General election transcript

They underestimate our determination to get the job done and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country. And they exploit them in the real world too. Because the Conservatives, drunk on a failed ideology, are hell bent on cutting every public service they get their hands on, and they will use all of the divide-and-rule tricks of the Lynton Crosby trade to keep their rigged system intact.

If we are to have the prosperity, security and quality of life that we want, we must first ensure we have an economy that is robust.

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We need to look now for a different future. Theresa May will insist that this is an election about Brexit.

But, while it was right that we should pause to show our respects to those we have lost and to ensure all our energies were focused on responding to the immediate aftermath of those events, it is also right that our way of life — and our democratic process — should go on. Last summer, after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became prime minister the government has delivered precisely that. They get jobs, they spend all day working hard, they save to buy their own home, they raise children, they look after elderly or sick relatives. Finally, I think this issue of trust is so important. About which leader and which team will deliver economic security for you and your family. And we will do more to deny this ideology the physical space to breed here at home. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world.

I believe I can do that with a stronger negotiating hand in Europe and with the backing of the British people at an election.

And as we look to the future, the Government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe.

A standoff between North Korea and America, an apparent standoff between America and Russia over Syria, these are quite scary times. We will build a new economy, worthy of the 21st century and we will build a country for the many not the few. But I said then — and I say now — that if ever there was a time for a Prime Minister who is ready and able to do the job from day one, this is it. The people of Britain must share in that wealth. We will no longer allow those at the top to leach off of those who bust their guts on zero hours contracts or those forced to make sacrifices to pay their mortgage or their rent. I stood on the Conservative Party manifesto in but that manifesto was for a time when there was going to be a Referendum but there was a general assumption that we would stay in the EU. But that is not the limit of my ambition. I believe I can do that with a stronger negotiating hand in Europe and with the backing of the British people at an election. And that is why he is not fit to negotiate a good Brexit deal for Britain. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world.

One leader who has opposed the use of shoot to kill, and given cover to the IRA when they bombed and shot our citizens — and who now, in the midst of an election campaign, wants to do all he can to hide or deny those views.

Finally, I think this issue of trust is so important. Whatsapp The dividing lines in this election could not be clearer from the outset.

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This union we have between Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales is a very precious union, I think we all benefit by it.

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