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Liz Truss promises “growth, growth and growth” in a speech that hit the protest. Liz Truss

Liz Truss promised Britons she had “got your back” and set out a plan for “growth, growth and growth” in a conference speech that was interrupted by protesters who asked who had voted for her plan.

After a stormy party conference and terrible Tory opinion polls, the prime minister tried to speak directly to the public, saying: “I want what you want.”

He saw the tax cuts as “the morally and economically right thing to do”, despite having just reversed his decision to scrap the top rate of income tax at 45p. Regarding the decision to rescind the policy, he said, “I understand and I’ve been listening.”

But after a few minutes, his speech was interrupted by protesters waving a Greenpeace banner that read: “Who voted for this?”

As they were sent from the floor to the audience, Truss said: “Let’s remove them,” and joked: “Later in my speech I’ll talk about the Anti-Growth Coalition. I think they got into the room a little too soon.

Protesters disrupted the prime minister’s keynote speech. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty

Truss made boosting economic growth the focus of his speech in Birmingham, saying not everyone would like his ground-breaking plan to transform Britain but insisting the UK would benefit from the results.

“The scale of the challenge is huge. War in Europe for the first time in a generation. A more uncertain world after Covid. And a global economic crisis,” he said. “That’s why we need to do things differently in Britain. Whenever there’s change, there’s disruption. Not everyone is in favor. But the result – a growing economy and a better future – is a win-win. That’s what we have a clear plan to deliver.

However, the pound fell against the US dollar after the call. Sterling had initially hit a three-week high against the dollar in early session trading, but soon slipped back on fears over government credibility and fell another 1% to $1.136 by the end of the call.

Truss has repeatedly refused to say whether she will increase benefits in line with inflation, causing a cabinet split as Commons leader Penny Mordaunt and Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland suggested it should happen.

But in his speech, Truss said he would exercise “iron discipline” over public spending, hinting at potential savings. “I believe in sound money and lean government,” he said.

Much of Truss’ speech focused on his passion for change and his love of business and deregulation. He said all EU legislation would be consigned to history by the end of the year.

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But he also referred to his career, saying people have underestimated him. “I stand here today as the first prime minister of our country who has attended elementary school,” he said.

However, Truss’s claim was challenged because Gordon Brown and Theresa May attended selective secondary schools that became comprehensive schools, while Ramsay MacDonald and Jim Callaghan attended non-selective schools.

Truss also said he was committed to spreading economic growth across the UK after growing up in Paisley and Leeds in the 1980s and 1990s. He said: “I know what it’s like to live somewhere that doesn’t see the benefits of economic growth. I’ve seen shops boarded up and people left without hope turning to drugs.

Truss also spoke of people he believed to be part of the “anti-growth coalition” and attacked political opponents who lived in “townhouses in North London” and were sent to the BBC studios to air their views.

He listed Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, militant unions, vested interests, talking heads, Brexit deniers, Extinction Rebellion and some of the people we had in the room earlier than those he thought they were working against. for the sake of growth.