Political Discussions


At least twice a year members of The Tandridge Club meet to discuss a a wide range of topics. Following the discussion a paper is produced and sent to our MP so that he can take our recommendations forward to the relevant Government Department. You can read a summary of the Conservative Manifesto paper below. For a full copy please Contact Us.


Policy Area: CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO                                                                                                        Date of Discussion: 29.5.14


Background/Introduction


The subject for discussion was "what should be in the manifesto for the General Election in 2015". It was felt that the manifesto should be built round the idea of fairness and should emphasise what has been achieved since 2010. Communication of the message is vital.


 Discussion Conclusions.


  1. Economic Policy. Recognise that the Conservatives have achieved a lot but need to continue.  Promise of a balanced budget by 2017 is the main message (We continue to fail to distinguish clearly between the “Deficit” and National Debt”).
  2. Taxation policy should emphasise fairness.
  3. Increase minimum wage towards the living wage (Tax credits would not be necessary if wages were higher).
  4. Consider reducing NI for employees below 25 to help reduce youth unemployment.
  5. Change the tax basis for multinationals to collect a fair rate from all companies.
  6. Health Service. Reiterate that a Conservative government remains committed to the NHS and that support will continue to to be available free of charge to for those with health needs.
  7. Benefits. Continue the move to Universal Benefits.  The group didn’t believe that benefits should be paid to people who are not resident in the UK – in particular there should be no child benefit for non-resident children.  Contribution benefits should be available to everyone but income based benefits only paid to UK citizens.
  8. The current Regional Aid program in deprived areas needs more publicity (few in the room were aware of its existence).
  9. Immigration policy should be fair.  Everyone living in the UK, born here or not, must accept UK laws and culture.  The European Convention on Human Rights should be replaced by a UK Human Rights Act (or equivalent) and some clauses should not apply to anyone convicted of a crime.
  10. Education continue devolving power to schools and commit to no significant changes to the education system within the next parliament. Some stability is needed.
  11. European Union. The promised referendum is essential and it was strongly felt that the Conservatives should set out clearly the areas where they would like to see change. In summary it was felt that the EU should move closer towards its original ambition, namely that of a free trade area. Specifically, the the following were identified as key;

            - The Westminster Parliament to be supreme and should not be overruled;

            - The UK Supreme Court is to be supreme and should not be overruled by any foreign court;

            - Future UK payments to the EU should be withheld until the EU accounts are audited without qualification;

            - All remaining trade barriers within the EU should be removed;

            - Even handed treatment of acquisitions and extradition within the EU;