Evening Standard endorses the Conservatives

eveningstandardfrontThe Evening Standard has urged its readers to Vote Conservative.

The paper says:

“The Tories’ leadership of the Coalition since 2010 has been good for London: their policies have helped create jobs, reduce crime and improve schools. And they have helped generate prosperity, which is what enables government to help the needy and protect the vulnerable. We cannot take prosperity as a given. It was not always so and London’s success must be protected.

We need more of the same when it comes to measures to sustain economic growth, not least because London’s population is growing so rapidly. Granted, the Tories’ plans for deficit reduction would mean further cuts to public spending but any responsible party will be obliged to take similar decisions.

Labour has a lead in the London polls and there are aspects of the party’s programme which we applaud. Yet, from the point of view of the capital, a party which is oriented so much to the north of England, and which could be obliged to rely on SNP support is not going to represent our needs adequately — its centre of gravity lies elsewhere.

There are, moreover, elements of the party’s policies which can seem divisive. The mansion tax, a possible increase in corporation tax, the bank levy, blanket hostility to all zero-hours contracts and anti-London rhetoric are not individually proof of an anti-business bias but together suggest a hostility to wealth creation which is not in London’s interests.

The Tories as represented by George Osborne and Boris Johnson have, by contrast, shown themselves to be good for London. They are committed explicitly, as Labour is not, to infrastructure projects such as Crossrail 2 which are critical for our future.

We would therefore recommend Londoners should vote Conservative — though in some seats there may be good tactical reasons to vote Liberal Democrat. Above all, we urge readers to vote for London.”



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