Thursday, 7 October 2010

Cameron States he Doesn't Want Electoral Reform in Conference Speech

By Ben Aulakh

The Conservative Party leader David Cameron gave his first Party Conference Speech as Prime Minister yesterday.

Addressing the party faithful at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, Mr Cameron admitted he didn’t want electoral reform, and that there would be a deadline on British troops leaving Afghanistan.

He said, “When you are in government you may have to do things you don’t like, and I don’t want to change the voting system in this country any more than you do.”

However he did urge the party and the electorate not to “waste time wrecking the bill” on the alternative vote system and to “get out and win the vote in the country.”

The Prime Minister also stated that there was a time limit on troops remaining in Afghanistan, that combat forces would not be there after 2014, and they “would not be committed any longer than we need them to be.”

Mr Cameron also tried to negate the recent negative coverage of the government’s proposed change to child benefit, defending the policy he said, “I wish there was another, easier way but there is no easier way and there is no other responsible way” to tackle the budget deficit.

The Prime Minister was unequivocal on the success of what his government has achieved in its first five months, citing 200 newly established academies and 5000 newly created apprenticeships as proof of this.

He was quick too in justifying entering into a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, saying, “A minority Conservative government would have limped through, unable do anything useful.

“We did the right thing not play games with politics and to set out to form a strong and stable coalition, and I would like to thank Nick Clegg for that.”

However one disillusioned former Liberal Democrat voter gave his view on the coalition government, “The Tories are held up by the liberals, even if they win enough by-elections, they will never get enough seats to form an overall majority.”

“All Labour have to do is keep quiet and let the austerity measures kill the government’s popularity, tempt over some wavering liberals and pull the rug out from under the whole thing.” 

“Cameron can't hold that bunch of lunatics together anyway, he's already had one rebellion”.

Photograph from Jones PA

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