GROWING up in West Scotland, and at my Leeds comprehensive, I saw children being let down day in, day out.
It was not right then, and it is not right now.
That’s why I went into politics, and it’s why I want to be Prime Minister: so that everyone in our great country has the same opportunity to succeed.
We need to stop the rot of a lack of aspiration and opportunity.
So I will bring back rigorous standards in literacy and numeracy.
And I will reform admissions so bright state school kids can go to top universities.
No child should be let down, like I saw all those years ago.
Times are tough at the moment.
Whether it’s uncertainty abroad, the cost of living, or left-wing voices peddling mistruths about the decline of Britain, trashing our values, and questioning who we are.
I have a bold plan to get our economy and our country back on track, so that our best days lie ahead.
I am the right person to become our next Prime Minister, and would hit the ground running from day one.
This starts with tackling the cost of living.
Hard-working families see the cost of everyday essentials rising — while tax is at the highest level in 70 years.
Things must change, and they will change.
Under my leadership, we will have no more ‘business-as-usual’.
I will get cracking with a bold new plan to put money back in people’s pockets and get our economy going.
As Conservatives, we should know that you can’t tax your way to higher growth.
So I will cut taxes, including National Insurance, and free people to spend more of their cash.
But I won’t stop there.
I will make the most of our new-found freedoms outside the EU, going further and faster to seize the opportunities of Brexit.
Our economy has great potential. I will untangle our dynamic entrepreneurs from red tape so they can invest in their futures, create jobs, and go for growth.
I will defend freedom at home and abroad, keeping Britain safe.
The police must crack down on real crimes, so I will ensure they get back to basics.
I am proud of our great country
And I will raise defence spending, to protect the free world from the threat of authoritarian regimes.
We cannot let the woke brigade dominate our public institutions, or allow toxic identity politics to infect the minds of our young people.
So I will stand up for free speech, and protect single-sex spaces for women and girls.
Because I am proud of our great country, our land of opportunity.
And I want us to stand tall on the world stage, just as the Lionesses have surged to the Euros final.
They show us how far we can go through talent and hard work.
Tonight, I’ll be at Wembley cheering them on towards footballing glory.
Nothing should hold our great country back, whether on the pitch or elsewhere.
As Prime Minister, I will deliver for the British people — championing freedom, enterprise and ambition, so we can succeed like never before.