The Prime Minister, speaking today at the NEC in Birmingham, said:
“Fantastic to see you all here in Birmingham where our great conservative mayor has already taken the precaution of having every street named after him
And great to see you so many of you here what a fantastic crowd at the beginning of what I think is the most important election our country has faced for a generation
And I can imagine there might be some people here who weren’t too keen a general election in the run up to xmas – and if you did think that I am with you
I don’t want an election, I love my job
No prime minister wants an election, when there is so much that we want to get on and do
But my friends we have no choice
We have a parliament that is paralysed, blocked, and is generally incapable of digestive function as an anaconda that has swallowed a tapir, neither of them moving one way or the other if you see what I mean
This parliament just refuses to get brexit done
And that is not only bad for democracy
Because we asked the people of this country whether they wanted to stay in the EU
And we told them time and again that we would honour their decision, didn’t we
We told them that whatever they voted, leave or remain, we would put it into effect
And yet for three and a half years we have seen non-stop political manoeuvring to frustrate brexit and thwart the will of the people
And the result is that the whole brexit delay is holding us all back
It is like a bendy-bus, I banned them in London, a bendy-bus jack-knifed on a yellow box junction
Nobody can get round it
It’s blocking the traffic in every direction
And the uncertainty and the delay are bad for the country
Because people need to plan, they need to make investments
To hire new employees, to buy new homes
And we need a new election and an election and a new parliament because we cannot go on like this
And because now is the time to make a change
And unleash that tidal wave of investment that is going to flow into this country a great surge of confidence into the UK
And we can that in just a few weeks
Because I am proud of many things that we have done in the last 108 days, I think it is 108 days
The biggest investments in the NHS for a generation, 40 new hospitals green lighted as a result of decisions taken by this government
Leveling up education funding around the country with more for primary and secondary schools across the country
20,000 more police officers, Priti was just talking to you wasn’t she, great job Priti recruiting 20,000… and have met some of the, I have already met some of the recruits.
Gigabit broadband, gigabit broadband eight years ahead of schedule sprouting through every… through every home, like a kind of, a very informative vermicelli, I don’t know what gigabit broadband is, it’s going to be fantastic for our country, where we are going to have an infrastructure revolution across the UK.
I am proud of many many things that we are doing
But most of all I am proud of our deal – the deal that they said was impossible, the deal they said we couldn’t do and it is a great deal
I have heard some people in the last few days trying to attack our deal
My friends I think they are trying to cast aspersions on it. They remind me a bit of candle-sellers at the dawn of the age of the electric light bulb
Or the makers of typewriters on beholding their first lap top computer
They have a terrible sense that they are about to lose their market
Because this deal, this deal delivers everything that I campaigned for for Brexit.
We take back control of our money – so we can spend millions more every week on the NHS, or whatever priorities we want, hundreds of millions
We take back control of our borders – with an Australian style points-based system, so we can bring in people whether they are scientists or agricultural workers that this country needs, but we can control it
We take back control of our laws, so we can do things in our own way, we can do things differently and better when we choose
From free ports to free trade deals
From banning the cruel live shipment of animals to cutting VAT on tampons
We can do things differently in the UK
Under this deal the crucial thing is the whole of the UK comes out of the EU, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, whole entire and perfect and this deal is ready to go. It is done. Parliament – before the enduriatingly refused to, before they delayed it they gave it preliminary seal of approval if you remember. You juts whack it in the microwave, gas mark… I’m not very good at cooking. Gas mark 4 it is there. It is ready to go.
Prick the lid, put it in and then we can get on, we can get on, we put this deal through Parliament and then we can get on with all the fantastic projects in which this government is engaged
Uniting and levelling up our country, giving people opportunity across our country with better education, better infrastructure and new technology, that is what this government is all about. It is about giving hope…
And we can make those investments as Conservatives, with credibility precisely because we have taken the tough decisions to restore public finances, we have shown that we can, we have managed the economy well, and we now have had, we have got nine years of uninterrupted growth, the economy about 20% bigger than it was when we took over in 2010 and record employment in this country.
Because we understand the importance of a dynamic market economy
And there is a reason this party is more trusted on health, Matt Hancock, more trusted on health than his counterpart.
More trusted on education, Gavin Williamson, more trusted than his Labour counterpart on education
Because people can see that we understand how to pay for that whole society and how we can ensure that society has the wealth to pay for fantastic public services and infrastructure
And that is the balance, and the symmetry at the heart of our one nation, modern Conservatisim, and that is the problem with Bolivarian revolutionary socialism as practised by Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party
And the Labour party always runs out of other people’s money, that is what happens, and it will happen again.
And under this lot it will happen all too fast, because they have a deranged plan to spend £196bn on their friends in the union and renationalisation, and to do it they are going to raise taxes on pensions, on corporations to the highest level in Europe, on inheritance, on homes, on gardens, there’s a huge list. And their tax on gardens, Sevenoaks will have to change their name to Threeoaks as a result.
And they know that themselves, look at the preparations they are making, they know that their policies are ruinous because John McDonnell, the guy sacked by Livingstone for preparing a factious budget, has already said that he is preparing for a run on the pound and that he wants to restore exchange controls, which we haven’t seen for decades in this country.
And the choice before us is so clear and very stark.
I say to all of you here, come with us – a party that supports a fantastic education for every kid, because we believe in opportunity across this country, or go with Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party who want to expropriate the property of schools and abolish ofsted, which actually protects kids from bullying in the classroom.
We support our armed forces – he wants to ban them.
We back our police in the fight against street-crime and knife-crime – his party thinks stop and search is oppressive and inappropriate.
We want to control our immigration system – he wants unlimited and uncontrolled immigration, no matter what pressure that puts on public services such as the NHS.
We want our country to stand tall in the world, and to stick by our allies and our values.
He is so consumed with a juvenile dislike of America that he sides with the mullahs of Tehran rather than Washington. A
And when Russia ordered the poisoning of innocent civilians in Salisbury, he sided with Putin.
And there’s a key difference that we all face at this election above all, and that is come with us and we will get brexit done.
This guy wants nothing more than dither and delay.
He wants a referendum on Scotland because he’s told the SNP he’s happy to break up our union if they sustain him in power, and of course he wants another referendum on the EU. Unbelievable. He said tonight he wants to have another extension for another negotiation. But he’s not clear what he wants to achieve.
And we don’t know what he wants to achieve in that negotiation
We don’t know what question he would put to the electorate in this referendum
We don’t even know what his own position is
Is he for leave or remain, in or out, forwards or back
I don’t know. I don’t think he knows himself.
In fact the only bit of flotsam of intelligence to have emerged from the Bermuda Triangle of Labour’s Brexit policy is that they are preparing to do a new deal and then campaign against it six months later. With all the futility of those suicidal knights in monty python
But there is one thing we do know about his policy, and that is that another referendum means more delay
More uncertainty and more acrimony and division in our country when this country is aching to move on.
Let’s make next year the year of prosperity and growth not the year of two chaotic referendums, If I come back with a working majority in parliament then I will get parliament working for you.
On day one of the new parliament in December we will start getting our deal through so we get brexit done in january and put the uncertainty behind us.
Let’s make 2020 about the people of this country and not its politicians. Let’s get out of the rut of the last three years and get on with our work as Conservatives of making this the greatest place to live and to start a family and the greatest place to send your kids to school, to start a business, the place that leads the world in clean green technology and tackling greenhouse gases
Let’s get brexit done and get on with our project of sensible moderate but tax cutting one nation conservatism, spreading opportunity and hope across the whole UK and let’s unleash the potential of this country.”