Cameron speech: tax cuts are not 'dirty, elitist words'
Conference speech to focus on 'traditional Tory ideals' delivered with lectern and notes
PROFIT and tax cuts are not "dirty, elitist" words, David Cameron will tell the Conservative Party conference today in response to Ed Miliband's plans to reverse tax reductions for big companies.
The Tory leader will not be making any policy announcements in his keynote speech in Manchester this morning. Instead, he will focus on the "traditional Tory ideals" of aspiration and opportunity and outline long-term goals for a single-party Conservative government.
He will also build on the promise made by George Osborne to "finish the job" of repairing the economy and will criticise Miliband for pursuing an anti-business agenda, reports The Guardian.
"Profit, wealth creation, tax cuts, enterprise, these are not dirty, elitist words," Cameron is expected to say. "They are the solution because it's not government that creates jobs, it's businesses. It's businesses that get wages in people's pockets, food on their tables, hope for their families and success for our country."
In response to Miliband's plans to freeze fuel prices for 20 months and cap energy bills, the prime minister will warn against "quick fixes" as he seeks to rebuild the economy after the downturn.
"There is no shortcut to a land of opportunity," he will say. "No quick fix. No easy way to do it."
Cameron's speech will mark the end of the conference in which the Conservatives have been trying to portray themselves as the champions of "hard-working people".
Chris Ship, ITV's deputy political editor, says the address is a deliberate attempt by Conservative strategists to portray Cameron as "the leader of experience who is getting on with the job of governing".
Unlike Miliband's speech, Cameron's hour-long address will not be memorised. His aides have said this would not be a "good use of his time" and the speech will therefore be delivered from a lectern, with notes and an autocue.
"Traditional delivery," says Ship. "Just like the content." ·