We are set for tough times over the next year, but I have never believed in consigning ourselves to decline. I am focused on seeing our economy and country through to better days by growing the size of the pie, boosting wages, and supporting jobs to save us from the misery of recession.
As Prime Minister, I will pursue a clear, consistent and truly Conservative plan to build a high-growth and more productive economy. This is key to delivering what Mail on Sunday readers want to see: more opportunity, improved public services, safer streets, job security, and better prospects for our children.
I will work incredibly hard to make this happen by driving through my bold new economic agenda. Sticking with a business-as-usual approach will not be enough to turn things around. We need a new direction, which I offer.
Fundamentally, my approach is about growth and investment not tax and spend. I know having spoken to hundreds of members across our country during this campaign how fed up they are with being taxed to the hilt as they struggle to make ends meet.
We are set for tough times over the next year, but I have never believed in consigning ourselves to decline
This is the time for decisive leadership and new ideas, not tired technocracy. I will challenge civil servants to get things done faster. I will turn the page on Gordon Brown-style economics, where taxpayers see their hard-earned money taken and some of it handed back out as benefits. Labour-lite policies risk undermining the promises we made to the British people in 2019, and would betray the huge promise of Brexit and the opportunity it offers to unleash our economy.
That is why, if elected leader, I will ensure we Conservatives stay true to our core principles of low taxes, enterprise and hard work. I will lead us back on to the road of true Conservatism and put us into the fast lane of economic growth. No longer will business or profit be a dirty word, no longer will we apologise for being the Party of entrepreneurs, strivers and innovators, or shy away from taking the difficult decisions on the economy that have been holding Britain back.
Lowering taxes helps people by putting more money back in their pockets. But just as importantly, it is an incredible catalytic force for free enterprise and growth over the long-term, showing that Britain is open for business and open to opportunity.
I will act on tax from day one in Downing Street. In an emergency budget, I will provide immediate help with the cost of living by reversing the rise in National Insurance and suspending the green levy on energy bills. Such steps are necessary, affordable and Conservatism at its best. My government will do everything possible to help those struggling with the cost of living. There is work going on in Government on what more can be done and I will consider these proposals once in office. That is the responsible thing to do rather than commit to action without knowing all the facts and options.
I will also enact a longer-term plan to really get our economy moving. I will continue what Boris Johnson started on Brexit and tear through EU red tape by the end of 2023
I will also enact a longer-term plan to really get our economy moving. I will continue what Boris Johnson started on Brexit and tear through EU red tape by the end of 2023. This includes reforms to help pension funds invest billions of pounds more in British infrastructure.
I will support businesses across the country like never before, the City of London and great metro mayors like Andy Street in the West Midlands to level up our country in a Conservative way. Building a strong economy, and getting the private sector motoring right across the country, is critical to ensuring our Union doesn’t just survive, but thrives. I will deliver for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England. People have been let down in the devolved administrations by nationalist and Left-wing parties, which is why I’m talking to members across our Union about what clear Conservative leadership can offer.
I was in Cardiff earlier this month and will be in Scotland next week, meeting whisky distillers who I helped to thrive by getting tariffs suspended on their exports to the United States.
I am focused on growing our economy and therefore creating jobs, creating new opportunities, and boosting wages for people across our United Kingdom
I am focused on growing our economy and therefore creating jobs, creating new opportunities, and boosting wages for people across our United Kingdom. A growing economy is about more than numbers on a Treasury spreadsheet. It is about supporting real people and showing that a rising tide really does lift all ships.
Ultimately, I want a country that nurtures and unleashes aspiration, an aspiration nation where people from all backgrounds and all parts can realise their dreams.
That is my positive vision for the future: a Britain with a world-beating economy, that differs fundamentally from the EU, where people are able to succeed regardless of their background, that does not apologise for our values, our history or who we are, but instead looks forward to even brighter days ahead.
By going for growth and staying true to our convictions, my Conservative government will deliver for the British people like never before.
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