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British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a media conference after a G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. World leaders discussed Syria's civil war at the summit but looked no closer to agreeing on international military intervention to stop it. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Annabelle Dickson, Political Editor
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
David Cameron asked today for the Conservatives to be given the chance to “finish the job we’ve started” by being returned as a majority government at the 2015 general election.
In his keynote speech to the Conservative annual conference, the Prime Minister said the UK economy was “beginning to turn the corner” and pledged to build “a land of opportunity for all” by backing business, home-ownership and education as times get better.
He signalled that the Tory manifesto for 2015 will include measures to prevent young people claiming unemployment benefits after leaving school or college, saying that every under-25 should be “earning or learning”.
And he made clear his intention to reduce taxes, telling activists: “We’re Tories. We believe in low taxes. And believe me - we will keep on cutting the taxes of hard-working people.”
But he also warned of further austerity following the election, even if the recent return to growth is sustained, insisting Tories will stick to their economic course “until we’ve paid off all of Labour’s deficit, not just some of it” and will run a surplus - spending less than they take in from tax and other revenues - even after the deficit is eliminated.
Mr Cameron’s address sought to draw clear dividing lines with Labour, accusing Ed Miliband of adopting an anti-business agenda and dismissing his promises to cut the cost of living as “all sticking plasters and quick fixes”.
But he said that he wanted to do more than simply “clear up the mess” left by the Labour administration
“Let us pledge today that we will build something better - a land of opportunity,” he said. “A country built on that enduring principle, seared in our hearts, that if you work hard, save, play by the rules and do your fair share - then nothing should stand in your way.”