Tories playing family fortunes

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.

David Cameron with his wife and daughter at Birmingham Moor Street Station, 5th October.

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.’