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Tuesday 21st of May 2019 05:06 PM

Theresa May: Tories must be a party for everyone

To the music of Abba’s Dancing Queen, Theresa May opens her conference speech

Probashbangla24 online Desk : Theresa May has told the Conservatives they must be the “party for everyone” as she closes their annual conference.
Her speech includes a vow to hard-pressed families and a pledge the post-Brexit future was “full of promise”.
She will also announce that fuel duty will be frozen again later this month.
Mrs May – whose dancing in Kenya made headlines in August – danced on to the stage to the sounds of Abba, and immediately sought to make light of last year’s difficult speech.
She joked that she may have a cough this time because she had been up all night gluing the letters onto the backdrop.
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The Tory conference has been dominated by Brexit, with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson launching a fresh broadside against her Chequers plan for trade with the EU.
And as she prepared to deliver the speech, Conservative MP James Duddridge announced he had submitted a letter to the backbench 1922 Committee calling for a leadership contest.
In her speech, Mrs May said the Tories must be “a party not for the few, not even for the many but for everyone who is willing to work hard and do their best”.
She also condemned the abuse of politicians and called for an end to “the bitterness and bile which is poisoning our politics”.
And she promised a “step change” in how cancer is diagnosed outlining a strategy aimed at increasing early detection rates.
The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said it was the PM’s task to show she could “change the conversation” and demonstrate that Brexit would make a positive difference to people’s lives at a time when her future was an “open question” within the party.

Theresa May putting the finishing touches to her conference speech

In her speech Mrs May is expected to say: “I passionately believe that our best days lie ahead of us and that our future is full of promise.
“Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes: we have everything we need to succeed.”
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She will re-iterate her commitment to helping people on low incomes by ruling out any increase in fuel duty in the Budget on 29 October.
There had been speculation that the annual freeze, in place since 2010, may come to an end, with an inflation-linked rise used to pay for the £20bn in extra annual funding promised for the NHS.

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The prime minister will also launch an attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, claiming millions of non-Tory voters were worried about “what he has done to Labour”.
The Conservatives, she will say, must show they are a “party not for the few, not even for the many, but for everyone who is willing to work hard and do their best”.
“One that puts the national interest first. Delivers on the issues they care about. And is comfortable with modern Britain in all its diversity.
“We must show everyone in this country that we are that party.”
But unease in the party over her Brexit plan – agreed at Chequers in July – was illustrated by Mr Duddridge, who told the BBC’s Today programme the PM was “not listening”.

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Mr Duddridge said: “My support for her is wearing thin to the point of being invisible.
“I have no confidence in her delivering Brexit, but let’s listen to the speech this afternoon.
“But it’s going to be more of the same, ‘let’s get behind Chequers’.
“Chequers has failed, it’s not realistic, it doesn’t deliver on the Brexit my constituents vote for”. BBC

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