tv British Prime Minister Theresa May Addresses Conservative Party Conference CSPAN October 8, 2018 3:00pm-4:00pm EDT
[applause] >> coming up in about an hour, we'll live to the national press club in washington d.c. for speaker of the house paul ryan climbed to 4:00 p.m. eastern. until then, we take you to birmingham, england were last month by minister theresa may deliver the keynote at the annual conference. in an hour-long speech he highlighted her achievements over the year including removing caps on housing assistance program a boost in funding to the national health service. ♪
not fantastic? -- wasn't that fantastic. there are some things about last year's conference i've try to forget. but i will always remember what i felt from everyone in the hall. supported me on the way. thank you. [applause] this year marks a century since the end of the first world war. from the conference understands the hall of memory, built to one of the sacrifices, men and women from this city and the terrible conflicts. inscribed within it are some familiar words. at the going down and in the
morning, and we will remember them. we do remember them. we remember the young men who left their homes to fight and die in the muck and horror of the trenches. we remember the sailors who shoveled coal into furnace is in the battleships. remember the selflessness of remarkable generations whose legacy is the freedom we enjoy today. i think my father's cousin and his honor he was named common he died at the age of just 19. last year, at that battle i took a moment to find his name alongside thousands of his comrades. we will remember them.
[applause] that the builders all of memory also wanted to us to do something else. alongside a commitment to remember, they inscribed a command that still calls to us today. see to it that they shall not have suffered and died in vain. those words express the determination to transform our country, a determination that the men who returned to their families here in birmingham and across the land should have homes picked for heroes. the women who made emissions can make up buses and trains running, firefighters and police officers should have a voice in our democracy.
the country which stood together in solidarity, with people of every class sharing the danger should become a fairer place. a generation later built on shared sacrifice renewed that determination. twice in a century, britain came together to beat the odds and build a better future. a stronger democracy in parliament for every person, no matter their gender, no matter their class, has an equal voice. their economy and the home of a free market for enterprise creates wealth to fund great public services. a more secure future in the postwar world, were former enemies become friends and the transatlantic alliance makes our world a safer place. we must recapture that spirit because the lesson is that remarkable generation is clear. if we come together, there is no
limit to what we can achieve. our future is in our hands. [applause] and that is why we are all in this hall today, the reason we chose to get involved in politics in the first place. we believe that by standing up to be counted by working together we can change our communities and our country for the better. it's not always glamorous. i've seen the bodyguard and let me tell you, it wasn't like that in my day. [laughter] [applause] the real politics is also hard
draft. knocking on doors in all weather we do it because we believe in its potential to transform life. we understood when we got involved that sometime it's adversarial. in the last few years, something has changed for the worse. i feel it and i'm sure you do, too. rigorous debate between political opponents is becoming more like a confrontation between enemies. people who put themselves forward to serve are becoming target. not just them, their families as well. we all saw the sickening pictures of an extreme and shouting abuse at small children and it's not only conservatives who are facing abuse. the first woman ever to be
elected to the house of commons received more racist and misogynist messages today than when she first said over 30 years ago. you don't have to agree to believe passionately in her right to say it free from threat and abuse. [applause] some people have lost sight of the fact that political differences are not everything. local and national governments in office and in opposition. i know that no party has a monopoly on good ideas. getting things done requires working together within parties and beyond sun. when politics become polarized and compromise becomes a dirty
word, that becomes harder and good people are put off public service. it doesn't have to be this way. our party has more like it representatives than any other. we have in our hands the power to set a standard of decency that will be an example for others to follow. the late john mccain who spoke at this conference 12 years ago put it like this. we argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our public debates, but we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. i was jo cox message, too. it's a truth that the british people instinctively understand because they are not ideologues. they know we all have a common stake in this country and the only path to a better future is one we walked on together. so let's rise above the abuse.
our values double cut through the bitterness and files that is poisoning our politics. and let's say about unclear. conservatives will always stand up for politics that unite us rather than divides us. [applause] now, that used to be labor's position, too. when i look at it later shipped today, and i worry no longer the case. we all remember what the labour party used to be. we passionately disagreed with many policies. every labour government must higher than they found it. every labor government ran out of other people's money to spend. every labor government left the
economy in a mess. but at least they have some basic qualities everyone could respect. they're part of our institution in our armed forces. they were part of written. today when i looked across at the opposition benches, and i can tell see the labour party. but not on the front bench. [applause] instead, and their faces stare blankly out while another party occupies prime position, the jeremy corbyn party. the jeremy corbyn party rejects the common values that once bridged our political divide. just compare jeremy corbyn's
behavior to that of his predecessors. who stood up to the hard left, have stood by while his own mps face the selection and immediate police protection of their conference. or jim callahan, who served in the royal navy has asked the russian government to concern the finding that their intelligence agencies. [laughter] with churches trusted deputy has told british jews they didn't know the meaning of british anti-semitism. [applause] the foreign labor is a national tragedy. what has it come to when jewish families today seriously discuss where they should go if jeremy
corbyn becomes prime minister, when a neighbor and he says his party is institutionally racist. when the leader of the labour party is happy to appear on iranian state tv, both free media here in britain. [applause] that is what jeremy corbyn has done to the labour party. it is hard duty in this conservative party to make sure he can never do it to our country. [applause] to do that, we need to be a party for the whole country.
today, millions of people they are appalled by what jeremy corbyn has done to labor. they want to support a party that is decent and patriotic, one that puts the national interest first, delivers on the issues they care about in this comfortable with modern britain in all of its diversity. we must show everyone in this country that we are that party. a party that conserves the best of our inheritance, that is not afraid of change. a party of patriotism, but not nationalism. a party that believes in business, but is not afraid to hold businesses to account. but knows government will never have all the answers. a party that believes your success in life should not be defined by who you love coming
to your faith, the color of your skin or where you were raised, but by your talent and your hard work. above all -- [applause] above all, a party of unionism, not just proud nations, but all of our people. a party not for the few or even for money, but for everyone who is willing to work hard and do their best. [applause] and we must be a party that is not in thrall to ideology, but motivated instead by enduring
principles. for me, they could be summed up in three words. security, freedom, opportunity. security for the nation, with strong defenses against threats from abroad in protection against threats from home. security for communities by the brave men and women of our police forces. provided by a good job, home of your own and dignity in old age. and security is the bedrock of freedom. freedom of thought, freedom of action, the freedom to make decisions for yourself rather than have been made for you to government. the freedom that our parents and great grandparents fought for against tyranny. the freedom when the soviet union collapsed in the nations were reborn in sovereignty and independence.
the freedom still denied to many in our world today. with freedom should always come responsibility. to obey the law even when you disagree with it. to conserve our environment for the next generation and especially for those in public life, the responsibility to weigh the impact our words and actions have on other people. and if we are secure and we are free, then opportunity is open to. to take your future in your hands, to dream and strive and achieve a better life. to know that if your dad arrived on a plane from pakistan, you can be, home secretary. [applause]
[applause] but if you spent time in care, and you can be in the cabinet. [applause] that if your grandparents came to our shores as part of the generation, you could be the next mayor of london. [applause] if you are pregnant with her first child and engage your girlfriend, you could be the next first minister of scotland.
[cheers and applause] we -- we the conservative party are the party of opportunity. [applause] now, no institution embodies our principles of conservatives more profoundly or more personally than our national health service. it gives every man, woman and child the absolute security of knowing care will be there. to live your life never having to worry about whether you can afford the treatment you need are better opportunity for a country to make the most of all its talents. a service that is there for everyone, and point of views
raised on clinical need, these principles are in our country's dna and conservatives will always uphold them. indeed, conservatives have looked after nhs for most of its life in this year we gave the nhs a present to be proud of. the biggest cash boost in its history. an extra 394 million pounds every single week. [applause] and in return, and will produce a new long-term plan to make sure every penny makes the difference on the front line. so next time you hear someone
say the tories don't care about the nhs, tell them about that extra funding. tell them about the conservative mps who work in the nhs in their spare time. tell them about the tory prime minister who does her job with the help of the wonderful staff of her local trust who has managed diabetes. tell them about her housing secretary. last year, james officially opened in his constituency. a few months later he was a patient. the outstanding nhs care he received helped him recover and now he is back serving in the cabinet.
[applause] leadership is doing what you believe to be right and have been encouraging determination determination to see it through. and that is the approach i have taken on bragg said. we've had disagreements about britain members tip of for a long time. it's no surprise that with a range of different views expressed this week. my job as prime minister is to do what i believe to be in the national interest. and that means two things. first, honoring the results of the referendum. [applause] they've asked the british people to make decisions. we put our faith in their
judgment. they have put their faith in us to deliver. i will not let them down. [applause] and secondly, to seek good trading and security relationship with our neighbors after we have left. they are our close friends and families and we should ensure it stays that way. [applause] that is what i said. it's what we promised in our manifesto and that's what i've worked day and night for the last two years to achieve. no one wants a good deal more than me. but that is never meant getting a deal at any cost. britain isn't afraid to leave it no deal if we have to.
but we need -- [applause] but we need to be honest about it. leaving without a deal introducing tariffs and costly tax at the border would be a bad outcome for the u.k. and the e.u. it will be tough at first, but the resilience and ingenuity of the british people would see us through. some people ask me to rollout no deal. but if i did that, i would weaken our negotiating position and have to agree to whatever the e.u. offers and at the moment that would mean accepting one of two things. either a tale that keeps us in the e.u. in august, may, keeps annual payments and stops assigning trade deals with other countries, and all a deal a part
of this country effectively leaving it in that use custom union. let's send a clear message from this hall today. we will never accept either of those choices. [applause] [applause] we will not e*trade the results of the referendum and we will never break up our country. [applause] i have treated the european union was nothing but respect. the united kingdom expects the
same. [applause] in the negotiation if you can't accept the other five proposals you present an alternative and that is what we have done. our proposal is for a free trade deal that provides good trading goods. they would protect hundreds of thousands of jobs in the just-in-time supply chain by manufacturing firms relying on. businesses wouldn't face costly checks when they exploit the e.u. so they can invest with confidence and it would protect our precious union. the bedrock of peace and stability would see no change whatsoever. the symbol free trade agreement could achieve that. not even one that makes use of the very latest technology. our proposal would be good for our communities, getting on this
but, not for cultural community. it would be good for coastal communities. it would be independent coastal state once again. in the uk's biggest fishing fleet based in auckland, that means they invest. you claim to stand up for scotland, but you want to lock fishermen into there forever. that is not stronger for scotland. it's a betrayal of scotland. [applause] our proposal would mean we knew our role in the world. trade deals with other countries, with control of our money, we could spend more on
her nhs. with control of our law we could bring decision-making to the people in return powers to westminster, eden borough and belfast. and with control of our borders, we can do some thing that no british government has been able to do in decade. restore full and complete control of who comes into this country to the democratically elected representative of the british people. [applause] and this is what we will do with the emigration as we take that. the free movement of people will end once and for all. in its place we will introduce a new system. it will be based on what skills you have to offer, not which country you come from. throughout our history, migrants have made a huge contribution to our country and they will
continue to in the future. the skills we need who want to come here and work hard will find a welcome. we'll be able to reduce the numbers as we promised. by indian free movement, an incentive to trainer and young people and invest in technology and improve. so this is our proposal. taking back control of our borders and money. good for jobs, good for the union. it delivers on the referendum. he keeps faith with the british people. it is in the national interest. [applause] even if we don't all agree on every part of this proposal, we need to come together because it's time we faced up to what is
at risk. we have a labour party that if they were in government, would accept any deal the e.u. chose to offer regardless of how bad it was for the u.k. we also say that opposed any deal i choose to bring back, regardless of how good it is for the u.k. then in the national interest, their own political interests. [applause] and there are plenty of prominent people in british politics. in parliament and out of it to want to stop brexit in its tracks. the latest plan is to hold a second referendum. they call it a people's boat. but we had the people's boat and
the people chose to leave. [applause] a second referendum would be a politician's boat. politicians telling people they got it wrong the first time and should try again. think for a moment what it would do to phase in our democracy. politicians try to overturn it. whichever side of the question we stood on two years ago, need to come together now. if we don't, if we all go off in different directions come in dispute over a vision for the perfect bride say, we risk ending up with no brexit at all.
[applause] in another reason we need to come together. we are entering the toughest phase of the negotiations. he sought in salzburg and i am standing up to britain. [applause] what we are proposing is very challenging for the e.u. but if we stick together and hold our nerve, i know we can get a deal that delivers for britain. [applause] ultimately that is what it's all about. the people we serve are not interested in debate about the theory of brexit. their livelihoods depend on
making the list. they brexit that might make stronger 50 years from now is no good use. it makes her laugh harder today. you need a brexit that keeps trade friction free and supply chains flowing. you need a brexit that delivers full control of our waters. if you run an exporting business, you need a brexit that will open up new global markets. if you live in paddock on the irish border, you need a brexit that keeps an frictionless and communities connected. these things matter to you, so they matter to me. you are the people. we are all here to serve and together, we will build a brighter future for the whole united kingdom. [applause]
i passionately believe that our best days lie ahead of us in our future is full of promise. we have fundamental strengths as a country. english is a global language. we can trade with shanghai over morning coffee in san francisco at tea time. our university's world leading, our soft power unrivaled. a driving force in the commonwealth a permanent member of the u.n. security council and soon we will retake our own seat at the world trade organization's. britain will be a champion -- [applause] britain will be a champion for free trade across the globe. and i want to thank our fantastic trade envoys for leading that work.
but our greatest strength of all is the talent and diversity of our people. we have produced more nobel prize winners than any country apart from america. we are home to amazing innovators, creators and lunch for new orders. a wonderful public service is best in the world, compassion of our mh staff, dedication of our teachers, the bravery of our police and the courage of our armed forces. [applause] don't let anyone tell you we don't have what it takes. we have everything we need to succeed. in 2022, we'll put the best of british creativity, culture and
heritage in a year-long festival in northern ireland. [applause] wherever i travel, and i find a renewed interest in britain. let me give you one example. last month i became the first british prime minister to visit kenya for 30 years. this is a commonwealth part there, a nation of over 50 million people on a continent that will be an engine room of economic growth in the years ahead. their message to me was clear. our businesses want to trade with you. our young people want to study with you. our scientists and artists want to collaborate with you. i was the first prime minister to visit since margaret thatcher.
a whole world out there. [applause] the u.k. has always been an outward looking trading nation and as conservatives we believe in the power of the well regulated free market greatest agent of collective human progress ever devised. in the last 30 years, extreme poverty has been cut in half. although life expectancy has increased by nearly 20 years. cosmetology has halved. but the free market hasn't just saved lives. it's improved them. the internet, smartphones, cheap air travel, lecture cars, even flat tax stranger.
we should defend free markets because it is ordinary working people who benefit. close market -- [applause] closed markets and command economies were not overthrown, but by ordinary people. the shipyard workers who led a resistance in poland, by people of all backgrounds who took part in the revolution in czechoslovakia, by the people of east berlin who tore down that war. these were the many, not a few and when the men may have the freedom to choose, and they choose freedom. [applause] i thought last month in south
africa. i was speaking to some inspiring young people full of fire and hope for their futures. some told me they want to be doctors, other lawyers. some professional dancers. maybe not. [applause] one young woman said something else. she told me her ambition was to start a business so she could create jobs in her local community. the people in this hall who have started their own businesses will know how it is to take a risk and start something new. offering someone a job, creating opportunity for other people is one of the most socially responsible things you can do. it is an act of public service as noble as any other. to everyone who has done it, we are all in your debt, so we have
this party, we in this hall, we say thank you. [applause] into all businesses, large and small common you may have heard four letter words to describe what we conservatives want to do to you. and as a single syllable. it is of anglo-saxon derivation. it ends in the letter k. back businesses. [applause]
background to create jobs and create and improve lives. back with the lowest corporation tax in the g20. britain under my conservative government is open for business. [applause] we support free market because we know the strength. the defining event for a new generation of voters was not the fall of the berlin wall, but the collapse of the banks. it was the biggest market failure in our lifetime. a recession which almost three quarters of a million jobs were lost. sound businesses forced to close because they could not access credit. people to withdraw their money
from northern iraq. thanks to labor, the country was not prepared. the government ended up darwin one pound for every four pounds is that. it felt to our party to clear up the mess. how have we done? our economy is growing. the deficit down. unemployment at its lowest in the 1970s. youth unemployment at a record low. households were nobody works down by almost a million. we should not forget what is behind those numbers. the parent who's watched the benefit check for regular wage. the youngster leaving school and never having to sign on. children going up with an example of hard work. hope and dignity for millions of people in our country, we should be proud of our record.
[applause] but our pride in those achievement, blinders to the challenges that remain, and the aftereffects of the crash still being felt in important ways. some market are still not work in the interest of ordinary people. employment is up, but too many people haven't had a decent pay raise. achieving that has been painful and our economy is growing. but some communities have been left behind. that is why some people still feel that our economy is that working for them. our mission is conservative to show them that we can build an economy that does. in liverpool last week with solutions that would make things
worse. they might seem attractive at first glance, but which would hurt the very people they claim to help. their flagship announced it was a case in point. it would mean the government effectively confiscating a 10th of every company with more than 250 employees. workers would become shareholders in much of the income generated would end up with the government. they dress it up as employee ownership, but it's a giant stop tax on enterprise. [applause] it would slash the share prices businesses hitting anyone with a private pension. would make the u.k. an attractive place to invest regularly business, destroying jobs. the same is true of their
nationalization policy. they want to be out entirely by the government. but when you nationalize something, people pay for it twice. once when they use the service then again every month through their taxes. investment goes down because and governments have budgets, they always choose schools and hospitals over reservoirs and railways so people get a worse service. even something the labour party as their program of nationalization and their endless six as it promises, would cost 1 trillion pounds. that's right. 1 trillion pounds the cost of labor. and that not -- [applause] that is not government's money, but your money because labour would have to pay for it by raising taxes higher and higher.
everyone should pay their fair share. when you raise taxes too high, businesses can't afford to invest. eventually, they can afford to operate here at all. great jobs in other countries, pay taxes somewhere else and leave us poorer. labor would also have to increase by a ring again. are to spend more each year on debt interest than we do on our schools. after all the sacrifices we have made, labor would take us back to square one. and these ideas -- these ideas won't help us when struggling. whose jobs would go or who savings would be devalued and young people whose future labor would mortgage.
however bad the labor approaches, we must do more than criticize it. we need to show what the conservative government is doing to address people's concern. first i need to make markets work in the interest of ordinary people again. that's why we toughen up our corporate governance roles by giving a stronger voice in the boardroom. we've changed the rules on bonuses the bosses are rewarded for long-term performance, not short-term profit. that's why with the economy changing how people work but we are changing our employment rolls so new technology can't undermine workers rights. it is why we introduced the energy price cap, announced at last year's conference and in place. [applause] it will stop energy is from
charging their most loyal customers on surcharges and the other with the loyalty penalty should know we will take action. we put the interest of consumers first. we've also announced a fundamental review into our railways. since privatization, investment in the network has gone out. safety has improved and more people are traveling by rail than ever before. and summers, the service has not been good enough. we will fix that. and while we do so, we are bringing a new system of auto compensation so that when your train is late, you won't have to waste more time getting your money back. last year, i made it my personal mission to fix another broken market housing. we cannot make the case for capitalism is ordinary working people have no chance of earning
capital. to put the dream of homeownership back within their reach, for most first-time buyers and over 120,000 households have already benefited. we've helped half a million people to other schemes might help to buy. this week we announced we will charge a higher rate on those buying homes who do not live in pay tax as in the u.k. to help narrow the playing field for british buyers and the money raised will go towards tackling the surge. [applause] the truth is that while these measures will help in the short-term, we we would only fix this broken market by building more homes and that is what we
are doing. more new homes were added last year than in all but one of the last 30 years. we need to do better still. the last time britain was building enough homes half a century ago, local councils made a big contribution. now we've opened up to 9 billion-pound affordable housing program to get them building again in the masters conference i announced an additional 2 billion pounds for affordable housing. something is still holding many of them back, so the government capped on how much they can borrow against their assets to fund new development. 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.
[applause] we will help you get on the housing ladder and we will build the homes this country needs. [applause] our next challenge is to help working people with the cost of living. we know how hard people work to make ends meet and provide for their families. it is an easy come and never has. the difference it makes to have a little bit of money to put away at the end of each month isn't measured in pounds and pence. it's a look at another space when she tells her daughter she can have the right she wants for her birthday. it is the peace of mind that
comes with having some savings. many people in towns and cities across our country cannot take these things for granted. they are the people this party exists for. they are the people for whom this party must deliver. we cut income tax, introduce a national living wage, extended free childcare and produce duty every year. for millions of people, the car is not a luxury. it's a necessity. some wondered if they would be our policy. today given the high oil price the chancellor will freeze once again in his budget later this month. [applause]
money in the pockets of hard-working people, a conservative government that is on their side. now, i'm after a decade of austerity, people need to know that their hard work has paid off. because of the hard work and decisions taken by the chancellor, our national debt is starting to fall for the first time in a generation. this is an historic achievement. getting to this turning point wasn't easy. public sector workers had their wages frozen. local services have had to do more with less in families felt the squeeze. fixing our finances was necessary. there must be no return to the uncontrolled darling of the past. no undoing of all the progress made at the last eight years. notetaking britain's act to
square one. [applause] but the british people need to know that the end is in sight. we get it. we are not just a party to clean up the mess. we are a party for a better future. sound finances are essential, but they are not to limit of our ambition. because you make sacrifices, there are better days ahead. so when we've secured a good read for feel for britain and the spending review next year lost another approach for the future. debt as a share of the economy will continue to go down. support for public services will go up because a decade after the financial crash, and people need to know that the authority led to his silver and that their
hard work has paid off. [applause] the final challenge is about the future we want for our economy. we stand on the threshold of technological changes that will transform how we live and work, travel and communicate. this has the potential to improve the lives of everyone in society, but only if we take the right decisions now. times have changed in the past, the benefits of not being evenly squared. some have been left behind. this time it must be different because we are all worse off when any part of us is held back. that means doing things differently. a modern industrial strategy is
helping the whole country get ready for the economic change that is coming. we are investing in infrastructure. we are doing more than anyone since the victorians to up at a railway. the since the 1970s. we've taken a big decision to build a third runway. we are driving up spending so we can be the factory of the future. we're investing in our work for us, helping people trade and retrain. we are keeping standards high in our schools and when they want to roll back reforms, we will build more of them because every child deserves a great start and linux. [applause] every child in every city across the whole country.
so that is our conservative dancer. fixing market not destroying them, helping with the cost of living, and enough dirty. an economy of the future with nowhere left behind. this is how we will build a country that works for everyone. i made that my mission when i stood for the leadership. that is what i dedicated my government to do on the steps of downing street and it is the future of this party will deliver. everyone in this hall has the power to shape that future. this is a moment of opportunity for our party, to champion decency in our politics, to be the autocratic government this country needs. to be a part enough with a few common the mini, but who work hard and play by the rules and it's a moment of opportunity for
our country to honor the results of the referendum, to come together, to make success of the decision we took. to build the homes we need them to get the next generation on the housing ladder, to help people who are struggling to make ends meet. to invest in our vital public services, to renew our precious national health service. to lead the world in the technologies of the future. to ensure every family and every community shares the success. to tackle the burning injustices that hold people back. we stand at a pivotal moment in our history. it falls to our party to lead our country through it. when we come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.