Theresa May will vow to fight on as she seeks party unity

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Theresa May Prepares Her Keynote Speech Ahead Of The Final Day Of Conference
May will tell members to focus on the job security of others, not herself (Source: Getty)

Theresa May will seek to end talk of her position being under threat in her flagship speech today, vowing to fight on in the role.

The Prime Minister will tell party members not to be distracted with questions about "our job security", but that of the "ordinary working people", and make sure they are "doing everything we can to ensure their tomorrow will be better than our today".

She will tell delegates she is focused on making the UK "stronger, fairer and more prosperous", saying she will not be put off by "obstacles and barriers along the way".

"It has never been my style to hide from a challenge, to shrink from a task, to retreat in the face of difficulty, to give up and turn away," May will tell Manchester. "It is when tested the most that we reach deep within ourselves and find that our capacity to rise to the challenge before us may well be limitless."

The Prime Minister will close a party conference that has been dominated with rumours that colleagues including foreign secretary Boris Johnson and international development minister Priti Patel are eager to get their hands on the keys of Number 10.

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Yesterday, Johnson attempted to put an end to those rumours, telling the conference that the cabinet was united behind her and backed "every syllable" of May's Florence speech. Johnson piled praise onto his boss, both for her election "win" and "her steadfastness in taking Britain forward".

Patel, however, did less to play down her leadership ambitions. The diminuitive MP opened her session by telling Tory members: “Thank you for the step up. Some of our most successful leaders have of course been the smallest.”

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