James Cleverly calls on the PM to build a Britain fit for the future

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Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, James Cleverly calls on the PM to build a Britain fit for the future, encourage home ownership, improve education, health and life chances and leave the country in a better place than we found it.

James Cleverly (Braintree) (Con)

Q3. In December, when the Brexit Secretary met Michel Barnier, they hugged. In that spirit, would my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister passionately embrace—not me, Mr Speaker; don’t worry—the agenda that she set out last year to build a Britain fit for the future, to encourage home ownership, improve education, health and life chances, and leave this country in a better place than we found it? [903173]

The Prime Minister

My hon. Friend talks about passionate embraces; I do not think that he has ever had the kiss that he once asked for. He is absolutely right: we are determined to deliver a Britain that is fit for the future. That means that we need to get Brexit right and do a lot more. He references house building; yes, we are committed to building the homes that this ​country needs. That is why we have made £15 billion of new financial support available over the next five years, and why we scrapped stamp duty for 80% of first-time buyers. We are also improving school standards—there are 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools today—and we are protecting our natural environment. We are building a Britain that can look to the future with optimism and hope.

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