Today marks four years since David Cameron was elected as leader of the Conservative party and his last as Leader of the Opposition. His task was to succeed where his predecessors had failed and turn the Tories into a party which the electorate could consider as a serious alternative to the government. Cameron has transformed the Conservatives into a party seen as viable oppostion and for the first time since 1987 we now head into a General Election as favourites.
Since 2005 Cameron has changed the party both physically and ideologically. The traditional torch emblem was replaced with the image of the tree to represent ‘strenght, endurance, renewal and growth’. From moving further to the right under William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith, Cameron has progressively aligned the party back to the centre right with emphasis being placed on traditional values such as the family and its importance. During his time as leader he has also showed a committment to ensuring that the party is now much more representative than it has been in the past and as a result we now have many more women and ethnic minority candidates being selected as prospective parliamentary candidates in marginal seats.
Cameron has reiterated his support for the NHS and the Union, reminding us that we are in fact The Conservative and UNIONIST party and we will be contesting the election in all four nations. He has not been afraid to put forward bold and radical proposals whether that be on tax reform or the welfare system. The party have shown how it is us who have the policies required for change, unlike Labour who after 12 years of underachievement and failure have simply run out of ideas. The famous maxim that Labour have done it again and it is up to the the Tories to clean up their mess has shown to be true once more and i firmly believe that Cameron can provide the strong and effective leadership Britain has been crying out for.
BUCF have never had so many members as they have now nor as many activists across the City as they do today. Across the country there is now an air of excitement amongst people from broad backgrounds at the prospect of removing one of the most incompetent governments in history, and replacing them with the Conservatives. There is no doubt that David Cameron is responsible for this new found enthusiasm and this has been evident that within the last four years we have more councillors, more activists and receive more funding than before. We came first in the European elections in Wales, made breakthroughs in the North which no one could have imagined and have gained crushing victories over Labour in by elections in Crewe and Nantwich and Norwich North. All this has come under Cameron’s leadership and come the general election the electorate will have the opportunity to have their say and as Cameron has said ‘we will fight- Britain will win!’.