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Britain’s Theresa May Stakes Out ‘Center Ground’ of Politics

Conservative Leader Theresa May Addresses Party Conference
Carl Court—Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech during the fourth day of the Conservative Party Conference 2016 at the ICC Birmingham in England, on Oct. 5, 2016.

The Prime Minister also called the Brexit vote a "revolution"

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to govern from the “center ground” of politics, a day after her government alarmed liberals by saying that businesses should prioritize hiring British workers over foreign ones.

May closed the Conservative Party’s annual conference Wednesday with a speech that called the June 23 vote to leave the European Union “a quiet revolution” by millions who had not benefited from globalization and rapid economic change. In a change of tone from predecessor David Cameron — who combined social liberalism with fiscal austerity and light-touch economic regulation — May attacked corporate bosses who dodge tax and raid employees’ pension funds.

She signaled she would take a more interventionist economic approach than some of her Conservative predecessors, saying “government can and should be a force for good.”


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