A group aimed at starting a conversation to develop policies for the Conservative Party in a post-Brexit Britain was launched in Westminster on Monday 20th May, backed by Lewes MP Maria Caulfield.
Blue Collar Conservatism is about championing working people and developing an agenda that benefits communities.
Led by Tatton MP Esther McVey the group, which has attracted the support of nearly 100 MPs already, wants to give regular people a voice and refocus the debate on issues such as health, education, policing, transport and infrastructure.
As well as asking for people to get in touch the MPs will take the message to all parts of the country and hold meetings in pubs – starting in Bingley, West Yorkshire later this month.
Maria Caulfield, who is one of 12 MPs heading the group, said: “Nearly every door that I knock on people are fed up with politicians arguing about Brexit. The issues they want to talk about are school funding in the constituency, Southern Rail and a whole host of issues. I really want to hear about the issues that matter to people, whether it is policing or health, which as a nurse I am very interested in, or any issue that we should be tackling I want to hear from people. This is what Blue Collar Conservatism is all about.”
At the launch Ms McVey called for an extra £4 billion for education and £3 billion for policing.
Ms McVey said: “What people want is for us to deliver Brexit and then deliver policies that matter to them and their families. Brexit is important but people want us to be talking about domestic issues too. We need to get out there and engage with them and that is why I am launching Blue Collar Conservatism. Now is the time to reach out and listen and hear what people have got to say, what they want money spent on, and we need to deliver it.
“People want to know that their street is safe, want their children to go to a good school, want good NHS services, want to know we are tackling knife crime as well as creating new jobs, reducing unemployment and strengthening the economy and this group is going to listen and push to make it happen.”
She also believes Blue Collar Conservativism will appeal to many sections of society and said someone needs to give hard-working people, let down by Labour, a voice.