Conservatives are doing in cutting Labour’s overspending, reducing the deficit, lowering unemployment and reforming welfare and education. Given the fantastic employment figures that we have seen in the past few years it’s also unsurprising that the same poll shows that the Conservatives are recognised as being the best party to deal with unemployment.
The poll also shows that the public sees Labour as swinging hard to the left. David Cameron is perceived as a moderate, centre-right politician, whereas Corbyn is registered as being nearly twice as far from the political centre, or indeed the Labour Party!
Irrespective of public perceptions, there remains more work to be done in government. So let’s continue the important work of mending the economy to reward this trust and show that only the Conservatives can deliver strong growth, a budget surplus and excellent public services.
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.
As the election campaign kicked off, it was fascinating to watch the seven main party leaders set out their positions in the leaders’ debates. For those of us living in England, it demonstrated a clear choice between the coherent economic competence of the Conservatives on the one hand, and the chaos of the other parties.
It was clear throughout that Conservatives have a plan to get rid of the deficit, by bearing down on departmental spending and further reducing welfare, so that work really pays.
Yes, we are still spending more than we can afford as a country, but thanks to tough decisions taken by Conservatives in Government, the deficit has been cut by half in percentage terms in this parliament, and will be eliminated in the next. Conservatives believe it’s morally wrong to leave huge debts behind for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to pay off.
The Chancellor, George Osborne has announced his 2015 budget, outlining the economic landscape and his plans for the country.
In the Budget, Mr Osborne explained that the UK had grown the fastest of all the major advanced economies in the world, had the best employment figures in British history and had seen an improvement in living standards by an average of £900 for each household since 2010.
The Chancellor announced plans including a freeze of fuel duty, an increase in the income tax threshold for the lowest earners and investment in scientific research and developments.
Adam Afriyie, Windsor’s MP, welcomed the Budget saying:
“On the same day that we see the number of people in Windsor on out-of-work benefits at an all-time low, it’s encouraging that the national economy is set to grow even more.
“The Conservatives sensible economic management has helped to create 2 million jobs in the private sector and drive down unemployment by 40% since 2010, and left us as the fastest-growing major economy in the world.
Today, with great trepidation, I accepted the challenge of discussing the gender pay gap on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to explain why I believe passionately that we should finish the job of closing the gap in the right way.
Overall, the gender pay gap, as measured by the Office of National Statistics, stands at around 9% – the lowest in British history. This compares to a pay gap of 17% in 1997. Indeed, in many cases, women below the age of 40 are now earning more than men.
I want the current pay gap to close further, in the interests of economic growth and social progress, and, thankfully, progress continues.
This is why I could not bring myself to support a recent Bill that would risk the progress we’ve already made without awaiting the results of recent new initiatives by the Government. The Bill aims to ‘force’ private companies with more than 250 staff to publish data, as yet unspecified, about employees pay, which could cost businesses in the region of £70m.
This is the wrong approach and I voted against the Bill for several reasons: