The Prime Minister has fired the starting gun on a general election and he’s got every reason to do so.
Some people have accused Boris Johnson of gambling recklessly but there’s the pressing problem of Brexit to resolve and it seems as though only an election will break the impasse.
The British people spoke loud and clear in the referendum more than three years ago.
But you could be forgiven for thinking that this Parliament is ignoring the biggest exercise in direct democracy that this country has ever known.
Already here in Brighton and Hove the Conservatives have chosen two excellent candidates.
In Hove the party picked Robert Nemeth who was re-elected to the council in May and already knows his way around at Westminster.
Robert worked in Parliament for Michael Gove as well as for Hove’s former Conservative MP Mike Weatherley who stood down in 2015.
In Brighton Kemptown the party has picked Joe Miller, another councillor who was re-elected in May.
Joe has impressed people across the political spectrum since he became Brighton and Hove’s youngest ever councillor and has already chaired a key committee – the Audit and Standards Committee – holding the council’s most senior officers to account.
And while they’ll be fighting an election that, first and foremost, is about getting Brexit done, there is so much more than that.
As Conservatives, we want a thriving economy to fund things like the NHS which, no matter what our political opponents may claim, we care about and cherish.
We want the highest standards in our state schools, more police and for everyone to have a home of their own.
Although Brexit has taken up a lot of our time and attention over the past few years, much of the blame can be laid at the door of those who refuse to respect the result of the referendum.
Boris Johnson will get Brexit done but he has already shown that our party has plans for so much more.
And Robert, Joe and my Conservative colleagues on the council support him because we care about not just the big issues but the things that matter in the heart of our community too.
Councillor Steve Bell is the leader of the Conservatives on Brighton and Hove City Council.
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