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: Speech shows PM is 'clearly rattled leader'

Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Michael Dugher described David Cameron's speech to the Conservative Party Conference as "a defensive speech" from a "clearly rattled leader".

This was a defensive speech, from an out-of-touch, clearly rattled leader, who cannot be the One Nation Prime Minister we need.

David Cameron never once mentioned the double-dip recession or the one million young people out of work. His speech failed to set out the real change our economy needs.

Rather than tackling the banks, or explaining why borrowing is going up not down, he chose to defend his millionaires' tax cut.

He cannot bring Britain together to tackle the problems we face when his priority is to cut taxes for 8,000 millionaires by £40,000 next April, while asking pensioners to pay more.

And during the course of his 6,000-word lecture to the country, he failed to mention the police once. That is a total disgrace at a time when he's taking 15,000 police officers off our streets.

– Shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher

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