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Tories the party of working classes, claims PM Theresa May

By Andrew Woodcock

Published 05/10/2016

Speech: Theresa May
Speech: Theresa May

Theresa May will use her first conference speech as Conservative leader to draw a clear line under the era of her predecessor David Cameron by declaring her determination to reposition the party on "the new centre ground of British politics".

Denouncing Jeremy Corbyn's Labour for a "sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority", Mrs May will state her intention for the Tories to usurp its traditional position as the party of "ordinary working-class people", the NHS and public servants.

But she will also distance herself from the small-State politics of earlier Tory leaders like Margaret Thatcher by insisting that government can be "a force for good", providing benefits for society that individuals, communities and the market cannot.

Concluding a four-day conference in Birmingham, which has been dominated by the aftermath of Brexit, Mrs May will tell delegates: "I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics - built on the values of fairness and opportunity - where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person, regardless of their background or that of their parents, is given the chance to be all they want to be."

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