With just two weeks to go until the Gloucester City Council and European Parliament elections on May 22, the Gloucester Citizen’s public affairs reporter Mike Wilkinson asked David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to explain why the people of Gloucester should back their party.
PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON:
In 13 days the people of Gloucester will go to the polls for the local and European elections. Here I want to tell you the three reasons why you should get out there and vote Conservative.
First, if you want a team in Europe that gets the best deal for Britain, vote Conservative. We’ve proved our mettle. We’re the party that vetoed that EU treaty, that saved Britain from bailing out Eurozone countries, and that cut the EU budget for the first time ever – saving taxpayers £8.15 billion. And we’re the only party committed to holding a referendum and asking the British people: in or out.
Remember: the Liberal Democrats and Labour won’t give you a say, and UKIP can’t. So if you want your say on Europe, there’s only one option – voting Conservative.
Second, if you want good local government that costs less, you need to vote Conservative. When Labour was in Government, council tax doubled. Meanwhile, Labour councils are still addicted to overspending and to gimmicks. Conservative councils show time and again that they are on the side of residents – like here in Gloucester, where they are delivering savings of more than £10 million by reducing the number of managers and being more efficient.
Third, if you want to stick to the long-term plan that is turning Britain around, vote Conservative. Labour left us with a Great Recession, but we’ve been building a Great British revival – with 1.5 million more people in work, more business in Britain than ever before, and one of the fastest growing economies in the developed world.
You can see the Great British revival right here in the South West. Unemployment is falling faster in this region than anywhere else in the country. More than 86,000 people are in work than there were at the last election and 2.2 million have had a tax cut. More than 40,000 new businesses have been started and we are seeing some big infrastructure programmes in the area, like electrification of the train line from London to Cardiff.
It’s clear that our long-term plan is working. So if you want this to continue, if you want more jobs, more opportunities and a better future for the people of Gloucester, then vote Conservative on May 22nd.
SATURDAY: Ed Miliband
SUNDAY: Nick Clegg