Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PM Insisting He Means Business

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PM Insisting He Means Business

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DAVID Cameron will paint himself as the champion of British business in his speech to the Conservative conference today - and pledge to create a "land of opportunity" where people from every walk of life have the chance to succeed.

The speech, at the Tory conference in Manchester, is designed to highlight Mr Cameron's backing for industry in stark contrast to Labour leader Ed Miliband's speech last week, which critics have portrayed as an attack on business.

Mr Cameron will argue that successful employers "get wages in people's pockets, food on their tables, hope for their families and success for our country".

It follows the Labour leader's speech last week which included the announcement of plans to freeze fuel bills, reverse a planned cut in corporation tax and confiscate land owned by developers which is going unused - all measures which opponents have branded anti-business.

Mr Cameron will say: "Profit, wealth creation, tax cuts, enterprise - these are not dirty, elitist words, they're not the problem. They really are the solution because it's not government that creates jobs, it's business."

But he will also insist that a Conservative government would use a strong economy "to make this country, at long last and for the first time ever, a land of opportunity for all.

"So it makes no difference whether you live in the North or the South, whether you're black or you're white, a man or a woman, the school you went to, the background you have, who your parents were ... what matters is the effort you put in, and if you put in the effort you'll have the chance to make it."

The speech will include a strong defence of the Government's plans to build a new high speed north-south rail line, which the Prime Minister sees as a symbol of his determination to ensure the Midlands and the North share in economic growth.

Mr Cameron will make the case for a majority Conservative government - able to govern without requiring a Coalition with the Liberal Democrats - arguing that Britain requires "a strong government with a clear mandate, that is accountable for what it promises" in order to "finish the job" of fixing the economy. …

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