Boris Johnson has just addressed Tory HQ following the Tories’s huge election win. Here is the full text of what he had to say:
Well this is the most incredible…It is a day that many of us have dreamed of, a day when the Conservative party genuinely speaks for every part of the country. We have won from Workington to Woking, we have won in Bishop Auckland, in Darlington, in seats that Conservatives have not won for 100 years or more.
Wrexham! Tony Blair’s old seat in Sedgefield. We have turned Redcar ‘Blue-car’.
We have won in Clwyd South, which I first contested 22 years ago and was soundly thrashed. We win in Kensington and we win in Clwyd South – that is a party that speaks for the entire country and it is a tribute to all of you here, all of you unbelievable young thrusters. I see around me here today.
And you have totally righted the doubters and confounded all the gloomsters who said that what we have done was impossible and could never be done. We had so much doubt and dubitation for such a long time and the people of this country have given us tonight, I mean this morning a huge great stonking mandate because they want us to do one thing that you all know, they want us to get Brexit done. No one can now refute that, no one can possibly dispute that it is the will of the British people to get Brexit done. That is what we are going to do.
They would not have given us a mandate on this scale if they did not also think we were the right party to deliver on the other objectives that our people care about so passionately.
They trust us not just to get Brexit done, they trust us because we are a great one nation party, and they understand that it is we Conservatives who can see the balance and symmetry at the heart of the UK economy, we understand how to deliver fantastic public services and they know that we are going to deliver how many more police on the streets of our country? How many more hospitals? And how many nurses are we going to recruit?
They know that and they understand that and they understand we are the only party that can credibly deliver that one nation agenda. That is why they voted for us tonight and yesterday or whenever it was.
And all I can say to you everybody is that we must understand now what an earthquake we have created. The way in which we have changed the political map of this country. We have to grapple with the consequences of that, we have to change our own party to rise to the level of events, we must answer the challenge that the British people have given us.
Can we do that? Yes we can, yes we absolutely can. We can unite our country, we can unleash the potential of this whole country and take it forward. I said before. I had a campaign slogan which was to deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn. I didn’t say which order I was going to do it in.
We defeated Corbyn, we are going to deliver Brexit on January 31 and we are going to unite our country and take it forward. And we are going to energise our country. So thank you all very much. You deserve a massive, massive congratulations. I am not going to single out anybody in particular. But thank you CCHQ, everybody in the voluntary party, everybody who has worked together, all our troops around whole the country.
You have done an absolutely amazing job and you should be incredibly proud of what you have achieved. So I hope you will allow yourself some brief celebration because the work is going to begin very shortly.