Read in Full: Boris’s Conference Speech

Read in Full: Boris’s Conference Speech

Boris’s speech in full has just been put out, checked against delivery, by CCHQ. In total it ran to 6,194 words. Remarkably, despite being just 18% shorter in word count than Starmer’s durge of a conference he managed to trot it out in less than half the time. Boris’s energetic, quick pace allowed delegates to get out for lunch sooner…

Isn’t it amazing to be here in person

the first time we have met since you defied the sceptics by winning councils and communities that Conservatives have never won in before – such as Hartlepool

in fact it’s the first time since the general election of 2019 when we finally sent the corduroyed communist cosmonaut into orbit where he belongs

and why are we back today

for a traditional Tory cheek by jowler?

It is because for months we have had one of the most open economies and societies

and on July 19 we decided to open every single

theatre and every concert hall and night club in England

and

we knew that some people would still be anxious

so we sent top government representatives to our sweatiest boites de nuit to show that anyone could dance

perfectly safely

and wasn’t he brilliant my friends?

let’s hear it for jon bon govi

living proof that we, you all

represent the most jiving hip happening and generally funkapolitan party in the world

and how have we managed to open up

ahead of so many of our friends?

You know the answer, its

because of the roll-out of that

vaccine

a UK phenomenon

the magic potion invented in oxford university

and bottled in wales

distributed at incredible speed to vaccination centres everywhere

I saw the army in action in Glasgow

firing staple guns like carbines as they set up a huge vaccination centre

and in Fermanagh I saw the needles go in like a collective sewing machine

and they vaccinated so rapidly that we were able to

do those crucial groups one to four

the oldest and most vulnerable faster than any other major economy in the world

and though the disease has sadly not gone away the impact on death rates has been astonishing

and I urge you all to get your jabs because every day our vaccine defences are getting stronger and stronger

and you, all of you, and everybody watching made this roll-out possible

you each made each other safer

so perhaps we should all thank each other

go on – try a cautious fist bump

because it’s ok now

and we in turn thank the

volunteers, the public health workers, the council workers

the pharmacists

but above all our untiring unbeatable unbelievable NHS

and as a responsible conservative government we must recognise the sheer scale of their achievement

but recognise also the scale of the challenge ahead

THE NHS

when I was lying in St Thomas’s hospital last year l looked blearily out of my window at a hole in the ground

between my ICU and another much older Victorian section

and amid the rubble of brick they seemed to be digging a hole for something or indeed someone – possibly me

but the NHS saved me

and our wonderful nurses pulled my chestnuts out of Tartarean pit

and the other day I went back on a visit

and I saw that the hole had been filled in

with three or four gleaming storeys

of a new paediatrics unit

and there you have the metaphor my friends for how to build back better now

we have a huge hole

in the public finances

We spent £407 bn on covid support

and our debt now stands at over two trillion pounds

and waiting lists will almost certainly go up before they come down

covid pushed out a great bow wave of cases

people did not or could not seek help

and that wave is now coming back

a tide of anxiety washing into every A and E and every GP

your hip replacement

your mother’s surgery

 

 

and this is the priority of the British people

 

does anyone seriously imagine that we should not now be raising the funding to sort this out

 

is that really the view of responsible conservatives ?

 

I can tell you something

 

Margaret Thatcher would not have ignored this meteorite that has just crashed through the public finances

 

she would have wagged her finger and said more borrowing now is just higher interest rates and even higher taxes later

 

 

 

 

when this country was sick our NHS was the nurse

 

frontline health care workers

 

battled against a new disease

selflessly

 

 

risking their lives sacrificing their lives

 

and it is right that this Party that has looked after the NHS for most of its history

 

should be the one to rise to the challenge

 

48 new hospitals

50,000 more nurses

 

50m more GP appointments

 

40 new diagnostic centres

 

and fixing those backlogs with real change

 

because the pandemic not only put colossal pressure on the NHS

 

it was a lightning flash illumination of a problem we have failed to address for decades

 

FIXING SOCIAL CARE

 

in 1948 this country created the National Health Service but kept social care local

 

and though that made sense in many ways generations of older people have found themselves

 

lost in the gap

 

when covid broke there were 100,000 beds in the NHS

 

–           and 30,000 occupied by people who could have been cared for elsewhere

whether at home or in residential care

 

and we all know that this problem of delayed discharge is one of the major reasons why

 

it takes too long to get the hospital  treatment that your family desperately need

 

and people worry that they will be the one in ten

 

to suffer from the potentially catastrophic cost of dementia

 

wiping out everything they have

and preventing them from passing on anything to their families

 

and we Conservatives stand by those who have shared our values

 

thrift and hard work

and who face total destitution in this brutal lottery

 

of old age

in which treatment for cancer is funded by the state

 

and care for alzheimers is not – or only partly

 

and to fix these twin problems of the NHS and social care

 

we aren’t just going to siphon billions of new taxes into crucial services

 

without improving performance

 

we will

 

use new technology so that there is a single set of electronic records as patients pass between health and social care

 

improving care

 

and ensuring that cash goes to the frontline

 

and not on needless bureaucracy

 

When I stood on the steps of Downing Street I promised to fix this crisis

 

and after decades of drift and dither

 

this reforming government

 

this can do government

 

this government that got brexit done

 

that is getting the vaccine rollout done

 

is going to get social care done

 

and we are dealing with the biggest underlying issues of our economy and society

 

the problems that no government has had the guts to tackle before

 

and I mean the long term structural weaknesses

 

in the UK economy

 

It is thanks to that vaccine roll-out that we now have the most open economy and the fastest growth in the G7

 

 

we have unemployment two million lower than forecast

 

We have demand surging

 

and I am pleased to say that after years of stagnation – more than a decade –  wages are going up

 

faster than before the pandemic began

 

 

and that matters deeply

 

because we are embarking now on a change of direction that has been long overdue

 

in the UK economy

 

we are not going back to the same old broken model

 

with low wages

low growth

low skills

and low productivity

 

all of it enabled and assisted by uncontrolled immigration

 

and the answer to the present stresses and strains

 

which are mainly a function of growth and economic revival

 

is not to reach for that same old lever of uncontrolled immigration

 

to keep wages low

 

the answer is to control immigration

to allow people of talent to come to this country

 

but not to use immigration as an excuse for failure to invest

in people, in skills

and in the equipment the facilities the machinery they need to do their jobs

 

the truckstops – to pick an example entirely at random – with basic facilities where you don’t have to urinate in the bushes

 

and that is the direction in which this country is going now

 

towards a high wage

high skill

high productivity

 

and yes, thereby low tax economy

 

that is what the people of this country need and deserve

in which everyone can take pride in their work and in the quality of their work

 

and yes it will take time

and yes it will sometimes be difficult

 

but that was the change that people voted for in 2016

 

and that was the change they voted for again powerfully in 2019

 

and to deliver that change we will get on with our job

 

of uniting and levelling up across the UK

 

the greatest project that any government can embark on

 

We have one of the most imbalanced societies and lop-sided economies

 

of all the richer countries

 

 

it is not just that there is a gap between London  and the South east and the rest of the country

 

there are aching gaps within the regions themselves

 

what monkey glands are they applying in Ribble Valley

 

what royal jelly are they eating

 

that they live seven years longer than the people of Blackpool

 

only 33 miles away

 

 

Why does half of York’s population boast a degree and only a quarter of Doncaster’s

 

This is not just a question of social justice

 

it is an appalling waste of potential

 

and it is holding this country back

 

 

because there is no reason why the inhabitants of one part of the country should be geographically fated to be poorer than others

 

or why people should feel they have to move away from their loved ones, or communities to reach their potential

 

When Thomas Gray stood in that country churchyard in 1750 and wrote his famous elegy

 

 

as the curfew tolled the knell of parting day

 

he lamented

the wasted talents of those buried around him

the flowers born to blush unseen

the mute inglorious miltons who never wrote a poem

because they never got to read

 

 

the simple folk who died illiterate and innumerate

 

and he knew that it was an injustice

 

let me ask you, maybe you know

 

where was he standing when he chewed his pensive quill ? Anybody know

 

Correct, thank you, he was standing in Stoke poges

 

my friends there may be underprivileged parts of this country but stoke poges is not now among them

 

in fact it was only recently determined by the Daily Telegraph

 

and if you can’t believe that, what can you believe my friends

 

to be the 8th richest village in England

 

since gray elegised, Buckinghamshire has levelled up to be among the most productive regions in the whole of Europe

 

Stoke Poges may still of course have its problems

 

but they are the overwhelmingly caused the sheer lust of other people to live in or near Stoke Poges

 

 

overcrowded trains

endless commutes

too little time with the kids

the constant anxiety that your immemorial view of chalk downland is going to be desecrated by ugly new homes

 

and that is why levelling up works for the whole country

 

and is the right and responsible policy, because it

 

helps to take the pressure off parts of the overheating South East

 

while simultaneously

 

 

offering hope and opportunity to those areas that have felt left behind

 

 

and let us be clear that there is a huge philosophical difference between us and labour

 

because in their souls they don’t like levelling up

 

they like levelling down they do

 

they like decapitating the tall poppies and taxing the rich till the pips squeak

they dislike academic competition latin I hear

and in Islington – I kid you not I have seen it with my own eyes – they like kids to run races where nobody actually wins

 

and I have to tell you I don’t believe that is a good preparation for life

 

let alone for the Olympic games

 

and if you insist on the economic theory behind levelling up

 

it is contained in the insight of Wilfredo Pareto

 

a 19th century Italian figre who floated from the cobwebbed attic of my memories

 

that there are all kinds of improvements

 

you can make to people’s lives he said

 

without diminishing anyone else

 

Rishi will I am sure confirm this

 

 

and we call these pareto improvements

 

and they are the means of levelling up

 

and the idea in a nutshell it is that you will find talent genius flair imagination enthusiasm everywhere in this country all of them evenly distributed

 

but opportunity is not

 

and it is our mission as conservatives to promote opportunity

 

with every tool we have

 

and it is still a grim fact that in this country

that some kids will grow up in neighbourhoods that are safer than others

 

and some will be, as Priti was saying, some will be sucked into gangs

and some will be at risk of stabbing and shooting

and some will get themselves caught in the one way ratchet of the criminal justice system

 

and many others will not

 

that’s why levelling up means fighting crime

putting more police out on the beat as we are

 

and toughening sentences

 

and rolling up the county lines drugs networks as we are

 

1100 gone already

 

and giving the police the powers they need

to fight these dealers in death and misery that’s what we want to do

 

–                               and what is Labour’s answer, by the way –

 

to decriminalise hard drugs apparently

 

to let the gangsters off with a caution

 

an answer that is straight from the powder rooms of the North London dinner parties

and nothing to do with the real needs of this country

crime has been falling

 

and not just by the way because we took the precaution of locking up the public for much of the last 18 months

 

but because you have a conservative government that understands the broken windows theory of crime

 

I read a learned article by some lawyer saying we should not bother about pet theft

 

Well  I say to Cruella de Vil QC – if you can steal a dog or a cat

then there is frankly no limit to your depravity

 

and you know those people gluing themselves to roads

 

I don’t call them legitimate protestors

like some Labour councillors do I, some Labour councillors actually glue themselves to roads

 

I say they are a confounded nuisance who are blocking ambulances, stopping people go about their daily lives

 

and I am glad Priti is taking new powers to insulate them snugly in prison where they belong

 

what I found most incredible of all was the decision by labour

now led by lefty Islington lawyers

 

to vote against tougher sentences for serious sexual and violent offenders

 

and on behalf of the entire government I tell you

 

we will not rest until we have increased the successful prosecutions for rape

 

because too many lying bullying cowardly men are using the law’s delay

 

to get away with violence against women

 

and we cannot and we will not stand for it

 

and I know that there are some who now tell us that we are ungenerous and unfeeling in our attempts to control our borders

 

and I say – don’t give me that

 

This is the government that stood up to China and announced that we would provide a haven for British overseas nationals in Hong Kong

 

30,000 have already applied

 

and I am really proud to be part of a Conservative government that will welcome 20,000 Afghans

 

people who risked their lives to guide us and translate for us

 

we are doing the right and responsible thing

 

and speaking as the great grandson of a Turk who fled in fear of his life I know that this country is a beacon of light and hope for people around the world

 

provided they come here legally

 

provided we understand who they are and what they want to contribute

 

and that is why we took back control of our borders

 

and will pass the borders bill

 

 

because we believe there must be a distinction between someone who comes here legally and someone who doesn’t

 

and though I have every sympathy with people genuinely in fear of their lives

 

I have no sympathy whatever

 

with the people traffickers who take thousands of pounds

to send children to sea in frail and dangerous craft

 

and we must end this lethal trade

 

we must break the gangsters’ business model

 

and is it not a sublime irony that even in French politics there is now a leading centre right politician calling for a referendum on the EU

 

 

Who is now calling for France to reprendre le controle??

 

it’s good old Michel Barnier

 

 

that’s what happens if you spend a year trying to argue with Lord Frost

 

the greatest frost since the great frost of 1709

 

and we will fight these gangs at home and abroad

 

because their victims are invariably the poorest and the neediest

and I will tell you what levelling up is

 

a few years ago they started a school not far from the Olympic park

 

a new school that anyone could send their kids to

 

in an area that has for decades been one of the most disadvantaged in London

 

that school is Brampton Manor academy and it now sends more kids to Oxbridge than Eton

 

and if you want proof of what I mean by unleashing potential

and by levelling up

 

look at Brampton Manor

 

and we can do it

 

There is absolutely no reason why the kids of this country should lag behind

 

or why so many should be unable to read and write or do basic mathematics at the age of 11

 

and to level up

 

– on top of the extra 14 bn we’re putting into education

 

and on top of the increase that means every teacher starts with a salary of £30k

 

we are announcing a levelling up premium of up to £3000 to send the best maths and science teachers to the places that need them most

 

and above all we are investing in our skills, skills folks

 

our universities are world beating, I owe everything to my tutors and they are one of the great glories of our economy

 

but we all know that some of the most brilliant and imaginative and creative people in Britain

and some of the best paid people in Britain

 

did not go to university

and to level up you need to give people the options

 

the skills

 

that are right for them

 

and to make the most of those skills and knowledge

 

and to level up you need urgently to

 

plug all the other the gaps in our infrastructure that are still holding people and communities back

 

As I’ve been saying over this wonderful conference to you

when I became leader of this party, there were only,  can you remember, what percentage of households had gigabit broadband when you were so kind as to make me leader? 7 percent, only 7 percent

 

and by the new year that will be up to 68 per cent

 

thanks to Rishi’s superdeduction the pace is now accelerating massively

 

as companies thrust the fibre-optic vermicelli in the most hard to reach places

 

its wonderful,  for years SNP leader Ian Blackford has been telling the Commons that he is nothing but a humble crofter on the isle of Skye

 

 

well now we have fibre optic broadband of very high quality  that we can inspect the library or is it perhaps the billiard room of Ian Blackford’s croft

 

and that is levelling up in action

 

and my friends it is not good enough just to rely on zoom

 

after decades of ducked decisions

 

our national infrastructure is way behind some of our key competitors

 

It is a disgrace that you still can’t swiftly cross the pennines by rail

 

a disgrace that leeds is the largest city in Europe with no proper metro system

 

a waste of human potential that so many places are not served by decent bus routes

 

transport is one of the supreme leveller-uppers

 

and we are making the big generational changes shirked by previous governments

 

 

we will do Northern Powerhouse rail

 

we will link up the cities of the midlands and the north

 

we will restore those sinews of the union that have been allowed to atrophy

 

the A1 north of Berwick and on into Scotland

 

 

the A 75  in Scotland that is so vital for the links with northern Ireland and the rest of the country

 

the north wales corridor

 

and we will invest in our roads

unblocking those coagulated roundabouts and steering-wheel-bending traffic lights

 

putting on 4000 more clean green buses

 

made in this country

some of them running on hydrogen

 

 

and as we come out of covid

 

our towns and cities are again going to be buzzing with life

because

we know

that a productive workforce

 

needs that spur

 

that only comes with face to face meetings

and water cooler gossip

 

if young people are to learn on the job in the way that they always have and must

we will and must see people back in the office

 

 

and that is why we are building back better with a once in an a century £640bn pound programme

of investment

 

and by making neighbourhoods safer

by putting in the gigabit broadband

by putting in the roads and the schools and the healthcare

 

we will enable more and more young people everywhere

 

to share the dream of home ownership

 

the great ambition of the human race

 

that the left always privately share but publicly disparage

 

and we can do it

 

 

LOOK AT THIS COUNTRY FROM THE AIR

go on google maps

 

you see how our landscape has been plotted and pieced and jigsawed together by centuries of bequests and litigation

 

a vast testament to security of title

 

trust in the law

 

a confidence that is responsible for so much international investment

 

 

you see how rich this country is growing

the billions of loving and incremental improvements to homes and gardens

 

 

you can see how beautiful it is

vast untouched moorland

 

and hills

broadleaf forests

 

we are going to re-wild parts of the country and consecrate a total of 30 per cent to nature

 

we are planting tens of millions of trees

 

otters are returning to rivers from which they have been absent for decades

 

beavers that have not been seen on some rivers since tudor times

 

massacred for their pelts

 

and now back

 

and if that isn’t conservatism, my friends I don’t know what is

 

build back beaver

 

and though the beavers may sometimes build without local authority permission

 

 

you can also see how much room there is

 

to build the homes that young families need in this country

 

not on green fields

 

not just jammed in the south east

 

but beautiful homes on brownfield sites

 

in places where homes make sense

 

HOME OWNERSHIP

 

 

and this government is helping young people to afford a home

 

It has been a scandal – a rebuke to all we stand for

 

that over the last 20 years the dream of home ownership

 

has receded

 

and yet under this government we are turning the tide

 

 

we have not only built more homes than at any time in the last 30 years

 

we are helping young people on to the property ladder

 

with our 95 per cent mortgages

 

 

and there is no happiness like taking a set of keys

 

and knowing that the place is yours

 

and you can paint the front door any colour you like

 

as it happens I am not allowed to paint my own front door, it has to be black

 

but I certainly don’t have far to go to work

 

and if you don’t have too far to go to work

 

and the commute is not too dreadful

and if

the job suits your skills

 

and your wifi is fast and reliable

 

then I tell you something else

 

that housing

in the right place

at an affordable price

 

will add massively not just to your general joie de vivre

 

but to your productivity

 

and that is how we solve the national productivity puzzle

 

by fixing the broken housing market

by plugging in the gigabit

by putting in decent safe bus routes and all other transport infrastructure

 

and by investing in skills skills skills

 

and that by the way is how we help to cut the cost of living for everyone

 

because housing, energy, transport

 

are now huge parts of our monthly bills

 

and it is by fixing our broken housing market

by sorting out our energy supply – more wind, more nuclear, becoming less dependent on hydrocarbons from abroad

by putting in those transport links

we will hold costs down and save you money

 

 

and we will make this country an even more attractive destination for foreign direct investment

 

We are already the number one

 

–                               look at the Nissan investment in Sunderland

or the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing centre that’s coming to Swindon

 

and with these productivity gains we will turbo charge that advantage

 

and help businesses to start and grow everywhere

 

so let me come now to the punchline of my sermon on the vaccine

 

It was not the government that made the wonder drug

 

it wasn’t brewed in the alembicks  of the department of health

 

It was, of course it was Oxford University, but it was  the private sector that made it possible

 

behind those vaccines are

companies and shareholders and, yes,

 

bankers

 

 

you need deep pools of liquidity that are to be found in the City of London

 

it was capitalism that ensured that we had a vaccine in less than a year

 

and the answer therefore is not to attack the wealth creators

 

it is to encourage them because they are responsible for the aggregate increase in the country’s wealth

 

that enables us to make those pareto improvements

 

and to level up everywhere

 

and to rub home my point

 

it is not just that vaccination has saved more than 120,000 lives

Vaccination has allowed us to meet like this

and blessed us with such rapid growth

 

with wages rising fastest for those on lowest incomes

and that levelling up in action

 

The vaccines have ensured that by a simple vowel mutation jabs jabs jabs

 

 

become jobs jobs jobs

 

the world’s most effective vaccines have saved our open  society and free market economy

and it is our open society and free market economy that have produced the world’s most effective vaccines

 

 

and that is the symmetry in the lesson of the covid vaccines

 

–                                       science, innovation, capitalism –

is vital now for the challenge we face

 

the challenge the whole humanity faces

 

is even more existential for our way of life

 

in just a few weeks time this country will host the summit of our generation in Glasgow

 

when the resolve of the world is put to the test

 

can we keep alive the ambition of Paris – to stop the planet heating by more than 1.5 degrees

 

 

government can’t do it alone

and taxpayers certainly can’t do it alone

 

the other day I took a boat out into the moray firth

 

to see an aquatic forest of white turbines towering over the water like the redwoods of california

 

and you have no idea of their size until you see them up close

 

the deceptive speed of their wings

 

twice the diameter of the London eye

their tips slicing the air at more than 100 miles per hour

 

and I met the young men and women

 

apprentices

 

who had moved straight across from the world of oil and gas

 

and they had the same excitement at working amid winds and wave

 

and being able to see whales and dolphins from the office window

 

but they had the extra satisfaction that goes with knowing you are doing something to save the planet

 

and get Britain to Net Zero by 2050

and that is the symmetry represented by these giant windmills

 

massive and innovative private sector investment

 

 

and a government taking the tough decisions to make it possible

 

that’s the difference between this radical and optimistic Conservatism

 

and a tired old Labour

 

did you see them last week, did you watch them last week in Brighton

 

hopelessly divided I thought they looked

 

their leader like a seriously rattled bus conductor

 

pushed this way and that by, not that they have bus conductors any more unfortunately, like a seriously rattled bus conductor pushed this way and that by a corbynista mob of sellotape-spectacled sans-culottes

 

or the skipper of a cruise liner that has been captured by Somali pirates

 

desperately trying to negotiate a change of course

 

and then changing his mind

 

and remember Labour’s performance during the pandemic

 

flapping with all the conviction of a damp tea towel

 

They refused to say that schools were safe

 

they would have kept us in the European medicines agency

 

and slammed the brakes on the vaccine roll out

 

the Labour leader attacked the vaccine task force for spending money on outreach to vaccine hesitant minority groups

 

when it is hard to think of any better use of public money

 

and let us try to forgive him on the basis that he probably didn’t know what he was talking about

 

in previous national crises labour leaders have opted to minimise public anxiety and confusion by not trying to score cheap party political points

 

one thinks of Attlee or even Michael foot in the falklands crisis

 

sadly that was not the approach taken by captain hindsight

 

attacking one week

then rowing in behind when it seemed to be working

 

the human weathervane

the starmer chameleon

 

and in his final act of absurd opportunism he decided to oppose step four of the roadmap in July

 

that’s right folks

 

if we had listened to captain hindsight we would still be in lockdown we wouldn’t have the fastest growth in the G7

 

if Columbus had listened to captain hindsight he’d be famous for having discovered Tenerife

 

and how utterly astonishing that in the last few weeks labour should actually have voted against new funding we’re putting frward for the NHS

 

and

 

we need to remember why and how we have been able to back people through this pandemic at all

 

it was because we Conservatives fixed the economy

 

we repaired the damage Labour left behind

 

every labour government has left office with unemployment higher than when it came in

 

every single one – ever since the party was invented

 

and today we are going to fix this economy and build back better than ever before

 

and just as we used our new freedoms to accelerate the vaccine rollout

 

we are going to use our brexit freedoms to

 

to do things differently

 

we are doing the borders bill

we have seen off the European superleague and protected grassroots football

 

we are doing at least eight freeports

 

superfertilised loam in which

 

business will plant new jobs across the UK

 

and now we are going further

 

not only jettisoning the EU rules we don’t need any more

 

but using new freedoms to

 

improve the way we regulate in the great growth areas of the 21st century

 

as we fulfil our ambition of becoming a science superpower

 

gene editing

data management

 

AI

 

Cyber quantum

 

we are going to be ever more global in our outlook

 

we have done 68 free trade deals including that great free trade deal with our friends in the EU that they all said was impossible

 

and after decades of bewildering refusal we have persuaded the Americans to import prime British beef

 

a market already worth £66 m

 

build back burger I say

 

and you ask yourself how have the americans been able to survive without British beef for so long?

 

and if you want a supreme example of global Britain in action

 

of something daring and brilliant that would simply not have happened if we had remained in the EU

 

I give you AUKUS – an idea so transparently right that Labour conference voted overwhelmingly against it

 

and I know that there has been a certain raucus squaukus from the anti-aukus caucus

 

But  Aukus is simply a recognition of the reality that

 

the world is tilting on its economic axis

 

and our trade and relations with the Indo pacfific region are becoming ever more vital than ever before

 

and that is why we have

 

sent the amazing carrier strike group

 

to the far east

 

been performing manoeuvres with 40 friendly countries

 

HMS queen elizabeth

 

as long as the entire palace of Westminster

 

and rather more compelling as an argument

 

than many speeches made in the house of commons

 

it has dozens of F35s on board

 

and 66 thousand sausages aboard

 

not because want to threaten or be adversarial to anyone

 

either with the F35s or indeed the sausages

 

but because we want to stick up for the rule of law that is so vital for freedom of navigation and free trade

 

and that is what brings AUKUS together

 

Australia, UK, US

 

shared values

 

a shared belief in democracy and human rights

 

and a shared belief in the equal dignity and worth of every human being

 

 

very few countries could have pulled off the Kabul airlift – an astonishing feat by our brave armed forces

 

even fewer have the same moral priorities

 

No other government brokered a deal such as this government did with Astra Zeneca

 

so that the Oxford vaccine has been distributed at cost around the world

 

more than a billion low cost vaccines

 

invented in Britain

 

saving millions of lives

 

we are led by our values

 

by the things we stand for

 

and we should never forget that people around the world admire this country for its history and its traditions

 

they love the groovy new architecture and the fashion and the music and the chance of meeting Michael in the disco

 

but they like the way it emerges organically from a vast inherited conglomerate of culture and tradition

 

and we conservatives understand the need for both and

how each nourishes the other

 

and we attack and deny our history at our peril

 

and when they began to attack Churchill as a racist I was minded to ignore them

it is only 20 years ago since BBC audiences overwhelmingly voted him the greatest Briton of all time

 

 

because he helped defeat a regime after all that was defined by one of the most vicious racisms

 

the world has ever seen

 

but as time has gone by it has become clear to me that

 

this isn’t just a joke

 

they really do want to re-write our national story

 

starting with hereward the woke

 

 

we really are at risk of a kind of know nothing cancel culture know nothing iconoclasm

 

and so we Conservatives will defend our history and cultural inheritance

 

not because we are proud of everything

 

but because trying to edit it now is as dishonest as a celebrity trying furtively to change his entry in Wikipedia

and its a betrayal of our children’s education

 

 

 

churchill’s last words to his cabinet, actually his whole ministers but his cabinet were there

were

 

Never be separated from the americans

 

pretty good advice I’m sure you’ll agree –

and ended with the observation

 

man is spirit

 

He was right there.

 

I believe that through history and accident this country has a unique spirit

 

the spirit of the NHS nurses AND the entrepreneurs

 

whose innovative flair means that there are three countries in the world that have produced more than 100 unicorns not a mythical beast

 

tech companies worth more than a billion dollars each

They are the US and China and the UK and those unicorns they are now dispersed around the United Kingdom in a way that is new to our country, that is the spirit of levelling up

 

and we need the spirit of the NHS nurses and the entrepreneurs because each enables the other

 

I mean

 

the spirit of the footballers who took England into the final of a major knock out tournament for the first time in the lives of the vast majority of the people of this country

 

probably, looking around at all you young thrusters, the majority of you in this room

 

the indomitable spirit of Emma Raducanu

 

her grace and her mental resilience when the game was going against her

 

because that is what counts

 

the spirit of our Olympians

 

it is an incredible thing to come yet again in the top four

 

a formidable effort for a country that has only 0.8 per cent of the world’s population

 

in spite of the best efforts of some us jacob

 

but when we come second in the Paralympics as well –

that shows our values

 

not only the achievement of those elite athletes

 

but a country that is proud to be a trailblazer

 

to judge people not by where they come from

 

but by their spirit

and by what is inside them

 

That is the spirit that is the same across this country

in every town and village and city that can be found

 

that can be found in the hearts and minds of kids growing up everywhere

 

and that is the spirit we are going to unleash

 

ENDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steph Schwarz | Press Office

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