Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

British leader pokes fun at her own limited dance moves

British leader pokes fun at her own limited dance moves

Just hours after the Prime Minister appealed to the party to unite behind her plan, former Brexit minister Steve Baker, who quit over Chequers, urged her to avoid a political "accident" and rethink her approach to negotiations with Brussels.

"I have not met a single MP who thinks she will lead us into another election after the last disastrous snap election".

Then the thing we saw immediately afterwards was that tweet about the Strepsils and the speech and we laughed along with her and she showed that humorous side of her.

In her crucial keynote speech to the Conservative conference in Birmingham, Mrs May said next year's post-Brexit Spending Rreview will set out a programme of increased investment for public services, as a mark that the decade of cuts following the financial crash is coming to an end.

Johnson, the figurehead for the campaign to leave the European Union and the bookmakers' favourite to replace May, has become the loudest critic, warning Conservatives that if they supported Chequers they could be signing up to the party's electoral death.

"While the country is crying out for real change, all Theresa May and her party offer are pinched ideas and tinkering around at the edges, relying on petty attacks to cover up their lack of vision". In an upbeat message to activists and voters, she declared: "If we come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve".

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn also referred to the "Chequers plan" during his conference speech last week. But she refused to rule it out, adding: 'The resilience and ingenuity of the British people would see us through'.

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Mrs May - who revealed the freeze on fuel duty will continue - said the era of austerity had ended now that the national debt was falling for the "first time in a generation". An undeterred May called on her colleagues to work towards making the Conservatives a party "not for the few, not even for the many but for everyone who is willing to work hard and do their best".

Another part of May's quest to show we're all in this together, was to become relevant to the masses: there was a dirty joke about there being a "four letter word...ending in k" that the Conservatives want to do to businesses, and that's "back" them.

Today Theresa May announced the future lifting of the borrowing cap on councils to allow them to start building houses again - I wonder how she extracted that concession from the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. And no longer would the subject to laws made in Brussels.

"We need to empower our communities to take the lead in confronting the behaviours that would damage our society", he said. "Fuel duty, May promised, will be frozen in next month's budget, because 'For millions of people their vehicle is not a luxury, it's a necessity". The June 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union exposed deep ideological divisions within the party (and, needless to say, the country as a whole) and May has struggled to unite party members, and her own Cabinet, around her Brexit proposals.

"Back them to drive innovation and improve lives". As well as displaying the old Conservative spirit of self-determination, May wants to build up support for her Brexit deal.

But despite seeming to rally party members to his cause by calling on Conservatives to return to their traditional values, he disappointed some supporters by saying he would stick by May at least for now. So, it is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week.

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