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Watch and share Prime Minister +David Cameron's new year's message:
Wishing everyone a happy New Year. My message for 2016:

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Figures out today show the UK employment rate at its highest since records began.

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Labour are now a serious threat to Britain's economic security - with a plan that includes higher taxes on working people, printing money and spending even more than last time.

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Watch this video from Prime Minister +David Cameron to find out how we'll create 3 million more apprenticeships in this Parliament - then SHARE it with friends.
In the last Parliament, we created 2.3 million apprenticeships. Watch this video to find out how we'll create 3 million more.

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Watch and share this important video message from Prime Minister +David Cameron on the first 100 days of this One Nation government:
The last 100 days have shown we're a One Nation government for working people. Watch this video to find out more:

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"100 days in, we are showing it is a Conservative majority government which has the ideas to build the One Nation vision and to deliver real social mobility in our country. We will not waste a second in getting on with the job and delivering the prosperity and security on which our future depends."

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One hundred days ago I stood on the steps of Downing Street and told the British people that the first Conservative majority Government for 18 years would govern on behalf of everyone. One nation, one United Kingdom. It is that brand of modern, compassionate conservatism that has guided us since May 8 - and it will continue to guide this Government for the rest of this Parliament.

Our central task is to finish turning around our economy. Through our Long Term Economic Plan we are getting the fundamentals right, generating growth, creating jobs, clearing the deficit and offering the British people the security they need to get on in their lives. I am determined that we will build on this foundation. Just as Conservative ideas have won the debate on how to manage the economy, so I believe Conservative ideas can now shape the future in meeting the challenges facing our whole society too.

On the challenge of delivering an economy that supports working people, it is Conservatives who believe that a free enterprise economy is an ally not an enemy in generating wealth and extending opportunity. By cutting taxes, reforming welfare and increasing minimum wages we are showing we are the real party of working people.

On tackling poverty, it is Conservative ideas that can make the biggest difference - attacking the causes of poverty, not just the symptoms, by tackling generational unemployment, strengthening families and ensuring that work always pays.

On delivering security in a dangerous world, we will confront the extremist threat in all its forms and build a stronger, prouder sense of British identity.

As Conservatives we will also meet our commitments on defence spending and international aid. This is not some naïve neo-conservative internationalism but a hard-headed realism that recognises our prosperity and security are inextricably linked to how we meet the threats of terrorism, poverty and climate change.

Our success also depends on being an outward-facing trading nation and so I will continue leading trade delegations oversees to win new business for Britain.

Taken together all these beliefs add up to a genuine One Nation vision for our country through which I believe Conservative ideas can lead the way for a decade.

Yet during the election there were some who suggested we would only be firmly on the side of working people or demonstrate true compassion with the Liberal Democrats holding our hands. These first hundred days have shown this is simply not true. Indeed without the restrictions of coalition we have shown that by being bolder and more radical we can be more progressive and compassionate.

We are delivering strong, centre-ground, pragmatic and progressive government exemplified by our new National Living Wage and our commitment to a real terms increase of at least £8 billion a year by 2020 to support the NHS’s own Five Year Plan. We are moving from a low wage, high tax, high welfare society to a higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare society. By 2020, the new National Living Wage will represent a pay rise of around £100 a week for the lowest paid. While our continued commitment to cutting taxes means we have already raised again the amount you can earn before paying any income tax at all. And the legislation we are bringing forward will mean no increases in income tax, VAT or national insurance in the lifetime of this parliament.

We are supporting working parents with the challenges of childcare, so they can take on that extra shift or go back to work after a break. So the Queen’s Speech honoured our promise to double free childcare to 30 hours a week for three and four year olds.

We are also seeing through vital reforms in our public services, including the creation of a truly 7-day NHS. At a time when Labour is giving up on public service reform and appealing to its left-wing base, I believe it is a moment for a Conservative government to be bolder still.

There is no better example than academy schools. We want everyone to have a chance to succeed and education is the best way of ensuring that. This means schools with strong standards and discipline. It also means giving great headteachers the freedom to run their own schools with the ability to set their own curriculum and pay their staff properly. Academy schools were created to do exactly that. This is something Labour used to understand and we have proudly expanded them, including the creation of entirely new academies as free schools.

I profoundly believe this is the right direction for our country because I want teachers not bureaucrats deciding how best to educate our children. We have already seen how academy freedoms have been fundamental in turning around failing schools – like Manchester Enterprise Academy, where results have almost doubled during its time as an academy.

That is why in the first 100 days we have brought forward legislation to transform all failing schools into academies and for the first time taken the power to convert coasting schools into academies too. But we have also seen how these freedoms can help all schools, with more than 3,000 good and outstanding schools already making the decision to become academies themselves.

So when Labour leadership contenders say they want to phase out academies, I say the opposite. I want every school in the country to have the opportunity to become an academy and to benefit from the freedoms this brings. So we will make it a priority to recruit more academy sponsors and support more great headteachers in coming together in academy chains. In doing so, we can extend educational excellence and opportunity to every school and every child in our country.

100 days in, we are showing it is a Conservative majority government which has the ideas to build the One Nation vision and to deliver real social mobility in our country. We will not waste a second in getting on with the job and delivering the prosperity and security on which our future depends.

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It's welcome that wages are continuing to rise and more women are in work than ever before. That's why we must stick to our economic plan.

"The Conservatives are clear. Our Trade Union Bill will at long last bring strike laws into the 21st Century to the benefit of workers everywhere."

Read this important article by Business Minister Nick Boles​ - then 'share' it with friends:

The right to strike has been and remains an important part of our democracy. But that should never mean a right for a small hard-core of union members to wreak havoc on millions of people trying to go about their lives. 

In recent years, that is exactly what we’ve seen. Last year, Len McCluskey’s Unite union staged an NHS walk out where just 10% of eligible Unite members voted in favour of a strike. We also saw a London bus strike where less than 16% of bus drivers had voted for industrial action. 

Readers will know just how big the disruption can be –chaos on the roads when trains aren’t running, missing work to look after the kids or finding an expensive childminder, health appointments cancelled. When based on such measly support, these strikes are simply unacceptable. 

That’s why we’re changing the law to insist a minimum of 50% of union members must have voted in a strike ballot. And in our important public services such as the NHS, schools and transport, and the border force too, strikes must have a minimum of 40% support of eligible union members. 

That is fair to millions of hardworking people trying to get to their jobs. Fair on parents needing to drop their kids off at school.  Fair on families relying on our key public services. And fair on unions too, restoring public trust that strikes will always be as a result of a clear and positive result.

We’ve already heard some hysterical reaction from union leaders. One compared these changes to something from Nazi Germany. That’s as offensive as is it is wrong. 

Our reforms fairly balance the right to strike with the right of millions of people to go about their daily lives and work. 

We’ll also put safeguards in place so union members who want to work during strikes can do so without intimidation from the bullies.  

And we’ll make sure union members’ hard earned wages are not siphoned off to Labour party bank accounts without their explicit say so. 

The Labour party must once and for all decide whose side they’re on. A small cabal of union leaders making outrageous claims or millions of working people. The Conservatives are clear. Our Trade Union Bill will at long last bring strike laws into the 21st Century to the benefit of workers everywhere. 

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"As a result of our jobs revolution there are more women in work than ever before, but one problem persists: the difference between men and women’s pay."

Read this important article by Prime Minister David Cameron on how we'll help to overcome the gender pay gap - then 'share' it with friends:
As a father of two daughters, I want them to experience complete gender equality in the workplace when they start their careers. For those of us committed to that goal, there has been a recent slew of good news. Two months ago, we returned to a House of Commons in which the number of women MPs had risen by a third, and one third of those around the cabinet table are women. Last week the army appointed the highest-ranking woman in its history, Major General Susan Ridge. And this week we reveal that women now make up at least 25 per cent of all FTSE 100 company boards — a target set by government, a target met.

That’s a cause for celebration. But the job is not complete. The Commons is nearly a third female; it should be half. The armed forces need more women in all ranks. Boardrooms need more female members. As a result of our jobs revolution there are more women in work than ever before, but one problem persists: the difference between men and women’s pay.

Under the coalition government, the gender pay gap narrowed. For full-time workers under 40, it is almost zero. But overall, a woman still earns just 80p for every £1 earned by a man. That is a scandal — and I’m determined to close the gap. For me, this comes back to the type of government I want to run: a One Nation government, which brings our country together and helps everyone, whoever they are, get on in life. So here’s my plan.

One: transparency. We have already introduced equal pay audits for those companies that have lost employment tribunals. But today I’m announcing a really big move: we will make every single company with 250 employees or more publish the gap between average female earnings and average male earnings. That will cast sunlight on the discrepancies and create the pressure we need for change, driving women’s wages up.

This goes back to what we announced in the budget last week. Our aim is to fundamentally rebalance our economy — to transform Britain from a high-welfare, high-tax, low-pay economy into a lower-welfare, lower-tax, higher-pay society. Higher pay is something we want for everyone. That is why the chancellor announced the national living wage, which starts next April at £7.20 and will reach over £9 by 2020. This will primarily help women, who tend to be in lower-paid jobs. It will help close the gender pay gap. But we need to go further, and that’s why introducing gender pay audits is so important. It’s part of a new British contract: we give businesses the lowest corporation tax in the G20, increase their national insurance allowance and cut their regulations; in return, they pay their staff properly, and fairly.

Two: we must widen girls’ horizons. It’s great that, for instance, nearly half of our medics, biological scientists and chemists are women. But just 7 per cent of engineers are female. Women are just a fifth of IT technicians. There’s only one female Supreme Court judge. We need to show schoolgirls that there are no no-go professions. That’s why our new careers service puts businesses at the helm and why we are campaigning to drive up the number of girls doing science, tech, engineering and manufacturing. It’s working: since 2010, girls doing maths A level is up by 8 per cent and those doing physics is up by 15 per cent.

Three: we must help more women to reach the top. While they are 47 per cent of the workforce, women are just 34 per cent of managers, directors and senior officials. Today I’m speaking at the Times CEO summit. Those bosses have shown that, without legislation and without arbitrary quotas, you can bring about change. In just five years, women on FTSE 100 boards have increased from 12.5 per cent to a quarter. I’ll be congratulating those CEOs and asking them to keep up the momentum.

Four: we need to address childcare. The pay gap flows from the fact that, when women have children, many cannot afford to go back to work full time — or even at all. That then prevents them from moving up through the ranks. That’s why affordable childcare is the centrepiece of this One Nation government. One of the first things we’ve done is legislate for 30 hours of free childcare for all three and four- year-olds, doubling the existing allowance. And we are making childcare tax-free, too, worth up to £2,000 per year for every child.

Transparency, skills, representation, affordable childcare — these things can end the gender pay gap in a generation. That’s my goal. In past centuries, the Brontë sisters published their novels under men’s names; Marie Curie released her research as her husband; Ada Lovelace made great leaps as the first computer programmer but watched her male colleague get the credit. Then came the First World War. Women more than proved their mettle in the world of work. The vote came in 1918. Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take her seat. The first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, transformed the country. That happened in just a few decades. So just think what we can do over the next generation.

When my daughters, Nancy and Florence, start work, I want them to look back at the gender pay gap in the same way we look back at women not voting and not working — as something outdated and wrong that we overcame, together.
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