THE Conservatives’ chances of retaining power at the next election depend on whether they get the economy right, a rookie MP told local Tory party members and supporters.
Mark Pawsey, who won Rugby for the Tories in last year’s election, said there was no doubt it was the most important issue facing the Government, and an integral part of its policy was keeping a cap on spending.
In its 13 years in power, he said, Labour spent and spent. Welfare payments made up a third of all government expenditure and the system encouraged people to stay at home rather than go out and work.
The Conservatives, declared Mr Pawsey, were committed to a major programme of modernisation and reform. “It is how we deal with the economy which will depend on whether we are re-elected,” he said.
Mr Pawsey was critical of opposition MPs’ attitude towards the UK’s economic problems. “Labour just don’t get it,” he said. “They still want to bash bankers and keep on spending.”
The MP was speaking at the annual Churchill Dinner held by the Hampton-in-Arden and Bickenhill branch of Meriden Conservative Association to commemorate the life of Sir Winston Churchill.