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Prime Minister Theresa May Will Resign On 7th June 2019

The Prime Minister Theresa May has made a statement in Downing Street, where amongst other things she stated that she will resign on 7th June 2019.

24 May 2019 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) :-

Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as Prime Minister, I have striven to make the United Kingdom a country that works not just for a privileged few, but for everyone.

And to honour the result of the EU referendum.

Back in 2016, we gave the British people a choice.

Against all predictions, the British people voted to leave the European Union.

I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice you have a duty to implement what they decide.

I have done my best to do that.

I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protects jobs, our security and our Union.

I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal.

Sadly, I have not been able to do so.

I tried three times.

I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high.

But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort.

So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June so that a successor can be chosen.

I have agreed with the Party Chairman and with the Chairman of the 1922 Committee that the process for electing a new leader should begin in the following week.

I have kept Her Majesty the Queen fully informed of my intentions, and I will continue to serve as her Prime Minister until the process has concluded.

It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.

It will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum.

To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in Parliament where I have not.

Such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise.

For many years the great humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton – who saved the lives of hundreds of children by arranging their evacuation from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia through the Kindertransport – was my constituent in Maidenhead.

At another time of political controversy, a few years before his death, he took me to one side at a local event and gave me a piece of advice.

He said, ‘Never forget that compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise.’

He was right.

As we strive to find the compromises we need in our politics – whether to deliver Brexit, or to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland – we must remember what brought us here.

Because the referendum was not just a call to leave the EU but for profound change in our country.

A call to make the United Kingdom a country that truly works for everyone. I am proud of the progress we have made over the last three years.

We have completed the work that David Cameron and George Osborne started: the deficit is almost eliminated, our national debt is falling and we are bringing an end to austerity.

My focus has been on ensuring that the good jobs of the future will be created in communities across the whole country, not just in London and the South East, through our Modern Industrial Strategy.

We have helped more people than ever enjoy the security of a job.

We are building more homes and helping first-time buyers onto the housing ladder – so young people can enjoy the opportunities their parents did.

And we are protecting the environment, eliminating plastic waste, tackling climate change and improving air quality.

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Security; freedom; opportunity.

Those values have guided me throughout my career.

But the unique privilege of this office is to use this platform to give a voice to the voiceless, to fight the burning injustices that still scar our society.

That is why I put proper funding for mental health at the heart of our NHS long-term plan.

It is why I am ending the postcode lottery for survivors of domestic abuse.

It is why the Race Disparity Audit and gender pay reporting are shining a light on inequality, so it has nowhere to hide.

And that is why I set up the independent public inquiry into the tragedy at Grenfell Tower – to search for the truth, so nothing like it can ever happen again, and so the people who lost their lives that night are never forgotten.

Because this country is a Union.

Not just a family of four nations.

But a union of people – all of us.

Whatever our background, the colour of our skin, or who we love.

We stand together.

And together we have a great future.

Our politics may be under strain, but there is so much that is good about this country. So much to be proud of. So much to be optimistic about.

I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold – the second female Prime Minister but certainly not the last.

I do so with no ill-will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.

Bad news for Tesco Clubcard users who fill up at Esso stations

Tesco has said there is some changes as to where you can collect Tesco Clubcard points on fuel. At the moment you can collect points at Tesco petrol stations and Esso petrol stations.

You can earn Tesco Clubcard points on fuel at all Tesco Petrol stations and all Esso petrol stations with a Tesco Express on site.

But from 1 June 2019, you’ll no longer be able to earn Clubcard points at Esso branded stations where there is no Tesco Express.

At a Tesco Petrol station it’s 1 point for every £2 you spend on fuel. At an Esso petrol station with a Tesco Express it’s 1 point for every £3 you spend on fuel. Until midnight 31st May 2019 you’ll still be able to redeem 1 point for every 2 litres of fuel you purchase at participating Esso branded stations.

Stoke Man Jailed After Heroin Found In Car Search

A Stoke-on-Trent man who was caught driving heroin between Redditch and Birmingham has been jailed. 

Adnan Munawar, of Elm Street, Cobridge, was jailed for 2 years 10 months at Birmingham Crown Court (May 10) after pleading guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply. 

The court heard that officers from Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) were patrolling south of Birmingham on 26 October 2018 when they stopped a silver VW Passat. 

The car was stopped on the Maypole bypass and subjected to a drugs search. A shoebox was found inside the car containing packages believed to be heroin. Munawar, aged 29, was arrested for possession of a class-A controlled drug. 

A drugs expert examined the contents which were identified as 1.052kg of heroin, with a street value of between £20,000 and £26,000. 

Munawar’s fingerprints were found on the shoebox. He had been living in Redditch at the time of the offences where officers discovered a further 471 grams of dextromethorphan, a cutting agent. 

Detective Inspector Phil Bryan, of West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “Munawar was followed and stopped by our officers. He thought he could get away with moving a huge amount of heroin but he now has to reflect on that in prison. We will not tolerate drug dealing in our communities.”