It might be a new decade, but we need that same commitment from Boris

2020 is here. It only seems like yesterday when we welcomed in 2019 and yet here we are at the start of a new decade.


They say that you should make a new start in a new year. Resolutions flying here, there and everywhere, fresh commitments and intentions made and thrown into force left, right and centre - it's easy to see why this time of year might mark a new start for anyone.


Add into that the fact that it isn't just a new year; it's a whole new decade.


You may have seen the already infamous political #TenYearChallenge posts going up all over your social media channels - actually, it makes for a good reflection of how far we as a party and as the ideological centre-right of British politics has come.


Before the 2010 election, we held a grand total of 198 seats to Blair's (remember him?) 355 in the Commons and were looking at our new leader, a certain David Cameron, with a great sense of hope and optimism. Fast-forward ten years to 2020, where we have had over nine years of the Conservatives being the largest party in parliament and now have a majority of 78 seats; 365 seats to Labour's 202.


Ironically, that's a seat for every day of a normal year. But 2020 will not be a normal year.


Taking aside the fact that it is a leap year, this is an unprecedented time for British politics. Not only have we recently won many a seat which have been Labour strongholds since their creation near the start of the last decade, we face the deepest mistrust in political figures possibly ever and international crises of many different natures.


We need to rebuild that link between the people and parliament, before it is lost forever.


The good news is that this should be very easy to do. The answer is clear - break the deadlock and deliver what people have already voted for. Who'd have thought it! Make no mistake, these Northern votes are not a solidified transfer of allegiance - they are trust on loan in huge numbers.


These are communities who have not just been ignored on Brexit, but have felt the squeeze brought by a disparity of governmental reinforcement in every possible area. Public transport, industry; you name it, the M25 is the despised border with reality in the eyes of millions.


With new promises comes new trust, and with it, new hope. Corbyn promised the world and voters could not trust him to deliver it. Boris stuck to his line and made deliverable, fair promises and now he must do just that; deliver.


With a raft of 109 new Tory MPs on the ground in 48 new seats, Boris should now have new eyes and ears on the ground to keep him in touch with reality and give their constituents the opportunity to be heard - a chance long denied by their Labour and Lib Dem predecessors.


He needs to look at a lot of areas, but thankfully he has the biggest working Conservative majority since Thatcher and five years to do it. Personally, from a Northern point of view, scrapping HS2 and increasing engagement with central government by moving departments out of Whitehall and around the country would be brilliant to see.


To put the recent election results into footballing terminology, he would be making huge strides towards making those loan signings (Northern votes) permanent.


This decade has huge potential to be not just the best decade in recent history for the Conservatives, but for the country as a whole. If Boris plays this right, the Conservatives can quite rightly look forward to many, many years in government. But his government must now deliver results.


The electorate placed their trust in Boris. Now he must show them the same commitment in delivery which earned him that trust.


Jack Rydeheard, Editor of the Conservative on Sunday for Conservative Progress