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David Cameron believes he has a potent weapon against the UK Independence Party next month

12:59 11 April 2014

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David Cameron said his most potent weapon in taking on a resurgent UK Independence Party in the eastern region next month is his promise of an in/out referendum.

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Launching his European election campaign yesterday the Prime Minister said it was not in Britain’s national interest to walk away from Europe, but to fight for a better relationship.

But he would not be drawn on how confident he was that the Conservatives would be able to win three seats again, saying he was not a pollster or a pundit.

At the last European vote the Conservatives won three seats and UKIP won two.

David Campbell Bannerman, who stood for UKIP but defected to the Conservatives in May 2011, will be fighting for the third seat this time.

The Tory campaign launch yesterday comes after a torrid week in which culture secretary Maria Miller was forced to resign amid a row over her expenses.

Questioned on whether he would apologise to grassroots activists in Suffolk and Essex, who will have to answer questions on the doorstep amid polls which said Mrs Miller had to go, he said: “The lessons to learn as I said in the House of Commons this week, is that expenses anger is still raw, and we properly respect that.

“We also have to get across that all post-2010 expenses are not going to be dealt with by MPs. They are being dealt with by an independent organisation. They are being dealt with now. When people hear that they feel hugely reassured that the MPs are not sitting in judgement over each other’s expenses claims.”

He said: “You have to make difficult decisions in this post. I don’t think the right thing to do is to fire someone at the first sign of trouble. The right thing to do is give people the opportunity to clear their name, she had that opportunity and then get on with their jobs and that I think is the right thing to do.”

Mr Cameron said that the Conservatives Party was a very positive alternative to the other parties fighting for European seats, saying: “I think the most potent weapon is based on three words – Britain’s national interest. It is not walking away from Europe.

“Britain’s national interest is to fight for a better relationship and give people a choice. The more people hear that, the more they realise the Clegg/ Farage debate was a totally false choice – one person who won’t change anything, and one person who can’t change anything.”

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14 comments

  • He knows he is in trouble but still has his head in the clouds.

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    sharky

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • @sweetcheeks. I think you need to study a bit more before coming out with a statement like that. Promises promises,he is running scared.

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    sharky

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Grundgingly he decides to have a month and a halfs worth of EU campaign, wow, and so low key, aimed at UKIP hmmm, what a bonus to them to be elevated to a position they never had, with hardly much work. BTW. the District council elections will also happen on the same day and they are even more low key.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • No one believes you Dave, You are a career politician completely out of touch with the electorate, UKIP all the way for me.

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    Tedbundy

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • A potent weapon eh? At last Ken Dodd has given up his tickling stick

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    alecto

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • No one believes him. If he were serious about renegotiating he would be talking with the EU now. The reason he is not is he knows he would be told to get lost

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    BobE

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Well i trust him more than the others, the Tories are the only ones promising a referendum. Labour and Lib Dems would give our country away tomorrow and UKIP really have no idea. They keep saying we should be out but then what? They have no plans, no ideas and no future. This is serious stiff, we need to fight our corner and give the public a vote and only the Tories will do that. If they all promised it would be a different ball game.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • scameron has got no intention of having referendum on getting out of Europe as he needs somewhere to get a job when he's kicked out in the election next year

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    mickthedig

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Cameron's promises, like Labs promises - worthless

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    marty r

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • We all need to remember that only a Prime Minister who wins an overall majority has a mandate to carry out his promises. No one got an overall majority in 2010 which is why there is a coalition government. Likewise, no party got a majority on Norfolk County Council in 2013 which is why the position at County Hall is the way it is. Coalition at whatever level requires compromise on almost every issue. You cannot expect any party leader to deliver on promises for which he did not win a majority.

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    Old Hand

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Instead of comparing ourselves with other failing Countries in the EU which are continually being 'bailed out' by the hard working British Tax Payer to the tune of £50 million a day !, we ought to be comparing ourselves with our former Commonwealth Countries who are now thriving in a World Market !!, that's where we can be too !!

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    freedomf

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Cameron can promise what he likes. Does anyone still believe a word he says?

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    Stucathome

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • the next elections will fought on border controls and immigration, the people know it,unfortunately Farage knows it but dave and milly do not,they need to wake soon

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    saxon

    Friday, April 11, 2014

  • after Camerons pathetic display in dealing with Maria Miller i would suggest that in his negotiations with europe on bringing powers back to the UK that Mrs Merkel will wipe the floor with him. As for a inout vote on europe believe when you see it

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    saxon

    Friday, April 11, 2014

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