Cameron unveils keynote speech in Ipswich

Immigrants face tougher curbs on benefits and access to the health service, under a crackdown unveiled by David Cameron in Ipswich today.

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Man charged after Cameron protest

Protestors gather during David Cameron's visit to Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been charged with a public order offence after a disturbance during the Prime Minister's visit to Norfolk. 53 year old Andrew Peel will appear in court next month.

Protestors threw placards at David Cameron's car as he arrived at the Forum in Norwich last night.

More than sixty people had gathered to voice their anger over Government cuts.

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Cameron says scheme will get thousands on property ladder

A new scheme help people buy their own home was launched today in Weston Favell in Northampton by the Prime Minister.

The Help-to-Buy mortgage guarantee means that buyers will only need a deposit of as little a 5 per cent.

The Prime Minister said that too many hardworking people were finding it impossible to buy their own home because they "haven’t got rich parents and can’t pay the deposit up front".

There is a need for Government to act. Buying your first home is about far more than four walls to sleep at night.

It’s somewhere to put down roots and raise a family. It’s an investment for the future. Above all, it’s a sign that everything you’ve put in has been worth it.

So from today, thousands of people will be able to get a foot on the housing ladder by applying for the new Help to Buy mortgage guarantee.

If you've got 5 per cent of the funds for a mortgage deposit, we’re providing a guarantee to the banks to help you get the rest.

– David Cameron

Prime Minister launches homes scheme in Northamptonshire

The Prime Minister has arrived in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Weston Favell in Northamptonshire to mark the launch of the Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee.

Natwest, RBS, Halifax and Bank of Scotland will start offering the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee this week.

David Cameron in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Tory MP: Brits cannot afford to be 'little Europeans'

Eurosceptic Tory backbencher Bernard Jenkin said Brits "cannot afford to be 'little Europeans'" following David Cameron's speech on Britain's future.

Mr Jenkin said: "The Prime Minister has come to Essex to warn that we cannot afford to be 'little Englanders' - and he is right - but we cannot afford to be 'little Europeans' either, but that's where the EU is taking the UK.

Conservative backbench MP Bernard Jenkin.
Conservative backbench MP Bernard Jenkin. Credit: Chris Young/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"He is right that the UK's prosperity and security depend so much on what happens in the rest of the world, but wrong to suggest that the UK must stay in the EU.

"Unless there is a fundamental change in our relationship with the EU, the UK will simply have to leave the EU, so British business is free to compete".

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Cameron lists key areas of UK's national weakness

Prime Minister David Cameron listed "key areas of national weakness compared to the rest of the world" during a speech on Britain's future.

Highlighting issues the Conservatives and Labour are divided on, Mr Cameron said the key areas that need changing are Britain's:

  • Debt-fuelled, unbalanced economy
  • Bloated welfare system
  • Under-performing education system

"Fixing these things are the three key domestic priorities of this Government. And though it's taking time, we are making progress and getting our country into shape", he added.

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Cameron: EU membership 'is in our national interest'

Prime Minister David Cameron said membership of international organisations such as NATO, the United Nations and the EU is "not a national vanity - it is in our national interest".

Mr Cameron highlighted that Britain's prosperity depends on international ties and global trade.

British and EU flags.
David Cameron said membership of organisations like the EU are in Britain's national interest. Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

He said: "This country depends for its living on international ties and global trade. They in turn depend on global stability and security, and on there being global rules to abide by.

"When your prosperity is won in far flung places, when your fortunes are disproportionately affected by what goes on beyond your borders, then your national interest is not just about standing up for yourself - but standing up for what's right.

"Fortune favours Britain when we're ambitious, when we count, we play our part in the world".

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PM: Much more to do to show Britain is back in business

David Cameron said there is "much more to do" to equip the British economy for the modern world and show that we are "back in business".

The Prime Minister said:

We want to go further. The UK is already in the Top 10 countries in the world in which to do business.

In the next three years, we want to see Britain rank up there in the Top 5 places in the world to do business and as the No. 1 country in Europe to do business.

This is about sending the message out loud and clear to international investors, to entrepreneurs at home, Britain is not just getting back in the black - we are getting back in business.

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