PM promises ambitious growth plan
David Cameron has promised to set out "the most ambitious growth plan that we could possibly have" as the Conservative Party gathers for its annual conference in Manchester this week.
Amid criticism that the Government is lacking a credible strategy to get the economy moving again, the Prime Minister said voters would be hearing "much more" in the days ahead about the coalition's "incredibly active" response.
His comments came after senior Tory MP Andrew Tyrie, the chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, said the Government had yet to establish a "coherent and credible" plan for growth.
During an eve-of-conference visit to Warwick Hospital on Saturday, Mr Cameron said: "Growth is vital and this Government has an incredibly active growth strategy."
He said the Government is cutting corporation tax, deregulating and making it easier to employ people.
"There will be much more you'll be hearing about this week as we set out the most ambitious growth plan that we could possibly have," Mr Cameron said.
He added: "Clearly we are living in difficult times, difficult economic times, and the very clear message I want to come out of this party conference is that we understand that and we are going to take the difficult but necessary decisions for the long-term good of the country and lead the country to better times ahead.
"That's absolutely vital, that's what people want to hear and that's what this Government is determined to deliver."
Mr Tyrie had fuelled criticism of the Government's plan for the economy, saying there was "much to do". He condemned initiatives like the Big Society and localism for being "at best irrelevant" to the need for growth - "if not downright contradictory to it".
His concerns about the lack of an economic growth plan echo Labour leader Ed Miliband's attack on the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition during Labour's conference this week.