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Shipley MP’s ‘blue collar’ call to the Tories
10:04pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
Shipley MP Philip Davies has urged David Cameron to embrace “blue collar Conservatism” as the key to securing an outright win in 2015.
Mr Davies threw his weight behind a Tory movement – spearheaded by ex-Cabinet minister Liam Fox – designed to win over working-class voters.
It comes as the Conservatives trail up to nine points behind Labour, with Tories in the marginal West Yorkshire seats of Pudsey and Dewsbury predicted to be wiped out. Mr Davies urged the prime minister to fight back, with an agenda focusing on l Lower taxes – by adopting the Liberal Democrat pledge to hike the income tax threshold to about £12,500, to ensure no-one on the minimum wage pays tax.
An end to green taxes, which he blamed for higher household energy bills.
A tougher stance on crime and immigration.
Mr Davies said: “These are the issues that matter to working-class blue-collar voters. We should be proud that this is what we stand for and not be embarrassed, or ashamed, or be apologising for what we believe in.
“There are a lot of people in Shipley like that, salt-of-the earth people that we should stand up for, because the Labour party has abandoned the working-class.”
Mr Davies did not accuse Mr Cameron of being “embarrassed, or ashamed” to champion blue-collar voters – although he is normally seen to epitomise the ‘Notting Hill’ set.
However, this week, the prime minister has delighted his right-wing by pledging a £200 tax break for married couples, on lower incomes, from 2015.
And, on Sunday, he hinted for the first time at scrapping subsidies for wind farms, blamed for slapping £23 on the average energy bill.
Mr Davies said he was convinced there was an army of blue-collar voters that voted Labour purely for regions of tradition, or family allegiance.
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