Why I'm Backing Boris Johnson for leader

We have asked supporters of both candidates to outline why they're planning on voting the way they are. In this post, Conservative activist and school teacher Calvin Robinson, outlines his views to Blue Print readers.

"Boris’ eccentricity and unabashed patriotism would do us wonders on the world stage"

By: Calvin Robinson

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Boris Johnson is the best candidate to become the next leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party for a whole host of reasons, primarily among them is that he’s the only candidate who can take us out of the European Union on 31st October.

Regardless of how you may have voted in the European Referendum, surely everyone can appreciate at this point that if we don’t follow through with the promise of honouring the result of that referendum then our party and the government will never be trusted again. Grassroots members, hard working party activists, and Conservative voters all over the country would take issue with a Conservative government that breaks such an important promise, and rightly so.

Although Brexit is a tremendously big issue, it’s not the only reason Boris should be our next Prime Minister. Boris’ eccentricity and unabashed patriotism would do us wonders on the world stage. We’re going to need someone who firmly believes in this country to represent us at the negotiating table over the next few months.

Boris’ record as Mayor of London speaks for itself. He cut council tax by 20% and more importantly cut crime by 20%, too. Knife crime is surging in our nation’s capital, under Boris’ watch it went down by 17%. Boris also built more houses than Mayor Khan has, in a city that’s crying out for more. Not to mention he managed to rid us of those death-traps that were the bendy buses, despite everyone saying it wouldn’t be possible in such a short space of time. Boris is clearly a politician who delivers.

As a school teacher, Boris’ pledge to ​“lift the higher rate of tax to get heads of maths departments out of that bracket” speaks wonders. As does the promise to increase funding to schools on a per pupil basis. This should all be music to any educationist’s ears. It’s news we’ve been waiting for, for a long time. Our teachers (much like our nurses, and many other public sector workers) need recognition, the chance to keep more of the money they earn, properly funded facilities, and the resources to get on with our jobs. Boris is the man to deliver on that.

Boris Johnson is a politician with principles. Let’s not forget he resigned over May’s approach to Brexit and the awful Chequers agreement. He’s the only politician of late with a positive outlook and a positive perspective of our place in the world. We could do with some of that right now.

While the nation does need to look towards coming back together and re-uniting in a post-Brexit Britain, we need to leave first. To get out of the EU we need a leader who believes in Brexit in order to follow through with it. We’ve seen what happens when we put our trust into someone who claims to be a Brexit convert. We voted leave, it’s high time we took back control. Boris Johnson is the man who rode in on that bus, let’s give him a chance to lead us out of the EU.

The views expressed in this piece are those of the author only, as with all of our opinion pieces.

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