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“I’ve been second all my life. I’m tired of being second. I am done with it”

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David Cameron's speech to the Tory party conference failed to make an impact on voters who were previously unsure of what he stands for, a new poll for The Independent on Sunday shows today.

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"'m Dave, trust me." That was David Cameron's message in his closing speech to the Tory conference in Manchester.

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The Tories have a tricky balancing act at their conference this week: how to sell an "age of austerity" without looking too austere. They know they also have to offer people a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, and give a vision of what the sunny uplands might look like after a Tory Government had tackled Britain's debt crisis.

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Shadow foreign secretary William Hague today warned party activists not to be complacent about winning the next general election.

Conservative call for lower energy bills

The "cartel" of the "big six" energy firms will be referred to the Competition Commission as one of the first acts of a Conservative government, it is reported here today.

Private school numbers holding up in recession

Fears that the recession would spark an exodus of pupils from private schools are proving unfounded, with numbers holding steady this year, headmasters said today.

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As the Labour conference closes, we still don't know for sure whether the general election will bring Britain's first-ever televised debates between the three main party leaders.

PM on defensive as conference ends

Gordon Brown was on the defensive as the Labour conference ended today as he declined to spell out any of the "tough choices" on public spending cuts he has promised to make.

Chris Moncrieff: Party conferences have become festivals of undeserved applause

If you are yearning for public acclamation, then your place is the platform of any party political conference.

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If you are yearning for public acclamation, then your place is the platform of any party political conference.

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