The Prime Minister is moving onto Margaret Thatcher's legacy in government.
"Margaret Thatcher made our country stand tall again, at home and abroad," he says.
He compares his task to that of Mrs Thatcher who also had "an almighty mess to clear up when she came to office".
Recounting an anecdote at a dinner, he say: "After a while I said: 'Margaret, if you had your time in government again, is there anything you'd do differently?'
"And she turned to me and said: 'You know, I think I did pretty well the first time around'."
The Prime Minister has asked the conference to stand in honour of the British troops who have served in Afghanistan. It is followed by extended applause.
David Cameron is referring to reports that a Russian diplomat described Britain as as a small island that no-one cares about.
"Let me just get this off my chest one more time," he says before reeling off a list of British achievements including the Magna Carta, abolition of slavery our music industry and universities.
He rounds it off by adding that Britain "beat Russia at the Olympics last year".
David Cameron got a laugh referring to the pictures published of him this summer wrapped in a beach towel.
"If you saw those pictures of me on the beach this summer in Cornwall you'll know one thing: I've got the stomach for the fight," he says.
Addressing Ed Miliband, he said: "You keep your shirt on, I'll keep the lights on".
David Cameron opens his speech talking about economic recovery: "We are not there by a long way, but we are on our way".
He also thanked the British people and businesses.
The Prime Minister has walked onto the stage at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester to give his keynote speech.
He is expected to use notes and will speak from behind a lectern. The central theme will be "a land of opportunity".
David Cameron will tell the Conservative conference today that he wants a society where a person who "puts the effort in" has a "chance to make it", regardless of their background.
He is expected to say:
David Cameron will claim that the UK economy is finally "turning the corner" after the crisis, during his keynote speech at the Conservative conference in Manchester.
The Prime Minister will also reject Labour's claims that the Tories only represent the "privileged few" by declaring that he wants to create a society in which everyone who works hard has "the chance to make it".
David Cameron has been photographed preparing for tomorrow's leader's speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.