Prime Minister Theresa May has hinted that the end to austerity will come, providing she can get a “good” Brexit deal for the UK. This was during her speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham on Wednesday.
May said that British people are crying out for light at the end of the tunnels and “our message to them must be this: ‘we get it'”. She assured those in attendance that the Conservatives were “not just a party to clean up a mess”, but also capable of guiding Britain to a “better future”.
“Sound finances are essential but they are not the limit of our ambition. Because you made sacrifices, there are better days ahead.
“So when we’ve secured a good Brexit deal for Britain, at the spending review next year we will set out our approach to the future. Debt as a share of the economy will continue to go down, support for public services will go up.
“Because a decade after the financial crash, people need to know that the austerity it led to is over and that their hard work has paid off.
“If we come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve. Our future is in our hands.”
The Prime Minister has been under fire in recent weeks and there has been near constant speculation about how much time she has left in office. This was added to when MP James Duddridge submitted a letter of no confidence in May on the morning of her speech.
The PM has also come under pressure to abandon her Chequers plan for Brexit, most notable by former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, but despite not using the word ‘Chequers’, she made it clear she wasn’t budging on the idea.
“If we stick together and hold our nerve, I know we can get a deal that delivers for Britain.”
However, May showed no signs of anything getting to her as she made jokes on stage and walked on with an Abba song in the background. She danced, replicating the viral video that was made of her on a recent trip to Africa.