Crucial that we get the BME vote out


Why should people vote Conservative? I could follow the typical route of using the same narratives pushed out by the news and the so-call typical sound-bites, but I want to adopt a different approach.

It is clearly accepted from the outset, that politics, especially leading up to a General Election is never an easy ride. Not all will agree with the policies of either parties whether one leans to the right or to the left. One thing, which is without question, is that it is imperative that we, the BME community, should be part of the process.

Since, I joined the Conservative Party, I have held various offices including Deputy Chair of a Conservative Association, stood twice as a local government candidate and would consider myself an activist.

The Conservatives have set out some key policies with pledges to lower immigration, raise the tax-free personal allowance and increase NHS funding in their general election manifesto, it is understood that some have not gone down well, but they are ambitious opportunities to tackle issues which have been skirted around.

Under Conservative plans, middle-class pensioners are set to lose benefits in a bid to fund social care and means-testing will be introduced on winter fuel payments. While this is a controversial element of the manifesto, the Conservatives will also pass legislation to ensure nobody has to sell their home to pay for their care during their lifetime, and new rules will allow pensioners needing nursing home treatment to keep more of their assets.

Outlined above are just a few of the policies which I have set out, but what is more fundamental is that there are two major factors facing the UK - that is Brexit and national security. The country will need a period of stability while the Brexit negotiations are undertaken in getting the best deal for the UK and after the recent terror attacks on mainland UK, national security is of paramount importance. There is a clear need for firm and strong leadership at this time and that is why the Conservative Party under the leadership of Theresa May should be returned as the Government as a strong economy is clearly needed.

Sylbourne Sydial