After months of hard work, Thursday 5th May is finally here. Without your help and support we would not have had such an enthusiastic campaign and I am incredibly grateful.
Because of you, Conservative candidates will be elected to serve their local area. And that means thousands of people across our country will now get the strong, competent leadership that Conservatives only can deliver.
In the coming years, I hope that we can continue to count on your support.
Vote Conservative today to secure a better and brighter future for Britain. Polls are open TODAY from 7am - 10pm.
In less than 24 hours polls open across the country. Vote Conservative to secure a brighter, better future.
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Ahead of tonight's final #LeadersDebate on BBC Scotland at 8pm, here are the facts of the Scottish Parliament election.
- The SNP are set to win, risking a new drive for independence: The SNP has become complacent and is more interested in holding another referendum than in making our hospitals and schools better.
- Labour are in a mess, riddled with incompetence and weak leadership:Labour have taken Scotland for granted for far too long. Their infighting, incompetence and weak leadership means they cannot provide the opposition that Scotland needs.
- Labour and the Lib Dems have both dropped their opposition to independence: What’s worse is that Scottish Labour and theScottish Liberal Democrats have now dropped their opposition to independence. That means they can’t hold the SNP to account and ensure they focus on the issues that matter – like schools, hospitals and family pay packets.
- Only Ruth Davidson can provide a strong opposition to hold the SNP to account. Full stop.
Itt is clear that Ruth Davidson is the ONLY leader with a plan to keep the SNP in check and make them focus on the issues that matter to Scotland.
Join the Twitter conversation during tonight’s debate by using #LeadersDebate and #TeamRuth to show your support.
New figures show that crime in England and Wales has fallen by 32% since 2010, to its lowest level ever.
By continuing to cut crime, Conservatives have shown that they can keep communities safer and more secure whilst at the same time taking the difficult decisions to make Britain fit for the future.
In the last three and a half years our Police and Crime Commissioners have shown that they are vital to making local communities safer. PCCs have the ability to hire and fire chief constables, set local priorities, and they oversee budgets of hundreds of millions of pounds.
And so with crime now at its lowest level ever, you can help secure the future of our country by voting for a Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday 5th May.
Voters across the country will soon choose their local representatives for the next four years. These are the people who will provide a strong opposition to the SNP in Scotland, work to deliver real change for Wales, ensure local councils deliver value for taxpayers’ money in England, work with the local police as Police and Crime Commissioners and stand up for Londoners as their next Mayor.
And if you’ve applied to vote early by post, you’ll either have received your ballot – or will be receiving it over the next few days.
The elections are crucial because the alternative is a serious threat to both our national and economic security. On Friday 6th May people across Britain could wake up to find their local area being run by a Labour Party whose leader wants to abolish our Armed Forces, get rid of our nuclear deterrent, put up income tax on hardworking people and print money to pay for public services.
So if you have a postal vote, please do complete and return it today.
And just as important – help spread the word among your friends and family. Every single vote will matter in this crucial election.
Since 2010 over 4 million of the lowest paid people have been taken out of income tax. Because of our increases to the personal allowance, a typical basic rate taxpayer will be paying over £900 less in income tax than they were in 2010.
Today the personal allowance rises yet again, meaning that no one earning under £11,000 will pay any income tax.
We believe that when you work hard, you deserve to keep more of the money you earn. That’s why we’re on course to increase the personal allowance to £12,500 by 2020.
Today, the Basic State Pension increases to £119.30 a week, the biggest real-terms rise in 15 years.
Because of our triple lock, we have ensured that the state pension rises every year in line with wages, prices or by 2.5% – whichever is highest.
So the full basic state pension is now £1,125 a year higher than it was in 2010. That’s only possible because we’re taking the difficult decisions so that we can deliver dignity and security for those in retirement.
Today, 1.3 million of the lowest paid working people in Britain, aged 25 or over, will get a direct pay rise.
The new National Living Wage will start at £7.20 an hour, and is expected to rise to £9 an hour by 2020. It means that those currently on the minimum wage working 35 hours a week will see their pay rise by £4,200 over the next four years.
And so as well as creating over 2.3 million more jobs since 2010, we’re helping people keep more of the money they earn by increasing their pay, keeping council tax down and cutting income tax.
This is all part of a plan that is honouring our commitments to the British people to deliver a higher wage, lower welfare, lower tax country that finally lives within its means. It's a modern, compassionate Conservative government in action.
Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.
We are cutting taxes for working people so they can keep more of the money they earn. From April next year the tax free personal allowance will rise to £11,500, a tax cut for 31 million people that means a typical basic rate taxpayer will be paying over £1,000 less income tax then when we came into government. The higher rate threshold will also increase to £45,000, a tax cut of over £400.
The British economy is stronger because we confronted our country's problems and took the difficult decisions, but we now face a dangerous cocktail of global risks. Britain is well prepared to handle this challenge, but only by acting now so we don't pay later.
This Budget puts stability first with long term solutions to long term problems.