Telford Journal Column

Events in Nice and Turkey remind us that we live in an uncertain world and face serious challenges.


So, it is reassuring at a key moment in our country's history, we have serious government ready to get on with the job.  


With a reputation for hard work and determination, our new Prime Minister is going to do things her way. Theresa May made clear as she spoke from the steps of 10 Downing Street a week ago, that she has heard the concerns of those who feel ignored and left behind, those who feel that the powerful are out of step with the people. 


She spoke about the "burning injustice" of inequality, saying:


"If you’re a white, working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university; if you’re born poor, you will die on average 9 years earlier than others; if you’re from an ordinary working class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster realise. You have a job but you don’t always have job security. You have your own home, but you worry about paying a mortgage. You can just about manage but you worry about the cost of living and a good school for your kids."


She made a pledge, a pledge to the Country and a pledge to Telford:


"The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours. When it comes to opportunity we will do everything we can to help you whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you."


This was much more than a speech; it was commitment to take action.


And this what I want to see: action to improve the life chances for those who struggle – opportunity for everyone to take control of their lives and get on.  Theresa May’s message to the Country articulated the Telford spirit of aspiration and hard work. This is a government that will get on with the serious business of governing; a government that recognises its responsibility to the people, and that knows we have had enough of referendums and elections. 


This government has committed to delivering a Britain that works for everyone.  Theresa May has the determination and genuine commitment to honour that pledge.  I am certain that Theresa May is a Prime Minister for Telford.