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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Labour MPs critical of Cameron speech

David Cameron brushes aside NHS criticism

David Cameron brushed aside criticism of the way his party had dealt with the NHS. He said:

"We made a big decision to protect the NHS from spending cuts. No other party made that commitment. Not Labour. Not the Liberal Democrats. Just us - the Conservatives.

To all those people who said we'd bring the NHS down… I say… well, yes, you've got a point. I'll tell you what is down. Waiting lists - down. Mixed wards - down. The number of managers - down. Bureaucratic targets - down. Hospital infections - down.

And what's up? The number of doctors, the number of dentists, the number of midwives, the number of operations carried out in our NHS. So be in no doubt, this is the party of the NHS and that's the way it's going to stay."

Delegates listening to the Prime Minister in Birmingham Credit: ITV News

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Cameron: Hour of reckoning, 'sink or swim, do or decline'

The Prime Minister began his speech to the Tory Party Conference reflecting on the challenges he faced when taking office, and the difficult decisions that had to be made. David Cameron said:

"Unless we act, unless we take difficult, painful decisions, unless we show determination and imagination, Britain may not be in the future what it has been in the past.

Because the truth is this. We are in a global race today. And that means an hour of reckoning for countries like ours. Sink or swim. Do or decline."

David Cameron addressing the Tory Party Conference Credit: ITV News

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Report: IDS makes 'Plebgate' joke

Tory Chief Whip and former International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell Credit: Press Association

The Conservative Chief Whip may have chosen to stay away from his party's conference, but the 'Plebgate' controversy shows no sign of going anywhere.

Responding to rumours that Andrew Mitchell may be made High Commissioner to Rwanda, the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith told a fringe event hosted by The Spectator magazine: "I hear there are no gates in Rwanda."

In his final days as International Development Secretary, Mr Mitchell controversially reinstated Britain's aid programme to the country.

Bookies' clues to David Cameron's speech

The bookies are offering a few clues as to what David Cameron may say today by offering odds on a list of key phrases. Boris Johnson and the Leveson Inquiry appear almost certain to get a mention. Here are some other words and phrases that may, or may not get a look in:

  • Twitter - evens
  • I Agree with Nick - 5/1
  • Pleb - 6/1
  • There Is No Money Left - 8/1
  • My Brilliant Chancellor 33/1

Source: Ladbrokes

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