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Theresa May speech reaction as Prime Minister pledges to end austerity

07 October 2018, 06:05 | Joann Bryant

Image Jacob Rees Mogg attended a Brexit fringe event

Jacob Rees Mogg attends a fringe event to discuss Brexit during the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham

PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has declared the end of austerity in her Tory party conference speech.

May ended the governing Conservatives' annual conference with a call for the party to show that it "delivers on the issues (voters) care about and is comfortable with modern Britain in all its diversity".

Prime Minister Theresa May told the Conservative Party conference people need to know austerity is coming to an end after 10 years of struggle since the financial crash.

The previous week, Boris Johnson had used his column in the Daily Telegraph to call May's Chequers proposal a "collapse of will by the British establishment, to deliver on the mandate of the people". "But my job as Prime Minister is to do what I believe to be in the national interest", she said.

Mr Baker, a leading member of the pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group, said even if only half the 80 Conservative MPs who had indicated their opposition to the plan actually voted against it would be enough to defeat the Government.

"I'm very keen to see an agreement concluded by November if at all possible", Vardakar said. Once more May did not provide any additional details about how the ruling party is going to implement these principles in action.

The leader of the DUP made her presence well known in Birmingham this week.

"Strong and stable" was British Prime Minister Theresa May's mantra in the run up to the 2017 general election.

"And secondly, to seek a good trading and security relationship with our neighbours after we have left".

The Conservatives' annual gathering saw civil war erupt within the party, while the Prime Minister tried to put on a fearless face and keep a semblance of unity.

What we saw a year ago was two things: on the stage itself it was like a trial by ordeal and she fought through and she kept on fighting and she got to the end of the speech and the auditorium erupted.

Britain "isn't afraid" to leave the European Union with no deal, she said, adding that "resilience and ingenuity" of people will see Britain through.

The region, which is part of the United Kingdom, has an open land border with the Republic of Ireland as part of the 20-year-old Good Friday Agreement that ended decades of sectarian violence.

"We should try to get as much of a final deal as we can get by 29 March, but it's self-evident that if it's a bilateral treaty, it can be revised later on", he told Bloomberg.

Another part of May's quest to show we're all in this together, was to become relevant to the masses: there was a dirty joke about there being a "four letter word...ending in k" that the Conservatives want to do to businesses, and that's "back" them.

The Local Government Association which represents hundreds of town halls and city halls, described her decision to lift the borrowing cap for building houses as fantastic. But instead of the available support coalescing around a candidate, the party is splintered: on Brexit, on the domestic agenda and what they want the personality of their future leader to be. Many Conservatives expect her to face a leadership challenge soon after Britain leaves the bloc - or even before. "Debt as a share of the economy will continue to go down, support for public services will go up".

"It is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week", Mrs May said. "When we've secured a good Brexit deal for Britain, at the Spending Review next year we will set out our approach for the future".

There was also the promise that, should Brexit go well, as in, May's way, public sector workers who've had their pay frozen would see that thaw, because 'after a decade of austerity people need to know their hard work has paid off'.

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