What the Conservative Party Proposes

This week David Cameron and other Tory leaders have used the Conservative Party conference to outline policies that a Conservative government plans to implement if successful in the 2015 election. It is with a certain level of trepidation that I’m forced to admit that such policies made a reasonable amount of sense. But with that in mind it does seem like the Tory party are recycling previous policies and pledging continuation of current successes, if you do indeed consider them to be successes.

After pulling the UK out of economic instability, David Cameron’s new focus is, as the Prime Minister specified, ‘you and your family’. This focus is to be reflected by improvements for the individual worker, both financially and culturally. A raise of the tax-free allowance to £12,500 was promised, ensuring that those on minimum wage will pay no income tax. According to Cameron, those who work hard should be rewarded. Higher income bands were also targeted  with promises to raise the 40p tax requirement by £9000 to £50,000. It is important to recognise, however, that these tax cuts can only occur if deficit is successfully cut which means saving £25 billion. Cameron showed confidence that this figure is attainable through spending cuts alone as opposed to higher taxes not least due to his record of previous success improving the strength of the economy of the United Kingdom since entering Downing Street four years ago.

The next five […] Conservative years propose considerable change which […] aim to lead the UK to a thriving economy.

His focus on the individual continues in his promise to get rid of zero hour’s contracts which allow companies to prevent individuals from attaining other work whilst not giving them any themselves as well as proposals for 100,000 new affordable homes for first time buyers under 40 years of age, allowing more people to become homeowners.

Many of the policies that the Conservatives are putting forward for the next five years relate directly to employment. In addition to cutting taxes, they want to increase jobs, Cameron advocates ‘full employment in Britain’. Part of this includes improving pensions and ensuring that youth unemployment is abolished. The Tories promise to fund three million apprenticeships in order to ensure that teenagers do not simply come straight out of education and onto benefits. It follows therefore that if the demand for benefits decreases and employment rates increase, the economy will thrive. In turn, Cameron promises that education will be held to the highest standards.

After pulling the UK out of economic instability, David Cameron’s new focus is […] ‘you and your family’.

Back in 2010 Cameron promised there would be no spending cuts within the NHS and he continues along the same lines in this election. He emphasises that a successful NHS relies upon a successful economy and that is the Conservative promise; a thriving economy which will allow the NHS to continue rising, continuing its front-line research in DNA mapping which could be the cure to many diseases.Following Scotland’s choice to remain within the UK, the Conservatives are now focusing on our joint position within the European Union, rallying for reformation of our place within the European Union in order to ensure that money comes into the UK rather than out of taxpayers’ pockets and into other countries. Such treating with the EU includes renegotiations regarding the immigration system with an eye to putsthe people in the UK first. Finally, if the conservative party gains a majority seat in next year’s election, they promise a new Bill of Rights which will take into account current values and abolish Labour’s Human Rights Act.

The next five potential Conservative years propose considerable change which, if successful, aim to lead the UK to a thriving economy. It is now up to the voters to decide whether or not there is any viability ro these policies. David Cameron says it is a choice between Labour and Conservative but does conservatism still hold the edge as Boris Johnson so confidently asserted on Tuesday? These plans are certainly promising. Let’s hope they can deliver.

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I'm currently about to go into my third year studying for a BA in English Literature. Whilst reading is wonderful and writing about that reading equally as great, writing about the issues of the world has always been my passion. Words can be inspirational and should be used as such.