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Pensioners reveal why they heckled 'disingenuous' PM

The pensioners who booed the David Cameron at an Age UK conference as he defended the Government's NHS record have told ITV News why they gave the prime minister such a frosty reception.

One said it was down to the social care budget being "slashed and slashed and slashed" while another described the Tory leader as "very disingenuous."

The Prime Minister later thanked the jeering audience for their "lively interactions".

Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship spoke to the Age UK hecklers:

Cameron heckled by pensioners during a speech

David Cameron has been heckled by pensioners during a speech about Conservative policies for the elderly.

The audience at an Age UK event in London criticised him over NHS reforms and over not appointing a minister for the elderly.

The incident was regarded as interesting by political commentators because the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have protected the pension, the bus pass and the winter fuel allowance.

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David Cameron: French Alps crash is 'heartbreaking'

David Cameron has described the French Alps plane crash as "heartbreaking news", saying the UK will do "everything it can" to support the French authorities.

Osborne 'too busy' for interview amid Tory leadership talk

According to ITV News' Chris Ship, Chancellor George Osborne is now "too busy" to conduct an interview this morning - just hours after David Cameron touted him as a potential Tory leader.

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Boris: I don't think PM is mad over third term pledge

Boris Johnson insists David Cameron is not "mad" by ruling out a third term as prime minister.

Speaking to LBC, Mr Johnson - who was listed by Mr Cameron as one of his potential successors as Tory leader - also played down his own leadership aspirations.

ITV London Senior Correspondent Simon Harris reports:

Michael Fallon plays down Cameron comments

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has played down David Cameron's comments that he will not seek a third term as prime minister, saying it was a "fairly obvious answer".

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Credit: PA Wire

"I think it was a fairly straight answer and, when you think about it, it was a fairly obvious answer. He is not going to go on and on. Of course not," he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

"I think implicitly everybody knows that there is a shelf life to any politician, nobody's absolutely indispensable.

"What you do know now is that you have got a Prime Minister who is going to see out a full five-year term.

"People can be absolutely clear that if they vote Conservative they'll be voting for David Cameron to finish the job he started in 2010."

Gove defends PM announcement as 'bleeding obvious'

Tory chief whip Michael Gove has defended David Cameron's "bleeding obvious" announcement that he will not serve a third term as Prime Minister if he remains in Downing Street following the May General Election.

Tory chief whip Michael Gove said he was not surprised by the PM's announcement Credit: PA

"So the Prime Minister, when asked a direct question, gave an honest reply, and an honest reply which actually reflects the new political reality of a world of fixed-term parliaments," he said on Newsnight.

Asked if the announcement was planned, Mr Gove said: "As far as I was concerned, it was a statement of the bleeding obvious. I wasn't surprised by the Prime Minister saying it."

He also appeared to rule out Mr Cameron fighting the 2020 election and suggested the introduction of fixed-term parliaments had opened the way to a more US-style approach.

Asked if Mr Cameron would "stand and run" in 2020, Mr Gove said: "No, because he is going to be Prime Minister for five years in the next term.

"If you were having a presidential election in the United States of America and you had had a president who had had one successful term, it would be natural for that president to seek a second term in order to finish the job and then stand down and hand on to a talented successor.

Cameron announcement 'a potential disaster for the Tories'

Alastair Campbell, Labour's former director of communications, said David Cameron's announcement that he would not seek a third term in office was "potential disaster" for the Conservative Party.

Alastair Campbell 'struggled to understand' why David Cameron declared that he would not seek a third term Credit: PA

Mr Campbell said he struggled to understand why the prime minister had made the declaration, which comes just weeks before voters go to the polls in a general election that will decide if he gets a second term.

He is "under no pressure at all" to do so, Mr Campbell said on Newsnight.

"At this stage of a campaign, five and a bit weeks away from a general election every single person, but particularly the leaders, has to be focused in everything they say and do on winning," he said.

"He has created a massive distraction. I think it is a potential disaster for them.

"I think he has opened up something that he will find very difficult now to close."

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