WE DON'T WANT LABOUR LITE
Despite the difficult national picture, the atmosphere on the ground remains positive and optimistic – Red Wall voters want the best for their country and for the first time in a long time feel that they have an active role to play in this.
TO CORRECT COURSE
The boss of the BBC has been slammed by furious MPs for delivering "platitudes that bear no relation to reality" over withdrawing free TV licences for older pensioners this week.
PUBS GONE FOREVER UNLESS BIZ RATES GO
PUBS will not survive unless Rishi Sunak scraps unfair outdated business rates, the managing director of one of Britain's biggest family owned breweries has warned.
Universities should be held account for failing students, many of who pay £9,000 a year in tuition fees. Students describe how universities had failed to provide online lectures, seminars or one to one tutorials, while access to reading materials was completely blocked because resources were not online...
“WE NEED THEM MORE THAN EVER”
Chancellor warned that he should not try to bring in further cuts to the military in a bid to help pay the coronavirus national debt. Among the tasks carried out by the armed forces have been increasing the amount of testing, delivering of protective equipment and building the Nightingale Field Hospitals.
HSB NOT HS2
Pressure is mounting on the government to ditch the £100 billion HS2 project and invest the money in high speed broadband in the wake of social changes brought about by the coronavirus.
TIME TO RE-OPEN NURSERIES
Reopening nurseries must be a priority to ensure children's development is not damaged. BCC warns the harm the lockdown may be having on the mental health of children and fears we are raising "Generation Covid-19".
TO SAVE BIZ
The Government needs to abolish business rates for high streets and pubs permanently to save them in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The issue came up in the latest Blue Collar Conversations podcast aimed at raising issues which are hitting working class communities across the country.
LABOUR IS LONDON-CENTRIC
"I would like to congratulate Sir Keir Starmer on his decisive victory. What can we expect? Will his leadership mark a radical departure? his election shows that Labour is still wedded to everything that led working-class voters to desert them. Just like Corbyn, he represents the London-centric Labour Party which helped to turn much of the North blue at the last election."
FREEZE FUEL DUTY, RISHI!
A prominent group of Conservative MPs representing traditionally Labour-held seats in the north of England, the Midlands and Wales have called on Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, to avoid increasing fuel duty in next month’s Budget.
HOW TO KEEP OUR NEW VOTERS
"Blue collar Conservatism has a proven track record – one we should resurrect. In this new political battle, the greatest tension will not be left versus right or even fiscal and monetary doves versus economic hawks. It will be a battle between creativity and convention."
MAKE BLUE COLLAR MAINSTREAM
“I have lost count of how many metropolitan lefties have told me ‘Tories will never win in the North East’. Well we didn’t just win, we completely bulldozed that red wall in the style of Boris in his ‘Get Brexit Done’ JCB.”
MEDIA WERE SHOCKED TO SEE ME WIN
“This was a blue collar conservatism election built on the promise to get a job done and crack on with sensible investments in public services. And I’m blue collar through and through.”
BCC HAS SHAKEN UP POLITICS
“Working class votes won this election. After years of struggling along, finally we have the numbers in Parliament to deliver the people’s priorities. No more excuses. We have in Boris a leader we can unite around and deliver with.”
BORIS'S NHS PLEDGE: WIN!
Much of the behind-the-scenes credit for the triumph in Labour heartlands has gone to Tatton MP Esther McVey, who founded the Blue Collar Conservatism campaign earlier this year.
HOW TO CEMENT THIS NEW COALITION?
“The new generation of Tory MP, such as Eddie Hughes the working-class Birmingham man who won Walsall North for the Tories in 2017, do not have a noblesse oblige interest in decent public services for the masses because they have spent their lives depending on them.”
A VICTORY FOR BLUE COLLAR CONSERVATISM
“The new Toryism is a blue-collar Toryism. The focus will be on a high-skilled, high-waged workforce – and if that means the Government setting the salary for a quarter of the country’s workers via the highest minimum wage in Europe, so be it.”
TORY PARTY NOW WORKING CLASS PARTY
Labour is detached from reality. They are a metropolitan elite that is just detached from the day-to-day life of regular working people. They are not talking about things which resonate or relate or ordinary people.
TORIES STRIKE CHORD WITH WORKING MAN
“The father of three liked the blue-collar vision put forward by Ed Barker and Esther McVey. ‘They are the only ones who are in touch with the working man,’ he said.”
BCC'S POLICE COVENANT GETS GREEN LIGHT
We’re delighted Home Secretary Sajid Javid is introducing a Police Covenant after our hard fought campaign and that ministers are already pursuing a Blue Collar Conservatism agenda!
POLICE BACK BCC POLICE COVENANT
BCC has won the backing of the Police Federation for their campaign for a new legal guarantee of national care and support for officers in the fight against crime.
WE'RE THE NATURAL PARTY FOR WORKING CLASS
The dire local election results show how far we have become detached from our supporters – largely but not solely due to our failure to deliver Brexit. They showed too how Labour have abandoned their traditional working-class voters, particularly in the North.
Blue Collar Conservatism is about making a breakthrough by showing that we’re on the side of the voters that need us most and who ultimately will determine whether or not we will be forming the next government.
BIG SUPPORT FOR BCC RELAUNCH
“The group will launch a social media campaign appealing to the public for policy ideas and has already attracted support from up to 100 MPs, including the International Trade Secretary and the families minister.”