UKIP warning from Tory chair Shapps
A VOTE for UKIP is a vote to put Ed Milliband into Number 10 as Prime Minister, potential Tory councillors were warned by Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps.
"You need to remind people who say they are fed up and want to vote UKIP that there are only two people who will be Prime Minister next time round – either David Cameron or Ed Milliband," said Mr Shapps. "Tell them that at the end of the day they will be putting the whole future of this country at risk."
Mr Shapps was ending a day's visit to Cornwall by addressing an audience of over 100 at Kingsley Village, Fraddon, including most of the Conservative candidates for the Cornwall Council elections on May 2.
Since taking over the council's administration, the Conservatives had sorted out a lot of problems, he said.
A total of £170 million had been cut from local authority spending with a minimum of loss of services, and council tax rises had been kept at zero. In fact that zero had meant a cut of 9 per cent to the bills for council tax payers in real terms.
"What a difference to the previous administration, which had doubled council tax in ten years," he asserted. "I think you have a huge amount to be proud of in Cornwall."
The launch was attended by three Cornish Conservative MPs – Sarah Newton, George Eustice and Sheryl Murray, as well as the Cornwall Council leader Fiona Ferguson, who pledged that if the Tories were re-elected, council tax would be kept low, there would be fairer school funding, and there would be a building programme with a shared home-ownership scheme for Cornwall's young people.
By working with partner organisations in "community budgeting" schemes, it would be possible to save money but at the same time improve welfare spending, she said.
Earlier, Mr Shapps visited a Wadebridge housing development by Linden Homes with Cornwall councillor Scott Mann, the prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall.
During the visit Mr Mann made the Tory party chairman aware of the pressures on the Cornish housing stock and the need for Cornwall to deliver on affordable housing. Linden Homes have delivered a scheme with 50 per cent local housing without any subsidy from the Government.
Mr Mann said: "Living in affordable housing myself, I understand how important it is to house working people in the towns they have grown up in.
"We have delivered high levels of affordable housing across Cornwall in the last four years and this is one site I am particularly proud of."
Mr Shapps also visited St Austell Brewery during a full day in Cornwall.