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Theresa May dancing to the beat of her own drum

Theresa May has told the Conservatives they must be the “party for everyone” and said austerity was over in her party conference speech in Birmingham.

The prime minister said that a decade on from the financial crash, “there are better days ahead”, signaling an increase in public spending.

She also defended her under-fire Brexit strategy, saying she was “standing up for Britain”.

And she announced new borrowing powers for councils to build more homes.

A cap on the amount councils can borrow to fund new developments “doesn’t make sense” and would be scrapped, she said.-BBC

“Solving the housing crisis is the biggest domestic policy challenge of our generation. It doesn’t make sense to stop councils from playing their part in solving it. So today I can announce that we are scrapping that cap,” she said.

She highlighted the government’s response to the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning, and contrast it with Corbyn’s approach of demanding international action, sanctioned by the UN security council, on which Russia has a veto. “We cannot outsource our conscience to the Kremlin,” she said. -The Guardian

We have had disagreements in this party about Britain’s membership of the EU for a long time. So, it is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week. But my job as prime minister is to do what I believe to be in the national interest.

She also made an oblique reference to Johnson’s recent “fuck business’ comment. She said:

To all businesses – large and small – you may have heard that there is a four-letter word to describe what we Conservatives want to do to you.

It has a single syllable. It is of Anglo-Saxon derivation. It ends in the letter ‘K’.

Back business. -The Guardian

“There must be no return to the uncontrolled borrowing of the past. No undoing all the progress of the last eight years. No taking Britain back to square one. But the British people need to know that the end is in sight. And our message to them must be this: we get it,” she said.

“A decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over an that their hard work has paid off.”-Theresa May- The Guardian



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