With the fate of his premiership in the hands of his conservative friends and foes, Boris Johnson begged Tory lawmakers to support him in Monday evening’s trust vote.
In a letter to members of his party ahead of the vote, as reported by PA Media, he called for a “golden opportunity to put this behind us” and move forward as “a united party” against Brexit. Will fight Shows the journey of the ruling party through the medium. , the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russo-Ukraine War.
Johnson also outlined the plans he intends to accomplish if he remains in office.
Here is the full text of his letter:
Tonight we have a chance to put an end to media speculation and take this country forward as a united party.
Tonight is the moment to draw a line under the issues our adversaries want us to talk about – and instead focus on what really matters: the needs of the voters who sent us to Westminster.
I’m asking for your support tonight because I know how much we can achieve together.
Together, we won the largest mandate for the Conservative Party in 40 years. As we promised, we resolved the protracted Brexit crisis and forged a new and friendly relationship with the EU.
When Britain was hit by the worst global pandemic for a century, we showed drive and determination to deliver the first approved vaccine anywhere in the world, followed by the fastest vaccine roll-out in Europe.
It was because we took tough but responsible decisions during the pandemic that we were able to rapidly reopen our economy – resulting in the lowest unemployment we have seen since 1974.
And we made the strong decision to be the first European country to help Ukrainians defend themselves from Russian aggression; And I am proud of the leadership the UK has shown.
From social care to economic and migration partnerships with Rwanda, we have shown time and again that we can be trusted to deliver bold and innovative solutions to difficult and long-standing problems.
I’m saying this not because I want to take satisfaction in past achievements, but because now is the time to focus every ounce of that energy on the priorities of the British people.
As the world grapples with the economic impact of (Vladimir) Putin’s aggression, we have already taken decisive action to protect the public from rising energy prices – just like we did during COVID.
We are helping eight million of the most vulnerable families with £1,200 of support, among many other measures.
We can do this because we have the fiscal firepower to help, because of the difficult and challenging decisions we’ve made during COVID. We’re looking for cash because we’re compassionate conservatives, and because it’s the right thing to do.
But we also know that you can’t just work your way out of inflation, and you can’t work your way into growth.
Over the next few weeks Rishi (Sanak) and I will establish all the ways in which we will take advantage of our newfound independence, cut costs and use conservative principles to drive growth.
We will cut government spending. We will deduct the cost of trading. And we’ll cut costs for families up and down the country.
From transportation to childcare to energy to housing – we will drive reform and find ways to reduce every major household expense.
And we will certainly dedicate all our energy to reducing the tax bill – the biggest single family of all. It must come down to it, and it will be, because it is the best way to provide the growth we need.
By basing ourselves in this project, we will be on top of what we have chosen to do in 2019 – uniting and leveling up with high paying high skill jobs across the country.
This means whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever your background, we will give you the opportunity to make the most of your talent.
By unleashing the potential of every corner of the United Kingdom with our continued investments in infrastructure, skills and technology, we aim to make the UK the most prosperous economy in Europe.
It is our vision: to present the best of British values to the world, a strong and prosperous United Kingdom, preserved and supported with our beloved union.
We can do it, but it will take all of our collective resolve to help our country in the coming months.
I do not believe our voters will forgive us lightly if – when they need our attention most – we appear once again focused on Westminster politics. I am afraid that only our opponents will be the beneficiaries.
I know I have been subjected to a lot of criticism in recent months, and I know this experience has been painful for the entire party.
Some of that criticism has probably been fair, some less. Where there have been valid points, I have listened and learned and made significant changes.
And I’ll definitely continue to hear and learn about the improvements you’d like to see.
But I cannot stress enough that we now have a golden opportunity to put this behind us.
With your support, I believe we have a great prize within our grasp tonight. We can exaggerate the media’s favorite obsession. We can carry on with our work without any noise.
And I believe that if we can unite in the days to come, we will win again in the days to come, repaying the faith of the 14 million people who voted for us and continuing to serve the country we love. Will keep