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Theresa May to tell conference

Theresa May to tell conference

She used her speech to the Tory Party conference in Birmingham to call for unity, warning that trying to chase a pure Brexit could result in no Brexit at all. Most of Theresa May's jokes were aimed at herself.

And she warned she was ready to take further action against utility firms which punish loyal customers with higher prices.

"We need a strong leader and we haven't got that at the moment", Duddridge told the BBC.

"If we all go off in different directions in pursuit of our own vision of the ideal Brexit, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all", she said in a clear nod to euroskeptic MPs who have published their alternatives plan for leaving the EU.

May's speech was a direct riposte to Johnson, who told a rapturous audience on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) that May's proposal for close post-Brexit economic ties with the European Union was an "outrage" that would leave Britain unable to strike new trade deals around the world.

But she insisted the option of leaving the European Union without an overall deal must be kept on the table.

In her speech, May stuck to her plan, but did not call it by its moniker - Chequers - named after the prime ministerial country residence where she hashed out the proposals in July.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said Mrs May had given clear guarantees to protect all parts of the Good Friday Agreement around Brexit negotiations.

Mrs May said she was lifting the cap on councils borrowing to fund new developments, in a move which aides said could lead to additional investment of an estimated £1 billion in as many as 10,000 new homes a year.

May's speech was welcomed by many in a party worn down by Brexit bickering.

Above all this was the sign of a PM rolling a pitch for further compromise in upcoming home straight Brexit negotiations.

Putting a positive spin on Brexit, she preached of the many opportunities it will afford and promised an end to austerity, which has been dominating government policy since the 2008 financial crisis.

Lifting the cap on council borrowing to fund housebuilding has been long demanded and a version of that proposal has always been Labour policy.

It was pitched in a different part of the political spectrum, created to appeal to moderates, alienated by extremes in both main parties.

After winning the party leadership battle in 2016, she sought to solidify her claim with a spring 2017 election, but the Conservatives lost 13 seats and needed the pledge of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and their 10 seats to remain in power. And EU leaders have simply said the plan won't work. And she will experience no voice malfunctioning issues either that would make it nearly impossible to watch or listen to what she is saying.

In response, Mrs May said the ex-foreign secretary could be relied upon to put on a "good show" but parts of his speech - which she says she did not watch - had made her "cross".

May also tried to expand her domestic agenda in her speech, attacking the main opposition Labour Party by saying their policies, including the renationalization of mail, rail and utilities, would mean increased taxes and drive away business.