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UK: 'Ukraine must win, and Ukraine will win' - PM Liz Truss at Conservative Party Conference04:21

UK: 'Ukraine must win, and Ukraine will win' - PM Liz Truss at Conservative Party Conference

United Kingdom, Birmingham
October 5, 2022 at 18:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

British Prime Minister Liz Truss reaffirmed her government's support for the Ukrainian people during her keynote speech to Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Wednesday.

"Putin’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory is just the latest act in his campaign to subvert democracy and violate international law," Truss told Conservative members.

"We should not give in to those who want a deal which trades away Ukrainian land. They are proposing to pay in Ukrainian lives for the illusion of peace. We will stand with our Ukrainian friends however long it takes," she continued.

"Ukraine can win, Ukraine must win, and Ukraine will win," the prime minister added, as audience members applauded.

Truss also went on to blame the current energy crisis partly on inaction by the West, claiming the UK and others did not do enough to find alternatives to Russian gas.

“We became complacent. We did not spend enough on defence. We became too dependent on authoritarian regimes for cheap goods and energy. And we did not stand up to Russia early enough. We will make sure this never happens again,” she said.

The prime minister, who has been in office for less than a month, also commented on her recent tax u-turn, abandoning the government’s plan to scrap to the top tax rate as sterling plummeted and borrowing costs increased.

"The fact is that the abolition of the 45p tax rate became a distraction from the major parts of our growth plan. That is why we are no longer proceeding with it. I get it and I have listened," Truss said.

The latest Yougov survey has the new leader at rock bottom in the polls, with a net favourability rating of -59, lower than her predecessor Boris Johnson ever achieved.

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British Prime Minister Liz Truss reaffirmed her government's support for the Ukrainian people during her keynote speech to Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Wednesday.

"Putin’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory is just the latest act in his campaign to subvert democracy and violate international law," Truss told Conservative members.

"We should not give in to those who want a deal which trades away Ukrainian land. They are proposing to pay in Ukrainian lives for the illusion of peace. We will stand with our Ukrainian friends however long it takes," she continued.

"Ukraine can win, Ukraine must win, and Ukraine will win," the prime minister added, as audience members applauded.

Truss also went on to blame the current energy crisis partly on inaction by the West, claiming the UK and others did not do enough to find alternatives to Russian gas.

“We became complacent. We did not spend enough on defence. We became too dependent on authoritarian regimes for cheap goods and energy. And we did not stand up to Russia early enough. We will make sure this never happens again,” she said.

The prime minister, who has been in office for less than a month, also commented on her recent tax u-turn, abandoning the government’s plan to scrap to the top tax rate as sterling plummeted and borrowing costs increased.

"The fact is that the abolition of the 45p tax rate became a distraction from the major parts of our growth plan. That is why we are no longer proceeding with it. I get it and I have listened," Truss said.

The latest Yougov survey has the new leader at rock bottom in the polls, with a net favourability rating of -59, lower than her predecessor Boris Johnson ever achieved.