YORK TORIES AT CONFERENCE DAY 4: THE PRIME MINISTER’S SPEECH

On the 1st October, Party Conference had almost come to an end, albeit for the key-note speech made by Prime Minister David Cameron.

It was a speech that gave way to multiple lengthy ovations and was universally well received amongst Conference. Mr Cameron set out a list of policies that would save people money and build a better nation, including:

  • Raising the tax-free allowance from £10,500 to £12,500;
  • Raising the threshold of the 40p income tax rate from £41,900 to £50,000;
  • Holding an In/Out referendum on EU Membership by 2017;
  • Protecting the NHS Budget for England;
  • Delivering on a promise of “English Votes for English Laws”;
  • Replacing the inadequate Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights; and
  • Guaranteeing a place on the National Citizenship Service for every teenager.

These policies will appear in the Conservative Party’s Manifesto for the 2015 General Election. Members who heard the speech thoroughly enjoyed it, and no doubt the polices will be the subject of debates the society intends to hold.

The society was very proud and pleased to be part of the biggest conference yet, with a record turnout of members of the party. It put them in high hopes for Fresher’s Fair next Saturday and we look forward to future events and campaigning in the run-up to the General election and beyond.

Hugo Graham