David Cameron was today predicting Britain will get through the economic crisis as he told Conservative activists in Birmingham “better times lie ahead”.
The Tory leader was promising prosperity would return, as he set out his bid to become Prime Minister at the International Convention Centre. His keynote speech marks the highlight of the party conference, which has been overshadowed by the continued turmoil on the financial markets.
Mr Cameron was warning he was ready to make “difficult and unpopular” decisions if he becomes Prime Minister while Britain faces a huge budget deficit and a crumbling economy.
And he was answering accusation made by Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, that he lacked the experience needed to run the country.
Mr Brown, in Manchester last week, claimed that the current period of global economic instability means it is “no time for a novice” to take the helm of the Government.
But Mr Cameron was insisting: “To do difficult things for the long-term, or even to get us through the financial crisis in the short term, it’s not experience we need, it’s character and judgment.” The speech comes as the Conservatives