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

I am so proud to stand here today as Prime Minister of four nations in one United Kingdom. I was always clear about why we called that referendum. Duck the fight – and our union could have been taken apart bit by bit. Take it on – and we had the chance to settle the question. This Party has always confronted the big issues for the sake of our country. And now…England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland…we are one people in one union and everyone here can be proud of that. And we can all agree, during that campaign a new star – a new Conservative star – was born…someone who’s going to take our message to every corner of Scotland: our very own Ruth Davidson.

The lead-up to that referendum was the most nerve-wracking week of my life. But I can tell you the best moment of my year. It was June 6th, the 70th anniversary of D Day. Sam and I were in Bayeux, in France, with my constituent, Patrick Churchill…no relation to the great man – but a great man himself. Patrick is 91 years old – and 70 years ago, he was there fighting fascism, helping to liberate that town. I’ll never forget the tears in his eyes as he talked about the comrades he left behind…or the pride they all felt in the job they had done. As we walked along the streets he pointed out where he had driven his tank…and all along the roadside there were French children waving flags – Union Jacks – the grandchildren of the people he had liberated. Patrick’s here today with his wife Karin – and I know, like me, you’ll want to give them the warmest welcome.

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