December 11, 2019

The choice tomorrow

With voting to begin at 7am on Thursday, opinion polls say the election is too close to call - the Conservatives need 9 more seats for a majority, but opposition parties only need to make 12 gains to prolong the chaos and uncertainty of a hung parliament.

But the only poll that matters is the vote on 12th December and today the Prime Minister will set out his pledges to the British people. Starting the day bright and early in Yorkshire with a milk round, he will prove his ability to deliver. He will end the day canvassing in Essex, taking his message directly to the people.

Boris Johnson's Pledges

  • Get Brexit Done by 31 January 2020
  • Invest record sums in our NHS, with 50,000 more nurses and 40 new hospitals
  • 20,000 more police and tougher sentences.
  • An Australian-style points-based immigration system
  • Investment in science, education, infrastructure and action to reach Net Zero by 2050
  • All without raising the rate of income tax, VAT or National Insurance.

Ahead of his final day of campaigning Boris Johnson said:

“It is understandable that the 17.4 million people who voted to leave feel ignored.
“In 2016 politicians said the referendum would be once in a generation.
“In 2017 politicians said they would respect the result.
“But we have spent the last three years arguing about it. Rerunning the arguments around leave or remain, rather than accepting that there was a clear result and implementing the will of the people.
“This is not just about those who voted leave. However you voted in the EU Referendum, your priorities have been ignored over the last three years whilst parliament has been in gridlock – unable to focus on the issues that matter to you, because it was so busy arguing with itself about Brexit.
“That is why we are having this election. So we can deliver on the result of 3 years ago and then move on, focus on the people’s priorities.
“Whilst my six pledges to the people start with getting Brexit done, they don’t end there. We want to invest in the NHS, crack down on crime, tackle climate change and keep taxes low – our priorities are your priorities.
“But Brexit is the key to unlocking this action – because unless we get out of this quicksand of a Brexit argument, our future as a country remains uncertain.
“We are the only party with a plan for the future, and the only party whose plan you can trust.
“How can you trust Jeremy Corbyn when he said he would respect the result of the referendum, only to want to prolong the uncertainty and chaos by rerunning it?  
“This election is the most important in a lifetime. The result will define the next decade – will we go forward, grow as a country, unleash our potential? Or will we remain stuck, stood still, unable to make any progress?
“Tomorrow at the ballot box you have the opportunity to tell politicians that you want Brexit done.
“Tell them that the people of this great country will no longer be ignored.
“Tell them that in this country we believe in and treasure our democracy and that politicians don’t get to choose which votes they respect.
“Tell them that you want them to stop going round in circles and refocus on our schools, hospitals and keeping our streets safe.
“Tell them that they need to stop squabbling, move the country forward and unleash our potential.
“There’s only one way to tell them that. And that’s by voting Conservative.
“Whatever else anyone is offering, what you’ll get is more of the same. A hung parliament delivering nothing but delay, deadlock and more divisive referendums. A lost decade of division, delay and deadlock.
“Let’s make 2020 about the people of this country and not its politicians.
“Let’s get out of the rut of the last three years and get on with our work of making this the greatest place to live and to start a family and the greatest place to send your kids to school, to start a business, the place that leads the world in clean green technology and tackling greenhouse gases.
“A country where everybody has the opportunity to make the most of their lives and where we work as a government to give them that opportunity from the moment they are born.
“Let’s get Brexit done and get on with spreading opportunity and hope across the whole UK and let’s unleash the potential of this country.
“We have one more day. Make sure you have your voice heard. Vote to honour the promises of the past and for a brighter vision of the future. Vote Conservative tomorrow.”
Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)