Conservative Conference 2013

It's claimed this year's Conservative Party Conference is worth £24.6m to Greater Manchester's economy.

David Cameron's vision for the North West

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter
David Cameron speaking at Manchester Central Credit: PA

It lasted just under an hour but in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester the Prime Minister made more references to the North West than almost any other region in the country, including London.

Much of the speech was dedicated to attacking Labour's economic record and the party's plans for a future Britain. His alternative to Ed Miliband's 'Britain can to better than this' mantra was the notion of Britain as a "Land of opportunity', and in it, the north-west plays a prominent role:

  • Blackpool, said Mr Cameron, should be the 'centre of Europe' for the shale gas industry.

  • Manchester should have aspirations to be the "world leader in advanced materials"

  • The North West needs High Speed Rail: "This country has been too London-centric for far too long" he said.

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Radcliffe GP's lead the way as PM calls for more out-of-hours surgeries

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter

GP surgeries in Radcillfe in Greater Manchester will be the first in the North West to trial opening during evenings and weekends.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced £50m of funding so GPs can help relieve pressure on A&E departments. Patients here will get the new service in a few weeks.

Retired army officer defends heckling Defence Secretary

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter

A retired army officer from Dukinfield has defended his decision to heckle the Defence Secretary during a speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

76-year-old Joe Eastwood, and another former officer, were both ejected from the conference hall.

They had protested against a decision to disband to the second battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, which recruits in the North West.

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Osborne rejects Conservatives-Ukip elections deal

George Osborne said the Conservative Party is not considering striking local deals with the UK Independence Party (Ukip) in the upcoming General Election.

A number of high-profile Tories have floated the possibility of an alliance with Ukip in the run-up to the election to avoid splitting the right-wing vote.

George Osborne leaves his hotel at the start of the second day of the Conservative Party conference.
George Osborne leaves his hotel at the start of the second day of the Conservative Party conference. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

When asked if he was ready to consider such a deal, the Chancellor told Sky News: The short answer is no. What the Conservative Party is doing is talking to the country, in marked contrast to the other political parties who are talking about themselves and positioning themselves.

"We've got a big, simple offer for the country. The economy is on the right track and we are going to see our plan through."

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Osborne: There is no something for nothing any more

Chancellor George Osborne said there is "no something for nothing any more" when it comes to the long-term unemployed.

Mr Osborne told Daybreak: "What we're saying is people are going to have to do something in return for those benefits.

Chancellor George Osborne on Daybreak.
Chancellor George Osborne on Daybreak. Credit: ITV/Daybreak

"There is no option of doing nothing for your benefits, no something for nothing any more. People are going to have to do things to get their dole.

"This is all activity that is going to help them get ready for the real world of work."

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Long-term unemployed 'abandoned' by governments

Chancellor George Osborne said previous governments "of all colours" had "abandoned" the long-term unemployed.

Mr Osborne told Daybreak: "They allowed them to sort of recycle into job centres collecting the dole and people didn't really do anything about them. I think it's wrong.

"We have got to learn from what went wrong in the past. We've got to help these people, but in return expect them to put something back into their community."

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