10/08/2015 08:07 BST | Updated 07/08/2016 06:59 BST

The First 100 Days of This Conservative Government Have Been Strategically Quiet


To mark 100 days of the first Conservative government in nearly 20 years, HuffPost UK is running 100 Days of Dave, a special series of blog posts from grassroots campaigners to government ministers, single parents to first-year students, reflecting on what's worked and what hasn't, whilst looking for solutions to the problems we still face.

As a young Conservative member, I quite understandably squealed in delight when David Dimbleby emerged with that exit poll result at 10pm on 7 May. As it started to become apparent that the Conservatives were heading for an outright majority, it also became apparent that the real work was just about to begin. David Cameron had won this election but the real challenge was always going to be repeating that victory in 2020 against a potentially much stronger and more united Labour party.

100 days in and many within the Conservative party would tell you that they already have a significant lead over the Labour party in the race for the 2020 General Election. How have they gained that lead? Silence.

As everyone is aware, the major political story right now is around the Labour party and their upcoming leadership election, and that's exactly how David Cameron wants it to be. The perception of the general public right now is that the Labour party are frantically scrambling to elect a new leader and a good leader at that. However, the party seem split in the process and to the British public that conveys weakness.

Meanwhile in the Conservative camp, David Cameron and his ministers are quietly getting on with the business of government, pushing through what some would argue is the hardest of Conservative legislation. David Cameron's hope is that the British public will be mainly focused on the mess the Labour party is in and not focusing on the, well, less popular Conservative policies. When a divided Labour party emerges with a new leader, clearly fractured in the process, David Cameron will want to convey the message that whilst Labour has been "fooling around" for the past few months, his party has been busy placing the economy back on track and dealing with altogether much more important issues.

This all heralds back to the campaign of the 2015 General Election, where David Cameron portrayed himself as a true Prime Ministerial figure against the backdrop of the "coalition of chaos" that included the Labour party - a stance which you could say lead to a Conservative victory.

That being said, David Cameron has made a few stumbles in this otherwise decisive plan. Just last month David Cameron proposed plans for a vote to repeal the fox hunting ban, a vote David Cameron should have known he would never win. Following a pledge from the SNP to vote against the repeal, Cameron was forced to shelve the vote. Not only did this bring the Conservatives firmly into the limelight but it also made them look weak at the hands of the SNP, the party of which so many in England voted Conservative in order to prevent them having a voice in government.

In all though, the Labour party have really provided a helping hand in David Cameron's plans and they'll continue to do so until they elect a strong and clear leader.

Left-wing protests against Cameron's administration are dying down and he really has Labour to thank for that; the left of British politics is slowly losing a credible voice, which should give David Cameron a good few years to enact his firm policies and allow the Conservative party to emerge before the 2020 General Election as the only party that can be trusted with the running of our country.

Don't be fooled, the Conservatives have intentionally fallen out of the media spotlight and public eye, and in my opinion that was the best path to take when over 60% of the electorate didn't vote for a Conservative government.

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