Cameron and Davis vie for 'compassionate Tory' label
Tuesday 08 November 2005
Both contenders vied for the votes of Conservative activists in the south of England at the start of a week in which the 300,000 party members receive ballot papers through the post.
David Cameron's youthful appeal to non-Tory voters has made him the bookies' favourite. Meeting Tory activists in Hampshire yesterday, he and campaign manager, George Osborne, emphasised that appeal.
Mr Davis countered by saying he would keep the politics of Margaret Thatcher alive. Today he will present himself as the champion of the rights of local activists against interference from the centre.
The battle for votes is so intense that Mr Davis, who is shadow Home Secretary, handed the job of negotiating with the Government over the Terrorism Bill to a frontbench colleague, Dominic Grieve, to spend two days whipping up support.
Yesterday he was in Kent, where he met Tory party members, and visited a youth project in Chatham. Today he will be in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. He will promise that, if he were leader, there would be no repeat of the incident when Michael Howard sacked an MP, Howard Flight, against local party wishes, for departing from official policy. "Under my leadership, MPs will have the freedom to speak out - and be treated like grown-ups," he will say.
Mr Cameron made a flying visit to meet Tories from Bournemouth, Fareham and Poole yesterday. He told them: "There are millions of people in Britain who share Conservative values but who have not been voting for the Conservative Party and our challenge is to win their support.
"That is why I have argued that we need a positive and optimistic message of change which speaks to people's hopes rather than their fears and which reaches out to those people whose support we need - especially women and younger voters."
Today, Mr Cameron sets out his "compassionate Conservatism'' in a speech to a Tory think-tank, the Centre for Policy Studies. He will propose scrapping the "five barriers to wealth creation" - irresponsible government spending, excessive regulation, EU bureaucracy, inadequate infrastructure, and "insufficient capacity" for developing the nation's talents.
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Isis 'throw man off a building for homosexual affair' and beat him to death when he survives
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Lead Web Develo...