Leader's speech, Brighton 1947
Winston Churchill (Conservative)
At the time of the conference, India had recently gained independence from Britain following Partition, which resulted in widespread violence and population movement. However, Churchill’s speech focused primarily on domestic politics and he attacked Labour for restricting the British people’s liberties. He then spoke about the Conservatives’ plans, central to which was the promise to guarantee a minimum standard of living for all. Once this was established, the Conservatives would reduce the amount of regulation, reintroduce the principles of supply and demand into the price mechanism, cut government spending, and expand agriculture. Only then could Britain’s finances start to recover.
Owing to a copyright issue this speech has been removed.