PM puts jobs at heart of campaign

Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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David Cameron has set out the Tory path to full employment, promising to keep Britain the “jobs factory of Europe” by backing small business.

The Prime Minister admitted it had been a “tough few years” for UK plc, but said the country was “coming out the other side” – and urged voters to stick with his plan.

“Full employment may be an economic term, but this is what it means in human terms: it means more of our fellow men and women with the security of a regular wage; it means you, your family and your children having a job and getting on in life,” Mr Cameron said.

“We have had a tough few years as a country, but we are coming out the other side.

“We are the jobs factory of Europe; we’re creating more jobs here than the rest of Europe put together. That’s what our long-term plan means for you – and if you vote Conservative, we can stay on this road to recovery.”

The premier outlined five key Conservative commitments for the next Parliament:

:: Continue getting British people back to work by controlling immigration and delivering a robust welfare system for EU migrants;

:: Encourage enterprise and support small business, keeping jobs taxes low and cutting red tape;

:: Invest in infrastructure to attract business and good jobs across the whole of the UK;

:: Reward work, help people into a job and lower the benefit cap;

:: Create three million new apprenticeships; Declaring the Conservatives the “party of the roofers and the retailers”, Mr Cameron also announced an trebling of the Start-Up Loans scheme, which hands out sums of around £5,000 to help young entrepreneurs. At least 75,000 loans will have been made by the 2020, according to the PM, creating at least 100,000 jobs.

“The Conservatives are the party of small businesses. We’re the party of the roofers and the retailers; the builders and the businesswomen,” Mr Cameron said.

“We’re the ones who back people who strike out on their own, take the risks, and create wealth and jobs in our country.

“These are people we admire and want to help. Other parties preach about this sort of stuff; but we’re the ones who really deliver.

“That’s why we began Start Up Loans – to help people with a smart idea make their first sale. And in the next Parliament, we’re going to treble it.”

Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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