By David Walsh
David Cameron has defended planned welfare cuts by calling for the country to ‘pull together‘ in his first key note conference speech since becoming PM.
The PM urged Britons to adopt ‘a spirit of activism’ as he outlined his vision for the next five years of government.
Speaking at conference, Cameron said: ‘Changing the government is not enough. We need to change how we think about ourselves and our role in society,’ adding ‘Your country needs you.’
Cameron was expected to pacify party activists following stiff opposition to child benefit cuts announced yesterday on high earner families.
Plans to withhold benefits to more than a million wealthy families, earning more than £44,000, were described as ‘fair’ by the Premier yesterday but provoked backlash from some party activists.
In an interview with the BBC, he admitted that imposing taxes on families earning £44,000 or more was going to be unpopular but ‘it was the right thing to do.’
By Gemma Haigh and Narelle McGowan
In Conservative Leader, David Cameron’s key note speech on Thursday he spoke of his passion for the Union, but did he do enough to get the Scots on side?
Known for their anti-Tory stance Scottish people appear to have had a shift in opinion and are open to hearing what Cameron has to say.
From public opinion the following Conservative main points seem have hit home with the Scottish people.
- Getting the troops home from Afghanistan
- Help the poor by ‘Getting Britain Working’
- Give the NHS back to the people
- Ensure the Union remains in tact
- Break the state monopoly on the provision of education
- Get rid of ID cards and Labour’s ‘surveillance state’
- New technologies to fight climate change
The decision of the Scottish Sun to fail to follow suit and back the Conservative Party in Scotland was of no surprise to the Scottish people: claiming that the Conservative’s are out of touch with Scotland.
However after Cameron’s speech there is a mixed reaction on the streets of Edinburgh as to whether they would consider voting Conservative.