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Davies: Conservatives are united and confident

To the Welsh Conservative Party conference in Llandudno.

"Mr.Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, bonedigion and bondigesau,

It is particular pleasure to be addressing you today as we celebrate having Welsh Conservative Members of Parliament for the first time in a decade.

I am honoured to be one of those MPs but I know full well that our successes are down to our hard-working, individual members who have fought disciplined and effective election campaigns.

And the new cohort of MPs are determined never to return to the dark days of 90's when the Conservative Party seemed more interested in fighting itself than its political opponents.

Today's we are united and confident and once again seen as a party of govt and that is how it must stay.

Who is steering our Conservative Party into these fresh political pastures? It is, of course, our outstanding new leader, David Cameron.

In just four months he has: boosted our opinion poll ratings, rebuilt the trust of those voters whose support we once took - perhaps a little too much - for granted.

He has begun to formulate new policies that appeal to voters in every part of the country including those who might not have previously thought of themselves as natural Conservatives.

As a result, for the first time in a decade, we can look forward to the prospect of victory at the next General Election.

Now, some of you may be aware that I didn't actually vote for David myself! I can only say this.

I am very much looking forward to lunch after his speech because I am told that the chef has prepared a very large helping of humble pie for my exclusive benefit!

What about this morning's debate? Weren't the speakers wonderful?

Lisa Francis spoke with passion and knowledge about the Conservative commitment to the Arts, culture and language of Wales.

A commitment amply proved during the last Conservative govt by the Welsh Language Act, S4C and generous funding for the Eisteddford, and who could forget Lord Crickhowell's campaign to ensure that Welsh Opera gets the opera house it so richly deserves.

We live in an age dominated by global mass marketing. The current generation is more likely to know the words to the latest Artic Monkeys single than the National Anthem or Calon Llan.

We cannot promote our traditions by forcing them onto people but by supporting events like the Eisteddfodau, people are given the chance to experience the best of Welsh culture.

That is how minds are won over. Giving people choice and opportunity.

Gadewch I ni crmryd falch y nein traddodiadau a byddidd yr hen iath barhai.

We have also heard from another star speaker whose comments have made a huge, national impact.

I refer, of course, to the Assembly Member and motorists' champion, Brynle.

He has given us some important insights into another aspect of our Quality of Life, namely, planning and the countryside.

When Brynle speaks in the Assembly about the agriculture, he does so with the first-hand experience of a man who has spent a lifetime working the land.

His speech reminded us that this Labour Government cares nothing for the countryside and those who live there.

Their handling of the Foot & Mouth outbreak was a disaster.

They are incapable of getting to grips with bovine TB.

And their policy for dealing with bird flu is non-existant.

When BSE was found in British cattle, France, unilaterally blocked imports from the UK. Now that bird flu has been discovered in French poultry but instead of taking action to prevent French poultry from infecting our flocks Tony Blair is sitting on hands

Their lack of concern for rural matters is well demonstrated by the official who rang a farmer in my constituency to her for failing to tick a box on a licence for a bull.

Apparently, she had omitted to let the Ministry know what sex the bull was!

But Brynle forgot to mention one thing. There has been much speculation about why the new £67m Welsh Assembly Building has been called the "Senedd". Some say it is because Senedd is the Welsh word for Parliament. I am reliably informed that it is, in reality, an acronym for the observation made by a canny North Walian farmer on spying the building for the first time:

Sensationally Expensive, Needless Edifice. Duw Duw!

Our quality of life is heavily dependent on new factors. Recent hikes in the price of gas have reminded us all of one of the main challenges currently facing our nation:

We must meet an increasing demand for energy whilst meeting our commitments to reduce the emissions that cause global warming.

Electricity in this country is currently generated by gas, coal, nuclear and wind.

Our supplies of gas are running out and soon we will be dependent for our gas supplies on some of the least stable areas of the world.

Coal-fired powers stations create greenhouse gases which successive governments have agreed to reduce.

Windmills only turn for 30% of the time and supply only 3% of our needs.

Nuclear energy creates may no greenhouse gases but there is still the thorny environmental problem of what to do with nuclear waste.

We are faced with a conundrum which is going to require difficult decisions. But if we fail to act the consequences will be disasterous.

I am pleased that instead of looking for a short term answer David Cameron has set up a policy group to examine the matter in detail.

Allowing narrow, short-term political considerations to dictate policy must be jettisoned.

How very different that approach is from the short-termism, we see under the New Labour administration.

If the success of governments is measured in the number of laws hitting the statute book, then Tony Blair is a giant.

Sadly for Tony, history likes to judge governments by the quality of their law-making. It seems, Ladies and Gentlemen, that we are governed by a pygmy.

Just look at the effect that this New Labour Government has had on the quality of life.

Under Labour, we pay more. We are taxed on our homes, pensions, incomes, TVs , cars, and our travel. On top of this our council taxes go up.

But even this is not enough. This Iron Chancellor begins to look a bit rusty, when he has to admit that he has had to borrow a further £136 billion pounds to keep the show on the road.

That's more money than Tessa Jowell's husband has got in offshore accounts.

This record level of borrowing is the equivalent of more than £2000 for every man, woman and child in this country, and every penny will have to be paid back with interest.

But it hasn't been spent on improving public services:

Instead every Tuesday, a hush descends over bistros from Pontcanna Fields to Islington as the chattering classes flick through The Guardian's Jobs Section where hundreds of generously paid and generously pensioned jobs are advertised by Government and its satellites.

Jobs for people like the Health & Safety Officer who ruled that postmen should no longer deliver letters to a farm near Abergavenny because the act of climbing over a style and walking up a footpath could pose a risk of serous injury and death to the postie.

In the meantime our public services deteriorate. Hospital waiting lists get longer. Primary Schools are closed. And Army infantry units are being cut at a time when the British squaddie is - to coin a phrase,

Underpaid, underequiped and for too much of the time overseas.

The party who claim to be tough on crime have been willing to get tough with hunt protestors, and anti war demonstrators, but Muslim extremists calling for Europeans to be beheaded have been able to march through our capital city with impunity.

According to New Labour, there's nothing wrong with offering IRA murderers on the run a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card whilst putting serving British troops into military court.

In the last four years, £71 million on politically correct schemes. Over the same period, innocent people have been subjected to violence and murder on the streets and in their own homes.

This country needs more police officers and fewer diversity officers.

We need a criminal justice system which punishes violent offenders with appropriate prison sentences and if we need more prisons, then more prisons must be built.

Under this govt our quality of life in so many different areas has gone down but there is a real hope that things can get better.

I believe that the Conservative Party have the most to offer those who work, those who save for retirement, those who want their children to go to a good, local, state school and those who want to buy their own home.

I believe that that the Conservative party will stand up for those who want to be able to go about their business without fear of violence.

And I believe that it is the Conservative Party who will protect our nation from international terrorism without riding roughshod over our civil liberties.

In David Cameron, we have a leader who can reach out and win the trust of that majority and face up to the challenges that confront us all in the years to come.

O dan David dyn ni gallu edyrch ymlaen I buddugoliaeth,

And alongside David Cameron we have Jonathon Evans fighting for Wales in Europe, Cheryl Gillan leading for us in Parliament and Nick Bourne in the Assembly and Andrew Crump for local govt and only last month he oversaw a by election victory over Labour.

With a team like this we cannot go wrong and it is with a sense of excitement and anticipation that we leave here today looking forward to next May when we will be winning more seats in the Assembly, winning more seats on the local councils and laying the foundations for a Conservative victory at the next general election."

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