General Election on 8 June

The Prime Minister Theresa May has called a general election for 8 June. I have put myself forward to be the Conservative candidate, and – subject to the proper local procedures – I am thoroughly looking forward to putting the choice to our voters in Esher & Walton constituency.

In less than a year, Theresa May has made an impressive to start to her premiership. The economy has recorded strong economic growth, with record levels of people in work, real wages rising, and a wave of fresh investment in our country by global businesses – from Nissan to Google. That’s what we need to help parents provide for their families, and deliver the tax revenue which is vital for our precious public services.

Theresa May has also set out her social vision for Britain as a ‘great meritocracy’, offering the chance for every child – whatever their background, whatever their talents – to fulfil their potential. And we have started Brexit negotiations, with the public backing our ambitious, outward-looking and positive vision for Britain, as a self-governing democracy, a good friend to the EU, and a global leader in free trade. We are in the best position to secure the best deal for the whole country.

This Prime Minister is a leader who believes in getting on with the job. She made it clear that she would have preferred not to have an early election. But, she is also a leader that doesn’t shrink from the challenges we face, and this election is necessary to give the country the strong and stable leadership we need. Yes, it’s necessary to deliver Brexit for every nation in our United Kingdom, and every citizen whichever way they voted in the referendum. But, we also need the mandate to keep the economy growing – to deliver the new jobs and extra tax revenue our NHS needs. We need the mandate to address the challenges of providing the best education for all of our children, and the very best care for our ageing population. And we need a clear working majority to make sure Britain stays safe, given the security threat at home, and the turbulent events we are witnessing abroad.

The alternative is a far left socialist leader in Jeremy Corbyn, who would be a disaster for the economy, exploding the nation’s debt with unfunded spending commitments, hiking taxes on low and middle income families, and whose pacifistic student union views would be positively dangerous for our national security. Or perhaps Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party in cahoots with Tim Farron’s Lib Dems, whose unique selling point is to open up the wounds of the EU referendum – and sow division at the time when we need to come together.

I am looking forward to taking this clear choice to every corner of our cherished constituency, and to the country at large. Now more than ever, I believe it is only the Conservatives who really believe this country’s best days lie ahead, and only Theresa who May has the strength of leadership to take Britain forward.