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Elections 2014: David Cameron writes for the Gloucester Citizen

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron visits Renishaw yesterday

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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.


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.

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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

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  • ghiabelinda  |  May 10 2014, 10:48AM

    well glos lad, i dont know about you but i think all parties should be given a say, typical media.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  May 09 2014, 7:37PM

    @ghiabelinda, I know they're part of the big boys and consisdering voting for them but I don't think Glos Citizen counted them in this story or asked them for comments.

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  • uk_socrates  |  May 09 2014, 4:15PM

    A UKIP, Greens and RESPECT section would of been nice!!!!!. (A lot of the population are sick and tired of the three main traditional political parties, please can the national/local media start to reflect this). Its all well and good us being a "democracy", but the media typically drags its feet, which hinders the democratic process. A lot of us are not interested in the three main parties!!!!!!!!

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  • ghiabelinda  |  May 09 2014, 2:15PM

    Glos-Lad34, Well they are up with the big boys now, so if you dont like it thats just your opinion, i think its only fair that they do, the other 3 parties are useless.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  May 09 2014, 12:05PM

    @ghiabelinda No is the answer to that.

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  • ghiabelinda  |  May 09 2014, 11:18AM

    does ukip not get a say in gloucester then?

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  • ghiabelinda  |  May 09 2014, 11:18AM

    does ukip not get a say in gloucester then?

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  • Lecorche  |  May 09 2014, 10:45AM

    The Dunce of Downing Street speaks only for himself and his loadsamoney friends. Inequality is his watchword. Unfortunately the other party leaders are not far behind him. The working man is now regarded as a necesssary evil to be exploited into a low paid and insecure lifestyle. Would we be worse off if we threw the lot of them out,turned Westminster into a housing complex,seized all the politicians' second homes and gave them to social housing and let Europe run our country? I will be spoiling my ballot paper in protest at how decadent and corrupt the whole establishment is. Yes,I'm revolting!

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  • derekmd  |  May 09 2014, 10:27AM

    And if you believe this BULL you will believe anything.. Cameron will never hold an "in/out referendum on Europe. This man cannot be trusted.

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