Prime Minister David Cameron has argued that his partyís economic performance has resulted in a ëgreat British revivalí, as the fight for local election supremacy has begun to heat up.
Making a speech in Staffordshire, Mr Cameron argued that his party had presided over a complete turnaround in the countryís economic fortunes, and urged people to vote for the Conservatives so that they can ìfinish the jobî in their next term.
He also pledged to grant the British electorate a referendum on the countryís membership of the European Union, saying: ìI have a track record of delivery – and believe me, whatever it takes, I will deliver this in-out referendumî.
The Prime Minister also moved to deter voters away from the Labour party, arguing that they would fail to deliver the much-needed referendum, and brushed aside UKIP by brandishing them ìdiscreditedî.
Labour have since responded arguing that the Toryís are focusing far too much trying to address their genuine fears of UKIP, rather than concentrating on more important domestic issues, such as the ongoing cost of living crisis that is ësqueezingí the working wages of households across the country.
The local elections in the UK are set to take place on the 22nd of May, when 161 councils across the country will all be holding elections with a number of seats up for grabs.
At the same time, the elections for European Parliament representation will take place and will involve the countryís voters choosing which 73 politicians will fight their case in Europe in the upcoming years.
Mr Cameron highlighted that his party would use the elections as a platform to truly display to the electorate what his party represents and stand for, and warned voters that the Conservatives are the only party with a plausible, long-term strategy to ensure that the country continues its economic upturn.
ëBack the party with a plan’
Mr Cameron argued that whilst the past year has seen a strong return from the export, service, manufacturing and construction sectors, that nevertheless a great deal of work needs to be undertaken in order to secure the long term security and economic stability of the UK.
“Britain is coming back,” he said. “We came through the great recession together. We are building the great British revival together.
“And we’ve got to be very clear. The great British revival doesn’t come with a life-time guarantee. The job is not done…If you want to finish the job we have started, back the party with a plan.”
He pointed to his partyís success at delivering smaller council tax obligations for households across the country, and highlighted the poor record of his rivals as evidence that the Conservatives are the best choice for the country at present.
“I don’t need to discredit UKIP. They have done a good enough job of that over the last few weeks.”
The Prime Minister, who has already pledged to give the electorate a referendum on Europe by 2017, had a clear message to voters, saying: “To those people who say you won’t deliver on that renegotiation or on that referendum, I say: Judge me by my record as prime minister.
“Others talk about acting in the national interest or in standing up to Europe, I do it, time and again – often in the teeth of opposition in Brussels and with a backdrop of uncertainty about whether it can really happen at home.”