Recently Theresa May made a second trip to the south west. You may have missed the interview she did with the Plymouth Herald. Their Chief Reporter is Sam Blackledge and here is his verbatim interview.

SB, “We’re in one of the most marginal constituencies in the country seats in the country here. This is your second visit of the campaign. Are you getting nervous and do you see Plymouth as a must win next week?”

TM, “I’m very clear that this is a crucial election for this country. We stand at an important moment. We need to get the Brexit negotiations right but also have a plan to take this country forward, to build a stronger, more prosperous future for Plymouth, for the families here and across the whole of the United Kingdom. And so I’m going out and about around the whole country talking to people with that very clear message that they face a choice on the 8th of June.”

SB, “Plymouth is a very proud armed forces city. We’ve seen the closure of our naval barracks, the sale of HMS Ocean, 42 Commando taken out of service. Can you guarantee our armed forces families that they will be protected from further cuts?”

TM, “”I’m very clear that Plymouth has a proud record of connection with the armed forces and when I was last here in Plymouth earlier in the campaign I was able to sit down with some members of the armed forces and talk to them about the issues that matter to them and what became very clear was the importance of Plymouth too. But what I want to  do, what we will do as a government is ensuring that we are giving more help to our armed forces and we’re supporting them. Last week I was at NATO talking about UK defence and how we can work with others to ensure we defend our country. But our armed forces have a worldwide reputation. We will maintain our armed forces and we will support them in all that they do.”

SB, “A lot of people in Plymouth voted for Brexit because they saw a better future ahead. How will your Brexit plan make Plymouth people better off?”

TM, “Well I think there is a better future ahead for Plymouth and for the whole of the UK. There are opportunities when we leave the European Union but we need to have the right government in place, the right plan to grasp those opportunities. We need to get Brexit right. Just 11 days after the General Election we’ll start those Brexit negotiations. O’m the Prime Minister. I’m the party leader with a plan for those negotiations. But it’s about more than this. It’s about building that prosperous future for families here in Plymouth and around the whole of the country and I’m confident we can do that. I’ve got a plan for a stronger Britain. I’m confident that we can build that stronger Britain. I’m confident we can build that stronger economy with better opportunities for young people, better opportunities for families. and  I’m optimistic about that because I believe in Britain and I believe in the British people.”

SB, “Finally, Plymouth has no airport. We have a fragile rail link unfortunately. The last Conservative government made promises to sort out our connectivity. Will those promises still stand?”

TM, “”I’m very clear that connectivity is hugely important for Plymouth and the South West generally and that’s why we’ve been putting money into infrastructure. It’s important to develop the economy and we will continue to look at plans to help to improve connectivity down to Plymouth and the south west.”

Nearly 3 minutes of waffle and not a single constructive thing said.

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