tv British Prime Minister Theresa May Unveils Conservative Party Manifesto CSPAN May 18, 2017 8:45pm-9:22pm EDT
>> british prime minister theresa may released the conservative manifesto saying she called for early election so she would have mandate on britain's exit from the european union. this is 35 minutes. >> thank you very much. today, as we face this critical election for our country, i launched my manifesto for britain's future. it is one to see a true brexit and beyond. a plan for a stronger, fairer, more prosperous britain.
a plan to seize the opportunities ahead and to build a country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home. it is a details of the government rooted in the hopes and aspirations of ordinary working people across the land. it is more than that. it is a vision for britain. a portrait of the kind of nation i want to country to be after brexit as we chart our own way in the world. perhaps this pining moment for the united kingdom, we embark on this journey for our nation, we have a chance to step back and ask ourselves what kind of country and i believe we can
emerge from the change stronger and more prosperous than before. i believe we can be a country that stands tall in the world and provides leadership on the greatest chal fk -- challeges of our times. let me be clear. this means making britain a country where everyone, of whatever background, has the chance to go as far as their talent and their hard work will take them. a country that asks not where you come from but where you were going to. it means making britain a country that works not for the privileged few but for the everyone. a country where it doesn't matter where you were born, where you went to school, what your accent sounds like, what god you worship, whether you are
a man or woman, gay, straight, black or white. a country in which all that matters is the talent you have and how hard you are prepared to work. that is the kind of britain i want us to build together. we need to make the call of all the country. we need to harness the creativity and support the entrepreneurship of every sector. believing in britain and in the enduring of the british power spirit. and we need to look forward not back.
let us say no doubt it will not be easy. there will be obstacles in our way. there will be some who wish us to fall short. others who wish to hold us back. many who want us to fail. but with discipline, focus, hard work and a unity of purpose stretching across the nation from north to south and east to west, i believe we can and must go forward together. to do that, we need a new contract between government and people. we need a government that is strong enough to act and humble enough to listen, responsive enough to people's needs and stable enough to get on with the job and deliver. we need to unite behind a clear plan to make the most of the activities ahead.
that is what this manifesto offers. a clear plan to meet the challenges we face together. a credible, deliverable program for the government around which the country can unite. a plan that unlike the offerings of other parties it upfront and honest about the scale of the tasks we face. it is the responsibility of leadership to be upfront about the state department's decisions and the hard work required to overcome obstacles in our way. that is what this manifesto does.
it shows so many things. tackling induring social divisions -- enduring -- responding to an aging society and facing up to fast changing technology. and it sets out what to address to do. it offers a vision for britain not just for the next five years but the years and decades ahead. a stronger person where everyone has the economic security they need and chance to live a full life. a more prosperous situation where each generation can do better than the last. all this depends on getting the next five years right. the central challenges we face
negotiatoring the best deals for britain, our place in the world, our standard of living, the opportunities we want for our children and children's children each depend on having the strongest possible hand as we enter those negotiations in order to get the best brexit deal for families across the country. if we fail, the consequences for britain and economic security of ordinary working people will be dire. if we succeed, the opportunities ahead of us are great. the best part is to be clear about where you stand and what you want. the british people made the
choice and i respect that and respect the view of other leaders who agree we cannot be half in, half out. we will need the european union and take control of our money, borders and laws. we will forge a new deep and special partnership with europe. but reach out beyond europe like new trade for our goods and services with old allies and new friends around the world too. we will make the decisions that matter to britain here in britain and the great global trading nation that stands tall in the world once again. if we get brexit right, we can use this moment of change to build a stronger, fairer, more prosperous britain here at home. that is the real prize. the goals to which we must work. because for too many people in britain today life is much
harder than many team to think or realize. they are not fooled by politicians who promise the earth and claim no tough choices are required. they make those choices every day in their own lives and understand that politicians who inspire to leave must do the same. they don't ask for much. they want to get on with their lives and do the best and be given a fair chance and be looking to their government for help and support. this party, the conservative and unionist party will be that government. so, while it is never true that government has all the answers, government put squarely at the service of ordinary people can and should be a force for good. a force that steps up and acts in the interest of ordinary working people. that doesn't ignore them or walk on by in the other side but
serve the interest of the mainstream of the british public. with the right brexit deal secured, my mainstream government would deliver the mainstream version. all these who work hard and make the country what it is. if you have a job that doesn't have job security, people who own their home but worry about paying a mortgage, people who can just about manage but worry about the cost of living and getting their children into a good school and that is why we need a government that will ensure every able of the modern kingdom is able to prosperous with the opportunity to spread prosperity across the country. while the government i lead will build more affordable homes.
it is why the government i lead will build a britain in which the economy is strong to support worldclass public services, with the most ambitious program with investment in technology in building the nhs has ever seen. record and fair funding for schools, real technical education for young people, and a proper plan to pay for and provide social care. because strong public services don't enhance opportunity. they are vital institutions that bring us all together. it is why the government i lead will be relentless in tackling injustice like discrimination on the bases of race, mental health or disability. for injustice is a star on the
soul of the nation and i will fight it wherever it is found. for example, we will introduce the first new mental health bill for 30 years to put parity of the steam at the heart of treatment and end the stigma of mental illness once and for all. most important of all, the government i lead will provide strong and stable leadership to see us through brexit and beyond, tackling the long' term challenges we face and ensuring everyone in our country has the chance to get on in life. we need that vonning and stable leadership now more than ever. for the next five years, we will be among the most challenging in our life time. a defining period for our nation. we will determine the kind of
country we are and the country the generations after will see. that is why britain now more than every britain needs strong and stable government. while no more than ever, britain needs strong leadership to make the most of the opportunities brexit will bring. this is why britain needs the will and determination to see it through. this is why in this election it is time to put the old tribal politics behind us and to come together in the national interest, united is our desire to make a success of brexit. every vote for me and my team will be a vote to get on with
the job of delivering brexit and delivering the stronger, more secure future for all. every vote for me and my team will be a vote for a stronger, fairer more prosperous britain. and after all that has passed, that is a vision of the future that can bring us together. so, i offer myself as your prime minister, with a resolution determination to get on with the job of delivering brexit, optimism that i can get a deal that works for all and confidence in the belief we have the vision, plan, and will to use this moment to build a better britain. with the right deals aboard taking back control of our borders, money and laws and a better deal for ordinary working people at home. a modern industrial strategy to spread prosperity and opportunity around the country,
exploiting the opportunities of technology to attract the jobs of the future to britain, relief on family energy bills and the cost of living, more secure, well paid jobs and new protections for workers, the chance to own a home and more affordable housing, a good school place for every child with more money for schools every year, a strong economy to fund our nhs and give you the security you need, a stronger fairer more prosperous britain that works for everyone not just the privileged few. that is the goal. that is the plan. and mow is the time. join me on this journey. come with me as i lead britain. strengthen my hand as i fight for britain and stand with me as i deliver for britain and with confidence in ourselves and a unity of purpose in our country,
see the back of room. you are bleeping much of the manifesto you and your party stood on two years ago. more will have to pay for elderly care, many families will lose hot meals for their children at school, you are pushing back balancing the books again and your immigration proposal might cost billion do is the economy. when you put that all together, wouldn't voters be quite entitled to conclude that adds up to a bleak future? >> what i am putting together is a vision of prospairrity for th whole country. there are choices that need to
be taken but that is what leadership is about. if you look at what we are doing, that first time every a proper plan, a long time plan for social care, to ensure people have dignity in old age. a plan that is fair across the generation. yes, ensuring you are giving every primary child a brexit -- breakfast before they start their day. ensuring we are putting more in nhs and biggest every in investment and technology in national health service. but you can only do that with a strong economy and having that strong economy is central to what we as conservatives do in government. we need to make sure we get the brexit negotiations right. having that right leadership to take us in with a strong hand in the negotiations is important. that is why i say every vote for
me and my team will strengthen my hand to get the best deal for britain. did i see -- yes? >> are you accepting a possibility that within the five years and is that not the definition of potential chaos? >> this manifesto is a mandate and this election i want to give a man date to get it best possible deal and by that i mean for the best deal for every part thof united kingdom. to do that, we need a strong hand in the negotiations and that is why i say every vote for me and my team is a vote that will strengthen my hand in the brexit negotiations.
we want to get the best deal for britain and we want to get a deal that works for every part of the united kingdom and that is what we are determined to do. >> andy bell. do you accept under your social care plan that the majority of people currently receiving care in their own homes will end up worse off under your plan and isn't that simplematic. you are turning your back on the middle england. >> this is the first time we have seen social care. this is what we face with an aging population and anybody who wants to be in the government sets up to the challenge and sets it up clearly. what will we see as a result of the proposals we are making?
we will see those elderly people who have been worried about how they pay for care in their homes won't to have to worry in the future. nothing will be paid. they will not have to sell their homes. we also see those people worried their saving is going and done the right thing and saved their life are worried their savings will dwindle to nothing we are quadrupling the threshold to 100,000 pounds. what else do i expect to see? action and improvement in social care available to people, i expect people to be able to stay in their own homes longer, and that will mean less pressure on nhs. >> thank you very much. you said you wanted to be
straight and can i ask you. everyone says there is a cost to getting net migration down. have you costed it? what is it? it is in billions? you are saying you want to close injustice gaps. isn't there a danger you are creating a whole new one between children who have concern medical conditions and say, better off children, of someone who has dementia? it looks like very different treatment. and throughout the manifesto, you seem to give business quite a hard time. and a few companies with big names of slightly calming their customers house bill does this. do you think the conservatives over the years have gotten too cozy with business and business has been too greedy?
>> first of all, you put quite a few issues in that question, gary. i think that was rather more than the one question which most people are asking. just to pick up on the immigration issue, i think it is right, and we want to bring it to stable levels. we say it is tens of thousands because of the impact of the uncontrolled migration because it can old down wages and 'puts pressure on the services. yes, we want to increase the skill charge. immigration skill charge and that is because then that money can be put into ensuring people here are being trained to be able to take the jobs. i want to see people having the skills to take on the jobs while we have a system that brings the brightest and best into united kingdom. that is what we will be doing exactly. in terms of the question of
business, i think we set out the manifesto and the key thing we want to do for business is ensure we have a strong any and want to be the best place for businesses to be set-up to grow and provide investments in the united kingdom. what we do believe in responsible business and i think if you talk to business people, they will also say it is better to have an engaged workforce that is a content workforce that increases and improves productivity. that is why i think it is right to say we need to ensure proper protections. we do also want to ensure we set tat economic framework which helps business. 2.9 million jobs have been created, employment is at record levels and higher than it has been since records began and unemployment lower than it has
been since the mid 1970s. that is what a strong economy can do and we need to build on that for the future. is theo here? yes. >> prime minister, are you trying to redefine what it means to be a conservative? >> what we are proposing on social media is the first ever proper plan to ensure the sustainability of social services. it is a real challenge that faces us. this is a challenge that has been enducted by the government for too long. we are prepared to put forward this plan which is to say we will protect higher levels than it is protected for individuals willing to take away the worry for people and their care.
yes, ensuring and revising a system with dignity in their old age and doing it in a way that is fair across the generations. i think the guardian is here. let's hear from them. microphone is coming to you. >> hi, there. so, you are going to replace the trickle lock guarantee on the state pension with a less generous double lock and wealthier pensioners will have to pay more for their including care at home. can you talk about if you are being upfront with older people that have done well the last decade and they need to bear more of the cost of the fair society you are talking about? >> i think you have look at the manifesto, when we set out what why doing in relation to the pension, we make the point that
was introduced when there was a disparity to pension income. now we see the results? . older people worry about the disparity and the older generation and if they will be better off in the future. pensions will continue to go up under conservative government. we will have a double lock which will ensure pensions go up at the average earning of inflation so the pensioners will continued to be protected against rising prices. i think it is important we ensure the changes we bring in are changes and pair across the generations -- fair. tom? >> prime minister tom from the sun. you are making money from the
rich pensions, beating up on business and shooing libertarians and some stuff that might horrify the cabinet sitting there. do you accept you are moving to the center ground and proud of the moniker red torey? >> the conservative party, the conservative party has always been on the center ground. we believe in managing the economy carefully, we believe in spending taxpayer's money responsiblely, we believe in encouraging business and investment that could create high paying jobs. we want to see good school place for every child so that young people get the best possible start. we want to ensure we have the economy to fund this public services that people need through the nhs and other services. these are all good principles that have underpinned
conservatism. we want to give people opportunity and encourage people. we want people to know that in britain under the conservative government, how far you go in life depends on you, your talent and hard work and not where you came from. >> jason from the mail. yes. >> jason from the daily mail. you put leaving the single market in the manifesto. would you expect those in your party to oppose that if you win?
can i ask in the theme of the day, did you consider yourself conceptualized? >> >> we want a comprehensive free trade agreement with the european union which is about having frictionless access as possible to the single market but you cannot be a member of the single market. we will be leaving the eu but we will be negotiating the best deal, there are other areas where we want to continue to operate with the european union on issues like security, justice and home affairs. on trade, we want that comprehensive free trade agreement that is good for businesses here in the united kingdom and good for jobs and ordinary working families here in the united kingdom. margaret thatcher was a conservative.
i am a conservative. this is a conservative manifesto. [applause] >> i think i saw ben. >> you were elected in 2010 and 2015 on a promise to reduce net migration for tens of thousands. pledge is in the manifesto today. between 2010-2016 you didn't meet that pledge. why should people believe that today? >> you are right, i have been working on this for six years. the figures went up, down again, and starting to come up again. there is no single thing you can do in relation to the net migration that is going to make the difference. you need to be working at this issue constantly and of course what we will have when you leave the eu is the ability to put rules in for that part of the
migration system we have not have had opportunity to control before coming from the european union in the uk. i explained earlier why i think it is important net migration should be at sustainable level because uncontrolled immigration has an impact on people, public services but also on people particularly at the lower end of the income scale in depressing wages and sometimes in displacing jobs. so that is why i think it is important we maintain that commitment and continue to work on it. yes? there was a hand that went up in the back there. >> german television. i want to ask you what this manifesto tells us about you personally and your political philosophy. >> i think it tells me i am a good conservative. it tells you i believe we have a strong economy and good public services funded by a strong
economy and opportunity for all and crucially i think that is the important thing here. i want to see britain as a global britained standing tall and taking our place in the world and a britain where people in this world know how far they go depends on them and their hard work and talent. was that paul said? >> 55% leave and what many think you are targeting this election. if you do win the seats, those new mp and voters work to hold your feet to the fire to get a firm brexit and in that case, isn't it becomes deluded to think this great majority for brexit? >> i don't talk in terms of a hard or soft brexit. i want to get the right deal for britain.
>> here, here. >> that is what why are going to do. [applause] >> you have been asked throughout the campaign about taxes on higher earners. the manifesto doesn't really have any detail about what tax increases people might face and whether they might face increases in insurance. you are asking high earners to vote for you without knowing what tax rate you might be paying. what would you say mow the manifesto is out and it doesn't tell them what they will we paying. >> what i would say to earners across the board is when they come to the election they have a clear choice. and the clear choice is between
a conservative party which always has been, is, and always will be a low tax party and whose intention in government is to reduce taxes on businesses and worker families and a labor party whose natural instinct is to increase taxes like we saw with the manifesto this week and it is ordinary working families paying the price of labor through higher taxes, lower wages or higher prices with fewer jobs. ordinary working people will pay the price of labor. >> just picking up on jason grove's question. it occasionally said it is difficult to define what is meant by mayism. but if you turn to page nine it says you reject selfish individualism and regard ridged
dogma and ideology as dangerous. that sounds like a rejection of factorism. are you personally rejecting the many comparisons between you and margaret thatcher? >> there is no mayism. i know you journalists like to write about it. [applause] >> on thursday's washington journal, we talked to the head of vote lee, the official pro-brexit campaign in britain's referendum on eu membership. he discussed the referendum result and how brexit will affect the uk's relationship with the u.s. this is 25 minutes.