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Cameron to make land of opportunity promise
DAVID Cameron will today pledge to “build a land of opportunity”, in an attempt to lift the mood of voters after years of grim cuts.
In his close-of-conference speech, the prime minister will set out how his Government has an optimistic purpose beyond “deficits and decimal points and dry fiscal plans”.
Mr Cameron will promise “a dynamic economy” “fantastic schools” and “the chance to make it” for everyone prepared to “put the effort in”.
And he will tell the Tory faithful: “Our dreams are about helping people get on in life. Aspiration, opportunity – these are our words, our dreams.
“So, today, I want to talk about our one, abiding mission. That, as our economy starts to recover, we build a land of opportunity in our country today.”
Mr Cameron will also seek to reach out to the entire country, telling the Manchester conference: “It makes no difference whether you live in the North or in the South”.
And he will launch a fierce attack on Ed Miliband for being anti-business, after the Labour leader vowed to impose a price freeze on energy companies.
Mr Miliband will be targeted for believing “business is the problem, not the solution”, after his surprise promise to intervene in the market, to hold down bills from 2015.
A Conservative source said: “It was extraordinary what we heard last week, to have to explain to someone why business is important in 2013. That’s a big element of the speech.”
However, Mr Cameron is not expected to use the speech to make any fresh policy announcements, with the general election now 19 months away.
Aides pointed out that, this week, the Tories have already promised help with mortgages, tax breaks for marriage, late-opening GP surgeries and a fresh crackdown on the workshy.
The prime minister will also say: “When the election comes, we won’t be campaigning for a Coalition. We will be fighting heart and soul for a majority Conservative Government.”
Aides denied the line had been included because some grassroots Tories suspect Mr Cameron quietly prefers a Coalition, which can tame his right-wingers.
Intriguingly, Mr Cameron will also ask for the chance to “finish the job we started” – the phrase used by Nick Clegg, at the Liberal Democrat conference two weeks ago.
In interviews yesterday, the prime minister said that he would campaign at the 2015 election on the basis that he would serve a full-term.
He also fuelled the rumours about Boris Johnson becoming an MP again – even before 2015 – revealing they had discussed the idea and that he would give it a “warm welcome”.
And he failed to correctly identify the price of a loaf of bread, saying: “I don't buy the value sliced loaf. I've got a bread-maker at home.”
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