George Osborne’s message today was realistic and hopeful, full of promise, not just on the economy, but as a philosophy to renew Britain:
Before us lies a tough task.
Before us lie difficult decisions.
We have shown the courage to face up to those in government before and we will show the same courage again.
But I want to tell you something else.
I want to tell you what makes our Party great.
In this Conservative Party, we are optimists who never stop being realists.
We are revolutionaries who never stop being pragmatic.
We dare to dream but never run away from the day to day.
We are idealists who never have our head in the sand.
Be in no doubt.
A hard road lies ahead of us.
But that hard road leads over the horizon.
Video of the ending and backstage remarks here: