With less than 1,000 days until the next election, Mr Cameron said the Tories
have a “real fight on their hands” if they are to win the next
“Let the message go out from this hall and this party: We are here to
fight,” Mr Cameron told Conservatives gathered at the London event.
“We are here to win, and we have never been more up for the task of
turning our country around,” he declared.
In a slap down to those plotting against his leader, he added: “Anyone in
this party who is in any doubt who we should be fighting, what we should be
fighting for, where our energies should be focussed, I tell you: our battle
is with Labour.”
In an enthisisatic finale. Mr Cameron said of the election campaign: “I’m
up for it. This party’s up for it. So let’s give it everything – I mean
everything – we’ve got.”
However, an event at the conference organised by Conservative Grassroots, a
new Tory pressure group that is urged the Prime Minister to “reconnect” with
his party’s rank and file, did not pass without acrimony.
Younger members described the event as filled with “anti-equal marriage,
anti-progress, pro-UKIP” and “out of touch” people. “We
need these out – fast,” said one MP’s researcher attending the event.
Peter Bone, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough who supports the group,
said it was “very worrying” that the Prime Minister cannot rely on the
support of many backbenchers.
Mr Bone said: “It’s an urgent requirement that the party reconnect – that the
leadership, the backbenchers and members in the country are all united
together. And I think that the leadership needs to act quickly to solve this
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