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David Cameron’s speech at the Conservative conference – full text and audio

This week in Manchester we’ve shown this Party is on the side of hardworking people. Helping young people buy their own home. Getting the long-term unemployed back to work. Freezing fuel duty. Backing marriage. Cutting the deficit. Creating jobs. Creating wealth.

Make no mistake: it is this Party with the verve, energy and ideas to take our country forward, and I want to thank everyone here for the great week we’ve had.

When we came to office, we faced a clear and daunting task: to turn our country around. In May 2010, the needle on the gauge was at crisis point. People were talking about this country in a way they had not done for decades. But three and a half years later, we are beginning to turn the corner.

The deficit is falling. Our economy is growing. The numbers of our fellow countrymen and women in work are rising. We are not there yet, not by a long way. But, my friends, we are on our way.

I want to thank the people who have done the most to get us this far. You. The British people. Never giving up. Working those extra hours. Coping with those necessary cuts. You. British business. You kept people on in the hard times. Invested before you knew for certain that things were getting better.

Together – we are clearing up the mess that Labour left. But I have a simple question, to the people in this hall and beyond it. Is that enough?

Is it enough that we just clear up Labour’s mess and think ‘job done’? Is it enough to just fix what went wrong? I say – no. Not for me.

This isn’t job done; it is job begun. I didn’t come into politics just to fix what went wrong, but to build something right. We

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