The establishment must stop sneering at the patriotism of ordinary Britons, Theresa May will say today.
During her keynote speech to the Conservative conference, the Prime Minister will proclaim that the Tories are now the party of working class people.
In a bid to attract millions of disaffected Labour voters across the country, she will add that concerns about immigration have for too long been dismissed as “distasteful” and “parochial”.
She will attack the condescending views of politicians and establishment figures who are “bewildered” by the fact that more than 17 million people voted for Britain to leave the European Union.
Her attack will also be seen as a coded criticism of David Cameron’s government which she has suggested focused too much on “the privileged few”.
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Mrs May will use her speech to declare that she is putting both the Tory party and the country “on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics”.
It will be seen as an attempt to win over traditional Labour voters who were alienated by Jeremy Corbyn’s recent declaration that he is “relaxed” about the prospect of uncontrolled immigration to Britain.
“Just listen to the way a lot of politicians and commentators talk about the public,” Mrs May will say. “They find their patriotism distasteful, their concerns about immigration parochial, their views about crime illiberal, their attachment to their job security inconvenient. They find the fact that more than seventeen million people voted to leave the European Union simply bewildering.”
Mrs May’s speech comes after:
- Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, said that businesses will be forced to reveal how many foreign staff they employ under Government plans to force companies to take on more British workers.
- The International Monetary Fund said that the UK will be the fastest growing major economy this year as it rowed back on its predictions that Brexit would lead to economic chaos.
- Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said that Britain will celebrate the day it finally leaves the EU by announcing a series of free trade deals with international countries.
- David Davis, the Brexit secretary, became the first Cabinet minister to back a return to blue passports after Britain leaves the EU.
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Mrs May will use her address to Conservative MPs and activists to say her vision for Britain is a country “built on the values of fairness and opportunity – where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person, regardless of their background or that of their parents, is given the chance to be all they want to be”.
The Prime Minister will say that she and her ministers are determined to “employ the power of government for the good of the people”.
She will say: “A change has got to come. It’s time to remember the good that government can do. Time for a new approach that says while government does not have all the answers, government can and should be a force for good; that the state exists to provide what individual people, communities and markets cannot; and that we should employ the power of government for the good of the people.”
And she will attack Labour as “divided” and “divisive”, saying Mr Corbyn and his allies have “given up the right to call themselves the party of the NHS, the party of the workers, the party of public servants”.
She will say: “The Labour Party is not just divided, but divisive. Determined to pit one against another. To pursue vendettas and settle scores. And to embrace the politics of pointless protest that doesn’t unite people but pulls them further apart… So let’s have no more of Labour’s absurd belief that they have a monopoly on compassion. Let’s put an end to their sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority.”
She will say Government must “step up – and not back – to act on behalf of the people”.
Mrs May will pledge to “[provide] security from crime, but from ill health and unemployment too”. She will add: “Supporting free markets, but stepping in to repair them when they aren’t working as they should. Encouraging business and supporting free trade, but not accepting one set of rules for some and another for everyone else.
“And if we do – if we act to correct unfairness and injustice and put government at the service of ordinary working people – we can build that new united Britain in which everyone plays by the same rules, and in which the powerful and the privileged no longer ignore the interests of the people.”
In quotes | Theresa May’s Conservative conference speech
On the possibility of a second referendum
“Come on! The referendum vote was clear, it was legitimate, it was the biggest vote for change this country has ever known. Brexit means Brexit and we are going to make a success of it.”
On Article 50
“There will be no unnecessary delays in invoking Article 50, we will invoke it when we are ready and we will be ready soon. We will invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year .”
“We have voted to leave the European Union and become a fully independent, sovereign country. We will do what independent, sovereign countries do. We will decide for ourselves how we control immigration. And we will be free to pass our own laws.”
On Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
“Because we voted in the referendum as one United Kingdom, we will negotiate as one United Kingdom, and we will leave the European Union as one United Kingdom. There is no opt-out from Brexit. And I will never allow divisive nationalists to undermine the precious union between the four nations of our United Kingdom.”
On workers’ rights
“Existing workers’ legal rights will continue to be guaranteed in law – and they will be guaranteed as long as I am prime minister. We’re going to see workers’ rights not eroded, and not just protected, but enhanced under this government.”
On repealing the 1972 European Communities Act
“Our laws will be made not in Brussels but in Westminster. The judges interpreting those laws will sit not in Luxembourg but in courts in this country. The authority of EU law in Britain will end.”
Peace and Freedom Commentary
Well done PM, well done. American elites deserve a lecture like the one Theresa May recently delivered. There is always a condescending sneering at Donald Trump supporters or anyone who is anti-crime or pro-gun ownership. Actually, pro-gun ownership should be called “Pro-Constitution.”
There are millions of people in America who no longer believe The New York Times. They may also no longer believe the FBI, Justice Department, IRS, V.A., EPA and other centers of bloated government who don’t generally tell the truth any more. This is important to understand — and understanding is quickly squashed by sneering from the left, the “progressives” and the mainstream media.
Obamacare was passed through Congress on a pile of lies. We couldn’t keep our doctor or our plan. And it costs more. Way more.
People don’t believe the Iran nuclear deal was good for America.
People don’t believe Hillary Clinton’s email stories. Classified material was on the Internet — Top Secret SCI — with protections not as good as those used by G-Mail. Golly, that sounds like national secrets were being given to potential American enemies by the U.S. Secretary of State. Pardon us rubes from Ohio and the rest of fly-over country for mentioning it. It is OK with us that the FBI and Justice Department gave all of Hillary’s staff immunity from prosecution and then let her go scott free. We still trust our government because we are stupid morons…. “Clinging to our guns and religion.”
And open borders are OK with us. Never mind that nobody knows for sure how any people live inside the U.S. A. anymore — which makes it hard to properly fund schools, healthcare and everything else… And we haven’t noticed that Britain left the EU in part because of open borders and uncontrolled immigration or that Britain is building a fence in Calais, France to keep people from the “Jungle” from hopping aboard lorries bound for Britain….
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