Cameron: 'Sink or swim' time

The Prime Minister has warned the Conservative Party conference that Britain faces a stark choice in tough economic times: "Sink or swim. Do or decline."

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Corby voters respond to David Cameron's speech

The Prime Minister's speech at the Tory conference today wasn't just aimed at silencing critics within his party. It was also directed at voters in marginal constituencies like Corby in Northamptonshire, which is choosing a new MP next month.

ITV News has heard been following what a panel of Corby voters made of Nick Clegg's and Ed Miliband's conference speeches.

ITV News' Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks has been getting their verdict on Mr Cameron's:


Unite accuses PM of conjuring 'politics of fear'

Unite, the UK's largest union, has accused David Cameron of conjuring up ‘the politics of fear’ during his speech to the Conservative Party conference.

Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey claims the Prime Minister attempted to "hide the truth" about his government's austerity measures.

David Cameron says that we must ‘sink or swim’ as a country – yet, he has cut the life belt for the millions of Britons struggling to find work and juggling to make ends meet with squeezed household incomes.


He has conjured up the politics of fear – always the last resort for a politician facing the reality of their failed policies. It was a speech devoid of hope aimed at frightening people into submission, and accepting the coalition’s unfair and divisive policies.

– Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey


Labour: Speech shows PM is 'clearly rattled leader'

Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Michael Dugher described David Cameron's speech to the Conservative Party Conference as "a defensive speech" from a "clearly rattled leader".

This was a defensive speech, from an out-of-touch, clearly rattled leader, who cannot be the One Nation Prime Minister we need.

David Cameron never once mentioned the double-dip recession or the one million young people out of work. His speech failed to set out the real change our economy needs.

Rather than tackling the banks, or explaining why borrowing is going up not down, he chose to defend his millionaires' tax cut.

He cannot bring Britain together to tackle the problems we face when his priority is to cut taxes for 8,000 millionaires by £40,000 next April, while asking pensioners to pay more.

And during the course of his 6,000-word lecture to the country, he failed to mention the police once. That is a total disgrace at a time when he's taking 15,000 police officers off our streets.

– Shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher
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