UK's May tells party to drop dream of a 'perfect' Brexit

Jeremy Wright speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham

Image Jeremy Wright addressed a sparse crowd at conference

A country of austerity, zero hours contracts, huge student debt, ridiculous rent and house prices, terrible public transport, environmental damage, and social destruction, not forgetting adding a £1trillion to the National Debt, and Bob says we should be anxious about Labour.

In an address created to rally her party behind her after a conference riven by differences over Brexit, she warned squabbling over the details of European Union withdrawal might mean "ending up with no Brexit at all".

It was a warm welcome for a leader whose fragile position at the helm of her party has come under further pressure after the European Union rejected parts of her so-called Chequers plan and critics stepped up calls for her to ditch her strategy on Brexit, Britain's most far-reaching policy shift for more than 40 years.

Johnson, one time London mayor, is regarded as one of the leading critics of May's Brexit plan.

Theresa May namechecked the NHS more than Brexit in her conference speech, and did not utter the word Chequers once.

"We're a party to steer a course to a better future", May said in a speech at a Conservative Party conference Wednesday.

"I write this with heavy heart; however, we now need a proper leadership". "Is the future of the country really 'in our hands together"? "Leadership is doing what you believe to be right and having the courage and determination to see it through", she said.

She made a grab for traditionally Labour territory by saying that the NHS "embodies our principles as Conservatives" and boasting of the presence in the Tory front ranks of immigrant's son Sajid Javid, former Barnardo's girl Esther McVey and lesbian mother-to-be Ruth Davidson.

May set out a series of measures aimed at reforming free markets. "Look, Boris (Johnson) always puts on a good show, but what matters to people is what we're delivering for them on the things that affect their day-to-day lives", she said on Tuesday.

"It will mean that by 2028, 55,000 more people will be alive five years after their diagnosis compared to today". The deficit is down but achieving that has been painful.

However, rather than accept responsibility for the Home Office blunder which saw thousands of the Windrush Generation, who helped rebuild Postwar Britain facing deportation, May referenced the disaster to rouse support for Shaun Bailey, the Conservative pick for the 2020 London mayoral elections: 'If your parents come to the United Kingdom as part of the Windrush Generation, you could become the next London mayor.' The camera quickly tried to find Bailey, who was sitting a few rows back from the party's big names and cabinet members. "It will be hard in the beginning, but the ingenuity and resilience of the british people, will help us to overcome" the trials of Brexit.

And she warned she was ready to take further action against utility firms which punish loyal customers with higher prices.

'The British people need to know that the end is in sight, ' she added.

At any rate, her entrance at the Conservative Party Conference - set to ABBA's "Dancing Queen", naturally - wasn't just a self-deprecating reference to the recent viral video of her rather unconventional dance moves.

So, please let us all know what you think by leaving a comment below. There was never any target in place for what national debt to GDP level would be acceptable to the Tories, because the aim wasn't to get rid of the national debt (a fantasy notion) or even to seriously reduce it - it was to restructure the economy in favour of big business by running down public service provision.

Ian Blackford, the SNP's Westminster Leader, said: "The Prime Minister danced around the key issues - the disastrous impact of Tory austerity and a Tory hard Brexit".

Jeremy Hunt, her foreign minister, said on Twitter: "Congratulations Theresa May for a remarkable speech delivered with humour and passion".

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