This is Preston Talks, a series of interviews with senior local politicians aimed at making your life easier. We’ve asked local politicians from the main parties to answer the same questions, and we’re publishing their answers to help you decide who to vote for in the Local Elections. First up, we have Councillor Neil Cartwright, Leader of the Conservative Group on Preston City Council.
In three words, how would you sum up your party?
Fair, progressive, meritocratic
What do the Conservatives have to offer Preston?
We offer value for money, better working in partnership with key organisations such as UCLan, fairness for all residents, and creating a climate for inward investment building on the foundations laid by the Government’s City Deal with Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire County Council.
What policies do the Conservatives have for young people?
Nationally, the most important is creating sound finances. My generation cannot leave young people – the future of our country – to shoulder the burden of debt. Beyond this, we are helping create significant numbers of apprenticeships and job opportunities in every part of the economy – which can’t be done without strong and sound finances. We are also developing policies to help younger people on the housing ladder. Every child deserves a good education but too many of our schools are still failing too many children. We are developing policies to rectify this whilst Labour simply offer excuses and obstacles. Locally it would be encouraging businesses, redevelopment and working with the University.
Why, in your opinion, is it important for young people to vote?
Young people have the right to have a say in how we are governed; to do this they need to vote whether for Westminster, Europe or locally – not forgetting for our next Police Commissioner. There are too many parts of the world where people, young and old, either haven’t got a vote or their vote is meaningless because of corruption. Elections ARE important.
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