David Cameron has admitted he needs to "prove" himself to voters and insisted he understands the message from the local elections "loud and clear".
In an article for The Telegraph, he wrote:
– David Cameron, Prime Minister
My reaction to last week's local election results is straightforward: I get the message, loud and clear.
I know that the familiar excuses - low turnout, mid term blues - aren't enough.
Even the difficulties of our economic situation and the tough but necessary decisions the Government has had to take cannot fully explain the results.
The message people are sending is this: focus on what matters, deliver what you promise - and prove yourself in the process. I get it.