Vastavam web: Prime Minister Theresa May will set out plans to build “a road to a better future” for Britain at her Conservative Party conference next week, hoping to head off a rebellion over her handling of Brexit and the June election.Weakened by the loss of the Conservatives’ parliamentary majority in that election, which prompted some members to call for her to go, May will try to show she is still the right person to lead the party and Britain.
She will be keen to play down divisions in her cabinet of ministers over the Brexit divorce talks with the EU, which has given the opposition Labour Party ammunition to criticise a squabbling government.Instead, she will go on the offensive against Labour, which has won over voters by making a similar promise to govern “for the many, not the few”.“Our party meets in Manchester this week, and our message to you is simple. As Conservatives, we have a vision of a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few – precisely the direction I set when I became prime minister last year,” May said in a statement before the conference begins on Sunday.
After Labour staged a conference this week at which it sounded triumphant, May hopes to fire up thousands of members who feel let down by what some describe as an awful election campaign, when their leader was dubbed “the Maybot” for her repetition of catchphrases.May will also be careful in Manchester to present a united front and keep a lid on divisions in her cabinet after arguments over her Brexit strategy and vision of future ties with the EU, and over austerity, broke out into the open.
“So this week we’ll be setting out our road to a better future for you (voters) and your family. Yes, we have to get the best Brexit deal – but we must also take action here at home to make this a fairer place to live for ordinary working people,” she said.She offered no details of her plan to take the initiative in a domestic debate that has been dominated by Labour’s criticism of economic austerity.Its criticism of public sector cuts and pay caps for nurses, police and firefighters has caught the mood of the public. Many people have seen wages stagnate for nearly a decade as prices rise, and this has helped Labour close the gap in the opinion polls.