Why pro-business Dominic Raab could get my vote in a leadership election

When Theresa May finally steps down from her post in the near future, Conservative members will have the chance to vote a new leader to re-energise a party deeply split over after Brexit discussions, hopefully it will be a full leadership election this time.

Who the final two candidates will be is anyones guest at this current time, if hypothetically, Dominic Raab was one of the two options, I would strongly consider voting for him. This could very well be a realistic possibility as Dominic is one of the most pro-freedom, pro-market, pro smaller state Conservative MP’s with frontbench experience.

Conservative members like myself have certainly not been keen on the Government’s nanny statism on food and drinks, the additional taxes or the ill thought out knee jerk social justice agenda. A new leader like Dominic Raab would feel like a much needed fresh breathe of air, thankfully how much fresh air we breathe can’t be decided by the nanny state.

Mr Raab is both an optimistic Brexiteer and a champion of businesses, a winning combination for a leader in Brexit Britain. Earlier this year, Dominic delivered a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) think-tank in London. He enthusiastically explained that he is optimistic about the UK’s future after we leave the EU and set out a positive vision for post-Brexit Britain. His vision was based on competition-based consumer reform, free trade, and, above all, a focus on making the enterprise economy better serve small businesses, workers and consumers.

Raab highlights that 72% of the new jobs created since 2010 in this country have been created by small and medium-sized enterprises. We should absolutely to do more to aid them to scale up and to encourage competition which usually pays off for consumers.

I’m in complete agreement with Dominic’s compelling view on the need to empower consumers, champion competition, and de-regulate where it’s prudent to do so.

It’s vital to remember that the Conservative party stands for free enterprise and dynamic markets that work for consumers, not the party of big businesses.

Unfortunately I feel that the current Government cabinet have conducted the mission to embrace and defend economical liberalism poorly, the fact that we’re now in a position where more of the British public favour of the re-nationalisation of certain public services is a verdict on that.

In the present political climate, we often repeatedly hear Jeremy Corbyn and the political left talk about a vague definition of poverty and what may or may not be causing it. It would be a great opportunity for a Conservative leader to highlight what is real poverty whilst coupling it with a positive message about what causes prosperity instead. A pro-business MP such as Raab is one main contender to swing public debate on this issue.

Dominic Raab was described by a Guardian columnist as “dangerous, anti-feminist ideologue”. I couldn’t disagree more, Raab is rightly very critical of identity politics & narcissistic virtue signalling which is sadly becoming more prevalent in UK politics.

Unfortunately the UK political right hasn't defended the importance of individual personal responsibility which has led to a creeping mentality of collective responsibility in the form of identity politics from far left & alt right figures.

As a firm liberal Conservative MP, Raab is keen advocate for individual responsibility and rewarding hard work. I would desire a leader who has very little patience for creeping dangerous victimhood mentalities which are usually under the disguise of collective responsibility.

The UK doesn’t want to follow the USA down this destructive path where citizens from every demographic group actually believe that they are the most oppressed in the country.

Dominic also believes in removing provisions of the Human Rights Act that empower hardened criminals & tie our institutions up in knots. This would be much welcomed as I believe the Conservative party needs to pursue more ambitious goals to maintain its law and order stance.

Like every other possible leadership contender, Dominic Raab would need to modify a few aspects of how the wider public view him. When I ask floating voters what their views on Dominic are, more than less times the responses are a likening to a ruthless business man or they believe trivial stories about him having a “bullying boss tendency”.

I would like to see Dominic Raab develop a similar David Cameron factor when it comes to persuading the wider public blended in with his necessary tough persona and stance on important issues. It’s important that it looks natural as creating a false soft persona which nobody will believe or desires equally wouldn’t work in his favour.

I would also like to see Raab evolve into a more effective media performer, as the last general election demonstrated the necessity of having a leader who is able to think on their feet and look natural when they're sat in front of a camera.

by Chris Rose

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