THE coverage of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham has been dominated by Brexit, but there was so much more going on, not least my party’s vision for the UK post-Brexit, writes Rachel Maclean MP.
This week the Prime Minister made it clear once again that there will not be a second referendum and that only the Conservative Party will deliver Brexit.
However, all the talk of Brexit has drowned out the Conservatives’ vision for our country post-Brexit.
I became a Conservative because I believed that, no matter your background, everyone should be able to get on in life and achieve their ambitions.
And that was the message at this year’s conference – opportunity for all.
This week the Government announced a series of measures to ensure opportunity is available to everyone in Redditch and across the country.
From reforms to apprenticeships, giving more people who work hard the opportunity to access high quality apprenticeships, to banning deductions from tips to boost pay for workers on low wages, to a package of measures to speed up the delivery of new homes, helping people to get a foot on the housing ladder.
One announcement I very much welcome is the £240million injection into the social care system to ease pressure on the NHS this winter.
This money will get people who do not need to be in hospital, but do need care, back home, to free up vital hospital beds.
I will make sure our Acute Trust gets its fair share of this funding to ensure we don’t see a repeat of last winter at the Alex and Worcestershire Royal.
As a country we must come together and be ambitious about our future. Of course, we’ll never agree on everything, but I’m sure we can all agree that the UK should become a country where opportunity is available to all.