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of east tennessee state university. thursday, look back 100 years that german u-boat campaigns during world war i, starting with the 1918 u-boat attack that sank the ss barak and the diamond shoals lightship off the coast of north carolina. on friday, descendents of president ford, truman, mckinley, johnson and theodore roosevelt share family stories at the kennedy center for performing arts in washington. watch american history tv next week on prime time and cspan-3. >> british prime minister, theresa may delivered closing remarks at her party's annual conference in birmingham england. she spoke about housing assistance programs to speed construction of new homes and crowded uk cities and the ongoing negotiations. this is an hour.
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thank you. excuse me if i cough during the speech, i've been up all night. laugh laugh [ applause ] >> i propose if anything happens i could just ask the voice of jeffrey cox, wasn't that fantastic? [ applause ] there are some things about last year's conference i have tried to forget, but i will always remember the warmth i felt from everyone in support all the way. thank you. [ applause ]
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>> just a few yards from the conference understand the hall of memories, built to offer the sacrifice of men and women in this city and the terrible conflict. inscribed within it are familiar words. at the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. we do remember them. we remember the young man who left their homes to fight and die in the mud and horror of the trenches.
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last year at the service to mark the battle, i took a moment to find his name on the gate, alongside thousands of comrades. we will remember them. [ applause ]
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>> the women who make new missions and kept the buses and trains running, police officers, they should have a voice in our democracy. a country that stood together in solidarity, with people of every class sharing the danger, should become a fairer place. a generation later, another victory built on shared sacrifice renewed the determination. twice in a century, britain came together to be the old and build a better future. a stronger democracy and the mother of parliament stressed every person, no matter their gender or class, an equal voice. the home of the free market where enterprise creates wealth to fund great public services.
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a more secure future in the world, where former enemies become friends and the transatlantic alliance makes our world a safer place. to recapture the spirit of common purpose, because the lesson of the remarkable generation is clear, if we come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve. our future is in our hands. [ applause ] that is why we are all in this hall today and the reason we chose to get involved in politics. we believe that by standing up to be counted, by working together we can change community and country for the better. it's not always glamorous. i've seen the trailers with
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bodyguards. [ laughter ]. let me tell you, there was a white rat in my day. [ laughter ] [ applause ] real politics involve a lot of hard things, knocking on doors with bundles of leaflets, we do it because we believe in the potential to transform lives. we understood when we got involved that sometimes it's adversarial. but in the last few years, some things changed for the worse. i feel it and i'm sure you do also. rigorous debate between political opponents is becoming more like a confrontation between enemies. people who put themselves forward to serve are becoming
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targets. not just them but their families as well. we all saw the sickening pictures the shouting abuse at jacob reese mugs children. >> you don't have to believe in a word she says to believe in her right to say it free from abuse. [ applause ]
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. the truth british people instinctively understand, they are not -- they know we all have a common stake in this country, the only path to a better future is one we walked down together. let's rise above the abuse. let's make a positive case for our values that will cut through the bitterness that is poisoning our politics. conservatives will always stand up for politics that you nine times rather than divide us. [ applause ] >> when i look at leadership
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today, i worry it is no longer the case. we all remember what the labour party used to be, we passionately disagreed with many of their policies, they left unemployment higher than they found it, every government ran out of other people's money to spend, every labor government left the economy in a mess. at least they have basic qualities that everyone could respect. they were proud of the institution and armed forces and of vision. today when i look across the opposition benches, i can still see the labour party. but not on the front bench. [ applause ]
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rejecting common values that once bridged our political divide. just compare jeremy corbyn's to his predecessors. -- stood by while his own face de-selection and needed peace production. jim cal i can, served in the royal navy, the rushing government the findings of our own intelligence agencies. churches trust a deputy during the second world war, telling british jews that they didn't know the meaning of anti- semitism. [ applause ]
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when the leader of the labor party is happy to appear on state tv, but our tax on free media here in britain. laptop >> that is what jeremy corgan has done to the labor party. it's our duty, in this conservative party to make sure
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he can never do it to our country. [ applause ] to do this we need to be a party for the whole country. today, millions of people who were never supporting our party in the past, are appalled by what jeremy corbyn has done to labor. they want to support a party that is decent, moderate and patriotic. one that puts national interest first. delivers on issues they care about. is comfortable with modern britain. we must show everyone in this country that we are that party. a party that conserves the best of our inheritance, but is not afraid of change. a party of patriotism but not
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nationalism, a party that believes in business, but is not afraid to hold business to account. a party that believes in the good that governments can do 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, your faith, the color of your skin, who your parents were or where you were raised but by your talent and hard work. above all -- [ applause ] >> above all a party of unionism, not just a tall proud nation but a party, not for the few, but for everyone willing to work hard and do their best.
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[ applause ] we must be a party that is not enthralled to ideology but motivated instead by enduring principles. for me they can be summed up in three words. security, freedom, opportunity. security for the nation, with strong defenses against threats from abroad and protection against threats at home. security for communities upheld by the brave men and women of our police force. security for individuals and families, provided by good jobs, a home of your own and dignity in old age. security is a bedrock of freedom. freedom of thoughts, freedom of expression, freedom of action.
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the freedom to make decisions for yourself rather than have them made for you by government. the freedom that our grandparents and great grandparents fought for against tyranny. the freedom that swept across eastern europe when the soviet union collapsed. nations were reborn in sovereignty and independence. the freedom still denied to many in our world today. >> with freedom should also come responsibility to obey the law even when you disagree with it. to conserve our environment for the next generation, most especially for those in public life. the responsibility to weigh the impacts of our words and actions and the impact on other people. if we are secure and free, opportunity is opened up. the opportunity to take your future in your hand, to dream and
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strive and achieve a better life. to know that if you're dad arrived on a plane from pakistan, you can become home secretary. >> [ applause ] if you spent time in care, you can be in the cabinet. [ applause ] >> if your grandparents came to our shores as part of this generation, you could be the next mayor of london. [ applause ]
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if you are pregnant with your first child and engaged to your girlfriend, you could be the next first minister of scotland. [ applause ] [ cheering and applause ] we are the conservative party of opportunity.
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what greater freedom than to live your life never having to worry about whether you can afford the treatment you need. what greater opportunity for a country to make the most of all of its talents. this service is there for everyone. free at the point of use with care based on clinical need, never the ability to pay. these principles are in our country's dna and conservatives will always uphold them. indeed, conservatives have lift actor our nhs for most of its life and this year, we gave the nhs a birthday present to be proud of. the biggest cash boost in history. an extra 394 million pounds every single week. [ applause ]
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in return, they will produce a new long-term plan, to make sure that every penny makes a difference on the frontline. next time you hear someone say, that they don't care about nhs, tell them about extra funding. tell them about the conservative mps who work in the nhs in their spare time. tell them, about the prime minister, who does her job with the help of the wonderful staff at her local nhs trust and that helps her manage diabetes. tell them about the housing sector, last year, james officially opened the new guys
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cancer center at queen mary's hospital and constituency. a few months later he was a patient. the outstanding nhs care he received, helped him to recover and now he is back, serving in the cabinet. [ applause ] leadership is doing what you believe to be right and having the courage and determination to see it through. that is the approach i have taken on brexit. we have had disagreements in this party about britain's membership for a long time so it's no surprise that we had a range of different views expressed this week. my job as prime minister is to do what i believe to be in national interest and that means two things.
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first, honoring the results of the referendum. [ applause ] they have asked the british people to take this position and we put our place in their judgment and they have put their faith in us to deliver. i will not let them down. [ applause ] secondly, did trading and security relationships with our neighbors after we have left. they are our close friends and allies and we should ensure that it stays that way. clapp
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>> that is what i said at lancaster house, it's what we have in our manifesto and it's what i have worked day and night for the last two years to achieve. no one wants a good deal more than me. but, that has never meant to getting a deal at any cost. written is not afraid to leave with no deal if we have to. but, we need -- [ applause ] we need to be honest about it, leaving without a deal and introducing tariffs and costly checks at the border would be a bad outcome. it would be tough at first but the resilience and ingenuity of the british people would see us through. some people ask me to move out,
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no deal, i would weaken the negotiating position. at the moment that would mean accepting one of two things. either a deal that keeps us in the eu in orbit name, keeps free movement keeps payments and stops assigning trade deals for other countries or a deal that carves off northern ireland, effectively leading in the -- leaving it in the eu's custom union. let's send a clear message, we will never accept either of those choices. [ applause ] we will not betray the result of the referendum and we will
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never break up our country. 5-2 the european union with nothing but respect, the united kingdom expects the same. if you can't accept with the other side proposes you propose something else. a free-trade deal for trading goods, it protects hundreds of thousands of jobs in the just- in-time supply chain that manufacturing relies on. businesses and would not face costly checks when they exit so they could invest with
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confidence. the seamless border, a bedrock of peace and stability would see no change whatsoever. no simple free-trade agreement could achieve that, not even the latest technology. our proposal would be good for rural communities, giving us out of the common agricultural community. it would be good for coastal communities, out of the common fisheries independent or coastal, once again. let me say this to nicholas sturgeon. you claim to stand up for scotland but you want to lock scottish fishermen into the common fisheries policy forever. that's not stronger for scotland, it's a betrayal of scotland. [ applause ]
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decision-making brought closer to the people, power to westminster, edinburg and belfast. with control of our borders, we can do something that no british government has been able to do in decades, restore full and complete control of who comes into the country, to the democratically elected representative of the british people. [ applause ] this is what we will do with
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the immigration powers we take back. the free movement of people will end once and for all, in its place, we will introduce a new system based on what skills you have to offer, not which country you come from. throughout history, migrants have made a huge contribution to our country and they continue to in the future. those with the skills we need who want to come here and work hard will find a welcome. we will be able to reduce the numbers as we promised. by ending free movement, we will give a british business an incentive to train our own young people and to invest in technology that would improve productivity. this is our proposal. taking back control of the borders, laws and money, good for jobs, good for the union and it delivers on the referendum, it keeps faith with the british people. it is in the national interest.
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[ applause ] they are not acting in the national interest but in their own political interests.
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>> there are plenty of prominent people in british politics, in parliament and out of it who want to stop brexit in its tracks. the latest plan is to hold a second referendum. they call it a people's vote. but we had the people's vote and the people chose to leave. [ applause ] think for a moment what it would do to face -- to faith in our democracy.
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having asked people to take this decision, politicians try to overturn it. those of us who do expect the results, 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 in pursuit of our own vision of the perfect brexit we risk ending up with no brexit at all. [ applause ] another reason we need to come together, we are entering the toughest phase of the negotiations. you saw in salisbury that i am standing up for britain. [ applause ] what we are proposing is very challenging for the eu, but if we stick together and hold our nerve, i know we can get a deal
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that delivers for britain. . >> ultimately that is what this is all about. the people we serve are not interested in debate on the theory of brexit, their livelihoods depend on making a success of it in practice. a brexit that might make britain stronger 50 years from now is no good if it makes her life harder today. a brexit that keeps trade free and supply chains flowing. you need a brexit that delivers full control of our waters. if you run an exporting business, you need an exit -- a brexit that opens new global markets.
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these things matter to you, so they matter to me. you are the people, we are all here to serve, together, we will build a brighter future for the whole united kingdom. [ applause ] our best days lie ahead of us and our future is full of promise. we have fundamental strength as a country, english as a global language. we can trade with shanghai over morning coffee in san francisco at teatime. our universities are world leading, our soft power unrivaled. a driving force in the commonwealth, a permanent member of the security council.
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we will soon take our own seats at the wto. britain will be a champion. [ applause ] britain will be a champion of free trade across the globe. i want to thank our fantastic trade group for leading that. the greatest strength of all is the talent and diversity of our people. we have produced a more nobel prize winners than any country apart from america. we are home to amazing innovators, creators and entrepreneurs. our wonderful public servants are the best in the world, compassionate about an hf staff, the bravery of police, the matchless courage of our armed forces. [ applause ]
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don't let anyone tell you that we don't have what it takes. we have everything we need to succeed. in 2022, we will put the best of british creativity, culture and heritage, on show in a year- long festival of great britain and northern ireland. [ applause ] >> whenever i travel, i find a renewed interest in britain. let me give you an example. last monday became the first british prime minister to visit kenya for 30 years. this is a commonwealth partner, a nation of over 50 million people, on a continent that
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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. scientists and artists want to collaborate with you. i was the first prime minister to visit since margaret thatcher. there is a whole world out there, let's lift our horizons to meet it. [ applause ] the uk has always been an outward looking trading nation. as conservatives, we believe in the power of a well-regulated free-market, the greatest agent of collective human progress ever devised. extreme poverty has been cut in
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half over the last few years and life expectancy has increased by 20 years. child mortality is halved, the free market is not just to save lives, it has improved them. the internet, smart phones, cheap air travel, electric cars, flatpack furniture, we should defend free market because it's ordinary working people who benefit. [ applause ] close markets and command economies were not overthrown by powerful elites but by ordinary people. by people of all backgrounds that took part in the velvet revolution of czechoslovakia. by the people of east berlin who tore down the wall. these were the many not the
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few, and when the many have the freedom to choose, they choose freedom. [ applause ] i saw it last month in south africa when speaking with inspiring young people, some want to be doctors and lawyers and some might be professional dancers. [ laughter ] [ applause ] one young woman 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 know how hard it is
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to take a risk and start something new but, offering someone a job, creating opportunity for other people, it's one of the most socially responsible things you can do, it's an act of public service as noble as any other. to everyone who has done it, we are all in your debt. so we in this party, we in this hall, we say thank you. [ applause ] to all businesses, large and small, you may have heard that there is a four letter word that describes what we conservatives want to do to you. it has a single syllable, it is
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of anglo-saxon derogation and it ends in the letter k. back businesses. [ applause ] creating jobs and build prosperity. back to improve lives. back them with the lowest corporation tax, britain, under my conservative government is open for business. [ applause ] we support free-market because we know their strengths. we also know the elements. the defining event for a new generation of voters was not
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the fall of the berlin wall but the collapse of the bank. it was the biggest market failure in our lifetime. a session in which almost 3/4 of 1 million jobs were lost. sound businesses fourth killing two withdraw their money. thanks to labor the country was not prepared. the government bothered 1 pound for every 4 pounds it spent. it fell to our party to clear up the mess. eight years on, how have we done? our economy is growing. the deficit is down, unemployment at its lowest since the 1970s, you sought employment at a record low. households were nobody works down by almost 1 million. we should not forget what is behind the numbers. the parent who gets a benefit
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check for a regular wage, the youngster leaving school, the children growing 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 ] with pride in those achievements, what challenges remain? the aftereffects of the crash are still being felt. some markets are still working the interests of ordinary people , employment is up at too many people haven't had a decent pay rise. the deficit is down but achieving that has been painful , our economy is growing, but
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some communities have been left behind. that is why some people still feel that our economy is not working for them. conservatives, we must show them we can build an economy that does work for them. all that were offered last week were bogus solutions. ideas that might seem attractive at first glance but what her the very people they claim to help. the flagship announcement 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 and much of the income generated would end up with the government. they dress it up as employee ownership but it's a giant stealth tax on enterprise.
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[ applause ] it would slash the share prices of british businesses, hitting anyone with a private pension. would make the uk an unattractive place to invest, driving away business, destroying jobs, the same is true of nationalization policy. they want railways and utilities to be owned entirely by the government. when you nationalize something, people pay for it twice. once when they use the service and again every month through taxes. in investment goes down because when governments are setting budgets, they will choose schools and hospitals over reservoirs and railways, so people get a worse service. even seven the labour party admit the program of nationalization and endless expensive promises cost 1 trillion pounds. that's right.
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1000 billion pounds is the cost of labor. [ applause ] this is not government money but your money because labor would have to pay for it by raising taxes higher and higher. everyone should pay their fair share but when you raise taxes too high, businesses cannot afford to invest and can't afford to take on new employees, eventually they can't afford to operate here at all. this leaves us poor. labor would have to increase borrowing again, we've already spent more each year on that interest that we do on schools. after all of the sacrifices we have made, labor would take us back to square one..
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hurt workers whose jobs go, pension, savings devalued, hurting people. >> however bad the labor approach is, we must do more than criticize it. we need to show what the conservative government is doing to address people's concerns. we need to make markets worst in the -- work in the interest of ordinary people. that's why we give workers a stronger voice and change the room -- rules on bonuses. it's why the economy is changing how people work and we are changing
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employment rules. it's why we introduce the energy price. announced at last year's conference and in place for this winter. [ applause ] charging the most loyal customers and gear -- unfair prices, any other company charging customers a loyalty penalty knows we are taking action. we put the interests of consumers first and we've announced a fundamental review into our railways. since privatization, investment in the network is called up, safety has improved, more people are traveling by rail than ever before. so wrote the service is not good enough but we will fix that. while we do so, we bring in a new system of auto compensation.
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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, if ordinary working people have no chance of owning capital. support the dream of home ownership, back in their reach. we have over 120,000 households that have already benefited. we have helped half 1 million people onto the housing ladder through other schemes like help to buy. this week, we have announced that we will charge a higher rate on those buying homes who do not live and pay taxes in the uk, to help level the playing field for british buyers. the money raised will go towards tackling the scourge of
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rough sleeping. [ applause ] the truth is that while these measures will help in the short- term, it would only fix the broken market by building more home so that is what we are doing. more new homes were added to our stock 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. we've opened up the 9 billion pound affordable housing to get building going again and an additional 2 billion pounds were announced for affordable housing. something is still holding many of them back. the government on how much they could borrow against revenue
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assets to fund new development. solving the housing crisis is the biggest domestic policy challenge of our generation. it does not make sense to stop the council from playing their part in solving it. today, i can announce that we are scrapping back. [ applause ] we will help you get on the housing ladder and we will build the homes this country needs. [ applause ] the next challenge is to help working people with the cost of living. we know how hard people work to
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make ends meet and provide for their families. it is not easy and it never has been and the difference it makes to have a little money left to put away at the end of the month is not measured in pounds and pence, it's a look at her daughter's face when her mom says she can have the bike she wants for her birth day, it's the joy and precious memories that a holiday with the family brings. it's the peace of mind that comes with having savings. many people in towns and cities across our country cannot take these things for granted. they are the people the party exists for, they are the people for whom the party must deliver. it is for them that we cut income tax, introduced a national living wage, extended free childcare and froze fuel duty every year. because for millions of people, their car is not a luxury, it is a necessity. some have
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wondered if there will be a fall in the policy this year. today, i can confirm, given the high oil price, the chancellor will freeze fuel duty 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 after a decade of austerity, people need to know that their hard work has paid off. because of that hard work and the decisions taken by the chancellor, our national debt is starting to fall for the first time in a generation. this is a historic achievement. getting to the starting point was not easy. public workers had wages frozen , local services had to do more
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with less. fixing our finances was necessary, there must be no return to the uncontrolled borrowing of the pastor. no undoing of all of the progress made over the last eight years, no taking britain back to square one. [ applause ] the british people need to know the end is in sight. we are not just a party to clean up a mess, we are a party to steer a course to a better future. finances are essential, they are not the limit of our ambition, because you made sacrifices, there are better days ahead.
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when we secure the good brexit deal for britain at a spending review next year we set out our approach for the future. debt as a share of the economy will continue to go down. the report for public services will go up because a decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over and that their hard work has paid off. [ applause ] we stand on the threshold of technological changes that transforms the way we live, work, travel in communiqui. this has the potential to improve the lives of everyone in society, but only if we take
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the right decision now. times have changed and the benefits have not been evenly spread, some communities have been left behind. this time it must be different because we are always worse off when any part of us is held back. that means doing things differently. the industrial strategy is helping the whole country get ready for the economic change that is coming. the investing in infrastructure, doing more than anyone since the victorians to upgrade our railroad, the railroad is the largest since the 1970s, we've taken the big decision to take and build a third runway at heathrow. we are driving up spending so we can be the idea factory of the future. we are investing in our workforce and helping people train and retrain. we are keeping standards high in school and we will build more
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because every child deserves a great start in life. [ applause ] every child in every city across the country, that is our conservative answer, fixing markets not destroying nap, helping with the cost of living , this is how we will build a country that works for everyone. i made that my mission when i stood for the leadership. it was what i dedicated my government to do and it is the future this party will deliver. everyone has the power to shape the future.
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this is a moment of opportunity , to challenge decency and our politics, to be a party not for the few or even for the many but for everyone who works hard and plays by the rules. it's a moment of opportunity for our country, to honor the result of the referendum, to come together and bake the success of the decision we took. to build the homes we need. to see and help people struggling to make ends meet. to renew our precious national health service. to leave world and technologies of the future to ensure every family and community shares success.
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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. ours is a great country, our future is in our hands. together, let's seize it, together let's build a better britain. [ applause ] [ cheering and applause ]
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this weekend on american history tv, on c-span 3, saturday , at -- the 19th century artist, then on sunday, at 8 pm eastern, on the presidency, look at how the fashion choices of pat nixon and betty ford reflected the politics and culture of their times. and at 9 pm eastern, the ceremony marking the 225th anniversary of the u.s. capital
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cornerstone. where president george washington and freemasons first laid the cornerstone of the u.s. capitol building, during a ceremony that included corn, oil, and wine. watch american history tv this weekend on c-span 3. sunday night on afterwards, new york magazines rebecca on her book, good and bad, the revolutionary power of women's anger. she is interviewed by brittany cooper, rutgers university women's and gender studies professor and author of eloquent rage. >> i am a feminist journalist, part of my work, as long as i have been doing it has obviously been rooted in anger, you wouldn't be a journalist writing about inequity, about gender and economic inequality, if you weren't mad about this from this perspective. so, obviously, there has been
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anger undergirding my work for a long time. but, when i decided i was going to write this book and i thought about how it has played into my work, one of the things that i could do when i looked back was see the pain that i had taken early in my career, to obscure that anger because i had absorbed the notion that if i was too angry, i wouldn't be heard clearly, i wouldn't be taken seriously, i would sound hysterical, radical, and even some of the most anodyne ratings that i did years ago was not very good. the most mild pop feminism. when i think about the comments that i got back then, a lot of them were rooted in, you sound like a crazy sex starved woman who is mad because men don't like you. i was already writing pop commentary about paris hilton, what the response automatically was, you are too angry for me to take you seriously.
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even when i was covering up that anger with jokes, and a general good cheer. >> watch afterwards sunday night at nine eastern on book tv. on constitution day, visit the national constitution center in philadelphia, where we ask folks, what does it mean to be american? >> when you feel like you are at home, you feel like you are comfortable to live here. >> for me, what it meant that i was blessed to have been born in a country, one of the countries with the most freedom for all people to push through and pursue happiness in life. and joy within the family, and everything.>> freedom to pursue
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your dreams and opportunities. friendship. getting along with everybody here in america. just family and love. >> simply doing your responsibilities, and family and everything like that. as a daughter of servicemembers, as a service member myself, or a former service member, i felt like it was my responsibility, under the constitution to go ahead and do my duty and serve the country.>> the freedom to pursue your happiness, and really this is the land of opportunity for me, i was able to be whoever i wanted to be. >> this year, for student, we are asking middle and high school students to produce a 5
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to 6 minute documentary answering the question, what does it mean to be american? we are awarding $100,000 in total cash prizes. including a grand prize of $5000. so tell us, what does it mean to be american? the deadline is january 20, for more information, go to our website, c-span.org. next remarks by the ceo of j.p. morgan chase jamie dimon on the u.s. economy, he discusses the tax reform bill passed last december and the trump administration's efforts on deregulation. held by the american enterprise institute, this is an hour. >> delighted to welcome all of you here, and all of us watching online, to our friends in the press. what an honor and a light it is for me to host jamie dimon, who is sitting here to my right, as all of you know, he is the

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