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Tories will ‘face down’ any ‘separatist’ threats to UK union, says PM

05 Oct 2022 4 minute read
Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers her keynote speech to the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. Picture: PA

Prime Minister Liz Truss has said Conservatives will “face down” any “separatists” who threaten “our precious union”.

During her first Conservative Party conference speech as leader, Liz Truss spoke of the importance of the UK union to her.

“This is the UK at its best, working together and getting our economy growing and we will face down the separatists who threaten to pull apart our precious union, our family.”

She had accused opposition parties of lacking a plan and vision for Britain in her tirade against the “anti-growth coalition”.

The Prime Minister told the Tory conference: “Keir Starmer wants to put extra taxes on the companies we need to invest in our energy security and his sticking plaster solution will only last six months.

“He has no long-term plan and no vision for Britain.”

The First Minister Mark Drakeford and Nicola Sturgeon also came in for criticism from the PM.

“Mark Drakeford in Wales is cancelling road-building projects and refusing to build the M4 relief road.

“Nicola Sturgeon won’t build new nuclear power stations to solve the energy crisis in Scotland.

“Have these people ever seen tax rises they don’t like or an industry they don’t want to control?

“They don’t understand British people, they don’t understand aspiration.

“They are prepared to leave our towns and cities facing decline.”

After Greenpeace protesters had disrupted her Tory conference speech, the Prime Minister said: “Economic growth makes us strong at home and strong abroad and we need an economically sound and secure United Kingdom and that will mean challenging those who try to stop growth.

“I will not allow the anti-growth coalition to hold us back.”

She had a long list she labelled the ‘anti-growth coalition’.

“Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, the militant unions, the vested interests dressed up as think tanks, the talking heads, the Brexit deniers, Extinction Rebellion and some of the people we had in the hall earlier.

“The fact is they prefer protesting to doing. They prefer talking on Twitter to taking tough decisions.

“They taxi from north London townhouses to the BBC studio to dismiss anyone challenging the status quo.

“From broadcast to podcast, they peddle the same old answers.

“It’s always more taxes, more regulation and more meddling.

“Wrong, wrong, wrong.”

‘Let’s get them removed’

A Welsh Conservative MP removed a banner unfurled by protestors during Liz Truss’ speech at the Conservative party conference.

Aberconwy MP Robin Millar was seen reaching over to remove the banner saying ‘Who voted for this?’ unfurled during her speech.

Liz Truss said “let’s get them removed” after protesters disrupted her conference speech.

The protestors were Ami McCarthy and Rebecca Newsom, who both work in public affairs for Greenpeace. They said they were “holding the Government to account” for its promises on net zero.

‘Pack your bags’

M People founder Mike Pickering said the band are “livid” after Liz Truss used their song Moving On Up as she walked out for her speech at the Tory Party conference.

He said Liz Truss should pay attention to the lyrics of the band’s song Moving On Up.

He told PA: “I was just looking at the lyrics. It’s amazing. I hope she takes note. It’s about: ‘Go and pack your bags and get out’.”

Asked why he thought the song had been used, he replied: “No one said to them ‘Tony Blair and new Labour used that song all the time’ or ‘Heather’s son is a Labour councillor’ or ‘Mike is really vociferous on Twitter and social media about being an anti-Tory’.

“I don’t know why they have used it.

“They are so useless at everything. Who knows?”

Pound drops

The under-pressure pound fell against the US dollar following the speech from Liz Truss.

Sterling had initially hit a three-week high against the dollar in early session trading, but soon slipped back amid ongoing fears over the Government’s credibility and edged further lower, down nearly 1% at 1.136 US dollars, following the Prime Minister’s conference speech.


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Arwyn
Arwyn
1 month ago

Pathetic rhetoric from a desperate lame duck PM. We’ll keep on fighting for Welsh Democracy, to make sure that Wales is governed by the Government we elect. No unscrupulous Tory will ever deter us.

George Atkinson
George Atkinson
1 month ago

These little far right chodes need to look into a mirror then because they are the chumps doing all the work while p1ssing everyone off.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

She has no public mandate for her extreme policies – the pressure will grow for her to acquire one. She will hope her policies begin to work but a winter of discontent is approaching she does not have the time. Radical politics is not what the UK needs in this time of crisis and the fall in the Pound, once again, shows the markets don’t think so either. Truss is too radical, too cruel and too inept, her party will be destroyed at the next GE as a result.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

“Precious union”!!!! Precious only to a minority perhaps!!

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

…me precious………..

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

Not only is this woman out of her depth, but she is also out of touch with business, she claims to want to help. As she talks of tax cuts, the chief exec of Shell Oil, is calling for a tax on energy companies to help the poor. Her ideology will not allow this, it goes against neoliberal thinking. As she opens her mouth the pound slumps yet again, the only thing going up, are the numbers supporting independence.

Last edited 1 month ago by Gareth
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

And I’d like to remind that tinpot Tory dictator Liz Truss and her corrupt fascist Conservative cultists in England that we will also fight & repel any Unionist threats, attacks or intimidation made towards Wales, our Senedd Cymru democracy, or us as a native Cymry people right to home rule.

#YesCymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿✊ #Ymlaen 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿✊#FightingAgainstEnglishToryFacism 🇬🇧👎 #UnionismSucks 🇬🇧👎

DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
1 month ago

We did not ask to join with England after a long and Bloody struggle they Conquered us they are supporting Ukraine against a Russian invasion but its what they did to us leave it was a few hundred years ago

Argol fawr!
Argol fawr!
1 month ago

No doubt “Precious” to Tory England, who want the rest of the UK to be subservient. Anti democratic and imperialistic to the rest of the world.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
1 month ago

And we are the custard pie for that face.

Marc Davies
Marc Davies
1 month ago

Notice when the Tories talk about “separatists” it is delivered as a throwaway line. You can picture the speechwriters telling Truss “this will get a cheer”. Even when she mentioned her “precious Union” it was passionless. She is the worst PM of all time, and is leading her party, and the UK state, into oblivion. Keep Going Liz!

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
1 month ago

The people of Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 and Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 will decide

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
1 month ago

Talking about the union, she doesn’t care about Scotland and Wales just wants England to look bigger and for most people in the world to think England and Britain are the same thing

Frank
Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephen Owen

Without Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland England would be a nothing country on the world stage.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

Yes and England couldn’t cope without Welsh water 💦

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Will someone tell Truss that king Edward doesn’t have an army now. The London leadership are passing the parcel hoping against hope that there is still a fraudulent “union” when they resign for the next bootlicker to have a go at playing God.

George Thomas
George Thomas
1 month ago

The best way to beat this is to build ambitious, loving communities.

Let the Tories take themselves down the rabbit hole of hate, cuts and “managed decline” of communities.

Do the little things to make Welsh villages, towns, cities wonderful places to live instead.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
1 month ago
Reply to  George Thomas

Da iawn

David Smith
David Smith
1 month ago

The more desperate they get, the more they speak the lingo of military occupation and unity by force. Disturbing times.

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