Read in Full: Boris’s Conference Speech mdi-fullscreen

Boris’s speech in full has just been released, checked against delivery, by CCHQ. In total, it ran to 6,194 words. Remarkably, despite being just 18% shorter in word count than Starmer’s dirge of a speech, Boris managed to trot it out in less than half the time. Boris’s energetic, quick pace allowed delegates to get out for lunch sooner…

Isn’t it amazing to be here in person

the first time we have met since you defied the sceptics by winning councils and communities that Conservatives have never won in before – such as Hartlepool

in fact it’s the first time since the general election of 2019 when we finally sent the corduroyed communist cosmonaut into orbit where he belongs

and why are we back today

for a traditional Tory cheek by jowler?

It is because for months we have had one of the most open economies and societies

and on July 19 we decided to open every single

theatre and every concert hall and night club in England


we knew that some people would still be anxious

so we sent top government representatives to our sweatiest boites de nuit to show that anyone could dance

perfectly safely

and wasn’t he brilliant my friends?

let’s hear it for jon bon govi

living proof that we, you all

represent the most jiving hip happening and generally funkapolitan party in the world

and how have we managed to open up

ahead of so many of our friends?

You know the answer, its

because of the roll-out of that


a UK phenomenon

the magic potion invented in oxford university

and bottled in wales

distributed at incredible speed to vaccination centres everywhere

I saw the army in action in Glasgow

firing staple guns like carbines as they set up a huge vaccination centre

and in Fermanagh I saw the needles go in like a collective sewing machine

and they vaccinated so rapidly that we were able to

do those crucial groups one to four

the oldest and most vulnerable faster than any other major economy in the world

and though the disease has sadly not gone away the impact on death rates has been astonishing

and I urge you all to get your jabs because every day our vaccine defences are getting stronger and stronger

and you, all of you, and everybody watching made this roll-out possible

you each made each other safer

so perhaps we should all thank each other

go on – try a cautious fist bump

because it’s ok now

and we in turn thank the

volunteers, the public health workers, the council workers

the pharmacists

but above all our untiring unbeatable unbelievable NHS

and as a responsible conservative government we must recognise the sheer scale of their achievement

but recognise also the scale of the challenge ahead


when I was lying in St Thomas’s hospital last year l looked blearily out of my window at a hole in the ground

between my ICU and another much older Victorian section

and amid the rubble of brick they seemed to be digging a hole for something or indeed someone – possibly me

but the NHS saved me

and our wonderful nurses pulled my chestnuts out of Tartarean pit

and the other day I went back on a visit

and I saw that the hole had been filled in

with three or four gleaming storeys

of a new paediatrics unit

and there you have the metaphor my friends for how to build back better now

we have a huge hole

in the public finances

We spent £407 bn on covid support

and our debt now stands at over two trillion pounds

and waiting lists will almost certainly go up before they come down

covid pushed out a great bow wave of cases

people did not or could not seek help

and that wave is now coming back

a tide of anxiety washing into every A and E and every GP

your hip replacement

your mother’s surgery



and this is the priority of the British people


does anyone seriously imagine that we should not now be raising the funding to sort this out


is that really the view of responsible conservatives ?


I can tell you something


Margaret Thatcher would not have ignored this meteorite that has just crashed through the public finances


she would have wagged her finger and said more borrowing now is just higher interest rates and even higher taxes later





when this country was sick our NHS was the nurse


frontline health care workers


battled against a new disease




risking their lives sacrificing their lives


and it is right that this Party that has looked after the NHS for most of its history


should be the one to rise to the challenge


48 new hospitals

50,000 more nurses


50m more GP appointments


40 new diagnostic centres


and fixing those backlogs with real change


because the pandemic not only put colossal pressure on the NHS


it was a lightning flash illumination of a problem we have failed to address for decades




in 1948 this country created the National Health Service but kept social care local


and though that made sense in many ways generations of older people have found themselves


lost in the gap


when covid broke there were 100,000 beds in the NHS


–           and 30,000 occupied by people who could have been cared for elsewhere

whether at home or in residential care


and we all know that this problem of delayed discharge is one of the major reasons why


it takes too long to get the hospital  treatment that your family desperately need


and people worry that they will be the one in ten


to suffer from the potentially catastrophic cost of dementia


wiping out everything they have

and preventing them from passing on anything to their families


and we Conservatives stand by those who have shared our values


thrift and hard work

and who face total destitution in this brutal lottery


of old age

in which treatment for cancer is funded by the state


and care for alzheimers is not – or only partly


and to fix these twin problems of the NHS and social care


we aren’t just going to siphon billions of new taxes into crucial services


without improving performance


we will


use new technology so that there is a single set of electronic records as patients pass between health and social care


improving care


and ensuring that cash goes to the frontline


and not on needless bureaucracy


When I stood on the steps of Downing Street I promised to fix this crisis


and after decades of drift and dither


this reforming government


this can do government


this government that got brexit done


that is getting the vaccine rollout done


is going to get social care done


and we are dealing with the biggest underlying issues of our economy and society


the problems that no government has had the guts to tackle before


and I mean the long term structural weaknesses


in the UK economy


It is thanks to that vaccine roll-out that we now have the most open economy and the fastest growth in the G7



we have unemployment two million lower than forecast


We have demand surging


and I am pleased to say that after years of stagnation – more than a decade –  wages are going up


faster than before the pandemic began



and that matters deeply


because we are embarking now on a change of direction that has been long overdue


in the UK economy


we are not going back to the same old broken model


with low wages

low growth

low skills

and low productivity


all of it enabled and assisted by uncontrolled immigration


and the answer to the present stresses and strains


which are mainly a function of growth and economic revival


is not to reach for that same old lever of uncontrolled immigration


to keep wages low


the answer is to control immigration

to allow people of talent to come to this country


but not to use immigration as an excuse for failure to invest

in people, in skills

and in the equipment the facilities the machinery they need to do their jobs


the truckstops – to pick an example entirely at random – with basic facilities where you don’t have to urinate in the bushes


and that is the direction in which this country is going now


towards a high wage

high skill

high productivity


and yes, thereby low tax economy


that is what the people of this country need and deserve

in which everyone can take pride in their work and in the quality of their work


and yes it will take time

and yes it will sometimes be difficult


but that was the change that people voted for in 2016


and that was the change they voted for again powerfully in 2019


and to deliver that change we will get on with our job


of uniting and levelling up across the UK


the greatest project that any government can embark on


We have one of the most imbalanced societies and lop-sided economies


of all the richer countries



it is not just that there is a gap between London  and the South east and the rest of the country


there are aching gaps within the regions themselves


what monkey glands are they applying in Ribble Valley


what royal jelly are they eating


that they live seven years longer than the people of Blackpool


only 33 miles away



Why does half of York’s population boast a degree and only a quarter of Doncaster’s


This is not just a question of social justice


it is an appalling waste of potential


and it is holding this country back



because there is no reason why the inhabitants of one part of the country should be geographically fated to be poorer than others


or why people should feel they have to move away from their loved ones, or communities to reach their potential


When Thomas Gray stood in that country churchyard in 1750 and wrote his famous elegy



as the curfew tolled the knell of parting day


he lamented

the wasted talents of those buried around him

the flowers born to blush unseen

the mute inglorious miltons who never wrote a poem

because they never got to read



the simple folk who died illiterate and innumerate


and he knew that it was an injustice


let me ask you, maybe you know


where was he standing when he chewed his pensive quill ? Anybody know


Correct, thank you, he was standing in Stoke poges


my friends there may be underprivileged parts of this country but stoke poges is not now among them


in fact it was only recently determined by the Daily Telegraph


and if you can’t believe that, what can you believe my friends


to be the 8th richest village in England


since gray elegised, Buckinghamshire has levelled up to be among the most productive regions in the whole of Europe


Stoke Poges may still of course have its problems


but they are the overwhelmingly caused the sheer lust of other people to live in or near Stoke Poges



overcrowded trains

endless commutes

too little time with the kids

the constant anxiety that your immemorial view of chalk downland is going to be desecrated by ugly new homes


and that is why levelling up works for the whole country


and is the right and responsible policy, because it


helps to take the pressure off parts of the overheating South East


while simultaneously



offering hope and opportunity to those areas that have felt left behind



and let us be clear that there is a huge philosophical difference between us and labour


because in their souls they don’t like levelling up


they like levelling down they do


they like decapitating the tall poppies and taxing the rich till the pips squeak

they dislike academic competition latin I hear

and in Islington – I kid you not I have seen it with my own eyes – they like kids to run races where nobody actually wins


and I have to tell you I don’t believe that is a good preparation for life


let alone for the Olympic games


and if you insist on the economic theory behind levelling up


it is contained in the insight of Wilfredo Pareto


a 19th century Italian figre who floated from the cobwebbed attic of my memories


that there are all kinds of improvements


you can make to people’s lives he said


without diminishing anyone else


Rishi will I am sure confirm this



and we call these pareto improvements


and they are the means of levelling up


and the idea in a nutshell it is that you will find talent genius flair imagination enthusiasm everywhere in this country all of them evenly distributed


but opportunity is not


and it is our mission as conservatives to promote opportunity


with every tool we have


and it is still a grim fact that in this country

that some kids will grow up in neighbourhoods that are safer than others


and some will be, as Priti was saying, some will be sucked into gangs

and some will be at risk of stabbing and shooting

and some will get themselves caught in the one way ratchet of the criminal justice system


and many others will not


that’s why levelling up means fighting crime

putting more police out on the beat as we are


and toughening sentences


and rolling up the county lines drugs networks as we are


1100 gone already


and giving the police the powers they need

to fight these dealers in death and misery that’s what we want to do


–                               and what is Labour’s answer, by the way –


to decriminalise hard drugs apparently


to let the gangsters off with a caution


an answer that is straight from the powder rooms of the North London dinner parties

and nothing to do with the real needs of this country

crime has been falling


and not just by the way because we took the precaution of locking up the public for much of the last 18 months


but because you have a conservative government that understands the broken windows theory of crime


I read a learned article by some lawyer saying we should not bother about pet theft


Well  I say to Cruella de Vil QC – if you can steal a dog or a cat

then there is frankly no limit to your depravity


and you know those people gluing themselves to roads


I don’t call them legitimate protestors

like some Labour councillors do I, some Labour councillors actually glue themselves to roads


I say they are a confounded nuisance who are blocking ambulances, stopping people go about their daily lives


and I am glad Priti is taking new powers to insulate them snugly in prison where they belong


what I found most incredible of all was the decision by labour

now led by lefty Islington lawyers


to vote against tougher sentences for serious sexual and violent offenders


and on behalf of the entire government I tell you


we will not rest until we have increased the successful prosecutions for rape


because too many lying bullying cowardly men are using the law’s delay


to get away with violence against women


and we cannot and we will not stand for it


and I know that there are some who now tell us that we are ungenerous and unfeeling in our attempts to control our borders


and I say – don’t give me that


This is the government that stood up to China and announced that we would provide a haven for British overseas nationals in Hong Kong


30,000 have already applied


and I am really proud to be part of a Conservative government that will welcome 20,000 Afghans


people who risked their lives to guide us and translate for us


we are doing the right and responsible thing


and speaking as the great grandson of a Turk who fled in fear of his life I know that this country is a beacon of light and hope for people around the world


provided they come here legally


provided we understand who they are and what they want to contribute


and that is why we took back control of our borders


and will pass the borders bill



because we believe there must be a distinction between someone who comes here legally and someone who doesn’t


and though I have every sympathy with people genuinely in fear of their lives


I have no sympathy whatever


with the people traffickers who take thousands of pounds

to send children to sea in frail and dangerous craft


and we must end this lethal trade


we must break the gangsters’ business model


and is it not a sublime irony that even in French politics there is now a leading centre right politician calling for a referendum on the EU



Who is now calling for France to reprendre le controle??


it’s good old Michel Barnier



that’s what happens if you spend a year trying to argue with Lord Frost


the greatest frost since the great frost of 1709


and we will fight these gangs at home and abroad


because their victims are invariably the poorest and the neediest

and I will tell you what levelling up is


a few years ago they started a school not far from the Olympic park


a new school that anyone could send their kids to


in an area that has for decades been one of the most disadvantaged in London


that school is Brampton Manor academy and it now sends more kids to Oxbridge than Eton


and if you want proof of what I mean by unleashing potential

and by levelling up


look at Brampton Manor


and we can do it


There is absolutely no reason why the kids of this country should lag behind


or why so many should be unable to read and write or do basic mathematics at the age of 11


and to level up


– on top of the extra 14 bn we’re putting into education


and on top of the increase that means every teacher starts with a salary of £30k


we are announcing a levelling up premium of up to £3000 to send the best maths and science teachers to the places that need them most


and above all we are investing in our skills, skills folks


our universities are world beating, I owe everything to my tutors and they are one of the great glories of our economy


but we all know that some of the most brilliant and imaginative and creative people in Britain

and some of the best paid people in Britain


did not go to university

and to level up you need to give people the options


the skills


that are right for them


and to make the most of those skills and knowledge


and to level up you need urgently to


plug all the other the gaps in our infrastructure that are still holding people and communities back


As I’ve been saying over this wonderful conference to you

when I became leader of this party, there were only,  can you remember, what percentage of households had gigabit broadband when you were so kind as to make me leader? 7 percent, only 7 percent


and by the new year that will be up to 68 per cent


thanks to Rishi’s superdeduction the pace is now accelerating massively


as companies thrust the fibre-optic vermicelli in the most hard to reach places


its wonderful,  for years SNP leader Ian Blackford has been telling the Commons that he is nothing but a humble crofter on the isle of Skye



well now we have fibre optic broadband of very high quality  that we can inspect the library or is it perhaps the billiard room of Ian Blackford’s croft


and that is levelling up in action


and my friends it is not good enough just to rely on zoom


after decades of ducked decisions


our national infrastructure is way behind some of our key competitors


It is a disgrace that you still can’t swiftly cross the pennines by rail


a disgrace that leeds is the largest city in Europe with no proper metro system


a waste of human potential that so many places are not served by decent bus routes


transport is one of the supreme leveller-uppers


and we are making the big generational changes shirked by previous governments



we will do Northern Powerhouse rail


we will link up the cities of the midlands and the north


we will restore those sinews of the union that have been allowed to atrophy


the A1 north of Berwick and on into Scotland



the A 75  in Scotland that is so vital for the links with northern Ireland and the rest of the country


the north wales corridor


and we will invest in our roads

unblocking those coagulated roundabouts and steering-wheel-bending traffic lights


putting on 4000 more clean green buses


made in this country

some of them running on hydrogen



and as we come out of covid


our towns and cities are again going to be buzzing with life


we know

that a productive workforce


needs that spur


that only comes with face to face meetings

and water cooler gossip


if young people are to learn on the job in the way that they always have and must

we will and must see people back in the office



and that is why we are building back better with a once in an a century £640bn pound programme

of investment


and by making neighbourhoods safer

by putting in the gigabit broadband

by putting in the roads and the schools and the healthcare


we will enable more and more young people everywhere


to share the dream of home ownership


the great ambition of the human race


that the left always privately share but publicly disparage


and we can do it




go on google maps


you see how our landscape has been plotted and pieced and jigsawed together by centuries of bequests and litigation


a vast testament to security of title


trust in the law


a confidence that is responsible for so much international investment



you see how rich this country is growing

the billions of loving and incremental improvements to homes and gardens



you can see how beautiful it is

vast untouched moorland


and hills

broadleaf forests


we are going to re-wild parts of the country and consecrate a total of 30 per cent to nature


we are planting tens of millions of trees


otters are returning to rivers from which they have been absent for decades


beavers that have not been seen on some rivers since tudor times


massacred for their pelts


and now back


and if that isn’t conservatism, my friends I don’t know what is


build back beaver


and though the beavers may sometimes build without local authority permission



you can also see how much room there is


to build the homes that young families need in this country


not on green fields


not just jammed in the south east


but beautiful homes on brownfield sites


in places where homes make sense





and this government is helping young people to afford a home


It has been a scandal – a rebuke to all we stand for


that over the last 20 years the dream of home ownership


has receded


and yet under this government we are turning the tide



we have not only built more homes than at any time in the last 30 years


we are helping young people on to the property ladder


with our 95 per cent mortgages



and there is no happiness like taking a set of keys


and knowing that the place is yours


and you can paint the front door any colour you like


as it happens I am not allowed to paint my own front door, it has to be black


but I certainly don’t have far to go to work


and if you don’t have too far to go to work


and the commute is not too dreadful

and if

the job suits your skills


and your wifi is fast and reliable


then I tell you something else


that housing

in the right place

at an affordable price


will add massively not just to your general joie de vivre


but to your productivity


and that is how we solve the national productivity puzzle


by fixing the broken housing market

by plugging in the gigabit

by putting in decent safe bus routes and all other transport infrastructure


and by investing in skills skills skills


and that by the way is how we help to cut the cost of living for everyone


because housing, energy, transport


are now huge parts of our monthly bills


and it is by fixing our broken housing market

by sorting out our energy supply – more wind, more nuclear, becoming less dependent on hydrocarbons from abroad

by putting in those transport links

we will hold costs down and save you money



and we will make this country an even more attractive destination for foreign direct investment


We are already the number one


–                               look at the Nissan investment in Sunderland

or the Pfizer vaccine manufacturing centre that’s coming to Swindon


and with these productivity gains we will turbo charge that advantage


and help businesses to start and grow everywhere


so let me come now to the punchline of my sermon on the vaccine


It was not the government that made the wonder drug


it wasn’t brewed in the alembicks  of the department of health


It was, of course it was Oxford University, but it was  the private sector that made it possible


behind those vaccines are

companies and shareholders and, yes,





you need deep pools of liquidity that are to be found in the City of London


it was capitalism that ensured that we had a vaccine in less than a year


and the answer therefore is not to attack the wealth creators


it is to encourage them because they are responsible for the aggregate increase in the country’s wealth


that enables us to make those pareto improvements


and to level up everywhere


and to rub home my point


it is not just that vaccination has saved more than 120,000 lives

Vaccination has allowed us to meet like this

and blessed us with such rapid growth


with wages rising fastest for those on lowest incomes

and that levelling up in action


The vaccines have ensured that by a simple vowel mutation jabs jabs jabs



become jobs jobs jobs


the world’s most effective vaccines have saved our open  society and free market economy

and it is our open society and free market economy that have produced the world’s most effective vaccines



and that is the symmetry in the lesson of the covid vaccines


–                                       science, innovation, capitalism –

is vital now for the challenge we face


the challenge the whole humanity faces


is even more existential for our way of life


in just a few weeks time this country will host the summit of our generation in Glasgow


when the resolve of the world is put to the test


can we keep alive the ambition of Paris – to stop the planet heating by more than 1.5 degrees



government can’t do it alone

and taxpayers certainly can’t do it alone


the other day I took a boat out into the moray firth


to see an aquatic forest of white turbines towering over the water like the redwoods of california


and you have no idea of their size until you see them up close


the deceptive speed of their wings


twice the diameter of the London eye

their tips slicing the air at more than 100 miles per hour


and I met the young men and women




who had moved straight across from the world of oil and gas


and they had the same excitement at working amid winds and wave


and being able to see whales and dolphins from the office window


but they had the extra satisfaction that goes with knowing you are doing something to save the planet


and get Britain to Net Zero by 2050

and that is the symmetry represented by these giant windmills


massive and innovative private sector investment



and a government taking the tough decisions to make it possible


that’s the difference between this radical and optimistic Conservatism


and a tired old Labour


did you see them last week, did you watch them last week in Brighton


hopelessly divided I thought they looked


their leader like a seriously rattled bus conductor


pushed this way and that by, not that they have bus conductors any more unfortunately, like a seriously rattled bus conductor pushed this way and that by a corbynista mob of sellotape-spectacled sans-culottes


or the skipper of a cruise liner that has been captured by Somali pirates


desperately trying to negotiate a change of course


and then changing his mind


and remember Labour’s performance during the pandemic


flapping with all the conviction of a damp tea towel


They refused to say that schools were safe


they would have kept us in the European medicines agency


and slammed the brakes on the vaccine roll out


the Labour leader attacked the vaccine task force for spending money on outreach to vaccine hesitant minority groups


when it is hard to think of any better use of public money


and let us try to forgive him on the basis that he probably didn’t know what he was talking about


in previous national crises labour leaders have opted to minimise public anxiety and confusion by not trying to score cheap party political points


one thinks of Attlee or even Michael foot in the falklands crisis


sadly that was not the approach taken by captain hindsight


attacking one week

then rowing in behind when it seemed to be working


the human weathervane

the starmer chameleon


and in his final act of absurd opportunism he decided to oppose step four of the roadmap in July


that’s right folks


if we had listened to captain hindsight we would still be in lockdown we wouldn’t have the fastest growth in the G7


if Columbus had listened to captain hindsight he’d be famous for having discovered Tenerife


and how utterly astonishing that in the last few weeks labour should actually have voted against new funding we’re putting frward for the NHS




we need to remember why and how we have been able to back people through this pandemic at all


it was because we Conservatives fixed the economy


we repaired the damage Labour left behind


every labour government has left office with unemployment higher than when it came in


every single one – ever since the party was invented


and today we are going to fix this economy and build back better than ever before


and just as we used our new freedoms to accelerate the vaccine rollout


we are going to use our brexit freedoms to


to do things differently


we are doing the borders bill

we have seen off the European superleague and protected grassroots football


we are doing at least eight freeports


superfertilised loam in which


business will plant new jobs across the UK


and now we are going further


not only jettisoning the EU rules we don’t need any more


but using new freedoms to


improve the way we regulate in the great growth areas of the 21st century


as we fulfil our ambition of becoming a science superpower


gene editing

data management




Cyber quantum


we are going to be ever more global in our outlook


we have done 68 free trade deals including that great free trade deal with our friends in the EU that they all said was impossible


and after decades of bewildering refusal we have persuaded the Americans to import prime British beef


a market already worth £66 m


build back burger I say


and you ask yourself how have the americans been able to survive without British beef for so long?


and if you want a supreme example of global Britain in action


of something daring and brilliant that would simply not have happened if we had remained in the EU


I give you AUKUS – an idea so transparently right that Labour conference voted overwhelmingly against it


and I know that there has been a certain raucus squaukus from the anti-aukus caucus


But  Aukus is simply a recognition of the reality that


the world is tilting on its economic axis


and our trade and relations with the Indo pacfific region are becoming ever more vital than ever before


and that is why we have


sent the amazing carrier strike group


to the far east


been performing manoeuvres with 40 friendly countries


HMS queen elizabeth


as long as the entire palace of Westminster


and rather more compelling as an argument


than many speeches made in the house of commons


it has dozens of F35s on board


and 66 thousand sausages aboard


not because want to threaten or be adversarial to anyone


either with the F35s or indeed the sausages


but because we want to stick up for the rule of law that is so vital for freedom of navigation and free trade


and that is what brings AUKUS together


Australia, UK, US


shared values


a shared belief in democracy and human rights


and a shared belief in the equal dignity and worth of every human being



very few countries could have pulled off the Kabul airlift – an astonishing feat by our brave armed forces


even fewer have the same moral priorities


No other government brokered a deal such as this government did with Astra Zeneca


so that the Oxford vaccine has been distributed at cost around the world


more than a billion low cost vaccines


invented in Britain


saving millions of lives


we are led by our values


by the things we stand for


and we should never forget that people around the world admire this country for its history and its traditions


they love the groovy new architecture and the fashion and the music and the chance of meeting Michael in the disco


but they like the way it emerges organically from a vast inherited conglomerate of culture and tradition


and we conservatives understand the need for both and

how each nourishes the other


and we attack and deny our history at our peril


and when they began to attack Churchill as a racist I was minded to ignore them

it is only 20 years ago since BBC audiences overwhelmingly voted him the greatest Briton of all time



because he helped defeat a regime after all that was defined by one of the most vicious racisms


the world has ever seen


but as time has gone by it has become clear to me that


this isn’t just a joke


they really do want to re-write our national story


starting with hereward the woke



we really are at risk of a kind of know nothing cancel culture know nothing iconoclasm


and so we Conservatives will defend our history and cultural inheritance


not because we are proud of everything


but because trying to edit it now is as dishonest as a celebrity trying furtively to change his entry in Wikipedia

and its a betrayal of our children’s education




churchill’s last words to his cabinet, actually his whole ministers but his cabinet were there



Never be separated from the americans


pretty good advice I’m sure you’ll agree –

and ended with the observation


man is spirit


He was right there.


I believe that through history and accident this country has a unique spirit


the spirit of the NHS nurses AND the entrepreneurs


whose innovative flair means that there are three countries in the world that have produced more than 100 unicorns not a mythical beast


tech companies worth more than a billion dollars each

They are the US and China and the UK and those unicorns they are now dispersed around the United Kingdom in a way that is new to our country, that is the spirit of levelling up


and we need the spirit of the NHS nurses and the entrepreneurs because each enables the other


I mean


the spirit of the footballers who took England into the final of a major knock out tournament for the first time in the lives of the vast majority of the people of this country


probably, looking around at all you young thrusters, the majority of you in this room


the indomitable spirit of Emma Raducanu


her grace and her mental resilience when the game was going against her


because that is what counts


the spirit of our Olympians


it is an incredible thing to come yet again in the top four


a formidable effort for a country that has only 0.8 per cent of the world’s population


in spite of the best efforts of some us jacob


but when we come second in the Paralympics as well –

that shows our values


not only the achievement of those elite athletes


but a country that is proud to be a trailblazer


to judge people not by where they come from


but by their spirit

and by what is inside them


That is the spirit that is the same across this country

in every town and village and city that can be found


that can be found in the hearts and minds of kids growing up everywhere


and that is the spirit we are going to unleash.

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