I am delighted that Theresa May has become our new Prime Minister. Her record at the Home Office shows that she is capable, determined and dedicated to what is best for the people of our country. In the coming years of renegotiation with the EU, she has the steel we will need.
I would urge everyone to read her first speech from Downing Street, but I would like to pick out one section which I found particularly inspiring:
"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 is 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’re from.
That means fighting against the burning injustice that, if you’re born poor, you will die on average 9 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’re a white, working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university.
If you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately.
If you’re a woman, you will 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 realise. You have a job but you don’t always have job security. You have your own home, but you worry about paying a mortgage. You can just about manage but you worry 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 interests of the privileged few, but by yours.
We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives. When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but you.”
Like the Prime Minister, I am a passionate Unionist – my husband is Scottish and I am English, but we are both, and will always be, British. And, like the Prime Minister, I believe that creating opportunities for everyone to succeed, no matter what their background, is what politics is for.
You can read Mrs May's full speech here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/statement-from-the-new-prime-min…