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UK needs bold government, Cameron tells Tory spring conference

Post by Guest on Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:36 pm

The government needs to take "tough and bold action" to make Britain "stronger and fairer", David Cameron has told the Conservative Party spring conference.

He told the gathering in London that compassion meant taking long-term decisions "that will really change our country for the better".

Mr Cameron defended the government's controversial plans to shake-up the NHS

The PM said it would have been easier not to address an "invisible crisis" in the National Health Service in England. But he said that "sooner or later the cracks would have started to show".

"We could have just protected the NHS from the cuts, as we have, we could have just put in the extra £12.5bn, as we have, and we could have just left it there. That would have been easy, but it would have been wrong, because sooner or later the cracks would have started to show; the queues would have grown, patients would have been let down. So, frankly, I don't care about taking a bit of a hit on this issue."

Mr Cameron said the government was building on work that had been started by the Labour Party "because they, too, knew that we had to modernise our NHS".

He sought to reassure party activists over the issue, saying that the NHS was "in the party's DNA and that's not going to change".

BBC political correspondent Carole Walker says Mr Cameron also took on critics of his welfare plans and work experience programmes, saying there must be no right for those who can work to choose to live off the state instead.

The prime minister said that the government was making cuts because the Conservative Party cared about Britain. "It is only by taking tough and bold action that we will make our country stronger and fairer," he said. "True compassion, true compassion isn't wearing your heart on your sleeve, it is rolling up those sleeves and taking the long term decisions that will really change our country for the better," he said. "That is what I want this party to be about and what I want this government to be about."

Mr Cameron told the party members gathered at the private event in central London that "fortune favours brave governments".

Carole Walker says Mr Cameron was defending decisions he knew had been far from popular, telling activists "when you've inherited the largest deficit in the country's peacetime history you can't just pick off the low hanging fruit and prune back a little here or a little there. You've got to look at the big items".


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