I often, during the 2015 local elections was asked on the doorstep “Have you got a proper job?”
I thought, what a curious question to ask a local candidate, but it’s an important question and I’ve come to realise in my 7 years in politics that it is a real consideration for voters, locally here in my native Derbyshire.
The truth is that all three of the Conservative candidates in my ward (incidentally, now all three Councillors) work in fairly blue collar jobs in the logistics industry.
I speak to many people in the work place, inevitably when they find out what I do, the conversation turns to politics.
The question is: “Why are you a Tory?…” My response “… And I believe in low taxation, giving you more money to spend from your hard earned wages…”, always sparks an unexpected response.
Around two thirds will say: “That’s why I voted Tory for the first time…”
Previous generations of workers were trade unionists and staunch Socialist workers, but as a colleague said to me last week, “I’m a worker, so I voted Tory… My dad hates me”.
That’s why I support the Conservative trade unionists and why I believe raising the personal allowance was absolutely the right thing to do.
I can say that the next generation of Tory voter actually the working man.