Local Conservatives had a successful set of elections on 22nd May, retaining 9 seats, gaining one and coming close to taking a further one from the Liberal Democrats. They also increased their overall share of the vote.
Reigate, Redhill and Banstead's Conservatives have unveiled their team of candidates for the local elections on 22nd May, seeking to represent local residents on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. A total of 9 existing councillors are seeking re-election, with 3 new candidates seeking to achieve election.
At Full Council meeting last Thursday evening (10th April) Conservative Council Leader Mrs Joan Spiers announced her intention to step down as Leader of the Council at the end of the municipal year at the 12th June Council meeting.
A new Chairman and officer team was elected at our Annual Meeting, held last Friday (28th March).
At our Annual Meeting held last Friday (28th March) Reigate & Banstead’s local Conservative party elected a new Chairman, Julian Ellacott, and officers.
Following a ballot of all local Conservative Party members, Crispin Blunt MP has been reselected as the Conservative candidate for the 2015 General Election. This followed an earlier vote of the local Executive which declined to reselect him automatically.
Following the news that the proposed merger between Epsom Hospital and Ashford and St Peter's Hospital Trust will not now go ahead, Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate, called for a review not poisoned by party politics around particular buildings
Labour’s spending plans are in chaos – with Ed Miliband and Ed Balls spending the money from their proposed homes tax over and over again.
Last week Balls said the tax will fund the NHS and nothing else:
‘All the money we raised from the mansion tax will go the National health Service’ (LBC, 21 Jan 2015).
But now Miliband says the tax will pay for reducing the deficit:
‘A plan to pay down the deficit - with tax changes, like the mansion tax’ (BBC Breakfast, 27 Jan 2015).
And that was after Miliband had already promised to spend the money on reversing Labour’s policy on the 10p tax rate:
‘We would use the money raised by a mansion tax to reintroduce a lower 10 pence starting rate of tax’ (BBC News, 14 Feb 2013).
Once again, Labour are in chaos.
This shows that they can’t be trusted to fund the NHS or deal with the deficit – and that they’d put both the economy and the NHS at risk. Because you can only have a strong NHS with a strong economy.
With 100 days until the election, it’s clearer than ever that only the Conservatives have a competent plan to build a stronger economy, deal with the deficit and back our NHS. Share this important video to let friends know.
While Labour and the Lib Dems have confirmed they will raise taxes, we’re committed to cutting income tax and rewarding hard work.
Income tax cuts are a key part of our long-term economic plan – to help taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money and be more financially secure.
In this Parliament, we’ve halved the deficit as a percentage of GDP and cut taxes at the same time – proving that tax cuts and a stronger economy can go hand in hand.
In the next Parliament, we’ll do the same – with our five commitments to reward hard work:
- Cut income tax for 30 million people and take everyone who earns less than £12,500 out of income tax altogether
- Back aspiration by raising the 40p tax threshold – so that no one earning less than £50,000 pays it
- Deliver tax free childcare and a tax cut for married couples – to help families get on in life
- Keep taxes low for working people and their families by continuing to cut the deficit and live within our means
- Ensure that those who can afford it pay the most in tax, and continue to crack down on tax avoidance and tax evasion
These commitments mean that by the end of the next Conservative government, a typical basic rate taxpayer will have paid at least £8,000 less in income tax since 2010.
Only the Conservatives are going into this election with a clear commitment to cut taxes – so we reward hard work, back aspiration and secure a better future for Britain.
More than 300,000 people took their first step on the property ladder in 2014.
Official figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that there were more first-time buyers last year than any year since 2007. (Source: CML, 22 Jan 2015)
Our long-term economic plan is helping people achieve the dream of owning their own home by:
- Introducing Help to Buy, which has already helped over 73,000 families – the vast majority first-time buyers – own their own home
- Building more homes – housebuilding is at its highest since 2007 and planning permission was granted for 240,000 new homes in the year to September 2014
- Reducing the deficit – so we safeguard the economy for the long term and keep mortgage rates low
When they were last in power, Labour wrecked the economy and getting on the housing ladder became nothing more than a pipe dream for thousands of hardworking taxpayers.
But by building a stronger economy and helping people buy their own home, our plan is backing hardworking families across the country – and securing a better future for Britain.