Boris gives backing to Conservatives’ plan for Derbyshire

Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has given the thumbs up to Derbyshire Conservatives’ campaign to win back control of the county council in May. 


It follows Mr Johnson meeting with county council Conservative group leader, Cllr Barry Lewis, to discuss the party’s election manifesto which was launched last month.


After the meeting the former London Mayor said he believes the policies will “help build a brighter future for Derbyshire.”


The manifesto has six specific pledges; 


  • Restart their innovative Care Programme to provide new modern care homes
  • Invest £10m to Unblock Hospital Beds and help older people return home
  • Tackle the appalling state of our roads 
  • Reverse Labour’s cuts to Community Transport
  • Create 1000 new Apprenticeships, Work Experience Placements and Second Chance Apprenticeships for older workers
  • Protect libraries from Labour's cuts and closure threats.


The county council elections will take place on May 4th with the Conservatives having led the authority 2009-2013.


Boris Johnson said: “It was great to meet up with Barry Lewis and talk about the plans local Conservatives have to help build a brighter future for Derbyshire.


“I’m very impressed by the pledges in the manifesto including for jobs and skills and the pledge to protect libraries and community transport which are important to rural residents.


“Barry and the Conservatives did a fantastic job running the council previously and I say to Derbyshire residents give them another chance.”


Conservative Group Leader, Barry Lewis, said: “I’m very pleased to have Boris’ endorsement of both our campaign and manifesto and it was good to talk to him about Derbyshire issues.


“Our manifesto was put together after many months of door knocking to find out both the concerns and aspirations of residents throughout the county. 


“We are all working hard to take back control of Derbyshire County Council and believe our vision will bring many positives benefits from Melbourne to Glossop.”