May’s New Year mes­sage: Let’s vow to elim­i­nate prej­u­dice

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THERESA MAY has pledged to elim­i­nate prej­u­dice from Bri­tish so­ci­ety and to con­tinue the fight against ex­trem­ism.

In her New Year mes­sage to the na­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter set out her pri­or­i­ties for 2018, fo­cus­ing on Brexit, the NHS and the economy.

But com­bat­ing ter­ror and dis­crim­i­na­tion were also im­por­tant aims for the year ahead.

Mrs May said: “As we mark the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War, and re­mem­ber the tremen­dous sac­ri­fices of that con­flict, the UK will re­main a cham­pion of peace and or­der around the world.

“To­gether with our al­lies, we will con­tinue the fight against all forms of ex­trem­ism, and sup­port our se­cu­rity ser­vices as they work ev­ery day to keep us safe.”

She added that next year’s 100th an­niver­sary of the vote be­ing granted to women was an op­por­tu­nity to “vow to elim­i­nate all prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion from our so­ci­ety.

“Be­cause in the United King­dom in 2018, ev­ery­one de­serves the chance to suc­ceed and ev­ery­one has a right to be treated with re­spect.”

The Prime

Theresa May Min­is­ter said 2017 had been “a year of progress” on Brexit which she was de­ter­mined to con­tinue over the next 12 months when ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU moved on to trade and se­cu­rity.

She also promised to strenghthen the economy, and in­vest in “the things that mat­ter – our schools, our po­lice and our pre­cious NHS”, which cel­e­brates its 70th an­niver­sary in 2018.

Mrs May said the gov­ern­ment aimed to build more schools and homes, and work to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

She said: “I be­lieve 2018 can be a year of re­newed con­fi­dence and pride in our coun­try. A year in which we con­tinue to make good progress to­wards a suc­cess­ful Brexit deal, an economy that’s fit for the fu­ture, and a stronger and fairer so­ci­ety for ev­ery­one.

“And what­ever chal­lenges we may face, I know we will over­come them by stand­ing united as one proud union of na­tions and peo­ple.”

In his New Year mes­sage, Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn de­scribed his party as “the gov­ern­ment in wait­ing” and said Bri­tain was “be­ing held back by a self­serv­ing elite, who look af­ter them­selves and their friends and a failed sys­tem”.

Sir Vince Cable, leader of the Lib­eral Democrats, pledged to of­fer peo­ple what he called an “exit from Brexit”.

With our al­lies, we will con­tinue to fight ex­trem­ism’


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