this is bbc news. i'm ben brown with the headlines at three. the las vegas mass shooting — police try to find out what drove a retired accountant to kill 59 people and injure hundreds more. we have recovered 23 firearms at mandalay bay and 19 at his home. as some of the victims are named, president trump suggests america may have to talk about its gun laws following the mass shooting. the police department's done such an incredible job the police department's done such an incrediblejob and the police department's done such an incredible job and we'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by. boris johnson warms up for his conference speech as the prime minister defends her leadership style. actually, i think leadership is about ensuring you have a team of people who aren't yes, men. also this hour, thousands more passengers are flown back to the uk after all mona rch‘s planes had to stop flying immediately. the airline's boss says he's absolutely devastated after the collapse of the business.
and, tributes to the american rock star tom petty, who's died at the age of 66. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. police in las vegas are still trying to work out what drove a retired accountant to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern american history. overnight vigils have been held for the 59 people who were killed and more than 500 who were injured when the 64 year old gunman fired on them with an automatic weapon from a hotel window. police have now established that
stephen paddock was a millionaire, a former accountant, who had a large arsenal of guns and ammunition. but it's still not clear why he decided to unleash such horror on so many in las vegas. in the last few minutes donald trump's suggested america may have to reconsider its gun laws. speaking to reporters as he boarded a helicopter at the white house, he praised the police for what he said was a miraculous response to the attack, and he said, we'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by. our correspondent richard galpin reports two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern us history, the identities of some of those feared to have been killed are now being made public. sandy casey, who was with her fiancee at the concert, was a teacher from california, who was described as being absolutely loved by her colleagues and students. 34—year—old charleston hartfield was a las vegas police officer, a military veteran and a football coach, who'd been off
duty at the concert. and dana gardner, who was 52, was a county employee in california. she was described as a dedicated public servant. everybody in this community has been so touched by the loss of these lives and the horror of that mentally sick horrible human being, who has taken into his hands devastation, and imprinted in our minds forever a day that really doesn't belong in our fabulous, beautiful city. but already the people of las vegas have been coming together, holding vigils like this one — to grieve but also to demonstrate solidarity, in the face of such overwhelming violence. and people have also been getting involved at a more practical level. here hundreds queue up to give blood. the need is great — more than 500 were injured in the attack.
but mystery still surrounds the motive of the wealthy 64—year—old retired accountant, stephen paddock, who was responsible for murdering and injuring so many. he lived in this quiet town north—east of las vegas, with a woman who is now injapan. neighbours here did not see much of them. he was very quiet, and kept to himself. i've heard that you wouldn't even notice he was here, except the trash cans would come out, and they would go back in. so far police searches of the house have not provided clues about his motives, although his father, who was a bank robber, was described by the fbi as a psychopath with suicidal tendencies. what was found in this house was a large cache of weapons and ammunition. even more was found in the hotel room in las vegas
from where he opened fire. it is reported he had high velocity assault rifles similar to those used on the battlefield. detectives are combing through evidence to uncover the motive behind the shooting, and any other pertinent information that will help shed light on this horrible event. we have recovered 23 firearms at mandalay bay and 19 firearms at his home in mesquite. the chair would ask all present to rise, for the purpose of a moment of silence. back in washington, politicians paused in memory of all those killed. the reports that paddock used assault rifles will put the issue of gun control even more firmly on the agenda here. richard galpin, bbc news. speaking on the white house lawn a little earlier today before leaving for a visit to puerto rico, president trump praised
the response of the police. we have a tragedy, we are going to do... what happened in las vegas, it's in many ways a miracle. the police department has done such an incredible job police department has done such an incrediblejob and police department has done such an incredible job and we'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by. but ido about gun laws as time goes by. but i do have to say how quickly the police department was able to get in was really very much of a miracle, they've done an amazing job. he was a sick, demeanted man, a lot of problems i guess and we are looking into him very, very seriously, but we're dealing with a very, very sick individual. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. we can speak to our correspondent, rajini vaidyanathan, in las vegas. a sick individual says donald trump. what more do we know about the gunman responsible for this worst
mass shooting in modern american history? well, the key thing is, ben, investigators still don't know what motivated stephen paddock to carry out this gun massacre at the mandalay bay hotel behind me. you can still see in the distance the 32nd floor window from which he carried out his attack. that room is one of the focuses of the police investigation as it continues in full force. now, as well as recovering a huge number of weapons, he owned close to 50 firearms, they recovered a number here at the hotel in his room. police also found a computer belonging to him and possibly a number of hard drives as well. so another thing they're doing right now is going through that computer and the hard drives to see if it will yield any clues. stephen paddock lives in mesquite, a
90—minute drive from here in las vegas, it was a retirement community where he lived. police are focussing their investigations on his home. police are also searching another property he owned in nevada in reno, an eight—hour drive from here. multiple locations as part of the investigation as police still try to work out what his motive was. for the moment, thank you. not surprisingly the massacre in las vegas has re—ignited the gun control debate in america. the killer, stephen paddock had an arsenal of more than a0 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. the white house has said it's too early to look at gun policy. but for many in the united states it is the moment to revisit one of the nation's most contentious debates. sophie long reports. terror as innocent lives with gun
brutally cut short by a man with a gun. america again must come to terms with what happened here and las vegas willjoin the growing list of places for ever etched in people's minds. already on it, 0rlando where 49 people were killed in a nightclub. virginia tech university where 32 people died. and no—one will ever forget sandy hook elementary school in connecticut where 20 children and five of their teachers were shot dead. now, again, people ask, should there be an increase in controls? what is increasing is the number of people killed by guns. it's up from 12,500 in 2014 to more than 15,000 last year. it's estimated there are around 300 million private guns in circulation and nevada has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the country. you don't need a permit to buy a gun or a licence to own one. and things are unlikely to change under president trump. as your president, i will never ever
infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms — never ever. but that won't stop the calls for change. the husband of former congresswoman gabrielle gifford who is survived a shooting six years ago says action is needed to stop the next one. despite senseless deadly gun related domestic violence, despite an epidemic of preventable suicide, and despite the problem of toddlers shooting toddlers and their parents, the response from congress has been to do nothing. ironically, after mass shootings, gun sales go up, rather than down. the white house press secretary says it's too early to talk about increased controls but some are now changing their minds. a guitar player who'd been on stage on sunday said they had good guys with guns but they were useless and gun control is needed right now. sophie long, bbc news.
0ur correspondent dave lee is at a hospital where many of the injured are being treated. dave, we know more than 500 people all together were injured. what is the latest on the casualties now? the latest we know is that it's 59 people dead, 527 injured. i think in many respects in the same way that donald trump was talking about the miracle of the police response, i think many here are seeing it in that way when it comes to how people we re that way when it comes to how people were treated. considering the number of injured, i think the medical staff here are extremely pleased with how that's played out for them in keeping people alive. we have also seen just not far from where we are, people queueing up to donate blood. we were here yesterday, it's 110w blood. we were here yesterday, it's now tuesday early morning here, but
yesterday there were hundreds of people giving blood, they had to turn many of them away and said to them come back again tomorrow so we are expecting another large group of people to come and offer their blood to help treat those people that are still injured. but overall, i think people have been very pleased with the response not only from the police but also from medical staff in the various facilities where the injured were taken on sunday night. for the moment, thank you very much for being with us. and you can get all of the latest on the shooting in las vegas, online at bbc.co.uk/news. let the lion roar, that's the title of the speech that the foreign secretary borisjohnson will be making this afternoon at the conservative party conference amid more speculation about his leadership ambitions. mrjohnson has been accused of again weakening the prime minister's authority by setting out his own red lines on brexit. but theresa may has been defending her style of leadership —
insisting that she doesn't want to be surrounded by yes men. from manchester, here's our political correspondent, chris mason. and a warning that his report contains flash photography. have you retired, boris? here we go... go on, run through them, boris! what is borisjohnson up to? a question you hear rather a lot in conservative circles, and recently with deafening regularity. while the foreign secretary has his hands on his head, others here have their head in their hands, exasperated at his repeated willingness to set out his own manifesto on brexit. the prime minister did her best to give the situation the best possible gloss. actually i think leadership is about ensuring that you have a team of people who aren't yes men, but a team of people with different voices around the table, so that we can discuss matters, come to an agreement, and then put that government view
forward, and that's exactly what we've done. for theresa may this morning, a banquet of broadcasting before breakfast, and for her cabinet, questions and answers, that went a little like this... is the cabinet feeling united this morning? very united. as i said yesterday, we are in manchester city, but we're all united. i thought that was quite funny. why didn't anyone laugh? this conference is very much a reflective affair, even downbeat, a little flat, because this is a party asking itself a very big question. how did it manage to go backwards at the general election in which it anticipated leaping forwards? this afternoon, borisjohnson will try and appear upbeat, tickle the tummy of party activists, and he'll say, let the lion roar. i am very much looking forward to it. it's going to be absolutely, as always, explosive stuff. is he unsackable, do you think? who knows why anybody should conceivably want to sack, as it were, the father of brexit at this crucial moment. what a crazy thing that would be.
meanwhile in the shadows, protestations of loyalty and an insistence there is no beauty parade going on. the conservatives might have won the general election, just about, but the whiff of emotional defeat hangs in the mancunian air. chris mason, bbc news, at the conservative party conference. the foreign secretary will be making a speech to the conservative party conference just after 3.30 this afternoon. we'll bring that to you live here on bbc news. the headlines: police investigating the mass shooting in las vegas fear the mass shooting in las vegas fear the killer stephen paddock had amassed a huge cache of 42 weapons and a huge haul of ammunition. theresa may's dismissed questions of boris johnson's recent theresa may's dismissed questions of borisjohnson‘s recent comments on brexit and says she doesn't want a
cabinet of yes men. thousands of holiday—makers have flown back to the uk after monarch airlines collapsed. the boss says he's devastated. wales will be without gareth bale for the two qualifiers, he has a calf strain and chelsea striker more at toe could be out for more than a month with a hamstring injury -- more than a month with a hamstring injury —— morata. he'll miss spain's world cup qualifiers too. after losing five in a row, jo konta's pulled out of next week's tournament in hong kong. michel barnier has said more news to be don't on the issues of citizens‘ rights be don‘t on the issues of citizens‘ rights and the border with ireland as well as a financial settlement before they can move on to talks
about a trade deal. 0ur correspondent is at the european parliament in strasbourg where members have overwhelmingly backed a motion that is critical for the uk‘s sta nce motion that is critical for the uk‘s stance in the brexit negotiations. michel barnier said more needed to be done on the issues this vote was largely symbolic because meps don‘t have an actual final say until there‘s a final brexit deal on the table, right at the end of the process. this was all about send ago clear message to eu leaders who‘re going to meet in a summit in brussels in about two weeks‘ time where they‘ll do a stocktaking exercise of where the brexit process has got to. what
struck me today is that mep after mep could not help themselves talking about the tory party conference and the gossip going on at the top of the government. just have a listen to this, this is the european parliament‘s brexit coordinator. if you are at the other side of the negotiation table, there is a lack of clarity. there is even disunity. there are oppositions between hammond and fox, oppositions between johnson and may. it's difficult to make sufficient progress and it's difficult to make the steps towards the second phase of the negotiations. unsurprisingly that, is rejected by the brexit department in london, a spokesman issuing a statement saying the uk government doesn‘t agree with the analysis of the european parliament, they think substantial progress has been made on the talks so far and the uk government‘s focus is on the next round of brexit talks which will
happen in brussels next week. the boss of monarch says he is absolutely devastated after the airline collapsed yesterday. andrew swaffield said the decision to cease trading meant the company had to stop flying immediately. thousands more passengers are being flown home today on planes specially chartered by the civil aviation authority. it‘s thought around 100,000 remain abroad. theo leggett reports. after half a century of flying, monarch was grounded for good on monday. the company was simply losing too much money. now the civil aviation authority is carrying out a major operation to bring home passengers. day one has gone really well. we brought back 12,000 passengers yesterday. day two, we are planning to bring back the same number, and the first flights have already landed. that leaves us the rest of the 15—day programme with 86,000 passengers to bring back. but for some passengers, like these people in turkey, the experience has been
a stressful one. no one rang me from monarch. no one rang me from any other company to tell me, no e—mails, nothing. in hindsight, we should have expected it, because they had to borrow a lot of money last year. although the caa‘s been able to help people who had already travelled abroad to get back home again, some 800,000 people who bought package holidays or airline tickets will have had their plans disrupted. and for some of them, getting their money back may prove difficult. this is going to be people who can‘t get to their destination and have a non—refundable hotel or car hire. it‘s worth checking the travel insurance, if you have it, but be prepared — only about half of travel insurance policies will cover what is called scheduled airline failure. monarch collapsed due to competition. its former chief executive told the bbc it was put in an impossible situation. last year has really seen a massive oversupply of flights into our network, really the root cause
of which is terrorism closing markets like turkey, tunisia and egypt, and then flights being squeezed into a smaller number of destinations. monarch isn‘t alone. rivals air berlin and alitalia have themselves bankruptcy proceedings, victims of intense competition in europe‘s crowded skies. theo leggett, bbc news. huge crowds have gathered in barcelona to demonstrate against the government crackdown on sunday, when police tried to stop people voting in a referendum on independence for catalonia. a general strike is being held across the region; schools and shops have closed, and only a quarter of buses and trains were running during the rush hour in barcelona, causing gridlock. gavin lee reports from barcelona. the streets of barcelona today — working life on hold,
thousands of catalans united behind the new momentum for independence, and against the violence of spanish police in sunday‘s banned vote. shutters down, shops shut. a region—wide strike affecting public transport, the city‘s museums and monuments. barcelona football club too, all closed. this is the biggest demonstration in many years. in the whole of catalonia and barcelona, we are defending our right, our legal rights and civil rights. against the attacks of the government. across the catalonia region, the sounds and signs of separatism on the streets are loud and visible. with thousands of people responding to the call for independence. but what you can barely hear are the politicians right now. separatist parties and the spanish government are watching each other and waiting, and working out their next moves. 0utside one of barcelona‘s polling stations where police were filmed kicking voters and pulling women by the hair, flowers had been laid and there are signs of peaceful protest. last night, in madrid, this was one of spain‘s star players, the catalonian—born gerard pique,
being booed as he trained with the spanish team. signs of a wider public divide across the country. and this town is ten miles from barcelona, where police officers involved in seizing sunday‘s ballot boxes were expelled from their hotels. told to leave by catalan management. the catalan government is now calling for all spanish police to leave the region. the first thing we demand is the withdrawal of police forces, hostile spanish police and military police. this is the shame of europe. mariano rajoy is an embarrassment to the world. the spanish government is accusing separatist parties of fooling the public into an illegal vote, and are failing to hear the views of millions of catalans against independence. both sides are talking of the need for political dialogue — but since sunday, there has been little sign of that. gavin lee, bbc news, barcelona. the scottish government has said
fracking cannot and will not take place. msps were told the existing moratorium on fracking should go on indefinitely and said that holyrood will be give an vote on the issue later in the year before a final decision is taken. i‘ve been talking to our scotland correspondent lorna gordon who was at a gas process site in grangemouth. this has been long and it is paid today, this announcement, that fracking would be banned in scotland. there‘s been yea rs of banned in scotland. there‘s been years of controversy surrounding the subject. there was a moratorium, as you said, that was imposed in 2015, a lot of public campaigning in the communities where licences had been brought up. today, paul wheelhouse, the energy minister announced that, after a lot of research and a huge public consultation, which garnered
60,000 responses, the vast majority of them against the idea of fracking, the scottish government today announced that that ban would stay in place. presiding officer while i'm sure it would work to the highest environmental health and safety standards, it's our responsibility as a government to decide in the best interests of the people in this country as a whole. we must be confident the choices we make won't compromise health and safety or damage the environment in which we live. having considered this matter in considerable detail, it's also our view the outcome of the public engagement shows in those communities where it would be most affected, there is no reason to take this forward at this time and there is not a strong enough basis to adequately address the communities' concerns. presiding officer, taking all of this into account, and balancing the interests of the environment, our economy, public health and public opinion, i can
confirm that a conclusion of the government government is that we will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in scotland. that was paul wheelhouse, msp for business and innovation. does that decision against fracking chime with public opinion? scotland, lorna?|j think it certainly chimes with those who chose to respond to the public consultation. the vast majority of those respondents, and there were a great many, 60,000—plus, the vast majority were against the idea of fracking. there‘s been a lot of opposition in most of the communities where licences have been issued. there has also been opposition from all of the political parties here in scotland bar the conservatives, indeed some of the other parties in the scottish parliament would say that this ban doesn‘t go far enough, the scottish
government is basing it on the idea of planning restrictions. they say this‘s as much as they can do in the current climate, they don‘t control the licences themselves, they are still reserved to westminster, they we re still reserved to westminster, they were at some point meant to transfer up were at some point meant to transfer up to the scottish parliament, but that has not yet happened. but they say this moratorium, this ban, will 110w say this moratorium, this ban, will now be in place and will be imposed through using the planning process, the scottish conservatives however are not happy. they say this is a missed opportunity. they could have been what they described as a second oil boom and they say that economic jobs that would have been created through fracking will now go elsewhere. one of the best selling musicians of all time, tom petty, has died in los angeles, at the age of 66. he‘d suffered a cardiac arrest. the guitarist found fame with his band, the heartbreakers, selling 80 million records.
paul mccartney and bob dylan are among the stars who‘ve been paying tribute to him, as david sillito reports. # well, i won‘t back down # no, i won‘t back down.#. i won‘t back down was just one of a string of hits in the late 80s for tom petty, but this was far from the beginning. he‘d been performing, at this point, for 20 years. # you want me to think that i‘m being used # you want her to think it‘s over... it was in britain that he‘d had his first real taste of success. the songs were straightforward rock and roll, rooted in real life. his band the heartbreakers, old friends from his home state of florida, that he‘d just bumped into one night. i came down to the studio and this band was in the room, and they were all people i‘ve known, so we played that night, and it was so good. i really enjoyed it, so i‘m going to get this one together... we formed the band within hours, really. we were on the album the next day.
# you can sit around and wait for the phone to ring # the end of the line... it was another encounter that led to him joining bob dylan, george harrison, roy orbison and jeff lynne in the travelling wilburys. and bob dylan today led the tributes to his old friend. paul mccartney, mickjagger, brian wilson, all expressed their sadness. he was kind and gentle and sincere. i think that‘s one of the things that people most admired about him, that he wanted to rock and roll, he was in a rock and roll band. he loved what he did. he didn‘t want people telling him what to do, and he kept true to his music all the way through. # well, i started out down a dirty road his final tour ended only a month or two ago, and he said it would probably be his last. he wanted to make the most of the time he had left. from the moment he‘d first seen the beatles as a teenager, rock and roll had been his life.
the musician tom petty who has died at the age of 66. many of us got off to a chilly start and then we were greeted with wall to wall blue skies and sunshine. the sunshine has been fading through the afternoon as more cloud has been streaming down from the north—west and that‘s brought showers to western parts of scotland and northern ireland, north—west england and one or two clipping northern parts of wales. but much of england and wales will be dry with clearer skies, but the showers across scotla nd skies, but the showers across scotland giving way to a more persistent spell of rain. temperatures in town holding up to nine or ten celsius. it could be chilly in rural spots. here is the wettest weather tomorrow morning. getting into northern parts of
england, and northern parts of wales later in the afternoon. to the north, bright, fresh and breezy, and to the south, mainly dry with sunshine and highs between 13 celsius and 16 celsius. this band of wet weather will persist through tomorrow evening and overnight stretching down into the midlands and wales and it is not wet weather, windy weather. we could see gales overnight into thursday. this is bbc news. i‘m ben brown. our latest headlines: police in las vegas are trying to establish a motive for the mass shooting on sunday which left at least 59 people dead. as details emerge of some of those killed — president trump condemns the gunman as sick and demented and suggests america may have to talk about its gun laws following the tragedy. foreign secretary borisjohnson arrives at the conservative party conference to deliver his speech —
as the prime minister defends her leadership style. the scottish government announced a ban on fracking after a public consultation found opposition to shale gas extraction. now the sport. wales will be without their star player, gareth bale, for their final world cup qualifiers against georgia and the republic of ireland over the next week. he picked up a calf strain playing for real madrid. wales are second in their group with those two games remaining and have to stay there to have any chance of reaching the play—offs. here‘s bbc wales football correspondent rob phillips. they had some inkling of this because he has been a doubt for sometime, but they had a scan with him yesterday and then in dialogue with real madrid bale was pulled out
this morning. it leaves chris coleman, he called up tom bradshaw from barnsley, but really the question is how do you replace gareth bale for crunch games like this? he is not really set the world alight for wales in the last few games it has to be said and you could argue their best performance was the draw in serbia when he wasn‘t there, but that said, any tea m wasn‘t there, but that said, any team in the world would miss a star player like gareth bale. it is another hurdle for chris coleman to overcome. you can find all the latest on england, scotland and northern ireland‘s preparations for their world cup qualifiers on the bbc sport website. one other football line, one of bale‘s former team—mates, chelsea striker alvaro morata could be out for more than a month with a hamstring injury. he‘s scored seven goals since joining the champions from real madrid in the summer, but he was injured during saturday‘s defeat by manchester city. that means that he‘ll miss spain‘s world cup qualifiers against albania and israel. avon and somerset police say they aren‘t expecting any significant developments
in the ben stokes case for another two to three weeks. the england all—rounder was arrested last week on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in a brawl outside a bristol nightclub. no charges have been brought yet. the former england captain michael vaughan says that the situation might have been avoided had england management taken stronger action with stokes earlier this summer when he went out drinking during a test match against south africa at old trafford. vaughan spoke to mark chapman on five live sport last night england‘s women are the top of the cricket world rankings for the first time. the story came out that ben stokes was out to 3am during a test match in manchester. i knew that. it was the talk of the media centre. the story was ripped out of the papers. it wasn‘t allowed to go in. they fought tooth and nail to make sure the story didn‘t make the papers. he made a massive mistake. the management of the england team have
to look themselves in the mirror and say, "could we have done a bit more? could we have been a bit stricter?" straight to manchester and boris johnson is speaking at the tory party conference. young people and if there is a message to our american friends it is this — that they will come through it and they will come back stronger because this city has shown that nothing and no one can bow the spirit of the people of manchester. applause applause a city which in recent years has reinvented itself as the great engine of the northern powerhouse. with its vast potential to generate jobs, infinance, with its vast potential to generate jobs, in finance, in academia, with its vast potential to generate jobs, infinance, in academia, in journalism, the arts, and that‘s just the ones held by my old friend, george osborne!
laughter and since our subject this afternoon is how to win the future and build global britain i want to introduce our superb foreign office team, our ppss, conor burns, ourwhip, our ministers, covering the middle east, one of the most expert parliamentarians, alistair birt, covering africa and rory stewart, thank you for that applause for these great men. applause and they are double—hatted ministers, they similar stainiously represent the fco and dfid bringing together ourforeign represent the fco and dfid bringing together our foreign policy and represent the fco and dfid bringing together ourforeign policy and our aid programmes. we have someone working to ensure that next year in london we make the most at last of an institution that takes 2.4 billion people, 52 of some of the fastest growing economies in the world and unites them in admiration
of the service provided by her majesty the queen and we will have a summit to do herjustice. applause just back from burma, i think, making clear this country‘s disgust at the treatment of the rohingya muslims, mark field and working between europe and america decoding president trump to presidentjunk ka and vice versa, we have that mount rush more of wisdom, sir alan duncan. applause we have a great team and we are getting on with the job and yet frankly folks, as i absorb the general tone of the national conversation, i don‘t think i have ever known so many to be sunk in gloom and dubitatio in britain and the world. every week i pick up a
fine edited news magazine of the kind you will find in the briefcases, glossy cover and suspiciously unread. every week the publications have found new reasons to be less than cheerful about this country. every day a distinguished pink newspaper manages to make ear look exuberant. across the world, it pains me to say it, the impression is being given that this country is not up to, that we are going to bottle out of brexit and end up in some anti—room of the eu. pathetically waiting for the scraps, but no longer in control of the menu. and the most pessimistic of them all is not the media or our friends in the eu commission or the excitable member of the european union, it is jeremy
excitable member of the european union, it isjeremy corbyn, that nato bashing would be abolisher of the british army whose first instinct in the event of almost any international outrage or disaster is to up end the analysis until he can fina to up end the analysis until he can fin a way of blaming british foreign policy. and whose response to the events in venezuela is to side with the regime simply because they are fellow lefties. he says he still admires revolutionary socialism. i say he is karakous. it is beyond satire at a time when the world should unite to condemn venezuela, we have the leader of britain‘s official opposition giving cover to an opposition that‘s shooting people. it is a disgrace. and i can tell you there are many
labour mps who feel appalled that their party is still led by this man. with his peculiar belief, expressed in victory—style rallies, up expressed in victory—style rallies, up and down the country, that he somehow won the election. he didn‘t win. you won! we won! 56 seats ahead. applause theresa may won. she won more votes than any party leader and took this party to its highest share of the vote in any election in the last 25 yea rs. and the hole country owes her a debt for her steadfastness in taking britain forward as she will to a great brexit deal based on that florence speech on whose every sylla ble florence speech on whose every syllable i can tell you the hole
cabinet is united. and —— hole cabinet is united. and —— hole cabinet is united. and —— hole cabinet is united. and of all the areas where corbyn is content to talk this country down, there is none more ludicrous and fas lating than his policy on brexit. in the customs union one week and out the next, in, out, fasterthan customs union one week and out the next, in, out, faster than one of those members of the shadow cabinet who gets sacked before she knows she has even been appointed. a kind of man if hes tation of uncertainty principle. it would be disastrous if that negotiating strategy was put into place and leaving britain in limbo, locked in the orbit of the eu, but unable to take back control and unable to do properfree eu, but unable to take back control and unable to do proper free trade deals, labour would inflict a national humiliation on us on a par with going cap in hand to the imf. when you talk about the imf, i‘m
aware that we come up against the difficulty. we must accept that we imagine that people understand about power cuts, about the three day week, union bosses back in downing street, state—made british rail sandwiches. we think people get the reference, but unfortunately, going back to the 197 o # 0s sounds like a joint revival concert and that is because people can‘t remember the stones and bowie monuments of our global culture. actually, led fled the islands, not led them, fled them. it might be better if they led them. it might be better if they led them. fled these islands... applause they fled these islands along with so many other wealth creators because they were driven overseas by
labour‘s 83% tax rate and people have forgotten today that we used to worry about the brain drain, not people wanting to come here. and they have forgotten that we, conservatives, had to fight and win the battle of ideas and in a way, it is entirely forgivable and understandable that amnesia has descended because our victory has been so comprehensive. if you go around the world as i do and you listen to the as per raugss of young people you will find not a single successful global economy that would dream of implementing the semi markest agenda ofjohn mcdonnell and jeremy corbyn and wherever you find enterprise and innovation, and economic growth, it‘s because people have followed our ideas, that were pioneered by our party and in this country and by the way in this city of manchester and from india to china, to thailand, vietnam, where
free markets deregulation have been into practise, been put into practise, they have helped to lift more people out of poverty faster than at any time. go to the central and european economies, this party, not the labour party helped on the path to democracy and freedom and you will see it in estonia a tech hub, they have a flak packs of 20%, romania, they have a flat tax of 16%, a free health and education and free higher education. hungary, they have a tax rate of 15%. we‘re low tax conservatives, but i think 15% is going it a bit! how crazy therefore, a quarter of a century, after the working people of those former soviet bloc countries risked their lives to throw off the shackles their lives to throw off the s ha ckles of their lives to throw off the shackles of socialism, while the labour left sneered at them and made excuses for their oppressors, that shadow leader and shadow chancellor
are seriously proposing to place the british people back in bondage, a £200 billion renationalisation programme, a display of economic massacrism that would do damage to the future of our children and that‘s the difference between this conservative party and the labour party. we want a country with a government that works for everyone, corbyn wants a britain where eve ryo ne corbyn wants a britain where everyone works for the government! applause and this... and this battle of ideas is not lost in memories of the 1907s, it is back from the zombie fingers strange for the levers of power and that‘s why we cannot rest and may have the most biggest battle
honours of any political party in the world, but now we have to win the world, but now we have to win the battle for the future, the way to win the future is not to junk our gains, but to make it work better. make it work better for the low paid, turning the living wage under this conservative government into a national living wage. make it work for all those who worry their kids will never find a home to own by building hundreds of thousands of homes. making it work betterfor pa rents homes. making it work betterfor parents who can‘t find good enough childcare. 30 hours of free childcare. 30 hours of free childcare for three and four—year—olds every week and above all, help people who are struggling by driving the benefit reform that have helped millions back into the dignity and self esteem which goes with a job and has seen inequality, not rise, but fall as philip hammond rightly said yesterday, to the lowest levels for three decades. and to win the future, we must communicate once again our great central idea of one nation
conservatism. that for all its fa u lts conservatism. that for all its faults and open free trading and thriving market economy, is the only sustainable way to create the wealth we will always need to help the poorest. the surest way to finance the platform of great public services and great infrastructure that themselves enable business to succeed. and the only way to win the future is not to retreat from the world, not to abandon globalisation, but to play our part as we always have in making the world safer, and freer, and therefore, more prosperous and that is why we must believe in global britain. not dismiss the very notion of a world role as jeremy corbyn dismiss the very notion of a world role asjeremy corbyn does, but accentuate and be proud of that role. there are places where it is
simply our moral duty to british passport holders like the overseas territories in the caribbean whose islands have been overwhelmed by the billingest catastrophe for 150 yea rs. billingest catastrophe for 150 years. it is an eerie scene, not a leaf remaining on the shattered trees, houses turned into streaks of plastic and wooden litter, boats hurled on top of one another or lodged absurdly up hillsides, of all the disasters i have seen in my lifetime, none has overturned the lives of so many uk nationals and yet we should pay tribute to the resilience of those islanders. and... applause british islanders by the way. and together with pretty patel and michael fallon this government will work together to put them on their feet and our responsibilities go
wider. when we protect the world, we protect british interests. when we campaign, forthe protect british interests. when we campaign, for the stability of the south china seas that is because through that narrow pulsing zwrug lard, of the straits, goes 25% of world trade. including huge quantities of british goods. across the middle east, to north africa, we are helping to bring peace and defeat terrorism, notjust because thatis defeat terrorism, notjust because that is right in itself, but because these will be the great markets of these will be the great markets of the coming century. just in the last few weeks i have seen british troops training the nigerian forces to defeat the numskulls of bobbing bobbing, where british doctors are attending the maimed victims of terror and as our —— boko haram,
they said there was a risk of pot shots from behind and i said that was an occupational hazard in my line of work! applause every week... every week with uk, help the brave nigerian forces are winning, but you can‘t tackle the problem in nigeria, those terrorists‘ ak—47s are being smuggled from libya and so in tripoli i have seen the charred ruins of our embassy, the room where tony blair once held a banquet, but i was proud to run that unionjack back up the flagpole and that embassy is being rebuilt. without or without the snooker table. and if we in libya, if we in the uk can help solve the problems in libya, and we‘re making progress in libya, and we‘re making progress in libya, then that country can also wina in libya, then that country can also win a great future. and until we do,
you will find british ships off the libyan coast, helping our italian friends to cope with illegal migration and that is what i mean by global britain. that‘s what p rishtion iti and michael i mean, committed team players and as necessary leaders. i have just committed team players and as necessary leaders. i havejust seen 800 british troops in estonia and congratulated them on resisting the honeytraps allegedly placed in their way by russian intelligence. at least they said they had resisted! laughter they, are a visible and powerful symbol of this country‘s unconditional commitment to defend the boundaries of europe and the freedoms we won in the 1980s and 19905, i freedoms we won in the 1980s and 1990s, i cannot tell you how much our friends 1990s, i cannot tell you how much ourfriends value 1990s, i cannot tell you how much our friends value britain‘s 1990s, i cannot tell you how much ourfriends value britain‘s kks in europe and around the world. we have reached a unaek phase in our history. we are big enough, big enough, to do amazing things. we
have the ability to project 4,000 miles overseas, to use our permanent membership of the un security council to mobilise a collective response to the crisis in north korea, we contribute as priti was saying, 25% of european aid spending. we‘re the leaders and yet no one seriously complains that we‘re bullies or that we have a sinister national agenda. and that‘s why the phrase, "global britain" makes sense because if you said global russia, or global china or even global america, it would not have quite the same flavour. and i‘m not saying that everyone automatically loves us! all the time! orthat automatically loves us! all the time! or that everyone follows our sense of humour. there are though a lot more do than you might think by the way. but there is a huge desire out there for us to engage with the world more emphatically than ever
before. and after brexit, that is what our friends and partners are going to get as this country is freed from trying to block things in brussels committee rooms, freed to stop being negative and to start being positive about what we believe in. including free trade. applause yes, we are leaving the eu. but as the prime minister has said, in her florence speech, we can create a deep and special partnership built on free trade. with a strong eu, supported by a strong uk. since it is manifestly absurd to argue that european values or culture or civilisation, are somehow defined or delimited by the institutions of the eu, we will be no less european.
britain will continue to be european in culture, geography, history, architecture, spiritually, morally, propble, you name it, we are one of the great quintessentialal european nations. in many ways the most influential european nation of all. and that is because our most important exports are our values. british values, embodied, notjust here in this amazing me trop lis of manchester or london, but across the country. a society that welcomes talent, that welcomed my ancestors from france and russia and turkey and heaven‘s know where, i‘m sure my father can advice me, that is proud of the eu nationals and the other nationals that want to come here that have enriched our lives, a society that doesn‘t judge that have enriched our lives, a society that doesn‘tjudge you for where you have come from or your background, how you live your life
provided you do no harm to others and that‘s the genius of our country and that‘s the genius of our country and it‘s thanks to that intellectual cross—fertilisation that britain is at the cutting edge of new markets and new technology. think back too to how the world has changed in our life times. and then think forward. somebody talking a film of me with a camera there. think how crazy that would have seemed 40 years ago. it seems pretty crazy now! think forward to what we can achieve in your lifetime. william hague‘s lifetime. he has got a long way to go. we are going to crack. we will eventually crack global warming with british green finance in which we lead the and we will get to a point where we can generate as much clean energy as we want and we will stabilise our world pop lags and we will raise per capita gdp and by
promoting female education. applause which is at the heart of all british overseas policy and we should be proud. you should all be proud of the young women and girls that we are helping to teach around the world as prit european commission said, in africa and —— priti has said. and physical we can drive on, with our friends, that great cause of empowerment, the swiss army knife, that solves so many problems, i believe we will find a cure for the psychological contamination of radical islamist extremism. just as we are eradicated smallpox and polio, it came and it will go and polio, it came and it will go and of course, we will have problems, humanity will always have
problems, humanity will always have problems of frictions in mind or body because without pain and doubt and anxiety there can be no pleasure and anxiety there can be no pleasure and into triumph and success, but success will not be achieved by allowing the uk to retreat from our global role, but by reinforcing that role. and breakthroughs will not come through the edid of some corbynist bureaucrat in the minister of plenty, but through the effort of inventors and scientists and business people and students and dreamers. of whom we have so many and to all those who are really worried about the uk today, let me remind you, it was only eight years ago that we stood on the verge of the nastiest and deepest recession for 70 years. and i remember being taken up on to the roof of the city hall which i then ran, by a female american tvjournalist hall which i then ran, by a female american tv journalist and hall which i then ran, by a female american tvjournalist and she rather took the wind out of my sails
by saying, "mr mayor, look around you." this was 2008 and things weren‘t looking good. she said, "no one is building anything in your city." and she was right. all the cranes were down. because confidence had gone. deserted us. all i can say is look at london today. storming ahead. even if... even if the new mayor isn‘t a patch on the last guy by the way! he seems to spend... applause he seems to spend his time trying to ban things, why can‘t he do something for a change? applause and then look at us, look at the united kingdom. the lows unemployment rate for 42 years, the highest number of people in work
ever, the number one destination for investment into europe and every time one of these facts is reported, it is reported in tones of disappointment, despite brexit! it is time to stop treating the referendum result as though it were a plague of boils. it is time to be bold and to seize the opportunities. applause and there is no country better placed than britain, not only is it the place were atom was built, there is talent from which people are coming together to produce flashes of inspiration, we are rated the capital of innovation. we etion port
more tv channels than any country in europe. five times more than the french. we export a programme to cambodia. a programme to cambodia... the name of it means, he wants to be a millionaire? applause it is thanks to the triumph of conservative values that you are allowed to become a millionaire in cambodia these days without being dispatched for re—education by some ays ha dispatched for re—education by some aysha yatimjohn dispatched for re—education by some aysha yatim john mcdonnell. —— asiatic. we lead the world in