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Britain is not a ‘free for all’

ON MESSAGE: David Cameron speaking at Conservative Party press conference

BRITAIN WILL no longer be seen as a ‘free for all’ warned David Cameron during his keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference last week.

This message was the main focus of his address, which was tempered with promises and declarations of patriotism, which won Cameron a standing ovation.

In a speech that set the tone for next year’s general election, Cameron declared: “I’m not a complicated man. I believe in some simple things…It’s pretty simple really: a good job, a nice home, more money at the end of the month, a decent education for your children, a safe and secure retirement.”

CONDITIONS

The PM, who yesterday topped a poll which asked voters who they would trust with the economy with 39 per cent – compared to Ed Miliband’s 19 per cent – insisted he “cared deeply about those who struggle to get by” and wanted to give Britons a better life. But there were conditions, he explained.

“I believe in something for something; not something for nothing,” he said. “Those who do the right thing, put the effort in, who work and build communities – these are the people who should be rewarded.”

The Conservative leader said he is committed to “full employment in Britain” and to “abolish youth unemployment” by ensuring that young people “earn or learn” rather than going straight on to benefits after they leave school.

He also pledged to build 100,000 new starter homes, increase the  40p rate income tax threshold to £50,000 and raise the level at which tax begins to be levied to £12,500.

He said: “If you want those things, vote for me. If you don’t, vote for the other guy,” and warned that a vote for UKIP is “really a vote for Labour”.

Home Secretary Theresa May’s speech also sparked debate with her focus on extremism, but she stressed her commitment to tackle unfair stop and search practices.

She said: “It’s difficult for most of us here in this hall to really appreciate the effects of stop and search. You see, most of us are white.”

May added: “Imagine walking home, or driving to work one day, and being stopped by the police. Imagine, having done nothing wrong, you are patted down, you have your pockets turned inside out, and your possessions examined. Imagine you ask why you’re being searched and you’re told it’s ‘just routine’ even though the police need ‘reasonable grounds for suspicion’ that you’ve broken the law….And imagine what it’s like to feel, deep down, that this is only happening because you’re young, male and black.”

The Home Secretary revealed that she is prepared to “legislate” if stop-to-arrest ratios do not improve. “I am determined to make sure that nobody should ever be stopped and searched because of the colour of their skin,” she added.

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