A vote for Reform is just helping Keir Starmer, Tory minister claims

A vote for Reform is just helping Keir Starmer, Tory minister claims
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 06/05/2024

- 08:24

Andrew Griffith, the Minister of State for Science, Research and Innovation, says voters backing Reform are increasing the odds of Labour getting into Government.Speaking to GB News, Mr Griffith also said his party needed to fight for every vote ahead of the General Election.

Mr Griffith told GB News: “Where Reform stands, where people vote for Reform, and where they get more Labour politicians in a democracy, well if that's what people want, then no one would take away that choice.

“But we should be very clear about what the outcome is going to be. A vote for Reform increases the odds of a Labour government that's likely to put up your taxes, that isn't going to support pensions is in the way that this government has, which hasn't committed to the triple lock, and which is going to put huge costs on people because of their desire to rush ahead into net zero and impose costs on people.

“All of those things are made more likely if people vote for Reform. And so that's a choice people will have to make. But it's very clear what the consequences are.

“You shouldn't be in a democracy if you're not listening to the voters and as Conservatives we have to earn and fight for every vote. I think that from the people I talk to, and as a member of parliament, I talk to people all the time, that some of them say that we were voting for these reasons. It is typically a frustration about the ability of this country to control its own borders. Now that we've passed the Rwanda plan, there will be people going on planes to Rwanda. This is part of the really important job of making our country safe, controlling our borders and being able to give a fair deal for the people that are here and who are trying to find jobs or housing.

“I think if we can show those sorts of voters that we are on their side and that not withstanding the frustrations of the past few years, many of which have been caused by the very difficult geo-political situation, we need to show that we are improving spending on defence, getting back control of our borders, and reducing the burden of tax on people.

“Those are things that by and large, and I don’t want to over oversimplify all of the different things that Reform voters feel, but if we deliver on these things, I think we've got every chance of reminding them and having that conversation that a vote for reform is just helping Sir Keir Starmer.”


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