Members of the Conservatives in Lichfield have welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer for a talk at the group’s annual dinner.

Rishi Sunak (centre) with Michael Fabricant and Lichfield Conservatives chairman Jim McKinven

Rishi Sunak spoke at the event at Swinfen Hall Hotel last night (1st October).

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant said the Chancellor also tackled questions from Conservative members after giving a speech.

“Rishi personally met around 200 people before addressing them after dinner. 

“He had three themes – firstly, that as we come out of the pandemic and following Brexit, the UK should be a high wage, high employment economy with a strong work ethic, secondly, that the most vulnerable should be protected by the state, and thirdly, that Britain should emerge as the dominant economic force in Europe through the freedoms given us by no longer being a part of the European Union.

“Among many other things raised in a question and answer session following his speech, he was asked about the HGV driver shortage and the slight rise in inflation. He replied that this was the economy adjusting to our emergence from the Covid pandemic and following our leaving the EU. 

“He said it was deliberate policy to make the UK a high wage economy and one not dependent on cheap East European labour so the number of work permits issued for foreign nationals has to be finally balanced. 

“But he was confident that the steps now being taken will restore supplies.”

Michael Fabricant MP

The Lichfield Conservatives group has previously entertained a number of high profile speakers.

“We were really grateful that Rishi could come up to Lichfield. The last time we had a serving Chancellor of the Exchequer, it was Kenneth Clarke back in 1996 though we always get top notch speakers in Lichfield with people like William Hague, as well as Boris Johnson and Theresa May in the past. 

“I was also pleased that so many Young Conservatives were able to attend last night.”

Michael Fabricant MP

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  1. Would this ‘economic freedom’ be the freedom to have no petrol and the freedom to have empty supermarket shelves?
    Every European country has had Covid, how many regard ‘prospering mightily’ as water coming out of the taps?

  2. So, is Mr Fabricant trying to tell us that the current multiple crises we are facing are deliberate government policy. Create a shortage of truck drivers, food shortages in supermarkets and fuel shortages at the pumps in order to achieve a “high wage economy”. If that’s the case, why are they calling in the army and begging EU workers to come back to help us out? Does anyone really believe the Tories want higher wages for workers? Restoring the power of the unions to negotiate decent pay and conditions would be a good start. I don’t think that’s in their manifesto.

  3. So, Mr Fabricant, “Britain should emerge as the dominant economic force in Europe through the freedoms given us by no longer being a part of the European Union.” Not looking good right now, is it? Can’t get the drivers for the petrol tankers or to get all the food to the shops in time for Christmas. Can’t get the abattoir staff, which is going to push up the price of meat. Can’t fill vacancies in the NHS or the care sector. Hospitality industry struggling to attract enough workers. Food rotting in the fields because there isn’t the workforce willing to go out and pick it for the wages on offer. Meanwhile, prices are on the up, and many of those in work are so badly paid they are having to go to foodbanks in order to feed their families. Seems our economy isn’t coping with the basics right now. And whatever happened to our ‘wonderful’ trade deal with the USA?
    Oh, well, so long as the Millionaire and Billionaire Tory Elite are seeing their wealth shoot up while ordinary folks struggle to put food on the table, then Brexit is clearly doing just what you intended it to.

  4. So people really do pay to listen to this drivel and be lied to to their faces.
    I feel deeply sorry for LL if they had to send a reporter/ photographer, what a dreadful assignment.
    I wonder if anyone asked about what they’re doing to get British nationals and other visa holders out of Afghanistan, or the end of the £20 UC uplift, but then in a room full or tories, I guess nobody asked.

  5. Sadly post war Britain started looking for cheap labour and then cheap production markets. We used to call it the bowl of rice economy.
    All our indigenous industries disappeared; car industry, shipbuilding industry, aircraft industry and many, many more.
    A small proportion of capitalists made fortunes on the strength of these policies. We are left with service industries (sic) and financial manipulation markets. What prospects this leaves future generations is anyone’s guess.
    Immigration, both legal and otherwise, will insure there is a pool of compliant workers for the jobs thought too menial for the indigenous population (another lie).
    It is fine Sunak preaching to the converted, and his politics will make the country very wealthy as he promises…….. For the very few.

  6. Where are all these young Tories, shouldn’t they be posting here right now about how wonderful their brexity utopia is, how we’re all going to be rich, no more Eastern Europeans or general assorted foreigners coming here to take our British jobs?
    Oh…they can’t.
    These people are liars and I’ve said it before, the greatest achievement of the tories has been to get people to vote against their own interests in favour of a bonkers ideology which can never work.
    So come on, you young Tory people, tell me why I should agree with Sunak, a man of the people, a self-made man, a man for us all. Pfft. Grifters.

  7. Did Fabricant, Sunak & chums spare a thought for the millions of British people whose lives are more stressful & precarious as a result of their cuts to Universal Credit as they ‘ate out to help out’? I dare say the £20 per week which means the difference between heating & eating to many families would not have covered the cost of a single course at Lichfield Conservatives’ Annual Dinner.

  8. So he wasn’t asked about the 60% cut in funding for councils then?
    I’ll check at the next meeting of Lichfield District Council.

  9. I notice Rishi Sunak’s three themes failed to include the climate emergency or the number of people who are likely to die thanks to the Tory policy of slashing humanitarian aid. So much for ‘global’ Britain.

  10. @Steven Norman – so much to unpick here, they disgust me.

    But, why do people still vote for them?

    Hardly anyone supports the tories these days, your party should be using that to its advantage.
    Unions voting against PR is the most stupid decision and will lead to more of this nasty ideology.

  11. Thanks Lichfield Live for letting us know what they get up to in the Tory Fantasy Universe. It is good you provide us with a platform to let them know what we think as they take their lead from our MP and do not like to engage with anyone who holds an opposing view.
    A shameful night enjoyed by shameless fools.

  12. This is the Tories’ view on wage increases.
    James Cleverly claiming that the rise in wages is a welcome thing and proves it’s all going well. This is the same guy that was using the excuse that wage increases are skewed by the pandemic and we can’t increase pensions by the triple lock.
    Arguing both ways on the same evidence can only be because he has total contempt for the voters.

    Nye Bevan was right.

  13. I think the words “Young” and “Conservatives” don’t really go together. I don’t think there are many about unless Mr Fabricant is using the term in a very general way. Given that the average age of LCC membership is probably not that youthful the only conclusion I can make out is like the rest of the Conservative Party he is lying through his teeth. Heaven forbid…

  14. @belleview: the question is not ‘where did it all go wrong for Labour’, but where did it all go wrong in the Tory Party? And why did people still keep voting for them after they embraced nationalism and hate?

  15. Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends. All you need is a number of friends you can be certain of.

  16. It seems ‘belleview’ that Labour’s history has become baggage. The good they have done is forgotten. Their mistakes live on. The Tories now label themselves as a multi class party (cunningly ) and make unattainable promises to secure votes from a gullible working class. Not that anyone thinks they are working class anymore but that is how Tories see them. I sometimes wonder if some militant Tories have infiltrated their competitors to create mischief.
    We are basically defined by the accident of birth. It took two wars to break down the class system (nominally) and out of it came social welfare for all. The NHS, schooling and welfare state could never have come from the conservatives. The Tories have done much to undermine these institutions. Just look at the composition of their ranks.
    Labour needs to look at the policies that served the country so well. They need to be seen to be trustworthy and not filled with self serving opportunists. Is it possible? Well the Tories are breaking election promises while carrying on with vanity projects. Pensioners, the poor (food banks!!) and the NHS have been badly let down. Their core policies on immigration are in tatters. If the electorate is still prepared to support such duplicity then breaking their domination will be very difficult.

  17. Or you need an archaic voting system which gives a massive majority to a party who gets less than half of the votes cast.
    Which is in nobody’s interest except the tories.

  18. The country had the opportunity of voting for PR when the coalition government was formed by Cameron and Clegg and it was rejected by the electorate. Many say the referendum was conducted too soon after the election to be taken seriously enough . If as much time and money was invested in it as the brexit debate things may have been different.

  19. Kitty – Fun facts on our archaic voting system. Only Belarus in Europe has our voting system. Only Iran has our system of appointing clerics to Parliament.

  20. @clare sholl : alot of voters see the labour party has weak, excessively left wing, indecisive and lacking patriotism. Their manifesto at the last election was totally undeliverable. Free care for the elderly, payouts for waspi’s, free University tuition, free broadband, reduced rail fares, The big utility firms going back into public ownership. Somebody has got to pay for it and the voters didn’t believe them. I know this post will not be popular on LL but its from another point of view.

  21. Johnneo i The vote was on AV. Possibly the worst alternative available. Almost as if the Tories had no intention of changing from FPTP.

  22. Good to see such a senior politican pop over to Lichfield. Naturally it was always going to start debates on here but that’s why we live in a democratic country.

  23. @Johnneo – that wasn’t PR, it was a ridiculous idea and certainly isn’t what I think about when I speak of PR.
    Try living in one of the more sensible UK areas, your vote actually counts towards representation. I think you’re a Tory and says it all.
    Prof P – yes I know, it’s dreadful & this country should be at the forefront of modern politics, not some noble 20th century idealism but where are we with that? Not going well & the unions have just condemned Labour to oblivion. I’m certain Labour members want PR.
    @Belleview, yes, too many voters see things that way but equally they can’t/ won’t see what is actually happening, under tories, right now…easy to blame Labour and ignore Tory lies, corruption, dismantling our freedoms…yes, Labour opposition is woeful but they’re not in power actually, you know, breaking the state. Under our noses, because they can.

  24. Do any of these dates sound familiar.

    Look what the evil EU was trying to do.

    Take back Control – of our tax havens.

    The Anti Tax Avoidance Directive
    On 28 January 2016 the Commission presented its proposal for an Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive as part of the Anti-Tax Avoidance PackageSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN•••. On 20 June 2016 the Council adopted the Directive (EU) 2016/1164 laying down rules against tax avoidance practices that directly affect the functioning of the internal marketSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN•••.

    In order to provide for a comprehensive framework of anti-abuse measures the Commission presented its proposalSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN••• on 25th October 2016, to complement the existing rule on hybrid mismatches. The rule on hybrid mismatches aims to prevent companies from exploiting national mismatches to avoid taxation.

    In addition to the proposal the Commission also published its Staff Working DocumentSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN•••.

    The Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive contains five legally-binding anti-abuse measures, which all Member States should apply against common forms of aggressive tax planning.

    Member States should apply these measures as from 1 January 2019.

  25. belleview – It may not wise for a Brexiter to comment on the undeliverable promises of others.

  26. @belleview: I’m really not particularly interested in the Labour Party. What I’m interested in is having decent politicians, whatever party they come from, who resist the temptation to constantly lie in order to stir up hate and who don’t lower themselves to using nationalism to create division. All the decent Tories have gone. Their party has lurched so far to the right that we should all be alarmed, regardless of who we voted for in the past. Right now we need some common sense in UK politics, real action on climate change and an end to the hatred and lies. And we won’t be getting that from the likes of Boris Johnson.

  27. I think one of the problems is that people are confused about who the Labour Party represents these days. The term ‘working class’ has fallen out of favour, and the party has abandoned many of the principles on which it was founded. We all know who the Tories represent – the rich, as ever was. The Lib Dems don’t really know what they stand for from what I can see. UKIP showed some early promise before lots of barnpots cropped up in their ranks. So who do we vote for? The obvious choice would be the Green Party in view of the climate crisis, but given the domination of the two party system in this country, most people probably don’t see any point in voting for them, which is a real shame. The only way to break the two party system is proportional representation, but expecting the two main parties to vote for this would be like wanting turkeys to vote for Christmas.

  28. John Allen – The barmpots in Ukip went on to infest the Tories. George Eustice being a notable example. The political term for this is ‘entryism.’

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