Cameron gives boost to first-time house buyers

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David Cameron will outline Tory plans today to help first-time buyers, after tearing up his party's opposition to building houses in the Green Belt.

The Tory leader risked a split in his ranks by mocking people who believe Britain should "build absolutely nothing anywhere near anyone" in an article for The Independent on Sunday. He argued that more homes would bring down house prices.

Mr Cameron, who will meet first-time buyers today, will say: "Our goal is a Britain in which there are more beautiful, affordable, eco-friendly homes. And I passionately believe that everyone should have the right to own their own home."

He will add: "We want to bring down the barriers to getting on the housing ladder, to share prosperity and to give families the scope to fulfil their aspirations of having a place of their own."

Labour pointed out that six Tory frontbenchers, including Mr Cameron, have been campaigning against plans for housing in their own constituencies.