Conservative Party conference day three: More updates, irreverent comments, whinges and cheers (From Worcester News)
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Conservative Party conference day three: More updates, irreverent comments, whinges and cheers
10:42am Wednesday 10th October 2012 in News
This live event has finished
- It's day three of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
- We'll again be keeping an eye on what's happening live today.
- Leave your comments at the end of this story, or tweet them to #ToriesWN
Good trip to Birmingham for #CPC12. Home now. Kettle on and catching up with emails.— @LouiseMcKinlay 10 October 2012
Highlight of the conference? Watching young conservative members drink so much lager they began to cry for their mothers. #CPC12— @SirAlanBstard_ 10 October 2012
The food waste at party conferences is shocking. Here's what was left after one fringe at #cpc12. One for @feeding5k? http://t.co/gmJgJ4qA— @robandale 10 October 2012
"Aspiration nation" literally could have been lifted straight from The Thick Of It #ttoi #cpc12 #cameron— @L_Richardson 10 October 2012
2:24pm Wed 10 Oct 12
Boris would not be a clever choice for prime minister but at least he would make us smile!! Unlike Dave, he is not apologetic about his wealth and does not try to make out he is a regular guy.
Wages not keeping up with inflation? GET ON WITH IT. Hours cut by employer? GET ON WITH IT. Tuition unaffordable? GET ON WITH IT. #cpc12— @DanSmatterings 10 October 2012
Just leaving what has been a great #cpc12. A big thank you to all involved, we really showed that 'Britain can deliver' http://t.co/Cam3fO3c— @David_Cameron 10 October 2012
"The only way out of poverty is work." Most of those in poverty DO work! #cpc12— @Debbbooo 10 October 2012
RT @julijuxtaposed: David Cameron: "The only way out of poverty is work." That's not quite true is it? You can win the lottery, inherit or commit banking fraud— @Debbbooo 10 October 2012
CBI chief: Prime Minister’s vision of an ‘aspiration nation’ will appeal to entrepreneurs across the country - http://t.co/QbCA92iQ #cpc12— @CBItweets 10 October 2012
Give us a cuddle then, love.
Cameron's speech round-up: David Cameron today set out plans to build "an aspiration nation" as he closed the Conservative conference with a speech promising to get "Britain on the rise".
In a sometimes sombre address, the Prime Minister warned that the UK faces an "hour of reckoning" in which the decisions it makes will determine whether it will "sink or swim, do or decline".
The financial crash, coupled with the rise of new economic powers around the globe, mean that Britons can no longer assume that their country will be able to continue to earn its living as a major industrial country, he said.
But he told delegates that he was confident that Britain can "rise to the challenge" if it harnesses the "individual aspiration and effort" of all its people, no matter what background they came from.
He promised to support "the doers, the risk takers" and to push through reforms to deliver "a strong private sector, welfare that works, schools that teach".
And he explained how the example of his disabled father had taught him that the key to success in life - and Britain's recovery from recession - was "not complicated... Hard work. Strong families. Taking responsibility. Serving others."
Did anyone else notice that DC patted his wife's tummy at the conclusion of his speech? Preggers?— @toadmeister 10 October 2012
The most significant thing about DC's speech was its authenticity. Unlike EdMili, he didn't pretend to be less privileged than he is #cpc12— @toadmeister 10 October 2012
I guess "deporting Abu Hamza" is Cameron's closest equivalent to Obama's "killing bin Laden" #cpc12 #watchingitlate— @tomdaylight 10 October 2012
Watching the load of twaddle that is #cpc12. I seem to recall it was the Labour government that got the olympics in the 1st place?— @JDillon777 10 October 2012
Shame on u @David_Cameron what u are doing to disabled people is disgusting! Taking homes away & putting them under so much stress! #cpc12— @misspbluedeva 10 October 2012
An unfortunate entry to the stage. Heil... 'Dave' #cpc12 http://t.co/W5Jz4NOq— @SeagullAndChips 10 October 2012
oh and someone might like to tell Mr Cameron that women still ARE sidelined, take a look at your cabinet #Cameron #cpc12— @clickbiology 10 October 2012
Great seats in the conference hall this morning for the closing conference speech! #cpc12 http://t.co/QejRwC0g— @walloyd 10 October 2012
Finances, family, fairness. The three Fs that Cameron needs to create a narrative around over the next two years #cpc12— @nickfaith82 10 October 2012
Seems @david_cameron has got the left rattled. Bizarre and scared reaction from some. Even the Guardian is praising it #cpc12— @SmallwoodCorner 10 October 2012
It begins,now getting flyers through the door offering "Elderly Care Services"care being sold like double glazing #torieUK2012 #cpc12 #oct20— @Lescromps 10 October 2012
I don't want my children to go to Eton, but Dave if you can swing it, I've seen Charterhouse and that looks just grand. #cpc12— @putajumperon 10 October 2012
At last 'uncomplicated' Dave shows passion. Turns privilege to his advantage. Aspiration of 'want to be better off' will save Britain #cpc12— @benedictbrogan 10 October 2012
During the 50 minutes of David Cameron's speech, borrowing rose by £2,405,592 http://t.co/GeEvKaSr #cpc12— @labourpress 10 October 2012
David Cameron addresses the conference.
11:47am Wed 10 Oct 12
After having criticised Cameron (although I used to be a Tory) for the last two years I've run out of words which would reflect my total disgust with him.
Cameron says the only way out of poverty is work but omits to mention that most poor families are actually in work.... #cpc12— @archangelolill 10 October 2012
Colleagues praise Cameron's speech: David Cameron delivered a deeply personal party conference speech that will reach out to voters across Britain, Cabinet ministers said today.
Senior Tory Ken Clarke praised the Prime Minister for setting out a "serious argument" for welfare and education reform and avoiding "populist claptrap".
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said Mr Cameron outdid Labour leader Ed Miliband, who was widely praised for his platform speech at the Labour conference last week.
Mr Clarke, minister without portfolio, said: "I was very impressed. It was a serious speech by a man in office dealing with serious problems.
"It had all the nice personal touches, it had some applause lines, no populist claptrap.
"He really got across what we have to achieve to compete in the modern world and he actually made a serious argument for welfare reform, for education reform and why we have to get the deficit under control and not fudge it.
"It was worth listening to as a speech even allowing for the context of a party conference."
Mr Paterson said: "It was absolutely tremendous, it is exactly what we are all talking about.
"It was a much better speech than (Ed) Miliband, this is the real world."
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: "I'm pretty sure we had another example of where David connects not just with the audience here but also in the wider world."
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said simply: "I thought it was fabulous."
DC brings out stories about his son to demonstrate he knows and cares yet his govt is attacking those with disabilities #hypocritical #cpc12— @Chrindu 10 October 2012
Erm - am I imagining it or did Dave just provide himself with a standing ovation by asking people to stand up to honour troops? #cpc12— @revpamsmith 10 October 2012
Cam-led standing ovation for armed forces #cpc12— @PatJHennessy 10 October 2012
Cameron: I've spent six years trying to explain the Big Society, the Olympic gamesmakers did it in three weeks. #cpc12— @asabenn 10 October 2012
Clearly emotional moment as PM salutes #paralympics for getting ppl to see "the boy and not the chair" in ref to his late child Ivan #cpc12— @ReneKinzett 10 October 2012
David Cameron and his wife Samantha arrive at the conference.
Cameron's tribute to his dad: David Cameron revealed the inspiration he drew from his "eternal optimist" father Ian in a deeply personal passage in his conference speech today.
The Prime Minister's father died aged 77 following a stroke while on holiday in France in 2010, just four months after his son entered Downing Street.
The Conservative leader told activists at his party's conference in Birmingham that his father "influenced me much more than I ever thought".
Ian Cameron was born in 1932 with both legs shortened below the knee and his feet twisted. He endured numerous operations to ease his pain, and eventually both limbs had to be amputated.
But despite his disability - and later losing the sight in one eye - he still forged a successful career as a stockbroker.
It's bad enough when any man seeks to exercise legal control over women's bodies, but when that man is Jeremy Hunt it's bloody chilling.— @mrjamesob 06 October 2012
The Queen is great & the French are awful! He certainly knows his audience. #cpc12 #cameron— @mrjamesob 10 October 2012
Advantage of sitting behind @david_cameron for #cpc12 speech is seeing autocue - on big black and white TV screen at back of stalls— @nicholaswatt 10 October 2012
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: "Cameron is a gold medal prime minister" http://t.co/jOfY5S1U #cpc12— @Politics_co_uk 10 October 2012
Preview of Cameron's speech: David Cameron is to warn that Britain faces a stark choice in turbulent economic times - "Sink or swim. Do or decline."
Countries such as the UK are confronting an "hour of reckoning" in the global race for economic recovery, and those which fail to take the right decisions may not return to the prosperity they enjoyed before the financial crash, the Prime Minister will say.
The grim message comes in a speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham which aides characterised as a "serious and frank analysis of the challenges facing the country" which will affirm the PM's determination to stick to his Plan A of deficit reduction.
Labour's alternative Plan B, of borrowing more in the hope of boosting growth, would "hurt the economy and hit people hard" by forcing up interest rates, he will warn.
In a highly personal speech, Mr Cameron will explain how his family history helped form his political beliefs, which he will sum up as "Hard work. Strong families. Taking responsibility. Serving others."
Good morning and welcome to day three of our Conservative Party conference live report. Leave your comments at the end of this story or tweet #ToriesWN.