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Letter from Jeremy Hunt




Conservative Friends of Bangladesh

Thursday 4th July 2019:


Dear Conservative Friends of Bangladesh,

It is my pleasure to write to you at this time, as a strong supporter of the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is a key partner for the UK. Most recently, our countries had the opportunity to highlight the deep historic ties that link us at the third annual Strategic Dialogue in Dhaka, and reaffirmed an enduring relationship based on shared values and common goals.

With the British Bangladeshi community being one of the largest and most established in the United Kingdom, the ongoing relationship between our two countries is incredibly important.

As Foreign Secretary, I have worked with Bangladesh on a number of issues, not the least the Rohingya refugee crisis. As Prime Minister, I will look forward to building further on people-to-people links between Bangladesh and the UK and strengthening our cooperation over a range of issues, including democracy and governance, security, development, economic diplomacy, business climate, and trade and investment. Agreeing a free trade deal after we leave the European Union will also be a priority.

I know that Britain will continue to be the global, outward-looking, tolerant country we all know and love. This vision of our country is at the heart of my plan, and I wanted to share with you all some thoughts about why I would like your support to be the next Prime Minister.

I am always struck by the dynamism and entrepreneurialism of the British Bangladeshi community. This is a characteristic that marks out our whole country, and as an entrepreneur myself, I am hungry and ambitious to unleash the potential of our economy.

One of the opportunities of Brexit is to show the world that we are confident and ambitious for our country, and that starts with turbo charging our economy. I will reduce corporation tax down to Irish levels of 12.5%, sending a signal to the companies of the world that Britain is the place to invest and grow. And for small businesses, I will take hundreds of thousands of firms out of business rates altogether. And to ensure that our economic growth drives opportunities for all, I will invest in the schools system to make sure this country’s next social mission is abolishing illiteracy.

What’s more, when we have delivered Brexit, I want us to be a proud country which walks tall in the world once again, which means an independent trade policy and a substantial increase to our military defence budget.

And finally, we Conservatives have got to form a new contract between the generations, making it our mission to ensure the opportunities for young people today are at least as big as the ones experienced by people of my generation. This means building 1.5 million homes with a new right to own, reducing interest payments on student loans, and taking the bold decisions needed to tackle climate change.

In short, I will build a dynamic, entrepreneurial country that defends our values abroad and keeps Jeremy Corbyn out of Number 10.

Thank you for your support.

With very best wishes,

Jeremy Hunt