May in pledge to win back younger vot­ers

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Macer Hall

THERESA May last night vowed to win back younger vot­ers fol­low­ing a back­lash against the Tory party in June’s snap gen­eral elec­tion.

Ahead of the party’s an­nual con­fer­ence open­ing in Manch­ester to­mor­row, the Prime Min­is­ter in­sisted she was “de­ter­mined to act” to ad­dress the con­cerns of peo­ple who felt let down by her Gov­ern­ment.

She also vowed to re­new the “so­cial con­tract in our country” that meant “the next gen­er­a­tion should al­ways have it bet­ter than the last”.

Her pledge to lead a Tory fight­back fol­low­ing the surge in Labour votes came as her MPs threaten re­volts over wel­fare ben­e­fits and en­ergy bills.

Mrs May is ex­pected to apol­o­gise to the grass­roots for the botched cam­paign which saw the Tories lose their Com­mons ma­jor­ity. Mean­while, Boris Johnson has re­turned to be­ing top choice among Tories to be their next leader, a poll re­vealed yes­ter­day.

The For­eign Sec­re­tary won the back­ing of 23 per cent in the YouGov on­line sur­vey of nearly 1,000 Con­ser­va­tive Party mem­bers.

His near­est ri­val was Scot­tish Tory leader Ruth David­son with 19 per cent.

Jacob Rees-Mogg came third with the sup­port of 17 per cent.

Joe Twyman, of YouGov, said: “The ques­tion of who will take over from Theresa May and when is likely to dom­i­nate the con­fer­ence.”

Last night an un­prece­dented £2mil­lion se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion was be­ing fi­nalised amid fears that vi­o­lent Left-wing pro­test­ers will at­tack those head­ing for the con­fer­ence.

Po­lice in Manch­ester yes­ter­day

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