Britain strong in the world

One of the things that makes me proud to be British is the force for good which our country is in the world. This is something which I've seen throughout my career and which I'll fight to continue. 

A strong armed forces. Our military is among the best in the world - and I'm not saying that just because I'm the granddaughter, daughter, niece and sister of former or serving personnel. We need to make sure that our armed forces have the equipment and the training they need to do what we ask them to do. I worked for the Conservative shadow defence team when we were in opposition and putting pressure on the then Labour government to equip our armed forces properly for the job in Afghanistan - we forced a change in government policy then which directly benefited our troops on the ground. I believe NATO should remain the cornerstone of our defence policy - even more important as we prepare to leave the EU. 

A Britain which knows what it stands for. We need to be confident of our values: freedom of the individual, the rule of law, the importance of free enterprise and tolerance and understanding of differences. I don't believe that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party shares my pride in our national values at all - and I don't believe they can lead Britain effectively as a global power. In my role at the UK's most influential think tank Policy Exchange, I've launched major reports which argue that we should be committed to humanitarian intervention and to coming to the aid of our NATO allies, working with the brightest brains. 

British businesses exporting around the world. When we leave the EU, we'll have much more power over our exports and trade deals - whole new opportunities and markets opening up for British businesses. I worked for Tesco, the UK's leading retailer, and so saw firsthand how Britain leads the world in the grocery industry - and there are so many more sectors where the knowledge, experience and products produced by our businesses are second to none. I'll work with businesses of all sides to identify new markets. 

Using our soft power. Working for our national tourist boards VisitBritain and VisitEngland showed me the scope of our tourism industry - and how highly regarded our culture, history and landscape are around the world. As well as making me a firm advocate of holidaying at home, this convinced me of the importance of investing to raise the profile of our 'softer' industries too.