The impact of the pandemic has not been born equally. Our focus on building back better needs to be inclusive. It needs to be fair to all generations and all communities. We should govern as One nation where everyone has a stake. And I have to say that having been an MP for eleven years I am happier now than I have ever been that we are doing just that.
Immigration had been an influence on Brexit but that was just one, Communities thought the political classes were not speaking for them, there was just a general feeling with the public that all politicians really weren't talking about the world they lived in, because we know we live in the greatest country in the world but every time we switch on the news it all terrible but that's neither true nor is this what people want to hear.
Communities do not actually want to be told that being left behind, they are proud of the communities that they live in. They do want hope, they do want to realise their ambitions and they want their communities to be the best they can be. but they want to lead there, they do not just want to take what has been given and be grateful, they want to be assured that their government is working for them and that's why I'm so pleased with this Queen's speech, because those communities will be very pleased to see the investment is being delivered by this Government.
And they will be pleased to see the investment in their local communities. In Thurrock we are hugely excited to be delivering a Thames Freeport. Tilbury in my constituency is the poorest of the nation’s hundred poorest towns and I am proud that a one nation Conservative Government is showing its confidence in Tilbury through the Freeport and the Towns fund. It has been a long time coming. After years of neglect from Labour Government and a Labour Council, I am proud that it is a Conservative Government and a Conservative Council that is investing in Tilbury.
It feels very much to me that Labour have historically neglected their core voters in their traditional communities to run after the middle classes and public sector workers, in the view that these voters would have no where else to go. Well they do. They are now voting Conservative because we are giving them hope and we are talking about the things that matter to them