Theresa May is to make her first speech as Conservative leader at the party's annual conference. Here are the latest updates:

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Welcome to The Independent's liveblog of the final day of Conservative party conference.
 
Theresa May is due to give her speech at lunchtime, and we've got some pre-released extracts you can read below:
 
The Prime Minister’s speech will explain her vision for how her Government will create a country that works for everyone, building on policy announcements made by members of the Cabinet this week. She will commit her Government do delivering action, saying:
 
“That’s what government’s about: action. It’s about doing something, not being someone. About identifying injustices, finding solutions, driving change. Taking, not shirking, the big decisions. Having the courage to see things through.”
 
 
“I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics - built on the values of fairness and opportunity - where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person, regardless of their background or that of their parents, is given the chance to be all they want to be.”
 
The Prime Minister contrasts this concern for the working people of Britain with the divisive Labour Party presented to the country in Liverpool this week. She said: 
 
“The main lesson I take from their conference last week is that the Labour Party is not just divided, but divisive. Determined to pit one against another. To pursue vendettas and settle scores. And to embrace the politics of pointless protest that doesn’t unite people but pulls them further apart… So let’s have no more of Labour’s absurd belief that they have a monopoly on compassion. Let’s put an end to their sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority. Let’s make clear that they have given up the right to call themselves the party of the NHS, the party of the workers, the party of public servants.”  
 
Finally, the Prime Minister lays out her belief that government can do good, so long as it is focused on delivering for ordinary, working class people. 
 
“Too often that isn’t how it works today. Just listen to the way a lot of politicians and commentators talk about the public. They find their patriotism distasteful, their concerns about immigration parochial, their views about crime illiberal, their attachment to their job security inconvenient. They find the fact that more than seventeen million people voted to leave the European Union simply bewildering.”
 
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“But a change has got to come. It’s time to remember the good that government can do. Time for a new approach that says while government does not have all the answers, government can and should be a force for good; that the state exists to provide what individual people, communities and markets cannot; and that we should employ the power of government for the good of the people.
 
“Time to reject the ideological templates provided by the socialist left and the libertarian right and to embrace a new centre ground in which government steps up – and not back – to act on behalf of the people. 
 
“Providing security from crime, but from ill health and unemployment too. Supporting free markets, but stepping in to repair them when they aren’t working as they should. Encouraging business and supporting free trade, but not accepting one set of rules for some and another for everyone else.   
 
“And if we do – if we act to correct unfairness and injustice and put government at the service of ordinary working people – we can build that new united Britain in which everyone plays by the same rules, and in which the powerful and the privileged no longer ignore the interests of the people.”
Theresa May of course already gave a speech at this Tory conference - on the first day.
 
In that address, she dealt with Brexit. This speech is expected to focus more on domestic policy and her vision for the country.
One policy announcement that's upset a lot of people on social media is an announcement by Amber Rudd that she will force firms to list foreign workers.
 
People have noted that the policy is xenophobic and that it has echoes of fascism.
 
 
Labour's reaction to the increasingly anti-foreigner rhetoric and policy coming from the Government has also provoked reaction.
 
The party leadership has been practically silent on the issue, but this Labour press tweet has been held up as a way not to challenge xenophobia.
The SNP's Scottish First minister Nicola Sturgeon is probably Labour's most high-profile critic on this issue.
The SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party have released a joint statement condemning the anti-foreigner rhetoric at the Conservative party conference.
 
Full statement, signed by:
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru
Steven Agnew, Leader of the Green Party of Northern Ireland
Patrick Harvie, Co-convener of the Scottish Green Party
Alice Hooker-Stroud, Leader of the Wales Green Party 
 
The countries of the United Kingdom face a spiralling political and economic crisis. At the top of the Conservative Party, the narrow vote in favour of leaving the EU has now been interpreted as the pretext for a drastic cutting of ties with Europe, which would have dire economic results - and as an excuse for the most toxic rhetoric on immigration we have seen from any government in living memory.

This is a profoundly moral question which gets to the heart of what sort of country we think we live in. We will not tolerate the contribution of people from overseas to our NHS being called into question, or a new version of the divisive rhetoric of 'British jobs for British workers'. Neither will we allow the people of these islands, no matter how they voted on June 23rd, to be presented as a reactionary, xenophobic mass whose only concern is somehow taking the UK back to a lost imperial age. At a time of increasing violence and tension, we will call out the actions of politicians who threaten to enflame those same things.

This is not a time for parties to play games, or meekly respect the tired convention whereby they do not break cover during each other's conferences. It is an occasion for us to restate the importance of working together to resist the Tories' toxic politics, and make the case for a better future for our people and communities. We will do this by continuing to work and campaign with the fierce sense of urgency this political moment demands. 
There are rumours of a big announcement during Theresa May's speech, possibly relating to energy prices.
 
Ed Miliband, who was attacked for freezing energy prices, has weighed in rather sardonically...
 
Ruth Davidson, Scottish Tories leader, is speaking before Theresa May.  She's very popular with the crowd and pausing for applause after pretty much every sentence.
Here's a quick extract, where she rebukes the SNP for continuing to pursue Scottish independence:
 
The SNP doesn’t speak for all of Scotland. And nor does it have the right to. Every nation is bigger than any one party - bigger than any one person.
 
And Scotland is bigger, more varied, more complex than the nation the SNP would like to pretend. So, next time you see Nicola Sturgeon picking a fight, or trying to claim the United Kingdom is over -
 
Remember, she does not speak for the country. And, when she threatens to put yet another divisive referendum back on the table, the nation is not behind her.
 
She’s not speaking for the majority. Because the majority of us want to move on.
 
The majority have no wish to return to the divisions of the past – we want to seize the opportunities of the future. Most Scots have had enough.And they are telling her – for pity’s sake, First Minister, let – this - go.
Ruth Davidson has finished speaking, and we're expecting Theresa May to take to the stage in five minutes. Stay tuned for live updates and analysis.
Delegates are currently being treated to a video montage of Theresa May set to the song 'She's A Star' by James. She's taking to the stage now.
May is taking to the stage

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The Prime Minister is expected to use her debut to draw a clear line under the era of her predecessor David Cameron by declaring her determination to reposition the party on “the new centre ground of British politics”.

Denouncing Jeremy Corbyn's Labour for a “sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority”, Mrs May will state her intention for the Tories to usurp its traditional position as the party of “ordinary working-class people”, the NHS and public servants.

But she will also distance herself from the small-state politics of earlier Tory leaders like Margaret Thatcher by insisting that government can be “a force for good”, providing benefits for society that individuals, communities and the market cannot.

Concluding a four-day conference in Birmingham which has been dominated by Brexit, Mrs May will seek to turn attention away from Europe towards her broader vision of the economic and social reforms needed to deliver on her slogan of A Country That Works For Everyone.

But she will also set her face against what she terms the “libertarian right” in her own party, which sees the private sector, free markets and competition as the solution to all problems.

Stating her willingness to intervene in response to market failures, Mrs May will firmly nail her colours to the mast of active government.

“That's what government's about: action,” she will say. “It's about doing something, not being someone. About identifying injustices, finding solutions, driving change. Taking, not shirking, the big decisions. Having the courage to see things through.”

Conservative aides pointed to a string of policies announced at the Birmingham gathering which they said were designed to help ordinary working-class people, ranging from a review of employment practices and a consultation on immigration to the creation of “opportunity areas” in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, a £5 billion house-building package, a promise to protect workers' rights following Brexit and a £140 million fund to help communities deal with the pressure of migrants.

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