Thank you to all those who supported me and the Conservatives on Thursday. 900 more than five years ago, The results elsewhere mean that for the first time since 1992 there will be a majority Conservative Government. I look forward to playing my part in ensuring the Country lives within its means, increase opportunity, reduce tax and give Bury North residents their say on our membership of the European Union in a referendum.
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Well done! Excellent result for Bury North and the country as a whole.
I’ve been wondering since the election how to respond to the result. This thoughtful letter to the PM was forwarded to me today, and expresses my thoughts better than I could ever hope to do. So, congratulations, David, and I hope you have time to read on. . . .
Dear Prime Minister,
I don’t know if you will ever read this, but I have some things I wish to say to you.
You have won the General Election and command a majority in the House of Commons, and as such will feel you have a legitimate mandate to govern. However, you must also know that you don’t command a majority of the British people.
Although our political views are very much at odds on many issues, I’m willing to believe that you are a good man, as sure of your ideals as I am of mine, and believe your plan is what’s best for us all. You said today that you will govern for the whole country and bring back together that which has clearly fractured. I hope you will.
But Prime Minister, though you can obviously see your party did not win the confidence of Scotland and huge swathes of the north of England, I’m not sure your party quite understands why. It’s not because we’re all ‘loony-left’ or extremists and nationalists, it’s because so many of us are scared. Scared of what your policies will do to our communities and families. Scared of what will happen to our health service and our schools. Scared of losing our family homes for the sake of a few quid saving from the bedroom tax, or not being able to heat our home and have enough left to buy food.
I don’t disagree with you that the best way out of poverty is to work, nor do I think that people should get something for nothing and expect the tax-payer to support people indefinitely if they are able to work. Who would think that that was ok and fair?
But your party’s policies on these issues, couched in terms of reducing the deficit and balancing the books, don’t seem to take into account the social and human cost of such actions. The country isn’t a business, it’s its people. All its people. And you are everyone’s Prime Minister whether we voted for you or not.
You said today you will govern for everyone and unite the country. I hope you do. But to be able to do so you need to make it a priority in your first 100 days, to spend time in Scotland visiting people on zero hours contracts. Come to Manchester and talk with those who have been sanctioned for having a spare room, but have nowhere else to go. Go to Liverpool and meet people with disabled dependents who can’t afford even one nanny, or to Newcastle and talk to people still living in poverty due to the demise of the coal industry. Spend a week or two living on the minimum wage, or volunteer in a food bank for a whole day.
Then Prime Minister you might begin to understand the cost of your policies from the other side, to see people as more than their net contribution to the economy, or as deliberate drains on the system. If you do that, then maybe you can heal some of the fractures in our society. Without this I just don’t believe you can see just how crucial these issues are.
So please Prime Minister, leave Westminster for a few hours a week and truly strive to govern for all of us.
Rev’d Mike Walsh
The United Reformed Church
Congratulations on the VERY close win; it would be great if you could outline where you stand on a few things.
* The snoopers charter.
* Privatisation of the NHS.
* Staying in the EU.
If by Snoopers Charter you mean do I support giving those who want to keep us safe from terrorists more powers to reflect the changing means of communication – Yes I do.
The Conservatives Plans for the NHS are clearly set out in the manifesto and I support them. If I am ill I want the NHS to be able to treat me and if that is directly by someone employed in our NHS or indirectly by someone working for our NHS I do not mind. Of course, the Labour Party used to believe in this idea back in the days of new Labour under Tony Blair.
I want us to leave the EU but more importantly than what I want is the fact that the Conservatives are going to give everyone a vote on our membership of the EU.
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