Theresa May : First speech as Prime Minister – BBC News engsub/ subtitles

Theresa May : First speech as Prime Minister – BBC News engsub/ subtitles


I have just been to Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty the Queen has asked to form a new government And I accepted In David Cameron I follow in the footsteps of a great modern prime minister Under David’s leadership, the government stabilized the economy reduced the budget deficit and helped more people into work than ever before But David’s true legacy is not about the economy but about the social justice From the introduction of same sex marriage to taking people on low wages out of income tax altogether David Cameron has led a one-nation government And it is in that spirit that I also plan to lead Because not everybody knows this But the full title of my party is the conservative and unionist party And that word, unionist, is very important to me It means we believe in the union The precious precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland But it means something else that’s just as important It means we believe in a union Not just between the nations of the United Kingdom but between all of our citizens Every one of us, whoever we are and wherever we are from That means fighting against the burning injustice That if you’re born poor, you’ll die on average nine years earlier than others If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white If you are a white working class boy, you are less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university If you are at state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately If you’re a woman, you’ll earn less than a man If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand If you’re young, you’ll find it harder than ever before to own your own home But the mission to make Britain a country that works for everyone means more than fighting these injustices If you’re from an ordinary working class family life is much harder than many people in Westminster realize You have a job but you don’t always have job security You have your own home but you’re worried about paying your mortgage you can just about manage but you’re worried about the cost of living and getting your kids into a good school If you’re one of those families If you’re just managing I want to address you directly I know you’re working around the clock I know you’re doing your best and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle The government I lead will be driven not by the interest of the privileged few but by yours We’ll do everything we can to give you more control over your lives When we take the big calls think not of the powerful, but you When we pass new laws listen not to the mighty but to you When it comes to taxes, we prioritize not the wealthy but you When it comes to opportunity we want to entrench the advantages of the fortunate few we will do everything we can to help anybody whatever your background to go as far as your talents will take you We are living through an important moment in our country history Following the referendum, we face a time of great national change And I know because we’re Great Britain, that we’ll rise to the challenge As we leave the European Union, we will forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world And we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few but for anyone of us That will be the mission of the government I lead And together we will build a better Britain

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