Brexit: EU's Tusk tells May to 'get down to business'

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"It was what the party and the country needed, a rip-roaring speech looking towards the future", said party member Paul Whitehouse.

May has had a tough year since a disastrous 2017 conference speech, when she was plagued by a cough and interrupted by a prankster while parts of the backdrop fell down as she was speaking.

She will say: "Millions of people who have never supported our party in the past are appalled by what Jeremy Corbyn has done to Labour..."

However, rather than accept responsibility for the Home Office blunder which saw thousands of the Windrush Generation, who helped rebuild Postwar Britain facing deportation, May referenced the disaster to rouse support for Shaun Bailey, the Conservative pick for the 2020 London mayoral elections: 'If your parents come to the United Kingdom as part of the Windrush Generation, you could become the next London mayor.' The camera quickly tried to find Bailey, who was sitting a few rows back from the party's big names and cabinet members. But she refused to rule it out, adding: 'The resilience and ingenuity of the British people would see us through'. She reasserted her commitment to finding a realistic compromise with the European Union - unlike some of her conservative rivals, who she said "are not acting in the national interest, but their own political interest".

The DUP, which has been hedging its bets on the Tory leadership, should guard against being seduced by the disloyal narcissist Johnson, who is actively campaigning for the prime minister to ditch her Chequers plan.

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Mrs May and her team face weeks of hard conversations with Brussels to win a deal, but she also faces challenges from inside her own party and from her partners in parliament, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. Johnson's speech was a leadership pitch in all but name, and many Conservatives expect May to face a party coup soon after Brexit day - or even before, if there is no progress toward a deal. They want a clean break. "Our best days lie ahead of us". It was a self-deprecating dig at the ribbing she got for her robotic dancing during a visit to Africa. On housing, alongside charging higher rates of stamp duty for foreign investors, and putting that money into preventing rough sleeping, May announced a scrap of the cap on council borrowing to make homes. "Fuel duty, May promised, will be frozen in next month's budget, because 'For millions of people their auto is not a luxury, it's a necessity". She acknowledged that this would cause an increase in public debt. "A decade after the financial crash, people need to now that the austerity it led to is over and that their hard work has paid off".

'And our message to them must be this - we get it.

"My support for her is wearing thin to the point of being invisible".

May awkwardly took a spin around, robotically pumped her arms in the air on Wednesday and had a brief laugh at her own expense before a key speech.

"Pursuing our own visions of the flawless Brexit could lead to no Brexit at all, May said, adding that she believed "our best days lie ahead of us". May is optimistic, apparently, but only if her vision is upheld by everyone; the Conservatives, the Labour Party with its sizable minority and a mandate from members to push for a second referendum if needs be, and the great British public, as well as Northern Ireland. So, it is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week. "Those of us who do respect the result, whichever side of the question we stood on two years ago, need to come together now. Is the future of the country really 'in our hands together"?

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