September 29, 2019

The Prime Minister’s Welcome to Conference

At Conservative Party Conference on Sunday, Boris Johnson spoke to Party Conference about his vision for Britain. We will get Brexit done, so we can deliver on the people's priorities: our NHS, schools, and our police.

Here's what he had to say:

Manchester. Home of the Industrial Revolution and Coronation Street, the steam train and the Curry Mile. What better place to celebrate the ingenuity and diversity of Britain?

Welcome to Manchester – and to Conservative Party Conference 2019.

It’s an honour to hold Conference in this great city. I feel the same throb of possibility every time I visit, the knowledge that it’s within our power to create a brighter future.

Because every day, across the world, you can see Manchester’s influence. From computers to trains to atomic science, modern life began in this city.

And it’s that same sense of possibility and optimism that the Conservative Party is bringing to Conference 2019.

We’re delivering Brexit by the 31 October. We’re making it work for Britain by investing in hospitals, police and schools. And we’re doing it with your help.

Let no one ever forget that members like you are the fuel for our Conservative juggernaut.

We’re able to invest £33.9 billion in the NHS because you deliver leaflets in the rain. We’re able to hire 20,000 new police officers because you hit the phones after work. We’re able to increase the funding we give to schools because you knock on doors and change minds, very often in the right direction. And we’re able to deliver Brexit because you believe in the potential of our country.

And make no mistake: delivering Brexit, then making it work for Britain, is what we’re in government to do.

Our friends in the Labour Party struggle to keep up. They’re still arguing about what kind of Brexit they don’t want. Labour are united only in their belief that Britain can’t survive as an independent nation.

And we know where that belief comes from – the NATO-bashing tyrant-backing marrow-tending Leader of the Opposition. Jeremy Corbyn has such little faith in our democracy that he wants to undo the result of the referendum, taking us all back to square one – with more chaos, more delay and more inaction.

What’s left of the Liberal Democrats are also of one mind. But after storming to almost-victory in the European Parliament elections, they’re finding out what it’s like to be ignored in the committee rooms of Brussels. So we leave the door open to any of our Lib Dem colleagues who may yet be persuaded that the British people made the right decision in 2016.

Regardless of what other parties are doing, we’re getting on with the job. Creating the freeports that will open our country up to the world. Making the trade deals that will drive our economy. Leading the world in technology that will tackle climate change. And delivering on the largest democratic vote this country has ever seen.

So leave the gloom, the doom and the predictions of cataclysm to other parties. At this year’s Conference, let’s remember what we’re here to do – and prepare for the work ahead.

Together, we’re putting Britain back on the road to a brighter future.

Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)