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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Conservative MPs praise Cameron's speech

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Cameron: 'Toxic culture' holding Britain back

It's that toxic culture of low expectations - that lack of ambition for every child - which has held our country back... Michael Gove and I are not waiting for an outbreak of sanity in the headquarters of the NUT or an embrace of aspiration in the higher reaches of Labour before we act. Because our children cannot wait. So, when people say we should slow down our education reforms - so adults can adjust to them, I say no, I want more free schools, more Academies, more rigorous exams in every school.

Cameron condemns 'snobbish' attitude to idea of work

David Cameron said: "You know our work experience programme, where we give young people the chance to work in a supermarket, a shop, an office?

Here's what one union official said about it. I quote: 'The scheme belongs back in the nineteenth century, along with Oliver Twist and the workhouse. It is nothing short of state sponsored slavery.'

What a snobbish, appalling attitude to the idea of work. We're not sending children up chimneys, were giving them a chance. What's cruel isn't asking something of people - it's when we ask nothing of them. Work isn't slavery, it's poverty that is slavery."

Delegates listen to David Cameron in Birmingham Credit: ITV News

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PM: 'Labour are the party of one notion: more borrowing'

Labour's plan to borrow more is actually a massive gamble with our economy and our future. And it would squander the sacrifices we've already made.

We're here because they spent too much and borrowed too much. How can the answer be more spending and more borrowing? I honestly think Labour haven't learned a single thing.

When they we're in office, their answer was always, borrow more money. Now they're out of office it's, borrow more money.

Whatever the day, whatever the question, whatever the weather it’s, borrow more money. Borrow, borrow, borrow. Labour: the party of one notion: more borrowing.

– DAVID CAMERON MP

Economic recovery 'taking longer than we hoped'

David Cameron's address comes on the final day of the Tory Conference Credit: ITV News

Speaking about the economic recovery David Cameron said: "I know you are asking whether the plan is working.

"And here's the truth: the damage was worse than we thought, and it's taking longer than we hoped.

"The world economy - especially in the Eurozone - has been much weaker than expected in the past two years.

"When some of our big trading partners like Ireland, Spain and Italy are suffering, they buy less from us.

"That hurts our growth and makes it harder to pay off our debts.

"But here is the crucial thing you need to know.

"Yes it's worse than we thought, yes its taking longer, but we are making progress."

Government mission to build 'aspiration nation'

The mission for this government is to build an aspiration nation, to unleash and unlock the promise in all our people. And for us Conservatives, this is not just an economic mission - it's also a moral one. It's not just about growth and GDP. It's what's always made our hearts beat faster - aspiration; people rising from the bottom to the top. Line one, rule one of being a Conservative is that its not where you've come from that counts, it's where you're going.

– DAVID CAMERON
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