Though the result of last month's general election was not what I wanted, those defining beliefs remain. My commitment to change in Britain is undimmed. My belief in the potential of the British people and what we can achieve together as a nation remains steadfast. And the determination I have to get to grips with the challenges posed by a changing world never more sure.
I'm convinced that the path that I set out in my first speech outside Number 10 and upon which we have set ourselves as a government, remains the right one. At this critical time in our history, we can either be timid or we can be bold. We can play it safe or we can strike out with renewed courage and vigor, making the case for our ideas and values and challenging our opponents to contribute, not just to criticize.