Cameron says message received after European vote

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

First published in News

DAVID Cameron blamed "deep disillusionment" with the EU for Ukip's stunning poll victory - but again dismissed the prospect of an electoral pact with the party.

The Prime Minister said the message from the public was "received and understood" after Nigel Farage's party topped the European parliament ballot.

But he insisted voters will back the Tories next year when they are confronted with a choice between himself in Number 10 or Labour leader Ed Miliband.

"People are deeply disillusioned with the European Union," Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "They do not think the current relationships are working well enough for Britain.

"They want change and as far as I am concerned that message is completely received and understood."

Mr Cameron said only the Conservatives were offering the realistic prospect of an in-out referendum, after renegotiating links with the EU.

"We don't do pacts and deals. Conservative candidates will stand as Conservatives, fight as Conservatives and I hope win as Conservatives," he said.

"We are not going to be doing deals and pacts."

But the premier ducked the question of what disciplinary action would be taken against Tory candidates who struck local arrangements with Ukip, saying only: "I don't see any prospect of this happening.

"From what I read in the Sunday newspapers, Nigel Farage wants to destroy the Conservative Party, not work in tandem with it.

"I think there's a great myth that there's somehow some great pact or deal to be done.

"If you want a referendum on Europe, if that's the most important thing for you, there is only one party and one potential prime minister that can deliver that and that is the Conservatives in government. Labour and Liberal Democrats don't want that referendum, Ukip can't deliver it."

Mr Cameron refused to discuss whether he would opt to form a coalition with Liberal Democrats or Ukip if the next election results in a hung Parliament.

"I'm going to be very strict on this one," he told Today. "Between now and the next election, I'm only going to be talking about my goal, which is all-out Conservative victory, and I believe that is achievable."

He dismissed Mr Farage's anti-politics image as "a normal bloke in the pub", describing him as "a consummate politician" and adding: "We have seen that with his expenses and his wife on the payroll."

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:07am Mon 26 May 14

Jaga says...

Message "received and understood". No chance. Politicians of all shades say this, and "we are listening", after a drubbing. None of them ever take action either. Don't expect any this time.
Message "received and understood". No chance. Politicians of all shades say this, and "we are listening", after a drubbing. None of them ever take action either. Don't expect any this time. Jaga
  • Score: 4

11:13am Mon 26 May 14

David Lacey says...

Correct Jaga. He is just another career politician who ignores the wishes of the people.
Correct Jaga. He is just another career politician who ignores the wishes of the people. David Lacey
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Mon 26 May 14

stevegg says...

How many times have we told they are listening over the last 5 years? Mainstream gravy train politicians dont get it and dont want to get it, they want to maintain the staus quo so they can keep their snouts in the trough all costs at our expense. The clock is ticking and they know it.
How many times have we told they are listening over the last 5 years? Mainstream gravy train politicians dont get it and dont want to get it, they want to maintain the staus quo so they can keep their snouts in the trough all costs at our expense. The clock is ticking and they know it. stevegg
  • Score: 2

8:53pm Mon 26 May 14

bettysenior says...

Cameron is immaterial in the 'big' picture of the EU and bigger things definitely on the agenda but are not apparent with EU membership and where the NHS is definitely under threat with being a part of the EU (USA-EU trade Agreement - see link).

But it really does not matter which politician or party gets in power, this EU project will not bring hardly any prosperity for 90% of the people of Europe including the UK (indeed economic decline has been the case for nearly 10-years now in real terms taking inflation into account - basically has been going the same way as Japan with 20-years of economic stagnation), but just for the 10% rich as usual (that's why the politicians are leading us down the garden path as the servants of the mighty corporations). Indeed the cost to the EU taxpayer is astronomical and where every one of the 751 MEPs can receive €615,660 a year and look forward to a lump sum pension pot of €303,195. That's times 751 of course and where it is a mere drop in the ocean of the total cost of the EU. Some main-stream media outlets have said incredibly up 1000 billion Euro a year and where 'Translation' cost alone are pushing €1.5 billion a year. But a recent report by Civitas - The Institute For The Study Of Civil Society, stated that 'trade' between the UK and EU countries had not changed percentage wise since 1973, so what's the point for all this vast European taxpayer's investment when it has not given any extra back to the wealth of the people?

But the NHS is definitely under threat from the private US healthcare industry if the EU-USA trade pact is signed up to by our politicians. A great deal of people do not know this. So enjoy the NHS for as long as you can, but where privatisation is definitely knocking on the door now with this so-called 'free-trade' agreement to be signed by our politicians and vast US corporations just waiting to carve it up.

http://worldinnovati
onfoundation.blogspo
t.co.uk/2014/05/the-
european-union-eu-is
-heading.html
Cameron is immaterial in the 'big' picture of the EU and bigger things definitely on the agenda but are not apparent with EU membership and where the NHS is definitely under threat with being a part of the EU (USA-EU trade Agreement - see link). But it really does not matter which politician or party gets in power, this EU project will not bring hardly any prosperity for 90% of the people of Europe including the UK (indeed economic decline has been the case for nearly 10-years now in real terms taking inflation into account - basically has been going the same way as Japan with 20-years of economic stagnation), but just for the 10% rich as usual (that's why the politicians are leading us down the garden path as the servants of the mighty corporations). Indeed the cost to the EU taxpayer is astronomical and where every one of the 751 MEPs can receive €615,660 a year and look forward to a lump sum pension pot of €303,195. That's times 751 of course and where it is a mere drop in the ocean of the total cost of the EU. Some main-stream media outlets have said incredibly up 1000 billion Euro a year and where 'Translation' cost alone are pushing €1.5 billion a year. But a recent report by Civitas - The Institute For The Study Of Civil Society, stated that 'trade' between the UK and EU countries had not changed percentage wise since 1973, so what's the point for all this vast European taxpayer's investment when it has not given any extra back to the wealth of the people? But the NHS is definitely under threat from the private US healthcare industry if the EU-USA trade pact is signed up to by our politicians. A great deal of people do not know this. So enjoy the NHS for as long as you can, but where privatisation is definitely knocking on the door now with this so-called 'free-trade' agreement to be signed by our politicians and vast US corporations just waiting to carve it up. http://worldinnovati onfoundation.blogspo t.co.uk/2014/05/the- european-union-eu-is -heading.html bettysenior
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree