Theresa: Why this is such an important election for Britain

Ahead of the General Election, Theresa May – Conservative parliamentary candidate for Maidenhead – writes about the key issues facing people as they decide who to vote for on 7th May. She says, “This is the most important election Britain has faced for many years. Do we build on the last five years and secure our future or throw away the progress we have made?”

Election to decide Britain’s future

This is the most important election Britain has faced for many years. Do we build on the last five years and secure our future or throw away the progress we have made? Thanks to the Government’s long-term economic plan we are seeing real benefits – more jobs, low inflation and cheaper mortgage rates. We’ve put money into essential public services such as the NHS and schools and cut taxes for millions of people. Crime has fallen thanks to the hard work of our police. And where we can, we are getting immigration under control unlike the last Labour Government.

Good quality local public services are vital. I know personally just how important the NHS is. As your local MP I have campaigned to support St Mark’s in Maidenhead, improvements at Wexham Park and services at the Royal Berks. With more new homes being built I want to make sure there are enough GPs for everyone. Health services are particularly important for older people; this Government has worked hard to ensure older people have a decent standard of living after a lifetime of hard work.

Young people need a good start in life. That means making sure there are enough school places, but I’m also encouraging business to link with local schools to show young people the opportunities open to them. We can only have good quality public services with a strong economy. This Government has done a lot to cut business red tape and provide the infrastructure on which business depends. I’ve campaigned for better train services locally and for Crossrail to go to Reading so Twyford can benefit as well as Maidenhead. I will also continue working for better broadband connections. Faster broadband matters especially for those building a business from home.

Our part of Berkshire is a great place to live and we want to keep its character. That’s why I have a track record of campaigning against overdevelopment. But we must also make sure there are facilities for local people. Maidenhead Town Centre badly needs revitalising. There are plans underway including the excellent Waterways Development Scheme. This will bring a much needed leisure area to Maidenhead but of course we need the shops as well!

One of the things that makes our area great is the many charities and voluntary groups that strive to improve people’s lives. I am fortunate to be a Patron of several local charities including Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service which is providing a children’s hospice for east Berkshire and already giving support to families; and NRAS, a Maidenhead based but nationally recognised charity for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Whether it is longstanding groups like Lions, Rotary, the Talking Newspaper, People to Places and Daisy’s Dream or newer groups like the Lily May Page Trust, they are all supported by dedicated volunteers.

A huge amount has been achieved over the last five years but there is much still to do. We can only secure Britain’s future with a Conservative Government and David Cameron in Downing Street after the election.

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