UK PM-elect full speech after victory


“You campaigned for it. You fought for it. You voted for it. And now it has arrived. Change begins now. And it feels good, I have to be honest.

“Four-and-a-half years of work changing the party. This is what it is for.

“A changed Labour party ready to serve our country. Ready to restore Britain to the service of working people.
“And across our country people will be waking up to the news, relieved that a weight has been lifted, a burden finally removed from the shoulders of this great nation.

“And now we can look forward. Walk into the morning, the sunlight of hope, pale at first but getting stronger through the day, shining once again, on a country with the opportunity after 14 years to get its future back.”
“And I want to thank each and every one of you here for campaigning so hard for change and not just in this campaign either. Also for the four-and-a-half years changing our party.

“The Labour movement is always everything’s achieved – past and future – down to the efforts of its people. So thank you truly. You have changed our country.

“But a mandate like this comes with a great responsibility. Our task is nothing less than renewing the ideas that hold this country together – national renewal.

“Whoever you are, wherever you started in life, if you work hard, if you play by the rules, this country should give you a fair chance to get on. It should always respect your contribution and we have to restore that.

“And alongside that, we have to return politics to public service. Show that politics can be a force for good.
“Make no mistake, that is the great test of politics in this era. The fight for trust is the battle that defines our age. It is why we have campaigned so hard on demonstrating we are fit for public service.

‘Service is the precondition for hope’

“Service is the precondition for hope. Respect the bond that can unite a country.
“Together, the values of this changed Labour party are the guiding principle for a new government. Country first, party second.

“That is the responsibility of this mandate. You know 14 years ago we were told that we are all in it together. I say to the British people today imagine what we could do if that were actually true.

“So, by all means enjoy this moment. Nobody can say you haven’t waited patiently. Enjoy the feeling of waking up on a morning like this with the emotion that you do see the country through the same eyes.
“Hold on to it because it is what unity is made from, but use it to show to the rest of the country, as we must, that this party has changed.

“That we will serve them faithfully, govern for every single person in this country. But also don’t forget how we got here.

“This morning we can see that the British people have voted to turn the page on 14 years. But don’t pretend that there was anything inevitable about that.

“There’s nothing preordained in politics. Election victories don’t fall from the sky. They’re hard won and hard fought for and this one could only be won by a changed Labour party.

“We have the chance to repair our public services because we changed the party. We have have the chance to make work pay because we changed the party. We have the chance to deliver for working people, young people, vulnerable people, the poorest in society because we changed the party.

“Country first, party second isn’t a slogan. It’s the guiding principle of everything we’ve done and must keep on doing.

“On the economy, on national security, on protecting our borders, the British people had to look us in the eye and see that we could serve their interests and that work doesn’t stop now, it never stops.
“The changes we’ve made are permanent, irreversible and we must keep going. We ran as a changed Labour party and we will govern as a changed Labour party.

‘I don’t promise you it will be easy’

“I don’t promise you it will be easy. Changing a country is not like flicking a switch. It’s hard work, patient work, determined work.

“And we will have to get moving immediately but even when the going gets tough and it will, remember, tonight and always, what this is all about.

“Now I may have mentioned my parents a few times in this campaign – once or twice – but the sense of security we have, the comfort they took from believing that Britain would always be better for their children.

“The hope, not high-minded, not idealistic, but a hope that working class families like mine could build their lives around.

“It is hope that may not burn brightly in Britain at the moment but we have earned the mandate to relight the fire.

“That is the purpose of this party and of this government. We said we would end the chaos and we will.
“We said we would turn the page, and we have. Today we start the next chapter. begin the work of change, the mission of national renewal and start to rebuild our country.

Thank you.”

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