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Boris Johnson promises that wind farms will provide electricity to every home in the UK in ten years


Boris Johnson will commit Tuesday to supply every home in the UK with offshore wind within a decade.

He will use his speech at the Conservative Party's "virtual" conference to create a radical green energy plan for the construction of thousands of coastal turbines.

The prime minister promises to move at "storm speed" and aims to make Britain the world leader in offshore wind technology and create up to 60,000 jobs.

He will say of his ten year plan, “You heard me right. Your kettle, washing machine, stove, heater, plug-in electric vehicle – the whole bunch of them will get their juice clean and without guilt from the breeze that blows around these islands. & # 39;

Boris Johnson will commit Tuesday to supply every home in the UK with offshore wind within a decade

He will use his speech at the Conservative Party's "virtual" conference to develop a radical green energy plan for the construction of thousands of coastal turbines. Pictured: Teeside Offshore Windfarm at Redcar in North East England

He will use his speech at the Conservative Party's "virtual" conference to develop a radical green energy plan for the construction of thousands of coastal turbines. Pictured: Teeside Offshore Windfarm at Redcar in North East England

Much of the speech will focus on the pandemic, however, with Mr Johnson urging households to abide by the rules.

But he will try to divert attention from recent test fiascos and Covid clampdowns by insisting the government can address other issues as well.

Why Britain is a winner in the generation game

By Larisa Brown, political correspondent for the Daily Mail

As the windiest country in Europe, Great Britain is perfectly positioned to generate renewable electricity.

The UK's offshore wind capacity is already the largest in the world, covering 10 percent of our electricity needs.

Wind farms are either “onshore” in areas with open land or “offshore” – off the coast in areas with shallow water and strong winds.

According to theswitch.co.uk, there are around 7,000 wind turbines in operation across the UK, with another 1,832 off the coast.

The tallest turbines are located off the coast of Liverpool in the Burbo Bank offshore wind farm.

At 195 meters, they are higher than the Blackpool Tower.

Each has 80-meter blades that, with a single rotation, can generate the energy to power a house for 29 hours.

The Burbo site generates enough electricity to supply over 80,000 households with electricity.

The Whitelee Wind Farm in Eaglesham, Glasgow, is the largest onshore facility. With its 215 turbines, 300,000 households can be supplied at the same time.

The London Array is the world's largest offshore wind farm with 175 turbines stretching over 38 square miles off the Kent coast.

It can supply almost 500,000 households in the Southeast with electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by 925,000 tons per year.

The Prime Minister will argue that good progress is being made in recruiting more nurses and police officers, saying the pandemic may also be a catalyst for change as Britain "declines better and greener".

He will add: “We need to give people the opportunity to prepare for the new jobs that are being created every day – new technologies and new ways of doing things.

"And there is one area where we are literally advancing at the speed of a storm and that is the green economy – the green industrial revolution that will create hundreds of thousands if not millions of jobs over the next decade."

The plan provides for a four-fold increase in offshore capacity, with the number of turbines increasing from around 1,800 to over 7,000.

Great Britain is already testing the world's largest turbine blade. A 350-foot model is being tested off the Northumberland coast.

The Prime Minister will today pledge funds for the development of floating turbines in deep water locations, where the wind is often strongest.

Government sources said ministers would put "tough requirements on helping UK manufacturers" to ensure that at least 60 percent of equipment is made in that country.

Mr Johnson will acknowledge that for many years the Tory Party had mixed feelings about wind power, with David Cameron limiting the number of turbines that could be built on land.

But he will say that the equation has changed with the advent of powerful offshore facilities that have generated significant electricity and fewer public protests.

The government already had the goal of increasing the amount of electricity generated by offshore wind from the current 10 gigawatts to 30 GW by 2030.

That target now rises to 40 GW by the same date.

By comparison, the nuclear power plant built at Hinkley Point in Somerset is expected to generate around 3.3 GW.

Rapid technological advances have led to a drop in prices. Wind-generated electricity now costs less than half the forecast Hinkley Point electricity price.

Government sources said the proportion of electricity generated by offshore wind in the UK would increase from around 10 percent today to around 40 percent – more than enough to power every home.

However, Economy Minister Alok Sharma admitted last night that the target would be challenging. Insiders said that many of the simplest and most efficient websites have been used.

The move is part of a “green industrial revolution” planned by the Prime Minister.

It is expected to include the promotion of hydrogen fuel, bringing forward the date for the ban on conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles, and the development of new carbon capture and storage technologies.

The Prime Minister promises to move with "storm force" and wants to make the UK the world leader in offshore wind technology and create up to 60,000 jobs

The Prime Minister promises to move with "storm force" and wants to make the UK the world leader in offshore wind technology and create up to 60,000 jobs

It comes before the UK, where a UN summit on climate change is taking place next year.

The Prime Minister is expected to take advantage of the Glasgow event to push for tougher global emissions measures and demonstrate the UK's lead on green key technologies like wind power.

With today's announcement, the government will invest £ 160 million to modernize ports and infrastructure in areas such as Teesside and Humber to help manufacture and install the next generation of offshore turbines.

The Prime Minister will also commit to installing 1 GW of floating turbines on the coast – 15 times the current total capacity in the world.

He will say: “And we will not only build fixed arrays in the ocean, but also build windmills that float on the ocean – enough to provide one gigawatt of energy by 2030, 15 times as much as the rest of the world combined.

“Far out in the deepest waters we will harvest the gusts and by upgrading infrastructure in places like Teesside and Humber, as well as Scotland and Wales, we will add offshore wind capacity that is already the largest in the world.

“Since Saudi Arabia is oil, Britain is wind – a place with almost unlimited resources but, in the case of wind, zero carbon and no environmental damage.

“I remember 20 years ago some people scoffed at wind power and said that it wouldn't peel the skin off a rice pudding.

& # 39; You have forgotten the history of this country. It was offshore wind that puffed the sails of Drake, Raleigh and Nelson and propelled this country to commercial size.

"This investment in offshore wind alone will help create 60,000 jobs in this country – and help us achieve zero net CO2 emissions by 2050."

Downing Street said the £ 160 million investment program will quickly create around 2,000 jobs in construction and allow the sector to directly and indirectly create up to 60,000 jobs in ports, factories and supply chains and the next generation offshore by 2030 -To build wind turbines and deliver clean energy to the UK ”.

Tax hikes coming: Rishi Sunak warns he will have to balance books after the Covid crisis as he desperately tries to quell rumors of feuds with "special" Boris Johnson and vows to protect jobs in speech to Tory believers

Sunak's big day at the Tory conference at a glance:

  • Mr Sunak praised "special" Boris Johnson and said he made the right "big calls" against coronavirus. He said they were "close personal friends" and that their families were "very connected" in # 10 and # 11 – noting that his daughters love Prime Minister Dilyn's dog.
  • The Chancellor made it clear that tax increases are imminent to offset the books after the immediate coronavirus crisis subsided. He said the Tories would stand for nothing if they allowed debt and credit to spiral.
  • Mr Sunak said he had "no regrets" about the eat-out program, although the prime minister admitted it may have fueled Covid cases.
  • He said that although Tories believed in "individual freedom", the government would always stand "between the people and the danger" of the pandemic.
  • The Chancellor admitted that he could not save all jobs but said he would do everything possible to increase the odds and hinted that there could be a version of the eat-out program for cinemas and theaters.

Rishi Sunak warned of impending tax hikes and today praised the "special" Boris Johnson as he tried to quell growing rumors of a feud over the lockdown.

The Chancellor welcomed the Prime Minister as a "close personal friend" and "rare" communicator who "got the big calls right" when he delivered his keynote address to the Tory Conference. He even noted that their families were "connected" and that his daughters loved Mr. Johnson's dog Dilyn.

Mr Sunak reiterated that he will not be able to save all jobs, but referred to the government's huge bailouts so far and said his only priority is spreading "opportunities".

In a bizarre "virtual" speech, fraught with technical problems, in which Mr. Sunak awkwardly reads an Autocue that appeared to be in the wrong place, he warned strongly that "tough decisions" are required with regard to tax increases and spending cuts after the immediate crisis is over.

Mr. Sunak said that "in the medium term" the government must "get a grip on our borrowing and debt".

"This conservative government will always balance the books," he said.

The speech came after Mr Sunak risked fueling speculation about tension and Mr Johnson described the 10pm pubs curfew as "frustrating" and insisted that he had "no regrets" about the Eat Out to Help Out program have.

In contrast, the prime minister admitted yesterday that the restaurant subsidies may have contributed to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

The two men were presented together this morning at an energy company to try to improve the situation.

In other coronavirus developments today;

  • A raging blame game is underway today after 16,000 coronavirus cases were missed due to a computer glitch – meaning thousands of potentially infected contacts were not traced.
  • Manchester now has the highest 7-day case rate in England, including new infection data.
  • Official figures, updated with the missed cases, show the UK's daily rate has not been below 6,000 since September 21, based on the date samples were taken rather than the time the result was published.
  • The highest number of infected samples collected in a single day was 11,404 on September 30;
  • Ministers are putting the finishing touches to a new traffic light system that could pave the way for more stringent restrictions like closing all pubs in a given area.
  • School exams next year could be postponed for three weeks as the crisis continues and unions say the curriculum may also need to be "scaled back".
Rishi Sunak (who visits Octopus Energy with Boris Johnson this morning) vigorously defended his eat-out subsidies after the Prime Minister admitted yesterday that they may have contributed to the surge in coronavirus cases

Rishi Sunak (who visits Octopus Energy with Boris Johnson this morning) vigorously defended his eat-out subsidies after the Prime Minister admitted yesterday that they may have contributed to the surge in coronavirus cases

Public sector borrowing has increased sharply this year compared to last year. Tax revenues have fallen, and £ 70 billion has been spent tackling the coronavirus crisis, according to IFS

Public sector borrowing has increased sharply this year compared to last year. Tax revenues have fallen, and £ 70 billion has been spent tackling the coronavirus crisis, according to IFS

The Bureau of National Statistics recently announced that public sector indebtedness has continued to surpass £ 2 trillion

The Bureau of National Statistics recently announced that public sector indebtedness has continued to surpass £ 2 trillion

The official figures for the decline in GDP in the three months to June have been cut from 20.4 percent to 19.8 percent. However, the magnitude of the decline still makes it the largest in modern history

The official figures for the decline in GDP in the three months to June have been cut from 20.4 percent to 19.8 percent. However, the magnitude of the decline still makes it the largest in modern history

Daily totals rose over the weekend following the "glitch," leading officials to add thousands of cases that were missed last week. However, this only shows the dates on which the cases were reported, not when the positive tests took place

Daily totals rose over the weekend following the "glitch," leading officials to add thousands of cases that were missed last week. However, this only shows the dates on which the cases were reported, not when the positive tests took place

The Chancellor hailed the Prime Minister as a "rare" communicator who "got the big calls right" as he delivered his keynote address to the Tory Conference

Spectators confused by Rishi's eyes move as virtual speech disorders

Rishi Sunak's audience today were alarmed by the movement of his eyes.

Social media users noted that the Chancellor's autocue appeared to be on one side – which meant he kept glancing back and forth.

Mr. Sunak's allies blamed the way Conservative Headquarters had set up the autocue and podium for the unpleasant images.

"It's not that difficult to get the Autocue right under the camera's eye level," said one. "Let's hope it's sorted for the Prime Minister tomorrow."

In the meantime, the virtual conference event also ran into trouble as the TV feed briefly dropped out in the middle.

While television stations lost the pictures, party members and journalists watching online could see them.

Due to the pandemic, the meeting will take place online with a "virtual" conference center.

Mr Sunak told the conference, which was held due to the pandemic, that he was ready to do whatever he could to protect the economy.

But it also signaled that the government's enormous effort must be reckoned with.

& # 39; We will protect public finances. In the medium term, we have regained control of our borrowing and debt, ”he said.

& # 39; We have a sacred responsibility to future generations to keep public finances strong, and by carefully managing our economies, this conservative government will always balance the books.

"If we instead argue that there is no limit to our spending, that we can just borrow our way out of a hole, what are we doing?"

Mr. Sunak has cemented his status as the leading cabinet "hawk" on the need to get the economy back on its feet and has received praise from MPs who are angry with Mr. Johnson for cutting civil livelihoods and ruining business .

This has created tension between the two politicians. But Mr Sunak tried to draw a line beneath the rumors today with a gushing tribute to the Prime Minister.

"I saw the prime minister's burden up close," he said.

“We all know that he is able to connect with people in a way that few politicians can.

& # 39; It is a special and rare quality.

“But what the commentators don't see, what I see is the care and concern he feels every day for the people, for the well-being of every person in our country.

"Yes, it was difficult, challenges are part of the job, but with the big calls, Boris Johnson got everything right in the big moments and that's the leadership we need."

Despite widespread anger over the government's handling of the crisis – including chaotic lockdowns and shambolic testing – Sunak claimed the public could be "proud" of the response.

He said that although Tories believed in "individual freedom", the government would always stand "between the people and the danger" of the pandemic.

“Although we wouldn't have wished for this burden, for many it was a moment for the first time in their lives when the government stopped being distant and abstract, but became real and felt and something that people could be of proud, ”he said.

& # 39; Action met words. This conservative government stood between people and danger, and we always will. & # 39;

Mr Sunak raised the conference from behind a podium, although it is being held practically due to the pandemic

Mr Sunak addressed the conference from behind a podium, although it is being held practically due to the pandemic

Treasury Department figures show that more than 100 million meals were eaten under the program, giving guests a 50 percent government-sponsored discount up to a maximum of £ 10 on meals every Monday through Wednesday in August

Treasury Department figures show that more than 100 million meals were eaten under the program, giving guests a 50 percent government-sponsored discount up to a maximum of £ 10 on meals every Monday through Wednesday in August

Angry guilt game breaks out between PHE and Testzar Dido Harding after 16,000 Covid cases due to & # 39; Excel spreadsheet & # 39; were overlooked.

A raging blame game is underway today after 16,000 coronavirus cases were missed due to a computer glitch – meaning thousands of potentially infected contacts were not traced.

It is believed that the extraordinary breakdown was caused by an Excel spreadsheet that contains laboratory results that are reaching their maximum size and cannot be updated.

Between September 25 and October 2, 15,841 cases were not uploaded to the government dashboard.

In addition to underestimating the scale of the UK outbreak, the details were not critically shared with contact tracers, meaning people exposed to the virus were not tracked.

Labor and Pensions Minister Therese Coffey admitted this morning that more Britons may have been infected as a result of the bug.

Boris Johnson couldn't even say how many people were contacted after the blunder.

But he did his best to downplay concerns that ministers would have made crucial decisions about the lockdown without accurate information, saying the outbreak was still what the experts wanted.

The Shambolic situation sparked an immediate backlash against PHE – which is already being phased out and is to be replaced by the government – claiming "everything it touches becomes sh **".

But the body struck back by pointing a finger at the Test and Trace surgery performed by Baroness Dido Harding. & # 39; We report the data when it is sent. We didn't get it, ”an official told Sky News.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to hold an emergency meeting with disgruntled mayors about the situation before there is a bruise in the House of Commons tonight.

The technical problem has now been resolved by splitting the Excel files into stacks.

Mr Sunak said he felt "pain" that he could not save every job affected by the devastating coronavirus crisis.

But he said his "only priority" will be creating opportunity – and insisted that he be ready to be "pragmatic" with new support packages when they are needed.

“I've always said I couldn't protect every job or company. No Chancellor could do that, ”said Sunak.

“And even though I have said it, the pain of knowing it only grows with each passing day.

“So I am committed to one priority – creating, supporting and expanding opportunity to as many people as possible.

“Because even if this moment is more difficult than any other you've ever faced, even if it seems like there is no hope, I tell you that it is and that the overwhelming power of the British state is too Is put at your service.

"We will not allow talent to wither or waste, we will help everyone who wants it, find new opportunities and develop new skills."

In interviews at fringe events of the conference after his speech, Mr. Sunak broadened his views on government finances.

He said austerity measures were "absolutely right" after the 2008 financial crisis, as public services will take precedence, suggesting tax hikes after the pandemic.

In an interview following his speech at the Tory Conference, he said: “I have a hard time talking about tax policy, but I think the public should expect a conservative government to take public finances into particular consideration.

“The public will appreciate it again this year, we have done a lot, had to do a lot, that was the right and sensible thing to do, but of course this cannot go on forever. That doesn't seem to pass the common sense test.

“And in general, when things are back to normal, are we going to borrow lots and lots of loans and debt increasing significantly? Probably not.

“I think it (austerity measures) is absolutely right to get a grip on unsustainable borrowing. And I very much support what the government did at the time.

“But going forward, I think it is clear in both our manifesto and the comments that the Prime Minister and I have made that we will prioritize investments in public services. That's what the people voted for us, and that's what the country wants and expects, and this time and so we'll do it. & # 39;

Mr. Sunak said he viewed Mr. Johnson as a "close personal friend" and had no interest in becoming prime minister.

When asked if he would like to have the keys to No. 10 at some point, Mr. Sunak said, “No. I definitely do not see what the prime minister has to deal with, and that is a task that is difficult enough for me. & # 39;

Mr Sunak admitted that the Prime Minister calls him "Rish" and added, "I call him Prime Minister, he keeps trying to tell me to call him other things but I just stick with PM.

"We have a close personal friendship that then spreads to the teams, where there is an enormous amount of mutual trust."

The Chancellor said Mr. Johnson's dog Dilyn was the "favorite thing in the world" for his two daughters.

Sunak says the prime minister is a "close personal friend" – and he loves his dog

Rishi Sunak insisted today that he sees Mr. Johnson as a "close personal friend" and has no interest in becoming Prime Minister.

The Chancellor even insisted that he loved the Prime Minister's dog as he tried to kill rumors of tension between them.

When asked if he would like to have the keys to No. 10 at some point, Mr. Sunak said, “No. I definitely do not see what the prime minister has to deal with, and that is a task that is difficult enough for me. & # 39;

Mr Sunak admitted that the Prime Minister calls him "Rish" and added, "I call him Prime Minister, he keeps trying to tell me to call him other things but I just stick with PM.

"We have a close personal friendship that then spreads to the teams, where there is an enormous amount of mutual trust."

The Chancellor said Mr. Johnson's dog Dilyn was the "favorite thing in the world" for his two daughters.

"Our families are very connected right now," added Sunak.

"Our families are very connected right now," added Sunak.

In a desperate time for the cinema industry and theaters, the Chancellor also hinted that there might be a version of the Eat-Out program for entertainment in the future.

"I received a lot of ideas and I think it is an appropriate time to start using such interventions," he said.

"The time may not be for such an intervention, but I very much agree with the idea that in due time we should do all we can to promote our recovery."

In an interview prior to his speech to the Tory conference, Sunak said the eat-out program created two million jobs.

The intervention came after Mr Johnson was heavily questioned about his management of the crisis, criticizing chaotic local lockdowns and shambolic testing. He admitted yesterday that he dropped his "lively" style during the pandemic because it was "inappropriate".

In contrast, Mr. Sunak was praised for his tone of voice, speaking about the effects of the disease and the speed with which complicated rescue operations, including vacations, were carried out.

Mr Johnson tried yesterday to bridge the apparent gap between their messages by saying he wanted the public to be "fearless but use common sense".

Mr Sunak was named Dishi Rishi after launching his subsidized meal plan in August to help a pub and restaurant sector hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Treasury Department figures show that more than 100 million meals were eaten under the program, giving guests a 50 percent government-sponsored discount up to a maximum of £ 10 on meals every Monday through Wednesday in August.

Mr Johnson told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show yesterday that the Treasury Department's incentive "may have contributed to the spread of the virus".

However, in his interview, Sunak said the initiative's success helped create two million jobs, and he has no regrets paying for it.

"No, definitely not," said Mr. Sunak when asked if he had any regrets.

“We had an industry that is very close to my heart because of the job. There are over two million people. & # 39;

Mr Sunak pointed to the low rate of second wave Covid infection in the southwest, an area he claimed made the most use of the system, as evidence that the hospitality action had no adverse health effects .

The nondrinker also expressed sympathy for public anger over the 10 p.m. curfew, which was put in place to curb infection.

"Everyone is very frustrated and exhausted and tired of all of this," he told the newspaper.

Cinemas and theaters could receive state subsidies in the style of "eat out"

Rishi Sunak has raised hopes of a government boost for affected cinemas and theaters – but not yet.

The Chancellor indicated that there could be a version of the Eat-Out program for the entertainment sector in the future.

"I received a lot of ideas and I think it is an appropriate time to use such interventions," he said.

"The time may not be for such an intervention, but I very much agree with the idea that in due time we should do all we can to promote our recovery."

With a number of local lockdowns across the country including in Merseyside, Greater Manchester and the North East of England, a third of the UK population lives under increased social restrictions.

But Mr Sunak – who was keen to praise Mr Johnson's "exceptional" leadership during the pandemic – warned of future measures that would bring the economy back to a halt.

It came with Tory's anger rising over the government's approach. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential Backbenchers Committee in 1922, said patience with the local lockdowns is slowly waning.

Sir Graham told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour, "If you start speculating about a second ban or all these regional things … I think patience is really wearing off and I can understand."

Mr Sunak is starting a new employment program to help Brits become unemployed as a result of the pandemic.

The £ 238 million JETS (Job Entry Targeted Support) program will help hundreds of thousands of people who have been out of work for more than three months get back into work.

He said: “Our unparalleled support has saved millions of livelihoods and businesses since the pandemic began, but it has always been clear to me that we cannot save every job.

"Ich habe über die schädlichen Auswirkungen von Arbeitslosigkeit gesprochen, aber durch JETS werden wir denjenigen, die leider ihren Arbeitsplatz verloren haben, neue Möglichkeiten bieten, um sicherzustellen, dass niemand ohne Hoffnung bleibt."

Es wird eine breite Palette von Hilfen angeboten, einschließlich fachlicher Beratung darüber, wie Menschen in wachsende Sektoren vordringen können, sowie Unterstützung bei Lebensläufen und Vorstellungsgesprächen.

Die Arbeits- und Rentenministerin Therese Coffey sagte: „JETS wird kürzlich arbeitslosen Menschen die Hilfe geben, die sie benötigen, um wieder arbeiten zu können, und die Aussichten von mehr als einer Viertelmillion Menschen in ganz Großbritannien verbessern.

„Wir haben während der Pandemie beispiellose Unterstützung für Arbeitsplätze geleistet, unter anderem durch Urlaub und Subventionierung der Einkommen der Selbstständigen – wir haben alles getan, um den Lebensunterhalt der Menschen zu schützen -, aber leider kann nicht jeder Arbeitsplatz gerettet werden.

"Dieses Programm wird denjenigen helfen, die aufgrund von Covid-19 arbeitslos geworden sind."

Sie sagte, dies sei ein Teil des umfassenderen Beschäftigungsplans der Regierung, der auch junge Menschen durch Kickstart auf der Karriereleiter unterstützen und die erforderlichen Schulungen für den Wechsel in neue Rollen anbieten werde.

Das Ministerium für Arbeit und Altersversorgung rekrutiert 13.500 Arbeitstrainer, um das Programm umzusetzen und weitere Jobcenter zu eröffnen.

Das neue JETS-Programm (Job Entry Targeted Support) wird Hunderttausenden von Briten helfen, die infolge der Pandemie ihre Arbeit verloren haben

Das neue JETS-Programm (Job Entry Targeted Support) wird Hunderttausenden von Briten helfen, die infolge der Pandemie ihre Arbeit verloren haben

Sunaks Rede vor der "virtuellen" Tory-Konferenz in vollem Umfang

Die Ernennung zum Kanzler im Februar dieses Jahres war eine immense Ehre.

Auch wenn meine erste Konferenzrede als Kanzlerin nicht ganz so war, wie ich es erwartet hatte, bleibt es ein Privileg, heute mit Ihnen zu sprechen.

Und ich bin heute wegen so vieler verschiedener Leute hier.

Meine Familie, deren Liebe mich stützt.

Meine Kollegen in der Regierung und im Parlament, deren Unterstützung nie geschwankt hat.

Meine Vereinigung in Richmond, North Yorkshire, die mir ihr Vertrauen schenkte und mir ihre Loyalität, Unterstützung und diese Gelegenheit gab, zu dienen.

Und meine Partei, deren Mitglieder, Ratsmitglieder und Aktivisten unermüdlich daran gearbeitet haben, im Dezember letzten Jahres eine konservative Regierung zu bilden.

Politik ist ein Mannschaftssport, und hinter jeder Anstrengung steckt immer eine Vielzahl fleißiger Menschen.

Deshalb möchte ich meinem Ministerteam danken. Steve, Jessie, John, Kemi, Theo, Claire und James.

Ich möchte auch meinen Vorgängern danken: George, Phillip und Sajid.

Nur aufgrund von zehn Jahren soliden konservativen Managements unserer Wirtschaft konnte diese Regierung mit dem Tempo und der Größe handeln, die wir bei der Reaktion auf Coronavirus haben.

Und ich möchte dem Premierminister dafür danken, dass er mir diesen Job anvertraut hat und dessen Freundschaft von unschätzbarem Wert war.

Ich habe die Last, die der Premierminister trägt, aus nächster Nähe gesehen.

Wir alle wissen, dass er in der Lage ist, auf eine Weise mit Menschen in Kontakt zu treten, wie es nur wenige Politiker schaffen.

Es ist eine besondere und seltene Qualität.

Aber was die Kommentatoren nicht sehen, was ich sehe, ist die Sorge und Fürsorge, die er jeden Tag für das Wohlergehen der Menschen in unserem Land empfindet.

Ja, es war schwierig, Herausforderungen sind Teil des Jobs, aber bei den großen Anrufen hat Boris Johnson in den großen Momenten alles richtig gemacht, und wir brauchen diese Führung.

Weil wir diese Krise nur teilweise überwinden.

Was im März als gesundheitlicher Notfall begann, ist gewachsen und reicht jetzt tief in unsere Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft hinein.

Es gefährdet nicht nur Leben, sondern auch Arbeitsplätze und Bildung. Es trennt Freunde und Familie.

Diese Regierung war nie blind für die schwierigen Kompromisse und Entscheidungen, die uns das Coronavirus aufgezwungen hat.

Wenn wir das getan hätten, hätten wir niemals eines der umfassendsten und großzügigsten Unterstützungspakete der Welt bereitgestellt.

Aber mehr als die Maßnahmen selbst sind es die Werte dahinter, die ich Ihnen einprägen möchte.

Konservative glauben an die Bedeutung von Gemeinschaft und Zugehörigkeit.

Wir glauben an persönliche Verantwortung und Pragmatismus.

Wir glauben an den Adel der Arbeit und des freien Unternehmertums.

Und wir glauben an das unzerbrechliche Band der Vereinigung, das die vier Nationen unseres Vereinigten Königreichs vereint.

Unsere Werte sind alt und wahr und haben Prüfungen von Streit, Terror und sogar Krieg standgehalten.

Sie sind zeitlos, weil sie eine Weisheit sind, die über Generationen hinweg erworben wurde.

Und sie sind universell, weil sie in der fundamentalen Überzeugung verwurzelt sind, dass individuelle Freiheit sowohl die größte Errungenschaft als auch die sanfteste Güte ermöglicht.

Die Leute haben uns letzten Dezember angeschaut und diese konservative Partei gesehen.

Sie sahen eine Partei, deren Werte und Prioritäten mit denen des britischen Volkes in Einklang standen.

Sie sahen eine Partei, die bereit war, in einem Ausmaß zu handeln, das den Herausforderungen unseres Landes angemessen war, und sie lagen nicht falsch.

· Das SELBSTBESCHÄFTIGTE UNTERSTÜTZUNGSSYSTEM

· ESSEN, UM ZU HELFEN

· Unser PLAN FÜR JOBS

· Das JOB SUPPORT SCHEME

· Eine Mehrwertsteuersenkung für den Tourismus- und Gastgewerbesektor

· Die Zahlung, während Sie Schema wachsen

· A STAMP DUTY holiday

· A £2 billion GREEN HOMES GRANT programme

· The £2 billion KICKSTART SCHEME

· Nearly 1million BUSINESS GRANTS

· A 12-month BUSINESS RATES HOLIDAY

· £35bn of BOUNCE BACK LOANS to over 1million small businesses

· Over 60,000 CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS INTERRUPTION LOANS

· The FUTURE FUND

· TAX DEFERRALS

· Support for our brilliant CHARITIES

· Over £8 billion of extra funding to SUPPORT OUR MOST VULNERABLE

· A SIX-MONTH MORTGAGE HOLIDAY

· And yes, THE FURLOUGH SCHEME, a first of it's kind intervention in UK political history, delivered at scale, devised in rapid time, that protected millions of British families at the most acute stage of this crisis.

I could go on… all these measures and more… delivered by a Conservative government as part of our plan to support jobs and livelihoods.

And whilst we would not have wished for this burden, it has been for many, for the first time in their lives, a moment in which government ceased to be distant and abstract, but became real, and felt, and something of which people could be proud.

Action met words.

This Conservative government stood between the people and the danger and we always will.

But we haven't done it alone.

You, the people, have been with us.

Wherever I look, I see acts of decency and bravery.

Barbara and Richard Wilson in Cumbria who furloughed the staff from their butchers' shop but topped up their wages, so they didn't have any extra worries about bills.

Kevin Butler, who used the self-employed support scheme to help meet the cost of living whilst his partner worked so he could home school their daughter.

John, Norma and Richard King who run the Bull's Head Inn in Shropshire, who did the right thing when we asked, made their pub Covid compliant, and re-opened using Eat Out to Help Out in August.

Thank you to all those business owners, large and small, who are making the right decisions for workers and customers.

We are now seeing our economy go through changes as a result of coronavirus that can't be ignored.

I have always said I couldn't protect every job or every business. No chancellor could.

And even though I have said it, the pain of knowing it, only grows with each passing day.

So, I am committing myself to a single priority – to create, support and extend opportunity to as many people as I can.

Because even if this moment is more difficult than any you have ever faced, even if it feels like there is no hope, I am telling you that there is, and that the overwhelming might of the British state will be placed at your service.

We will not let talent wither, or waste, we will help all who want it, find new opportunity and develop new skills.

Through more apprenticeships, more training and a lifetime skills guarantee.

Our Kickstart Scheme will help hundreds of thousands of young people into good quality work.

And we will help small businesses adapt.

That's why we have delivered Government backed loans, tax deferrals and tax cuts.

In a free market economy it is the entrepreneur, who is critical.

And we will make it easier for those with the ambition and appetite to take risks and be bold, to do what they do best and create jobs and growth.

And we will protect the public finances. Over the medium term getting our borrowing and debt back under control.

We have a sacred responsibility to future generations to leave the public finances strong, and through careful management of our economy, this Conservative government will always balance the books.

If instead we argue there is no limit on what we can spend, that we can simply borrow our way out of any hole, what is the point in us?

I have never pretended there is some easy cost-free answer.

Hard choices are everywhere.

I won't stop trying to find ways to support people and businesses.

I will always be pragmatic.

The Winter Economy Plan announced only two weeks ago is but the latest stage of our planned economic response.

I will keep listening, keep striving to be creative in response to the challenges our economy faces, and where I can, I will act.

I will not give up, no matter how difficult it is.

The British people and British businesses won't give up.

I know this because of what I said at the beginning.

We share the same values.

The Conservative party and the country.

And these values are not devoid of meaning to people.

They are about protecting that which is meaningful to them.

Their family, their home, their job, their ability to choose for themselves what is best for them and those they love.

To create second chances, to see potential met, and to extend the awesome power of opportunity to all who seek it.

To answer questions of character with action not rhetoric.

To put the people first, their hopes and their aspirations.

And above all, to be worthy of the great trust they have placed in us

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