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