Really exciting day today as I helped launch a new group for working class Conservatives!
Blue Collar Conservatism is about championing working people and developing an agenda that benefits communities. Led by Esther McVey, MP for Tatton, the group has attracted the support of nearly 100 MPs already. It aims to give regular people a voice and re-focus the political debate on issues such as health, education, policing, transport and infrastructure.
At the launch, Esther called for an extra £4 billion for education and £3 billion for policing.
We have a lot of challenges as a Party and as a government and right now we need to reconnect with normal people across the country who want to see a positive domestic agenda.
In Mansfield my constituents come to me to discuss schools, anti-social behaviour in the town centre and issues that affect their everyday lives. That’s what Blue Collar Conservatism is about - that reconnection with the issues that affect our communities and proper small ‘c’ conservative solutions to those problems.
I want the Conservative Party to get back out into the country and talk to people in real communities like Mansfield and Warsop. We are going to head out and about around the country talking to people on the doorsteps finding out what really matters to them in their local communities. We'll be starting in Bingley, heading to West Yorkshire later this month and then reaching Mansfield on 6 June.