DAVID CAMERON today set out to seal the deal with the British public by reject- ing the comfort zone of easy promises. We could have come to Manchester and played it safe, he was telling the Conservative conference this afternoon. But thats not what this party is about -- and its not what Im about. The Tory leader instead will warn of painful decisions to curb spending and a steep climb ahead as the nation wrestles with the economic slump. But in a wide-ranging speech, he was also promising to back Britains hard workers and attack a culture of irre- sponsibility that failed to reward savers and the self-reliant. Striking a deliberately optimistic note, he promised the country that better times were ahead. Yes, there is a steep climb ahead. But I tell you this: the view from the summit will be worth it. In a draft of his speech, the Tory leader said: Dont get me wrong, I have no illusions. If we win this elec- tion, it is going to be tough. There will have to be cutbacks in public spending and that will be painful. We will need to confront Britains culture of irresponsibility. And we will have to tear down Labours big government bureaucracy ... ripping up its time-wasting, money- draining, responsibility-sapping nonsense. None of this will be easy. Im ready for that. And so, I believe, are the British people. The Tory leader has in the past com- mented that voters are fed up with Labour but that he has yet to seal the deal for the Conservatives. He will say: If you put in the effort to bring in a wage, you will be better off; if you save money your whole life, youll be rewarded...if you want to raise a family, well support you...if you risk your life to fight for your country, we will honour you. Ask me what a Conservative government stands for and the answer is this: we will reward those who take responsibility and care for those who cant. DAVID CAMERON warms up for what could be the most important speech of his political career with a morning jog. Followed by an eager press pack, the Conservative Party leader, 43 tomorrow, joined fellow MP Desmond Swayne for a run in Manchester before his keynote address on the final day of the Tory conference. London Lite Thursday, 8 October 2009 5 Visit carphonewarehouse.com - Call 0800 049 4448 UKs lowest price Dell 17 laptop Dell 17 widescreen laptop Based on comparison of leading retailers as at 6th October 2009. Broadband subject to availability in your area. Orange:Subjecttostatusanda24monthcontract.Subjecttoavailability.2weekcoverageguaranteeappliesasfromdateofpurchase.Usagecappedat3GBamonth.UKoutofbundlerates2p/MB.Roamingcosts2.94 perMBinEuropeand6.46perMBintherestoftheworld. *Postageandpackagingfeesapply,thesevarybymanufacturer. Intel PentiumTM Dual Core processor 250GB hard drive 2GB memory Or FREE at 35 a month, was 40 a month, 24 month contract Only 24.99 Now only 329was 499, 449, 399 Save 170 FREE W indows 7 upgrade* DAVE SETS THE RUNNING AS HE WARMS UP TO DELIVER HIS BIGGEST SPEECH Cameron: Sorry to be a pain Tory thought fizz was free Toughtimesahead,hewarns Catchmeif youCam! WILLIAM HAGUE today denied Sir Richard Dannatt was a stooge after the former Army chief was criticised for aligning himself with the party after stepping down this summer. The shadow foreign secretary said: I dont think there is anything stooge-like about Sir Richard. He is likely to be made a peer if the Tories win the election. WILLIAM HAGUE denied Sir Richard Dannatt was a stooge BLUE BITS Hesnostooge ERIC PICKLES was on good form last night for a karaoke session at the Party For Change. He scored almost 100 per cent on the Playstation Songstar with perhaps the perfect tune for the Tories new media friends: Here Comes The Sun. ERIC PICKLES was on good form last night for a karaoke session at HerecomesEric BY KEVIN WIDDOP Steep climb: David Cameron Continued from Page 1 sending out the wrong message to voters during the recession. Party chiefs have now banned Mr Whittington, from London, from attending any further conference events. He could also face disciplinary action. Mr Whittington, who now works in IT, was arrested at a fringe meeting on Monday night. He was questioned on suspicion of theft after staff at the Midland Hotel reported a man trying to take a bottle of champagne from a fridge. They claimed he had already taken and drunk another 150 bottle. Mr Whittington was held overnight by police, but insisted he had simply assumed he could take the bottle as the fridge was near a free bar area. He told officers he would reimburse the hotel for the cost and was later released. No Conservative spokesman was available for comment today. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html