During his speech at the Conservative Party conference, David Cameron vowed to dedicate time and resources to a war on poverty.
Mr Cameron, who will stand down before the next election, stated that he wanted to support social mobility and deal with deep-rooted social problems. He also revealed substantial planning reforms to make home ownership more accessible.
The prime minister accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of having a “Britain-hating ideology”.
Mr Cameron said that he wanted his years in office to be remembered as a defining period, one that people would recognise as a time when events and circumstances began to work in their favour.
The prime minister also:
- Promised to bring discrimination to an end and usher in an era of “real equality”
- Stated that he would not shy away from a confrontation over EU reform ahead of the membership referendum for the UK
- Vowed to deal with huge social problems such as extremism and faith-induced segregation
- Spoke strongly against what he called “passive tolerance” of forced marriages and female genital mutilation
- Praised London mayor Boris Johnson, prompting a standing ovation
- Vowed to carry on with replacing Britain's nuclear weapons
- Defended his response to the Syrian refugee crisis, stating that if the UK admitted every refugee, “our country would be overwhelmed.”
He appealed to the middle ground of UK politics, emphasising the need for equality, and declared that as the Labour politicians lose their head, the Conservatives would keep theirs.
Extremism, he warned, would be tackled in all its incarnations, both violent and non-violent. Segregation in schools on the basis of religious faith would also be stopped: Mr Cameron said that children needed to have their minds opened and horizons broadened instead of being taught to avoid people from other religious backgrounds.
Mr Cameron said that the UK has the lowest social mobility of any country in the developed world. He pointed out that in Britain, the salary a person earns is more closely linked to what their father was paid, unlike other developed countries.
A verbal attack on Jeremy Corbyn drew a standing ovation from Conservative members, calling the Labour leader’s ideology “Britain-hating” and “terrorist sympathising”.
The prime minister accused Labour of having any reasonable and rational stances on the UK economy. It wasn’t just that their arguments were wrong, he said, it was the self-righteous way they were made. He added, “Labour ideas don't help the poor, they hurt the poor.”