Cameron denies North is toxic to Tories

MR CAMERON: Unpopular in the North East

MR CAMERON: Unpopular in the North East

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

DAVID CAMERON has brushed aside a stark warning that the Conservatives are doomed in the North-East – insisting any current unpopularity is due to having to make difficult and unpopular decisions.

In an interview with The Northern Echo, the Prime Minister rejected a claim, from a No 10 think-tank, that his party was paying the price in the North-East for being seen as the party of the rich.

And, defending the cuts programme to wipe out the budget deficit, he said: “It’s tough, difficult and painstaking work, but it’s something that’s very important for the whole country.”

The eve-of-conference warning – from the director of Policy Exchange – urged Mr Cameron to embark on a new blue collar modernisation, focused on the North and Midlands, where the Tories were struggling badly.

Neil O’Brien said: “The Tories urgently need a new round of renewal. It is still seen as the party of the rich. It does badly in urban areas, particularly outside the South-East.”

But Mr Cameron, asked if the Conservatives were becoming more toxic again in the North and were a party for the rich, replied: “I don’t accept either of those points.”

Pointing to the controversial decision to axe the 50p income tax rate, he added: “The top tax rate is higher now than it was for all but one month of 13 years of the Labour government.”

And he said: “We were left a budget deficit bigger than Greece, we were left an enormous hole that the last government dug and it takes time to get the country out of that.

“That means taking some difficult and unpopular decisions.

“When you look at what’s actually happening in the economy, it is rebalancing.

“We have lost jobs in the public sector – which was always going to happen, irrespective of who won the election, but a million extra jobs have been created in the private sector “And a lot of those million extra jobs are in various regions of the country, not just in London and the South.”

During the interview, Mr Cameron also: Ruled out leaving the East Coast Main Line in public hands, arguing privatisation of the network had led to “more people using the railways and more investment”; Insisted his government would continue to pursue local pay – but not regional pay – in public services, arguing flexibility would allow staff shortages to be plugged; Ruled out strict caps on second- home ownership in holiday areas such as North Yorkshire.

It was better to give local communities more power, through neighbourhood plans; Insisted proposed changes to Westminster constituencies were not dead – despite the Liberal Democrats withdrawing support – with a vote going ahead next year.

To illustrate his determination to “get Britain building”, Mr Cameron also announced the go-ahead for 57 road schemes – costing £170m – including: A19/A174 Parkway junction improvement, Middlesbrough (£6.3m) – a scheme to cut congestion, by widening roundabouts and upgrading traffic signals, and improve access to new enterprise zones. It will be completed in 2015; A19/A689 Wolviston Interchange, Wynyard (£6.1m) – the A19 will be upgraded southbound and the A689 widened, with new traffic signals on all approaches.

Again, it will support investment in enterprise zones and finish in 2015; A1/A19 Seaton Burn Interchange and Fisher Lane junction improvements, Northumberland (£6.1m) – to reduce congestion by improving the A1 northbound and southbound, also widening the A1068, A1 and A19 approaches.

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9:24am Mon 8 Oct 12

johnny_p says...

......plus additionally attracting Hitachi to invest £4.5 Billion creating 950 jobs building trains with Hitachi in Aycliffe, and helping resurrect steel production in Redcar.

Could anyone explain how Labour helped anyone in the North East? Firehosing benefits at single mums doesn't count.
......plus additionally attracting Hitachi to invest £4.5 Billion creating 950 jobs building trains with Hitachi in Aycliffe, and helping resurrect steel production in Redcar. Could anyone explain how Labour helped anyone in the North East? Firehosing benefits at single mums doesn't count. johnny_p
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12:03pm Mon 8 Oct 12

CTRILEY says...

johnny_p wrote:
......plus additionally attracting Hitachi to invest £4.5 Billion creating 950 jobs building trains with Hitachi in Aycliffe, and helping resurrect steel production in Redcar. Could anyone explain how Labour helped anyone in the North East? Firehosing benefits at single mums doesn't count.
Mainly done to the actions of local Labour MPs, sorry not supposed to mention that.

Then of course there was the Teesside Plan which would've created 100,000s of North East jobs which was only cancelled because of the mess the USA put the world in.
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: ......plus additionally attracting Hitachi to invest £4.5 Billion creating 950 jobs building trains with Hitachi in Aycliffe, and helping resurrect steel production in Redcar. Could anyone explain how Labour helped anyone in the North East? Firehosing benefits at single mums doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Mainly done to the actions of local Labour MPs, sorry not supposed to mention that. Then of course there was the Teesside Plan which would've created 100,000s of North East jobs which was only cancelled because of the mess the USA put the world in. CTRILEY
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12:04pm Mon 8 Oct 12

spoorsjone says...

yes jonny i don't know why the government bothers ,the people of the north east are so ungrateful, i don't know if they should go ahead with these schemes to help the region.
yes jonny i don't know why the government bothers ,the people of the north east are so ungrateful, i don't know if they should go ahead with these schemes to help the region. spoorsjone
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4:40pm Mon 8 Oct 12

st-george1 says...

Labour always screws everything up and the Conservative have to clean it up …
What a joke the Labour Party conference ended up as … millionaire Miliband’s One-Nation speech … He made it sound like they have renamed themselves the British National Party 2 … the hating-all-others-pa
rty, applauded by Labourites.

It’s impossible to find a legacy or something or anything that people like Labour MPs and Labour Councillors have done … evidence that the Labour ain’t interested in improving the quality of life when votes are assured free.

Virginia Ironside a journalist, agony aunt and author launched her one-woman show earlier entitled … Growing old disgracefully …One of her perks of taking her show around the country was that she got a glimpse of the North East of England and was really impressed as we learned from her account in the Spectator Magazine … she wrote … CRIKEY, it really is grim up there in the Labour neglected heartland, where many shops are boarded up and covered with graffiti and the streets are lined with pasty-eating obese men, women and children lounging around because there’s nothing to do … Evidence of the Labour Party legacy that blights many parts of this country, where the words Labour, Thrift, Dignity and Diligence are carved into the crumbling pediment … and it makes you want to weep !!!
Labour always screws everything up and the Conservative have to clean it up … What a joke the Labour Party conference ended up as … millionaire Miliband’s One-Nation speech … He made it sound like they have renamed themselves the British National Party 2 … the hating-all-others-pa rty, applauded by Labourites. It’s impossible to find a legacy or something or anything that people like Labour MPs and Labour Councillors have done … evidence that the Labour ain’t interested in improving the quality of life when votes are assured free. Virginia Ironside a journalist, agony aunt and author launched her one-woman show earlier entitled … Growing old disgracefully …One of her perks of taking her show around the country was that she got a glimpse of the North East of England and was really impressed as we learned from her account in the Spectator Magazine … she wrote … CRIKEY, it really is grim up there in the Labour neglected heartland, where many shops are boarded up and covered with graffiti and the streets are lined with pasty-eating obese men, women and children lounging around because there’s nothing to do … Evidence of the Labour Party legacy that blights many parts of this country, where the words Labour, Thrift, Dignity and Diligence are carved into the crumbling pediment … and it makes you want to weep !!! st-george1
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5:25pm Mon 8 Oct 12

spoorsjone says...

What are you fretting about George,your party is in power to rescue us again.Why don't you give us some tory tips on running the economy,some labour politicians may read this blog and you be able to educate them.Maybe one of their skills is not spending anything on the n.h.s or on state education,like they did during the eighties and nineties?
What are you fretting about George,your party is in power to rescue us again.Why don't you give us some tory tips on running the economy,some labour politicians may read this blog and you be able to educate them.Maybe one of their skills is not spending anything on the n.h.s or on state education,like they did during the eighties and nineties? spoorsjone
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10:43pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Daza says...

Lots of supporters for the Posh Boys on here I see!

Face it, none of them are fit to lick Thatchers boots!
Lots of supporters for the Posh Boys on here I see! Face it, none of them are fit to lick Thatchers boots! Daza
  • Score: -1

10:47pm Mon 8 Oct 12

ajtib3 says...

st-george1 wrote:
Labour always screws everything up and the Conservative have to clean it up …
What a joke the Labour Party conference ended up as … millionaire Miliband’s One-Nation speech … He made it sound like they have renamed themselves the British National Party 2 … the hating-all-others-pa

rty, applauded by Labourites.

It’s impossible to find a legacy or something or anything that people like Labour MPs and Labour Councillors have done … evidence that the Labour ain’t interested in improving the quality of life when votes are assured free.

Virginia Ironside a journalist, agony aunt and author launched her one-woman show earlier entitled … Growing old disgracefully …One of her perks of taking her show around the country was that she got a glimpse of the North East of England and was really impressed as we learned from her account in the Spectator Magazine … she wrote … CRIKEY, it really is grim up there in the Labour neglected heartland, where many shops are boarded up and covered with graffiti and the streets are lined with pasty-eating obese men, women and children lounging around because there’s nothing to do … Evidence of the Labour Party legacy that blights many parts of this country, where the words Labour, Thrift, Dignity and Diligence are carved into the crumbling pediment … and it makes you want to weep !!!
Virginia Ironside - not a woman I'd want to quote too much of. In 2010 she stated "If a baby's going to be born disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother." and added "If I were the mother of a suffering child - I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face...
She rather sums up the hard-hearted attitudes of your typical Tory – she writes for the right-wing press - the Mail and, of course, The Spectator which carried the article and no doubt were overjoyed to pay for that anti-Labour spew.
Yes, the North East has poor areas – now, too many boarded up shops courtesy of the bankers and the current shambles of a government which has taken any demand out of the economy.
But are London streets paved with gold? – wow, if you think its grim here go out of the West End on your next London trip.
[quote][p][bold]st-george1[/bold] wrote: Labour always screws everything up and the Conservative have to clean it up … What a joke the Labour Party conference ended up as … millionaire Miliband’s One-Nation speech … He made it sound like they have renamed themselves the British National Party 2 … the hating-all-others-pa rty, applauded by Labourites. It’s impossible to find a legacy or something or anything that people like Labour MPs and Labour Councillors have done … evidence that the Labour ain’t interested in improving the quality of life when votes are assured free. Virginia Ironside a journalist, agony aunt and author launched her one-woman show earlier entitled … Growing old disgracefully …One of her perks of taking her show around the country was that she got a glimpse of the North East of England and was really impressed as we learned from her account in the Spectator Magazine … she wrote … CRIKEY, it really is grim up there in the Labour neglected heartland, where many shops are boarded up and covered with graffiti and the streets are lined with pasty-eating obese men, women and children lounging around because there’s nothing to do … Evidence of the Labour Party legacy that blights many parts of this country, where the words Labour, Thrift, Dignity and Diligence are carved into the crumbling pediment … and it makes you want to weep !!![/p][/quote]Virginia Ironside - not a woman I'd want to quote too much of. In 2010 she stated "If a baby's going to be born disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother." and added "If I were the mother of a suffering child - I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face... She rather sums up the hard-hearted attitudes of your typical Tory – she writes for the right-wing press - the Mail and, of course, The Spectator which carried the article and no doubt were overjoyed to pay for that anti-Labour spew. Yes, the North East has poor areas – now, too many boarded up shops courtesy of the bankers and the current shambles of a government which has taken any demand out of the economy. But are London streets paved with gold? – wow, if you think its grim here go out of the West End on your next London trip. ajtib3
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11:05pm Mon 8 Oct 12

ajtib3 says...

Its interesting when Cameron talks of re-balancing the economy from public sector to private sector.
all these new private sector jobs? Really? What they don't say is that the majority of the change is due to reclassification.
Colleges of further education and sixth form colleges moved from public to private. Then there's the banks taken into public ownership and thus classed as public sector - now moved back to the private sector.
Well over half the supposed private sector increase in jobs are not new - smoke and mirrors folks, smoke and mirrors.
Its interesting when Cameron talks of re-balancing the economy from public sector to private sector. all these new private sector jobs? Really? What they don't say is that the majority of the change is due to reclassification. Colleges of further education and sixth form colleges moved from public to private. Then there's the banks taken into public ownership and thus classed as public sector - now moved back to the private sector. Well over half the supposed private sector increase in jobs are not new - smoke and mirrors folks, smoke and mirrors. ajtib3
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9:42am Tue 9 Oct 12

Insel_Affen says...

It makes me laugh...All a Lefty will say is, "it's the Tories fault, we must tax them!" All the Righties will say is, "It's Labours fault for giving money away!"
.
The bottom line is the country is spending more than we earn, if this continues we become bankrupt!!!!
.
How do we stop this? Well I think there is a case for cutting benefits, chucking out people who have no right to be here and ensuring we close tax loopholes so those who earn lots, get taxed on it and sort out the bloody banks. I'm sure there are qualified economists out there who will be able to articulate this better than me.
It makes me laugh...All a Lefty will say is, "it's the Tories fault, we must tax them!" All the Righties will say is, "It's Labours fault for giving money away!" . The bottom line is the country is spending more than we earn, if this continues we become bankrupt!!!! . How do we stop this? Well I think there is a case for cutting benefits, chucking out people who have no right to be here and ensuring we close tax loopholes so those who earn lots, get taxed on it and sort out the bloody banks. I'm sure there are qualified economists out there who will be able to articulate this better than me. Insel_Affen
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11:23am Wed 10 Oct 12

ianh says...

Seems to me that many of the problems we suffer today are the result of the activities of "qualified economists"!
(be they elected or back office)

Couple of points- Hitachi was attracted following a huge amout of work by largely (but not exclusivley) Labour politicians; Principally Phil Wilson MP.

"impossible to find a legacy or something or anything that people like Labour MPs and Labour Councillors have done … " REALLY?
Massive and much needed investment in our schools for one. No more leaking roofs and one text book between 3 as we suffered in Thatchers "heyday".
GIve it a couple more years of this government though............

There is real deprivation to be found in every area, but it is indeed generally worse up here. The Tory solution.....Pay them less!
wow, thats tory economics for you, pay those in the poorest areas less than those in the wealthy areas. So much for the One Nation Tories!
Seems to me that many of the problems we suffer today are the result of the activities of "qualified economists"! (be they elected or back office) Couple of points- Hitachi was attracted following a huge amout of work by largely (but not exclusivley) Labour politicians; Principally Phil Wilson MP. "impossible to find a legacy or something or anything that people like Labour MPs and Labour Councillors have done … " REALLY? Massive and much needed investment in our schools for one. No more leaking roofs and one text book between 3 as we suffered in Thatchers "heyday". GIve it a couple more years of this government though............ There is real deprivation to be found in every area, but it is indeed generally worse up here. The Tory solution.....Pay them less! wow, thats tory economics for you, pay those in the poorest areas less than those in the wealthy areas. So much for the One Nation Tories! ianh
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12:26pm Wed 10 Oct 12

CTRILEY says...

"Yes, the North East has poor areas – now, too many boarded up shops courtesy of the bankers and the current shambles of a government"

ajtib3, whillst this is true it isn't the total picture. Remember a few years ago there was the campaign which conned council housing tennants to agree handing over council housing stock to a housing assocaiton?

When it happened hundreds if not thousands of families (I can't recall the actual number) were evicted from perfectly good former council homes within Ferryhill, Chilton, Shildon, etc.

Done so under the excuse "that no one want's to live in rented housing", to provide land for private housing development.

Due to the credit crunch these development plans were scrapped, leaving streets of empty houses boarded up and now derelict. While the former residents end up in temp housing, B&B, whilst some were relocated so far from their places of work that they had to give up their jobs and go on the dole.
"Yes, the North East has poor areas – now, too many boarded up shops courtesy of the bankers and the current shambles of a government" ajtib3, whillst this is true it isn't the total picture. Remember a few years ago there was the campaign which conned council housing tennants to agree handing over council housing stock to a housing assocaiton? When it happened hundreds if not thousands of families (I can't recall the actual number) were evicted from perfectly good former council homes within Ferryhill, Chilton, Shildon, etc. Done so under the excuse "that no one want's to live in rented housing", to provide land for private housing development. Due to the credit crunch these development plans were scrapped, leaving streets of empty houses boarded up and now derelict. While the former residents end up in temp housing, B&B, whilst some were relocated so far from their places of work that they had to give up their jobs and go on the dole. CTRILEY
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7:05pm Wed 10 Oct 12

ajtib3 says...

CTRILEY wrote:
"Yes, the North East has poor areas – now, too many boarded up shops courtesy of the bankers and the current shambles of a government"

ajtib3, whillst this is true it isn't the total picture. Remember a few years ago there was the campaign which conned council housing tennants to agree handing over council housing stock to a housing assocaiton?

When it happened hundreds if not thousands of families (I can't recall the actual number) were evicted from perfectly good former council homes within Ferryhill, Chilton, Shildon, etc.

Done so under the excuse "that no one want's to live in rented housing", to provide land for private housing development.

Due to the credit crunch these development plans were scrapped, leaving streets of empty houses boarded up and now derelict. While the former residents end up in temp housing, B&B, whilst some were relocated so far from their places of work that they had to give up their jobs and go on the dole.
If you look closely CT you'll see I was talking about boarded up 'shops'.
[quote][p][bold]CTRILEY[/bold] wrote: "Yes, the North East has poor areas – now, too many boarded up shops courtesy of the bankers and the current shambles of a government" ajtib3, whillst this is true it isn't the total picture. Remember a few years ago there was the campaign which conned council housing tennants to agree handing over council housing stock to a housing assocaiton? When it happened hundreds if not thousands of families (I can't recall the actual number) were evicted from perfectly good former council homes within Ferryhill, Chilton, Shildon, etc. Done so under the excuse "that no one want's to live in rented housing", to provide land for private housing development. Due to the credit crunch these development plans were scrapped, leaving streets of empty houses boarded up and now derelict. While the former residents end up in temp housing, B&B, whilst some were relocated so far from their places of work that they had to give up their jobs and go on the dole.[/p][/quote]If you look closely CT you'll see I was talking about boarded up 'shops'. ajtib3
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11:55am Fri 12 Oct 12

gramps427 says...

The reality is that no Government of the last 30 years has put anywhere near the same amount of investment in the regions as it has the London and South East corner of England. Government has very clearly concentrated this country's future there following the decimation of our manufacturing sector. More money was spent by the Labour party doing up a railway station in London than was set aside for this region at that time; so its not just a one party problem.
The reality is that no Government of the last 30 years has put anywhere near the same amount of investment in the regions as it has the London and South East corner of England. Government has very clearly concentrated this country's future there following the decimation of our manufacturing sector. More money was spent by the Labour party doing up a railway station in London than was set aside for this region at that time; so its not just a one party problem. gramps427
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12:57pm Fri 12 Oct 12

johnny_p says...

CTRILEY wrote:
johnny_p wrote:
......plus additionally attracting Hitachi to invest £4.5 Billion creating 950 jobs building trains with Hitachi in Aycliffe, and helping resurrect steel production in Redcar. Could anyone explain how Labour helped anyone in the North East? Firehosing benefits at single mums doesn't count.
Mainly done to the actions of local Labour MPs, sorry not supposed to mention that.

Then of course there was the Teesside Plan which would've created 100,000s of North East jobs which was only cancelled because of the mess the USA put the world in.
Sorry? Resurrected by the same Labour MP's who allowed the Redcar steel Industry to fail while they were in power?
[quote][p][bold]CTRILEY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: ......plus additionally attracting Hitachi to invest £4.5 Billion creating 950 jobs building trains with Hitachi in Aycliffe, and helping resurrect steel production in Redcar. Could anyone explain how Labour helped anyone in the North East? Firehosing benefits at single mums doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Mainly done to the actions of local Labour MPs, sorry not supposed to mention that. Then of course there was the Teesside Plan which would've created 100,000s of North East jobs which was only cancelled because of the mess the USA put the world in.[/p][/quote]Sorry? Resurrected by the same Labour MP's who allowed the Redcar steel Industry to fail while they were in power? johnny_p
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1:01pm Fri 12 Oct 12

johnny_p says...

Daza wrote:
Lots of supporters for the Posh Boys on here I see!

Face it, none of them are fit to lick Thatchers boots!
Which "posh boys" are they then? Are you talking about Milliband and Blair? Tony's got a lovely mansion now. Or do you choose to forget that? But you still believe Labour represent the working man?
[quote][p][bold]Daza[/bold] wrote: Lots of supporters for the Posh Boys on here I see! Face it, none of them are fit to lick Thatchers boots![/p][/quote]Which "posh boys" are they then? Are you talking about Milliband and Blair? Tony's got a lovely mansion now. Or do you choose to forget that? But you still believe Labour represent the working man? johnny_p
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4:42pm Fri 12 Oct 12

ianh says...

There is a strong argument to suggest that most of the party leaderships are much the same. Most come from wealthy familes, attended top schools/universities and have never had a "real" job in their lives!

Whilst not advocating the Prescott manner of "connecting" with everyday people, all parties really should be looking at their selection process's. Perhaps a few more working people on the lists and rather fewer career politicians would be a start.

All in this together? pah....I dont see too many of Camerons/Cleggs mates losing any sleep over how to pay their next heating bill...........
There is a strong argument to suggest that most of the party leaderships are much the same. Most come from wealthy familes, attended top schools/universities and have never had a "real" job in their lives! Whilst not advocating the Prescott manner of "connecting" with everyday people, all parties really should be looking at their selection process's. Perhaps a few more working people on the lists and rather fewer career politicians would be a start. All in this together? pah....I dont see too many of Camerons/Cleggs mates losing any sleep over how to pay their next heating bill........... ianh
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9:05pm Fri 12 Oct 12

CTRILEY says...

ianh wrote:
There is a strong argument to suggest that most of the party leaderships are much the same. Most come from wealthy familes, attended top schools/universities and have never had a "real" job in their lives! Whilst not advocating the Prescott manner of "connecting" with everyday people, all parties really should be looking at their selection process's. Perhaps a few more working people on the lists and rather fewer career politicians would be a start. All in this together? pah....I dont see too many of Camerons/Cleggs mates losing any sleep over how to pay their next heating bill...........
Remember politicians stem from the word politics. Which as you know is derived from the word "poly" meaning "many" and "ticks", meaning "blood sucking parasites".
[quote][p][bold]ianh[/bold] wrote: There is a strong argument to suggest that most of the party leaderships are much the same. Most come from wealthy familes, attended top schools/universities and have never had a "real" job in their lives! Whilst not advocating the Prescott manner of "connecting" with everyday people, all parties really should be looking at their selection process's. Perhaps a few more working people on the lists and rather fewer career politicians would be a start. All in this together? pah....I dont see too many of Camerons/Cleggs mates losing any sleep over how to pay their next heating bill...........[/p][/quote]Remember politicians stem from the word politics. Which as you know is derived from the word "poly" meaning "many" and "ticks", meaning "blood sucking parasites". CTRILEY
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