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David Cameron vows to tackle poverty in drive to build 'Greater Britain'

By Andrew Woodcock

Published 08/10/2015

Prime Minister David Cameron with wife Samantha yesterday after his address on the final day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester
Prime Minister David Cameron with wife Samantha yesterday after his address on the final day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester

David Cameron yesterday promised to build a "greater Britain" and spend the rest of his time in power tackling poverty, lack of opportunity, discrimination and extremism.

The Prime Minister said he would stand up for the British values of "freedom, democracy and equality", telling activists at the Conservative Party conference he wanted to see "less Britain-bashing, more pride".

He also made clear he wanted to take up the ground vacated by Labour after the election of Jeremy Corbyn to its leadership.

Mr Cameron won applause as he said: "We cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love."

He set out plans to improve social mobility, reform prisons and improve the chances of children in state care. "Over the next five years, we will show that the deep problems in our society are not inevitable," Mr Cameron said.

"That a childhood in care doesn't have to mean a life of struggle. That a stint in prison doesn't mean you'll get out and do the same thing. That being black, or Asian, or female, or gay doesn't mean you'll be treated differently."

He told how he felt "sick to his stomach" about Britons joining IS and called for "a Greater Britain made of greater expectations, where renters become home-owners, employees become employers, a small island becomes an even bigger economy and where extremism is defeated".

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