Our new Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has certainly hit the ground running. A new government has been created and six key pledges have been given. They are: 1 - Getting Brexit done by 31st October, with a great new deal for Britain. 2 - Making sure Britain is prepared for a no deal, as the best way to get a great new deal. 3 - Making sure people start seeing the £20 billion in new NHS funding in their GP surgeries and local hospitals. 4 - Hiring 20,000 new police officers and giving them the powers to keep our streets safe. 5 - Properly funding our schools so that every child gets more guaranteed minimum funding, regardless of where they live. 6 - Delivering a strong economy to fund the public services we all rely on.
People’s trust in politics has definitely been at a low ebb since Parliament’s failure to deliver on the EU Referendum by March 29th and then the subsequent farce of having to take part in the EU Parliament election two months ago. My party now has a new opportunity to deliver and to help restore trust in politics more generally, but if it fails to, the consequences will be severe with the likelihood of a government led by the extreme left coming to power that will destroy our economy and our freedoms, taking us to a very dark place indeed.
While getting Brexit delivered is hugely important in order to respect democracy, to maintain trust in politics, and to subsequently stop Jeremy Corbyn coming to power, it is the ‘bread-and-butter’ issues that matter to most people so I welcome Boris’ setting out of a strong domestic agenda that reflects everyday concerns.
The promise of 20,000 more police officers has been very well-received, and I am aware of the difficulties that GP practices in Crawley have experienced. Boris has placed the NHS at the core of his domestic agenda – making sure that the £20bn in new NHS funding reaches the front line to support our GP surgeries and local hospitals as soon as possible.
Councillor Duncan Crow, Leader of Crawley Borough Council Conservative Group
31st July 2019