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the british parliament is in recess. prime minister's questions will not be seen tonight. wednesday, prime mister theresa may gave the closing speech at her conservative party's annual conference in manchester. halfway through her remarks, a british comedian known for franking powerful people walked up to the front of the room and handed her a form, the uk's version of a pink slip. this is just over an hour. ♪
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[applause] pm may: a little over 40 years ago in a little village in oxfordshire, i signed up to be a member of the conservative party. i did it because it is a party that has the ideas to build a better britain. it is understood the hard work and discipline necessary to see them through, and it has at its heart a simple promise that spoke to me, my values and aspirations, that each new generation in our country should be able to build a better
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future. that each generation should live the british dream, and that dream is what i believe in. but what the general election earlier this year showed is that too manylater, for people in our country, that dream feels distant. our party's ability to deliver it is in question. and the british dream that has inspired generations of britain feels increasingly out of reach. i called the election and i know all of you in this hall, your friends and family, worked day and night to secure the right result. because of your hard work, we got 2.3 million more votes and achieved our highest vote share in 34 years. [applause]
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pm may: that simply would not have been possible without the long days and late nights come up the phone calls, the weekends and evenings spent knocking on doors. for everything you do, that me say thank you. [applause] pm may: but we did not get the victory wanted because our national campaign fell short. it was too scripted, to presidential, and it allowed the labour party to paint us as the voice of continuity when the public wanted to hear a message of change. i hold my hands up for that. i take responsibility. i led the campaign and i am sorry. [applause]
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pm may: but the choice before us now is clear. do we give up, spend our time looking back, or do we do our duty, look to the future and give the country the government it needs? this country will judge us harshly if we get this decision wrong. because all that should ever drive us is the duty we have to bring and the historic mission of this party, this conservative party, to renew the british dream in each new generation. that dream that says each generation should do better than the one before it, each and should be better than the last. the dream that for decades has
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inspired people from around the world to come to britain, to make their home in britain, to build their lives in britain. the dream that means the son of a bus driver from pakistan served in a conservative cabinet alongside the son of a single mother from a council estate in southwest london. and in a way, that dream is my story, too. i know people think i am not very emotional. [laughter] pm may: i'm not the kind of person who wears her heart on her sleeve. i don't mind being called things like the ice maiden. perhaps george did take the analogy a little too far. [laughter] [applause] let me tell you something, my grandmother was a domestic servant who worked as a ladies made below stairs.
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madeorked hard and sacrifices because she believed in a better future for her family. and that servant, that ladies her grandchildren, three professors and a prime minister. [applause] pm may: and that is why the british dream inspires me. that dream of progress between the generations spurs me on. it is why today at this conference, this conservative party must pledge to renew the british dream in this country once again. to renew that dream is my purpose in politics. my reason for being, the things that -- the thing that drives me on. it has never wavered through good times and hard times.
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i believe that this conservative government can renew it has always remained strong. we are tested as a nation, this party steps up to the plate. seven years ago, our challenge was to repair the damage of labour's great recession and we did it. the deficit is down, spending is under control, the economy is growing again. but we did not limit ourselves to that ambition. we have achieved so much more. an income tax cut for over 30 million people. 4 million taking out of paying it at all. employment up to a record high. unemployment down to a historic low. income inequality at its lowest for 30 years. more women in work than ever before. over 11,000 more doctors in nhs.
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over 11,000 more nurses and ards.tal w for childcare three-year-olds and four-year-olds. 1.8 million more children in good or outstanding schools. 3 million more apprenticeships. crime down by more than a third. more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds going to university than at any time the history of our country. britain's leading the world in tackling climate change. eradicating global poverty and countering terrorism wherever it rears its head. same-sex marriage on the statute book so that two people who love each other can get married no matter their gender. and a national living wage, giving a pay rise to the lowest earners. introduced not by the labour party, but by us, the conservative party. [applause]
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pm may: so, let us never allow the left to pretend they have a monopoly on compassion. [applause] a may: this is the good conservative government can do and we should never let anyone forget it. but it is easy when you have been in government for a while to fall into the trap of defending your record and is standing for the status quo. yes, we are proud of the progress we have made, but the world doesn't stand still. change is constant and inevitable and we must bend it to our will. that means staking out an agenda for britain and uniting behind it, too.
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the agenda i laid out on day one as prime minister still holds. it burns inside me just the same because at its core, it's about sweeping away injustice, the barriers that means for some the british dream is increasingly out of reach. about saying what matters is not where you are from or who your parents are, the color of your skin, whether you are a man, woman, rich or poor, how far you go in life should depend on you and your hard work. [applause] pm may: that's why i have always taken a vested interest when they are working against the interest of the people, called out those who abuse their position of power and given a voice to those who have been ignored or silenced for too long. when people ask me what i put
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myself through it, the long hours, the pressure, the criticism that inevitably goes with this job, i tell them this, i do it to root out injustice and to give everyone in our country a voice. and that's why when i reflect on my time in politics, the things that make me proud are not the positions i have held, world leaders i have met, great global gatherings i've attended, but knowing i made a difference, that i helped those who couldn't be heard. [applause] pm may: like the families of the 96 men, women and children who tragically lost their lives at hillsboro. for years they saw people in authority closing ranks and acting against them, but now they are on the way to seeking
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-- way to seeing justice served. that is what i am in this for. of child sexual abuse, ignored for years by people of position of power now on the long road to the truth, that is what i'm in this for. paul, a young man who came to this conference three years ago to tell his story, the story of a young black boy growing up in modern britain, who without causing any trouble, without doing anything wrong, found himself being stopped and searched by people in authority time and time and time again. alexander spoke so eloquently about this experience and how he came to mistrust those in positions of power as a result. example, we by his
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took action. we shook up the system and the number of black people stocked -- stopped and searched has fallen by over two thirds. [applause] pm may: i'm sad to have to tell you that last year, alexander, who inspired us all with his passion, was diagnosed with brain cancer, and in june of this year, he tragically passed away. he was just 21. let us today remember the courage he showed in coming to our conference to speak out against injustice. ake pride that we gave him platform, and inspired by his example, we doubled our efforts to give a voice to the voiceless at every opportunity. [applause]
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pm may: that is what i am in this for. and that same commitment is the reason why one of my first acts as prime minister was to establish the groundbreaking racial disparity in order -- disparity order, investigating how a person's race affects their treatment by public services so we can take action and respond. we already know, for example, that members of black and ethnic communities have a higher risk of illness such as high blood pressure, that may lead to the need for organ transplant, but our ability to help people who need transplants is limited by the number of organ donors that come forward. and that is why last year, 500 people died because a suitable organ was not available and there are 6500 on the transplant list today.
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to address this challenge that affects all communities in our country, we will change the system, shifting the balance of presumption in favor of organ donation, working on behalf of the most vulnerable. [applause] pm may: that is what i am in this for. and it's why after seeing the unimaginable tragedy unfold at tower,t our -- grenfell i was determined to find the truth. because it should never have happened and it cannot be allowed to happen again. so we must learn the lesson, understanding not just what went wrong, but why the voice of the people had been ignored over so many years. that's what the public inquiry will do, and where in the
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individual or organization is found to have acted negligently, justice must be done. that's what i'm in this for. [applause] pm may: and because in this as in other disasters before it the reasons grieving families don't get the support they need, we would introduce a independent public advocate for major disasters. an advocate to work on behalf of the families and support them and the public interest. that's what i'm in this for. tackling the injustice and stigma associated with mental health is a particular priority for me, so we are building on our record of giving mental and physical health and investing more in mental health than ever before. but there is widespread concern
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that the existing mental health legislation passed more than three decades ago is leading to shortfalls in services and open to misuse. detention rates under the mental health act or too high. and it is people from black and minority ethnic populations who are affected the most. so, today i can announce that i have asked a professor to undertake an independent review of the mental health act, so we can tackle the long-standing injustices of discrimination in our mental health system once and for all. [applause] that's what i'm in this for. [applause] this is the conservatism i believe in. a conservatism of fairness and justice and opportunity for all . a conservatism that keeps the british dream alive for a new
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generation. that is what i am in this for and that's what we must all be , in this for. and we must come together to fight for this mainstream conservative agenda, to win the battle of ideas in a new generation all over again. for those ideas are being tested are the verye things we value. , four nationsnion that are stronger as one, threatened by those with their narrow nationalist agendas that seek to drive us apart. the strength of our society in which we understand the obligations and responsibilities we have to one another, under attack from militant forces who preach animosity and hate. economy, for so long the basis of our prosperity and security, an idea lifted
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millions around the world out of poverty, called into question by those who would imperil our future by adopting the failed experiments of the past. that idea of free and open markets operating under the right rules and regulation is precious to us. it by which we generate our is a means by which we generate our prosperity as a nation and improve the living standards of all of our people. it has helped to cement britain's influence as a force for good in the world. it is underpinned a rules-based international system that helped rebuild postwar europe and the world beyond. it has ushered in the fall of the berlin wall, the end of communism and the dark days of the iron curtain, securing the advance of freedom across europe and across the world. it has inspired 70 years of prosperity, raising living standards for hundreds of
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millions of people right across the globe. so don't try to tell me the free markets are no longer fit the purpose. that somehow they are holding people back. don't try to tell me that the innovations they have encouraged, the advances they have brought, the mobile phone, the internet, pioneering medical treatment, the ability to travel freely across the world, are worth nothing. the free market and the values of freedom, equality, rights, responsibilities and the rule of law that lie at its heart remain the greatest agent of collective human progress ever created. [applause] pm may: so, let us win in this
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argument for a new generation and defend free and open markets with all of our might, because there has rarely been a time when the choice of a futures for britain is so stark. the difference between the parties so clear. and it is the conservative party open,as a vision of an global, self-confident britain while our opponent search for the foreign policy of neutrality and prepare for a run on the ground. some people say we have spent too much time talking about jeremy corbyn's past. you may not have heard me say that. some people say we have spent too much time talking about jeremy corbyn's past. [applause]
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[shouting] pm may: shall we -- [applause]
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pm may: i was about to talk tout somebody i would like give a form to, that is jeremy corbyn. [cheers and applause] pm may: we don't need to talk about his past. we need to talk about his present. because this is a politician who want to pile taxes on business just when we needed them the most to invest in our country. a politician who wants to borrow hundreds of billions of a pounds to nationalize industry without the slightest idea of how much it will cost or how he will ever pay it back. this is a politician who wants to strip us of our nuclear deterrent without being honest with the voters about his plan. this is a politician who let
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anti-semitism, misogyny and hatred run free while he doesn't do anything to stop it. [applause] pm may: this is a politician who thinks we should take the economics of venezuela as our role model. [laughter] pm may: no, jeremy corbyn. [applause] pm may: by contrast, when i look around the cabinet table, i have confidence we have a team full of talent, drive and compassion, a team that is determined that this party, this great conservative party, will tackle
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the challenges of the future together, a team that is determined we will always do our duty by our country. [applause] pm may: and our first and most important duty is to get brexit right. the people have decided we have taken their instruction. britain is leaving the european union in march 2019. [applause] pm may: i know some find the negotiations frustrating, but if we approach than in the right spirit, a spirit of cooperation and friendship with our site set firmly on the future, i'm confident we will find a deal that works with britain and europe, too.
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let's be clear about the agreement we seek. it's the agreement i set out earlier this year at lancaster house and repeated in the speech i gave in florence 10 days ago. is a special partnership between the strong successful european union and the sovereign united kingdom, a partnership that allows us to continue to trade and cooperate with each other because we see shared challenges and opportunities ahead, but a partnership that ensures the united kingdom is a sovereign nation once again, a country in which of the british people are firmly in control. i believe -- [applause] i believe it is profoundly in all of our interests for the negotiations to succeed. but i know some are worried whether we are prepared in the event they do not. it's our responsibility as a government to prepare for every
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eventuality, and let me reassure everyone in this hall, that is exactly what we are doing. so a deep and special partnership is our ambition and our offer, and i look forward to that offer receiving a positive response. [applause] pm may: and let me say one more thing, because it cannot be said often enough. if you are a citizen of the eu who have made their life in this country, i know you will feel unsettled and nervous, but let me be clear that we value the contribution you make to the life of our country. you are welcome here. and i urge -- [applause] and i urge the
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negotiating team to reach agreement on this quickly because we want you to stay. [applause] pm may: whatever the outcome of the british dream is still within reach. as we look to the future, we look with the fundamentals of our country strong. 10 years after northern rock, our economy is back on track. the deficit is back to precrisis levels. [laughter] if mymay: it sounds as voice is not on track. we are on course to get our national debt falling in business investment is growing.
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the work to get there has not been easy. i know that the public sector has had to carry a heavy burden. the private sector has played its part, too. businesses,rnment, and the public sector working together, we have bounced back, we have created record numbers of jobs. [applause] [coughing] p.m. may: so, why we will -- excuse me. actill never hesitate to where businesses aren't operating as they should. let this party celebrate the wealth creators, the risktakers,
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the innovators and the entrepreneurs. [applause] p.m. may: thank you. [applause] [cheers and applause] p.m. may: i hope you noticed that, ladies and gentlemen, the chancellor giving noise something for free. [laughter] [applause]
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p.m. may: but it is writes that you respond like that when i talk about the risktakers and innovators and the entrepreneurs, because it is businesses, big and small, that generate jobs and prosperity for our country and make british business the envy of the world. [applause] p.m. may: because we understand it is the wealth creators whose taxes fuel our public services. their success funds the things we want to do. and the difference between us is we understand that to deliver the things we want, private enterprise is crucial. [applause] p.m. may: you can't get
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something for nothing. the chancellor will probably tell me there will be a price to pay in a minute. prosperity is key. and when politicians offer the earth and have no means of delivering their promises, this discussion moves with politics. over the years ahead the government will adopt a balanced approach for the economy, dealing with our debt, keeping taxes low, but investing in our priorities, too. [applause] p.m. may: things like our vital
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public services, our schools, our police and our housing and our great national achievement, the nhs. let's not forget it is this party that has invested in the national health service and upheld its founding principles through more years in government than any other. [applause] p.m. may: for we understand, the nhs doesn't just bring us into the world, make us well if we fault ill, and nurse our families. it doesn't just bear witness to moments of joy and times of intense sorrow. it's the very absence of solidarity in our united kingdom, an institution we value, a symbol of our commitment to each other,
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between young and old. those who have and those who do not, the healthy and the sick and like most people, it's been there for me when i have needed it. i have a early childhood memories of visiting my family g.p. nhse recently, it was the that diagnosed my type one diabetes and tommy to manage it, so i could get on with my life. in recent months, i have seen it at its most brilliant. and i have seen the world-class response shown by the doctors, nurses and paramedics when terrorists stress london and manchester. to them all and indeed, to the public service everywhere, who let meo unsung, say this. for your service, your hard work and for your dedication, thank you. [applause]
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p.m. may: and because we believe in ensuring that a world-class nhs will be there for generations to come, we will increase funding ahead for every year of this parliament. we will oversee the biggest expansion in training the doctors and nurses and -- [coughing]
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[indiscernible] p.m. may: and we will always support the service for the safe, high quality care for all free, and the point of use. [applause] that is what our balanced approach to the economy will help us to do. so, with our economic foundation strong and economic confidence restored, the time has come to focus on britain's next big economic challenge, to foster growth that works for everyone right across our country. ,hat means keeping taxes low spreading prosperity to all corners of this u.k., and getting out into the world to trade export and help our economy grow. so, as the world's leading advocate for free markets and free trade, we will pursue
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new free-trade trade agreements with countries around the world. and as we roll out -- [applause] p.m. may: as we roll out our modern industrial strategy, we will attract and invest in new high paid, high skilled jobs, spreading prosperity and opportunity to every part of this country. tackling our economy's weaknesses, like low levels of productivity, backing our nation's strength, and bringing investments, jobs and opportunities to communities that feel they have been forgotten for far too long. we will continue to reform education and skills training, so that people growing up in britain today are ready and able to seize the opportunities ahead . starting in our schools, those great drivers of social mobility, where our record is strong and our legacy is proud,
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because our reforms are working and after years of stagnation under the last labour government, we are turning things around. [applause] p.m. may: but there is more to do and our reform program goes on because it is simply not good enough that if you live here in the north you have less chance of attending a good school than someone living in the south. so, you will extend the free schools program for a new generation of young people, building 100 new free schools in every year of this parliament. not because our ideology says so, but because preschools work and it is the right thing to do. [applause] p.m. may: and we need to bring
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that same energy to skills training, too, preparing our young people for the world of the future, setting them up to succeed, taking skills seriously new new t-levels, a generation of technology institutes in every major city in, england, providing skills local employees need and more technical training for 16 to 19-year-olds. first-class technical education system for the first time in the history of a britain. [applause] p.m. may: keeping the british dream alive. and that's how we will prepare britain for an open global future. i know that some young people worry that brexit means the are turning our back on the world, that britain will no longer be
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open, but closed. but we reject both the isolationism of the hard left and theose that would have us turn inward and we choose a global britain instead. as asia booms and the world looks to the east, we will reach beyond the borders of europe to become a trusted friend to nations all around the world. we will meet our commitments to international security with the finest armed forces and intelligent services anywhere on the planet. [applause] p.m. may: we will build an outward looking britain that cooperates with other nations to tackle the great challenges of our time, like mass migration, modern slavery and climate change. [applause]
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p.m. may: and we will provide a moral lead in the world and set an example for others, meeting our commitments on security, committing fully to the nato alliance, and a spending 2% of o ur gdp on defense. [applause] p.m. may: remaining firmly committed to renewing our independence nuclear deterrent, to help uphold the security of the world and leading the world in cracking down on modern slavery, because if you are buying and selling another human being, you are undermining all that is right, the very basis of our humanity and we must bring this outrage to an end. [applause]
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p.m. may: and under this government, we will continue to meet the international aid target, spending 1.7% of our gni on international development. that's not just because it is good for britain, but because it is the right thing to do. [applause] u.k. aid isday being used to bring food to starving children in conflict zones in syria and iraq. u.k. aid is being used to bring stricken partst of africa. u.k. aid is helping to educate women and girls in parts of asia where that most basic of human rights has been denied to them for so long. yes, charity may begin at home,
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but our compassion is not limited to those who carry the same passport. we should be proud. [applause] p.m. may: we should be proud that under a conservative government, this country is one of the few that this country is meeting its duty to some of the poorest in the world. and as prime minister, i would ensure that that is something britain always continues to do. but let me also be clear. it is absurd that international organizations say we can't use the money to help all of those who have been hit by the recent hurricanes in the british overseas territories. [applause] p.m. may: many people on those
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islands have been left with nothing. and if we must change the rules on international aid in order to recognize that the particular needs of these communities when disaster strikes, then that is what we will do. [applause] p.m. may: so this then, is the britain that we choose. not a britain that retreats behind its borders, but a global britain that stands tall in the world. a beacon of hope and example to others. a modern, compassionate britain, that we can all be proud to call home. and we must renew the british dream at home. ofa determined program economic and social reform. a program thats champions are a believe in a free market, by being prepared to reform them when they don't work, that ensures our economy and society works for everyone in every part of this country, not just the
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privileged few. theuse for too many, british stream feels increasingly out of reach. the effects of the financial crisis, nearly a decade of low growth, stagnating wages and pay restraints linger, the boom in the housing market means that while some have done very well, for many, the chance of getting onto the housing ladder has become a distant dream. it is that fact, perhaps more than any other, that means for too many, the british stream is increasingly out of reach. just over a decade ago, 59% of 25 to 34-year-olds owned their hoown home. today it is just 38%. it has always been a great sadness for me and philip that we were never blessed with children. it seems some things in life are just never meant to be, but i believe in the dream that life should be better for the next generation, as much as any
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mother, father, any grandparent. the only difference is that i have the privileged position of being able to do more than most to bring that dream to life. so, i will dedicate my premiership to fixing this pr oblem. [applause] thank youj. -- thank you. thank you. p.m. may: dedicated to restoring hope, new in the british stream for a new generation of people and yes, that means fixing our broken housing market. for 30 or 40 years, we simply have not built enough homes.
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as a result, prices have risen so much that the average home now costs almost as much as eight times the average earnings and that is a disaster for young people in particular. we have begun to put this right. the number of new homes being delivered each year has increased significantly since 2010. paper set out plans to increase it further, ensuring counsel release more land for housing and giving them new power to ensure developers actually build homes once they are given planning permission to do so. [applause] p.m. may: and because that will take time for greater housebuilding to translate into more affordable prices, we have helped by introducing schemes for people who are struggling right now. but the election results showed us this is not nearly enough. we have listened and we have learned. so, this week the chancellor
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announced we will help over 130,000 more families with the deposit they need to buy their own home by investing a further 10 billion pounds in help to buy. we have announced measures to give the increasing number of families who rent from a private landlord more security and effective redress if their landlord is not maintaining their property. and today i can announce that we will invest an additional 2 billion pounds in affordable housing, taking the government's total affordable housing budget to almost 9 billion pounds. [applause] p.m. may: we will encourage councils, as well as housing associations to bid for this money and provide certainty over future rent levels. and in those parts of the country where the need is
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greatest, allow homes to be built for social rent well below market level, getting government back into the business of building houses, a new generation of counsel houses to help fix our broken housing market. so, whether you are trying to buy your own home, renting privately and looking for more security or have been waiting for years on a council list, health is on the way. it will not be quick or easy, but as prime minister, i'm going to make it my mission to solve this problem and i will take personal charge of the government's response and make the british dream a reality by reigniting home ownership in britain once again. [applause] p.m. may: and, let me say one more thing. i want to send the clearest possible message to our house builders. we, the government, will make
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sure the land is available. we will make sure our young people have the skills you need. in return, you must do your duty to britain and build the homes our country needs, and to renew the british dream for a new generation of young people, we must also take action on student debt. as conservatives, we know education can be the key to unlocking the future. that is why for more than a century, it's been conservative education secretaries that have driven the reforms that have widened access and raised standards. and it is why we want everyone to have the opportunity to benefit from studying more after they leave school. because it is good for them and good for the country, too. today young people take on a huge amount of debt to do so. and if we are honest, some don't know what they get from it in return. we have listened and we have learned. we will undertake a major review of university funding and student financing. we will scrap the increase in
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fees that was due next year and freeze the maximum rate while the review takes place and we will increase the amount graduates can earn before they start repaying their fees to 25,000 pounds, putting money back into the pockets of graduates with high levels of debt. for while we are -- [applause] while we are in favor of free market, we will always take action to fix them when they are broken. we will always take on monopolies and vested interests when they are holding people back. and what of the greatest examples in britain today is the broken energy market. because the energy market punishes loyalty with higher prices. and the most loyal customers are often those with lower incomes, the elderly, people with lower qualifications and people who rent their homes. people, who for whatever
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reason are unable to find the time to shop around. that is one next week this government will publish a draft bill to put a price cap on energy bills, meeting our manifesto promise in bringing an end to rip off energy prices once and for all. [applause] p.m. may: so, we have a big task before us, an agenda to follow, a duty to uphold. us in this agenda for the renewing the british stream and for a new generation and bring our country together again. we to harness the potential if we are to compete and succeed in the years ahead. that is why where others seek to bring division, we must stand
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united, recognizing, as joe coxe put it, that we have more in common than what divides us. [applause] it is why i will always be proud to, self a unionist -- it is what i will always be proud to call myself a unionist and proud to be the leader of the conservative and unionist party, too. [applause] p.m. may: because that word means something special to me. it stands for this great union of nations that has so much to offer the world and it stands for this great union of people, people from all over the world who have made their homes here and are proud to call themselves british, attracted by the strength of the british dream. we aren't example to the world of how people of different -- we are an example to the world of how people of different colors and creeds can live side by
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side. and we celebrate that. as a proud unionist, i take generalfor the election, we saw the stress of nationalism steadfast, the case for a second referendum in scotland denied. [applause] wasn't it a brilliant results for the scottish conservatives? [applause] p.m. may: together, quite simply, we are stronger. so, we must unite the country around our conservative vision of a global prosperous britain, in which the british dream is alive. that means showing we are determined to make a difference, in doing something, not being someone. to do doing our britain -- two
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by britainuty again. he was fed up with the gameplaying, name-calling, the refusal to listen to the other's point of view. we can look around the world and see where this approach to politics gets us. anger, recrimination and polarization, too. we must all of us look inside, consider how we conduct our politics in this country and find a better way. so, there's a big problem in our politics when an mp from one party refuses to be friends with those of another. [applause] p.m. may: there is a big problem in our politics when a leading journalist from our national broadcaster has to hire bodyguards just to be able to do
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her job. [applause] 0 there is a proble -- p.m. may: there is a problem when one of our two great political parties is so ridden with the stain of anti-semitism that one of the council leaders questions if they will be welcome in his city again. [applause] p.m. may: let me be clear. racism, intolerance and hatred has no place in british politics or british society. this party will never permit it and we will always stamp it out. [applause] p.m. may: britain can do better than this, for this country is and always has been the home of
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tolerance, a bastion of freedom and a beacon of democracy. and this city of manchester knows it better than anyone because four months ago, this city came under attack from those who hate our country and despise our values. the liberty we extend to everyone, whoever they are and wherever they are from, the way in which our society is open, excepting intolerant of others, the fact we celebrate diversity and champion differences, way we encourage people from all backgrounds and beliefs to live their lives in freedom, to be all they want to be. and because of this hatred, they chose to take out their rage on the defenseless and vulnerable, the innocent and the young. let us be in no doubt. the responsibility of such an outrage lies with no other than those who planned it and those who saw it through. and this party, which knows the
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terrible toll of terrorism all too well, will never seek to justify or excuse such acts of terror. [applause] p.m. may: we will stand strong in the face of terrorism and ensure our values always prevail, but what we remember most from the cowardly attack on the manchester area is the response of of the spirit of manchester. [applause] [coughing] no, we remember the spirit. open theirowing up doors to strangers, giving them
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a place to shelter. taxi drivers, helping people get home safely, excepting no fare in return. ordinary people rushing to the scene of destruction, putting themselves in harm's way. [coughing] p.m. may: the incredible men and women of the emergency services, running towards the carnage, while others dropped what they were doing and went back to work to help. but above all, an image of a community coming together. men and women, young and old, black and white, muslim and christian, christian, hindu, jew, standing together as one. it was that image of this city, an image of modern written, in
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britain, in all of its diversity, compassion and strength that was shared around the globe and it said something about us. it said that this is modern britain, a country of promise, of potential, of hope. and perhaps, we too easily forget that. but we must hold on to that essential truth. for we are a nation of dreamers with the capacity to deliver those dreams, too. , and theke manchester pioneers that fired the industrial revolution, helping to make britain the workshop of the world, and it is this heritage that means today we export to and trade with nations in every corner of the globe. it was here in britain we discovered the structure of dna, the biological code for life. all the technologies for sequencing the human genome have been developed in this country and today we are using that knowledge to improve human health. back in the 1970's, it was
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scientists in oxford that invented the lithium-ion battery, which powers all laptops and mobile phones. and today we continue to be pioneers in this sector causing new battery technology for electric cars and renewable energy. technologies we will send the exporting around the world. within a few hundred yards of here you will find the world's first passenger railway station and a few hundred yards beyond that, a new research facility to develop the extraordinary material, for which two scientists in manchester won the nobel prize. [applause] and let me say this to george osborne. you were right to back it as part of the northern powerhouse and this government will back it, too. so, the future --
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[applause] p.m. may: the future is bright, our potential is great and if we choose the right past, the british dream can be renewed. so, let us do our duty by britain. let us shape up and give the country the government it needs. for beyond this hall, the on gossip pages of the newspapers and beyond the streets and meeting rooms of westminster, life goes on. many pay little attention to conferences and gatherings like this. they get up early and go to work and they want to know their job will last, that they will get paid a fair wage. they want to know the school there children go to is the best they will be cared for when they fall ill, that they will have
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security and safety as they advanced towards old age and they want to believe in the british dream that their children will do better than themselves, that they will have the opportunity to lead happy, successful, secure lives, that they will have the chance to be all they want to be. that ite the priorities is our duty to respond to. the priorities of working people, up and down this land, and they must be our only focus. our jobying about security, but theirs. concerns, but our the issues, the problems and the challenges that concern them. butfocusing on our future, on the future of their grandchildren and children, doing everything we can to ensure that their tomorrow will be better than our today. that is what i am in politics
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for, to make a difference, to change things for the better, to hand on to the next iteration a country that is stronger, fairer and more prosperous and to renew the british dream for a new generation again. none of this will be easy. there will be obstacles and barriers along the way, but it has never been my style to hide from a challenge, to shrink from a task, to retreat in the face of difficulty, to give up and turn away. test of a leader is how you respond when to of times come upon you. [applause] -- test of a leader is how you respond when tought t times come upon you. [applause] p.m. may: when faced with challenge, if you emerge stronger, when confronted with adversity, if you find the will to pull through.
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and it is when tested the most that we reach deep within ourselves and find that our capacity to rise to the challenge before us may well be limitless. that is the story of our party. that is the story of our country. that is the resolve and determination we need as we turn to face the future today. so, let us go forward together. confident in our values, clear in our vision, sure in our purpose. with a rich ambitious agenda to follow, a bold, exciting mission to pursue. let us fulfill our duty to the british people, let us fulfill our duty to our country. let us fulfill our duty to britain, and let us renew the british dream. thank you. [applause]
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[cheers and applause]
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♪ >> the british parliament returns from recess tomorrow, along with prime minister's questions. live this wednesday at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span 2. you can also watch it sunday night at 9:00 eastern pacific time. you can also go to and find video of past prime minister's questions in other british
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