Boris Johnson’s Farewell speech as UK Prime Minister! Lizz Truss elected as new UK Prime minister!
In only a couple of hours I will be in balmoral to see Her Majesty, the Queen. And the torch will finally be passed to a new conservative leader. The baton will be handed over in what has unexpectedly turned out to be a relay race. They changed the rules halfway through but never mind that now. And through that lacquered black door, a new prime minister will shortly go to meet a fantastic group of public servants. The people who got Brexit done, the people who deliver the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe and never forget, 70% of the entire population got a dose within six months faster than any comparable country that is government for you, that’s this Conservative government.
People who organized those prompt early supplies of weapons to the heroic Ukrainian Armed Forces, an action that may very well have helped change the course of the biggest European war for 80 years. Because of the speed and urgency of what you did and everybody involved in this government to get this economy moving again from July last year in spite of all the opposition. All the naysayers, we have and will continue to have that economic strength to give people the cash they need to get through this energy crisis caused by Putin vicious war.
I know that liz truss and this compassionate Conservative government will do everything we can to get people through this crises. And this country will endure it and we will win. If putin thinks that he can succeed by blackmailing or bullying the British people, then he is utterly deluded. The reason we will have those funds now and in the future is because we conservatives understand the vital symmetry between government action and Free Market Capitalist private sector enterprise.
We’re delivering on those huge manifesto commitments, making streets safer, neighborhood crime down 38% In the last three years, 13,790 more police on the street, building more hospitals and yes, we will have 50,000 more nurses by the end of the decade and by the end of this Parliament I should say, 40 new hospitals by the end of the decade, putting record funding into our schools and teachers pay, giving everybody a lifetime skilled guarantee so they can keep up skilling throughout their lives. Three new high-speed rail lines including northern powerhouse rail, colossal road programs from the pennines to cornwall the rollout of Gigabit broadband over the last three years. I’m proud to say since you were kind enough to elect from 7% of our country premises, having gigabit broadband to 70% today. Of course providing the short and the long term solutions for our energy needs. And not just using more of our own domestic hydrocarbons, but going up by 2030 to 50 gigawatts of wind power that is half this country’s energy electricity needs from offshore wind alone.
A new nuclear reactor every year and looking at what is happening in this country the changes that are taking place. That is why private sector investment is flooding and more private sector investment than China itself. More billion pound Tech Companies sprouting here in the UK, that in France, Germany, and Israel combined. And as a result, unemployment as I leave office, unemployment down to lows, not seen since I was about 10 years old and bouncing around on a space Hopper.
My friends on the subject of bouncing around in future careers, let me say that I am now like one of those booster rockets, that has fulfilled its function and I will now be gently re-entering the atmosphere and splashing down invisibly in some remote that obscure corner of the Pacific. And like Cincinnatus, I am returning to my plow and I will be offering this government nothing but the most fervent support.
This is a tough time for the economy. It’s a tough time for families up and down the country. We can and we will get through it, we will come out stronger the other side. But I say to my fellow conservatives, it’s time for politics to be over folks its time for us to get behind Liz truss and her team and her program and deliver to the people of this country because that is what the people of this country want, what they need and that’s what they deserve. I am proud to have discharged the promises I made to my party when you were kind enough to choose me, winning the biggest authority since 1987. And the biggest share of the vote since 1979.
Delivering our manifesto commitments including by the way including social care reform, helping people up and down the country, ensuring that Britain is once again standing tall in the world. Speaking with clarity and authority from Ukraine to the orcas pact with America, and Australia, because we are one whole and entire get united kingdom, whose diplomats security services and armed forces are globally admired.
I believe, as I leave, I believe our union is so strong that those who want to break it up they’ll keep trying but they will never, ever succeed. Thank you to everybody, behind me in this building. Thank you to all of you in government. And thank you for everyone who has helped look after me and my family over the last three years including Dylann, the dog. I just say to my party if Dylan and Larry can put behind them their occasional difficulties, and so can the Conservative Party. Above all, thanks to you, to the British people, to the voters for giving me the chance to serve all of you who worked so tirelessly together, to be COVID, to put us where we are today. Together, we have laid foundations that will stand the test of time, whether by taking back control of our laws, or putting in vital new infrastructure, great solid mansory on which we will continue to build together, paving the path of prosperity now and for future generations. I will be supporting Liz Truss and the new government every step of the way. Thank you all very much.