Britain should be confident for future

David Cameron and John Hayes walking to the House of Commons.
David Cameron and John Hayes walking to the House of Commons.

HAYES IN THE HOUSE: By John Hayes MP

Last week David Cameron’s tenure as Prime Minister ended after six years. Before departing for Buckingham Palace to offer his formal resignation to Her Majesty The Queen, he reflected on his legacy of restoring Britain to economic health following the great recession.

Under Mr Cameron’s leadership the deficit has been cut by two thirds, two and a half million more people are in employment, and millions of working people pay less tax. His Government reformed the welfare system to reward work, protected the living standards of the elderly by boosting pensions, and helped more children get a place at good or outstanding schools.

I’m particularly proud of the nearly 3 million new apprenticeships created, a policy I initiated in Opposition and implemented in Government as Skills Minister. As David Cameron said, in the end, politics is about changing people’s lives for the better.

In his farewell speech, David praised his wife and children for their love and support – offering a glimpse into his family life. It’s a reminder that politicians are parents and husbands too – with the same cares and responsibilities, hopes and doubts, as their like up and down the country.

Our new Prime Minister is well qualified and prepared for the role, following years at the Home Office, and will hit the ground running. She would do well to emulate her predecessor’s management style which I know from personal experience was good humoured, unpretentious and generous.

The key task now for the new Government is to implement the referendum result. Britain’s withdrawal from the EU is the fulfilment of the people’s will and wishes. When Theresa May said “Brexit means Brexit” she made clear that there can be no denial nor delay. Britain’s destiny is that of an independent nation, proud of what we’ve given to the world and confident about the future.