Liz Truss speech: PM pledges to get country through ‘stormy days’on October 5, 2022 at 4:09 pm

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In her first party conference speech as PM, Liz Truss vows to take on the “anti-growth coalition”.

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Liz Truss has promised to get the country through “stormy days”, as she set out her plans to grow the economy.

In her speech to the Tory conference, which has been marked by U-turns and internal division, the PM admitted her policies would cause “disruption”.

But she insisted “the status quo is not an option”, adding: “We must stay the course.”

The speech came against a backdrop of financial and political turmoil following the government’s mini-budget.

Markets reacted badly to the plans for £45bn in tax cuts funded by borrowing, while the government’s u-turn on its plan to remove the 45p tax band for the highest earners was fuelled by opposition from Tory MPs.

The prime minister’s speech lasted around 35 minutes – shorter than is usually the case for the party leader at conference – and was briefly interrupted by fracking protesters from Greenpeace, holding up a sign reading “who voted for this”.

She made no new policy announcements but pledged to stick to her promises to cut taxes and regulations on businesses.

Ms Truss acknowledged “these are stormy days”, citing the global economic crisis caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

But she added: “I’m determined to get Britain moving, to get us through the tempest and to put us on a stronger footing as a nation.”

The Tory conference has been overshadowed by divisions, after the government made its dramatic U-turn over its plans to scrap the top rate of income tax.

Some cabinet ministers and senior Conservatives have also publicly spoken out against the suggestion increases to some benefits like universal credit could be linked to wages rather than prices, which would amount to a real-terms cut.

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