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Did you listen to David Cameron on BBC Radio 2?

16:47 UK time, Thursday, 29 April 2010

Jeremy VineDavid Cameron, Conservative Party leader was interviewed by the BBC's Jeremy Vine on Friday on Radio 2. What did you think?

David Cameron was first elected leader of the Conservatives in 2005.

He has also been Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire since 2001.

You can read the Conservative Party's manifesto here. (PDF)

What do you think of David Cameron's policies? Did you listen to Jeremy Vine talking to David Cameron? What broader issues would you like to discuss with the Conservative Party leader?

In the sixth in a series of interviews, Jeremy Vine talked to David Cameron during his programme on BBC Radio 2 between 1300 and 1345 on Friday 30 April 2010. For more information on how to listen to a recording of the interview, click here.

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.


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  • Comment number 1.

    My ideals lean towards Europe and joining the Euro, scrapping the move to Trident 2, scrapping ID cards, simplifying tax, and lowering economic inactivity. I don't naturally align with Conservative policies.

    Without reference to other Parties' policies or the past, what can you say that will persuade me to vote for you on Polling Day?

  • Comment number 2.

    I'd ask.." What will you do to bring about prosecutions around the Hollie Grieg case."

  • Comment number 3.

    Would you limit the number of people coming to this country from the Eastern European countries?

  • Comment number 4.

    How do you plan to deal with the growing Islamic extremism on campuses which has now formed a close relationship with the left?

    The other day an Israeli speaker got attacked and her car was set upon in Manchester Uni by a mob of Islamic and left wing nutters.

  • Comment number 5.

    Would a Conservative government create a public works program for key infrastructure. For example in Social Housing, Manufacturing Wind & Wave Turbines, Bio Digesters, Water & Sewerage, Power Stations ?

    I would very much like any new government to invest public money for future generations rather than spending money continously on public projects which return no money back to the people.

  • Comment number 6.

    What would he do regarding the enormous balance of trade deficit with China and Europe? Would he introduce restrictive trade practices? What the heck is he going to do to get UK forces out of Afghanistan, or is it his intention to keep British troops there indefinitely to protect the Pakistani nukes free from taliban control?

  • Comment number 7.

    Please explain why you want to help millionaires with inheritance tax reduction when you should be taxing them more because they are the ones who can afford to pay more tax.

    I support reducing tax credts but you should go further and limit child benefit to 2 children to deter women/girls from having children they cannot hope to support on their own. I am sick of hearing of families with 7 children or more living on state hand-outs amounting to £40,000 - £50,000 a year because working for a living will not be as "rewarding".

    People who earn over £50,00 should not even get child benefit - immediate savings could be made here.

    And what of the people/couples who DO work, jointly earning between £20,000 - £30,000? As always, no matter who is in power, we will end up paying for idle people to stay at home living on the dole and for the rich to get richer. You want a fair society? Please listen to the people who are paying for it!

  • Comment number 8.

    Would you be prepared to work with the shadow Chancellors of the 2 other main parties (plus others), as proposed by the Liberal Democrats, if you become Prime Mininster, or will you push through your own proposals without considering the responses from the Opposition parties, or a coalition partner?
    The cuts likely to be made will be more stringent than Mrs Thatcher's Government put through in the 1980's. Are you ready to face a public backlash as we are seeing in Greece?

  • Comment number 9.

    Why ,if you say that you believe in honesty, are you misleading the British people. You are talking about a cap on immigration knowing that it could only apply to 15% of immigration. Even that would stop business employing bright young graduates from asia that would enable the UK to keep up with the rest of the world. Come on David I thought that you said that you were different. You are just being insincere to gain a populist vote.

  • Comment number 10.

    what are your real intentions ,what experience do you have to become a prime minister

  • Comment number 11.

    I have a young buisness that has been going 5 years we now export $2.5 of manafactured product to China.
    We should be expanding our new producys but our bank (LLOYDS) has failed to support us under government initatives and any money offered is at high exhorbitant rates considering the low interest rates in UK.
    We have no overdtaft, no borrowings, have made profit every year, paid corporation tax each year, and now we need help to expand, if not our Exports going to China will soon be made in China as we will get overtaken by the support china will give it;s industries to take away from us.

  • Comment number 12.

    I've just listened to the live feed of Mr Cameron talking to school children this morning. For me, he seemed to be doing very well until he referred to Prince William (he was talking about famous Aston Villa football fans, I think?) as the future "King of England". I am Scottish and live in the Highlands, and it is off the cuff comments like this that make me want to rebel against the Union of our countries. I thought Prince William was a future King of Great Britain?? How can Mr Cameron claim to be the leader of a unionist party when he doesn't even acknowledge the existence of Scotland, Wales and Ireland in his everyday language and conversation? I bet that he's not even aware that he said it, and why people like me get upset about it!
    Thank you - I am LOVING how exciting this election is :)

  • Comment number 13.

    If we were in the Euro the country would probably have already gone bust and be in the hands of the IMF.

    Is the ideal of the Euro and the European Union failing at the hands of mismanaged cultures and economies ?

  • Comment number 14.

    "What new real policys to help the U.K. does your party have?????

  • Comment number 15.

    I would ask David Cameron to be honest with us, answer questions when asked and do his best to stop labour continuing to ruin our country.

  • Comment number 16.

    Will the Conservatives create an Independent energy supply facility for the UK which will be capable of supplying eighty percent of the UK energy needs regardless of planning/lobby and protest groups opposition.
    If yes, how soon would they start?

  • Comment number 17.

    Ask him about blood sports - the pursuit and killing of living creatures solely for the pleasure of participants.

  • Comment number 18.

    Why are you feeding into the Daily Mail reader mentality and wish to treat the unemployed like criminals? Will you take people's individual needs into account when it comes to finding them work, or will you just ignore their needs to get the figures looking good and risk these people's health?

  • Comment number 19.

    Do you accept responsibility for some of the rather unpleasant tactics being used by the right-wing newspapers to support your campaign?

    I realise your are not the first, but what benefit to the British public is there from your alliance with Rupert Murdoch?

    Why do you believe that an Australian American with no stake in British society has a right to influence a British general election?

    What have you promised Mr Murdoch in return for his support?

  • Comment number 20.

    Why do you want to waste our money tracking down and deporting people who could instead be turned into profitable tax-paying citizens?

  • Comment number 21.

    Why are you against electoral reform, and if strong government is better than truly democratic government, why don't you move to North Korea?

  • Comment number 22.

    Why are you against electoral reform?

    Why are you supporting a system where the party that comes 3rd in the numerical vote can still win the most seats.

    Do you think the British Establishment (and I include all three mai parties in that) has some kind of god-given birth right to always remain in power, no matter how undemocratic?

  • Comment number 23.

    I can still remember the image of your predecesor roaming the industrial wastelands after manufacturing was destroyed by Tory policy. I remember the mass social unrest, crime and violence on the streets. I remember the words 'we really must do something about the inner cities'. I also remember the thousands of people losing their homes, their jobs and futures. Can you explain how the Tory party has changed and if it has finally ditched Thatcherism?

  • Comment number 24.

    Dear David Cameron, why can't you answer a question without reference to other parties? Does it show weakness on your behalf that, by starting an answer with "well, Labour did X wrong, so we will do Y", you are showing yourself as just the lesser of two evils?

  • Comment number 25.

    <RICHPOST>Your party is allied to parties in Europe that are considered by many to be extreme right-wing parties, parties that Nick Clegg described as “nutters”. Would Britain’s image be damaged by this if you win the election?<br><br>Given that the image of the country counts to attract business, surely this would have a negative effect on business.</RICHPOST>

  • Comment number 26.

    Could you clarify the Conservative plans regarding the Lisbon Treaty? You clearly stated youwouldnot be adopting the Euro yet it clearly states in the Lisbon Treaty that all member states will adopt it. Will this also mean the long awaited EU referendum that the nation is crying out for?

  • Comment number 27.

    Thousands of people are trapped in privately rented accomodation, paying rents that in some cases are higher than mortgages. The drain on the Housing Benefit purse is huge, but the fault lies with the rent levels not the benefit claimants. This situation was created in the 1980's and continued to the current day with the drastic reduction in social housing building, and the loss of social housing through the right to buy. How will a Cameron government ensure that people have affordable rented options for accomodation?

  • Comment number 28.

    Isn’t “do the right thing” a bit vague? For the elderly “the right thing” is having put aside £8000 is that it? The others, who don’t have £8000 put aside, are they to be punished?

  • Comment number 29.

    David, do you really think that sending your son to a Comprehensive school makes you 'one of us'? Your wife is from an estate, it's true. A 3,000 Acre Estate owned by daddy Sir Reginald Sheffield. You go jogging every day - but that's not what makes one fit for office - actually you won't have time to jog should you make it to no 10 and will bloat, in which case your NHS-slashing policies might come home to roost?
    And is that why most of your policies are to the detriment of us poor mortals toiling away in the sun? You really have no frame of reference and that's why 'your people' - the rich - will benefit and the wealth-gap become so much greater, should you hoodwink us into a populist vote. Is the reason that the media is so behind you, and not Brown, that Murdoch found him to by un-buyable? And you, by contrast...
    One more thing, what did you think when your wife used your position to get payed lots of money by Bazaar magazine? Did you think that was ethical? She doesn't really need the money but during the interview product-promoted and name-checked SIX of her employer's products, so that Smythson would pay her a bigger bonus perhaps? Pretty cynical seeing as the theme of the interview was your new house. Cherie Blair would have blushed. Are you the sort of people we can trust or are you just looking to grease your palms?

  • Comment number 30.

    Do you think there is anybody who works for the Beeb who isn't a Champagne Socialist or a Marxist?

  • Comment number 31.

    The Conservatives have been coy about their desire to legalise hunting, and I think it is important that voters are aware of their position on this. Anecdotally, that doesn't seem to be the case.
    87% of the UK public believe that how we treat animals is an important indication of the state of our society and 41% say that animal welfare is an important factor when they decide who to vote for (YouGov). Yet the media has paid very little attention to this issue, which I suspect reflects a prejudiced view of animal welfare as 'trivial', despite the public's concern.
    I would like to ask Cameron why he wants to bring back hunting, which at the end of the day is sadistic, premeditated cruelty to animals. Surely that is the wrong signal to send out to society?
    Also on animal welfare, it is interesting that the Conservatives express concern for the rise over the last decade in the number of painful animal experiments licenced in the UK. But what actual policies would they implement to achieve that? How about a cap or target?
    Dr Dan Lyons

  • Comment number 32.

    When are you going to tell the truth about what cuts you intend to make? Labour have already explained that most of their cuts until 2014 are going to be in capital spending on roads, hospitals and schools, not current spending? Front-line services will be protected. They already have efficiency savings in place. You have not explained any of your detail.

  • Comment number 33.

    Despite huge concern amongst the public, why are none of the parties willing to take a stand on control on european immigration? We may have signed that right over to the EU, but we are supposedly a sovereign state and our way of life and very fabric is genuinely threatened - we are a small island. We could offer europe the free trade which is what the EEC/EU was sold to the public as back in the 1970's, but keep control of our own economy, laws and population. Why is that seen as a bad thing by yourselves, labour and the Lib Dem's but not the British people?

  • Comment number 34.

    In recent years politicians of all hues have routinely ignored public opinion on very major issues such as immigration, benefits and crime, which is undemocratic and shows they believe the public to be too stupid to be listened to. How would you change this?

  • Comment number 35.

    Please can you explain how you can possibly justify even considering moves to overturn the hunting ban - a law that was passed democratically and supported by 76% of the British public at the time it was passed?

  • Comment number 36.

    ..and also, how will he get the increasing number of unemployed with criminal records back into work? As the recession bites, as the dole queues may grow, lots more people will end up with criminal records (as they turn to crime out of desperation) which can easily be revealed by the CRB system. Will he consider modifying the CRB checks so that 'spent' convictions will not be revealed? How can he be serious in reducing the amount of long-term unemployed unless he addresses this issue?

  • Comment number 37.

    I'm from Longbenton in Newcastle where the Department for Work and Pensions has been based for over 40 years. 6000 local people work there processing the nations taxes and state pensions.

    Will you agree that the North East of England, because of your planned immediate public spending cuts, will suffer more because it has a higher proportion of the workforce in the public sector?

    Are you aware that many of your own voters view the public sector with hugely unjustified contempt, and that if elected, you will be under pressure from your own party to cause unemployment in the North East for ideological rather than economical reasons?

  • Comment number 38.

    Could you give me an analogy that likens running a country to making love to a beautiful woman?

  • Comment number 39.

    I'd like to ask Mr Cameron .... given that cuts are to be made after the election, what does the potential PM think will be an acceptable (to him) level of unemployment?
    Where does he think the job losses will occur (industries and geographical)?
    How is he going to help these people; because "we are all in this together?" Further how is he and those that have done reasonably well over the last three decades, "going to get into it as well"?

  • Comment number 40.

    Ken Clarke recently said that Labour were right to nationalise Northern Rock and that the Conservatives were wrong to oppose the nationalisation. Does it satisfy you that Ken Clarke now supports Labour on this subject? Is Ken Clarke right?

  • Comment number 41.

    Why has this election concentrated so much on the NHS, Education, Police and later due only to the 'bigotted' comment, emigration?

    Is this because the UK parliament does not have the power to make policy on other equally important issues such as; Defence, Industry, Power generation, de-centralisation of power blocks etc?

    Are the above issues solely in the hands of the EU?

    Thank you

  • Comment number 42.

    Regardless of whether voters agree with him, Liam Fox's performance on Question time was refreshing. He actually answered a question without dissembling. The answer was a straight "No."

    Remembering that we, the public voters, are the ones who employ you politicians, is it time for all politicians to be more blunt and honest instead of hedging and avoiding questions?

    As was said, we are not thick. We understand what needs to be done to sort the country out. And we want straight answers to our questions.

  • Comment number 43.

    I would ask him the same question as I would ask the others -
    What are you going to do to ensure that the banks pay back the vast sums of our money that the government gave them and if you're not, why do you feel that it is better to take more money from the taxpayer to pay for the mess instead?

    It wouldn't be because, due to Gordons crass incompetence in unconditionally handing over the cash, getting the money from the banks will be a massive legal challenge? Whereas you can screw us, the taxpayer, for whatever amounts you like and if we refuse to pay up you can chuck us in prison.

    Funny how, yet again, the law is set up to favour the rich.

  • Comment number 44.

    Why did you choose George Osbourne as your Shadow Chancellor? He is a liability and has no qualifications for the job?

  • Comment number 45.

    With the possible exception of immigration, the policies of the Liberal Democrats have not been examined in any depth during the leaders debates. In my view, this has allowed Nick Clegg to present a set of superfically appealling policies. For example, his comments on Trident appear designed to appeal to those supporting nuclear disarmament, even though the LibDem manifesto spports a nuclear deterrent, with the claims of saving £100 billion being also entirely spurious. Likewise, he constantly excuses increased taxes by bracketing 'rich greedy bankers' (one of his favourite phrases) with anyone earning much more than a decent income. The LibDem proposals on pension tax relief will destroy any remaining final salary pension schemes and act as a disincentive for many better off people to pay into a pension, as the proposed change will lead to income being taxed twice at a marginal rate that barely bears thinking about.

    Can we expect to see an determined attack by the Conservatives on these typically flakey LibDem policies in the run up to the election ?

  • Comment number 46.

    We he publish the books in full the week he gets into goverment so we the voter can see exactly how bad things are.

    When he publishes them will he also list off book liabilities (ie PFI, national pension and civil service pension liabilities, and all garanteed loans).

  • Comment number 47.

    When your efficiency cuts lead to 500,000 civil and public servants signing for JSA how much tax and national insurance revenue will you lose and what will be the unit cost of keeping each of these on the dole?

  • Comment number 48.

    David,to what extent will central and local government abdicate from their responsibilities regarding full service provision? Your plan to use the historically hated and dangerous Gauleiter method for local communities is loaded with inequality and will only entrench existent poverty.This idea is not new and is really just how to pave the way for gangsterism style service provision.For Gauleiter read Commissar or Capo,different name same result,the poor lose out and the rich see their tax bill fall.So how far will you take this idea that Oliver claims as his own? Will you ever challenge the EU on their insistence that all member states in the EU accept uncounted immigration as a centrally imposed policy?Or do you not have the stomach for such a fight?Because that is what it would be,a fight.Finally,David,Would your much-vaunted "small government",cost us less?and even if it did,would we ever feel the benefit? Will you privatise the NHS?,slowly,by stealth,as Brown has done,as the Tories did before?

  • Comment number 49.

    Also how will he get value for money from British management?

  • Comment number 50.

    .... also how will he cope with being the most reviled p.m. since records began? Will he still be brave enough go jogging everyday?

  • Comment number 51.

    I don't want to ask 'Call me Dave' any questions - I already know the answer will not answer any question - I already know it will amount to some vague explanation of some mystic wish or desire to magic up some surreal solution to an undefined problem. I already know any answer will constitute a sacrifice for my family and myself to fulfil some pronouncement of an intention to improve the future of some unspecified good for society in the name of some good for the greatest number! It will be always imply my sacrifice to save some-one else won't it? And it will always appeal to my sense of guilt for the suffering of others! All very noble but we know its fake!

  • Comment number 52.

    Ask him if he really thinks the public are just a bunch of ill- educated stupid idiots who will fall for his spin and lies?

  • Comment number 53.

    I run my own consulting company. Will you commit to getting rid of the burdensome IR35 rules that be-devil all contractors, consultants and other similar service companies. This costs me money, time and a lot of worry, all of which would be better spent on running my business

  • Comment number 54.

    I would like to ask him when he would bring the energy companies to heel and stop them from ripping off customers year after year with unjustified price increases. This includes fuel (petrol) suppliers.
    We keep hearing about their massive profits......just who are they profiting from? us!

  • Comment number 55.

    1. We all know there is huge waste in the Civil Service. Between poor management , and present Government policy, HMRC ability to collect tax has diminished to teh point of being 'not fit for purpose'
    Would you invest in front line tax collectors to refill HMG coffers Like Mrs T did in the 80's with VAT inspectors. Would he re-establish local offices for local people?
    2. Immigration - whats does he thing of the rule 'If you enter the UK illegally then you bar yourself from the UK for life and be immediatly deported'& 'NO benefits of nay kind for ANY immigrants for 2 years' after being granted leave to stay
    3. Finally - good luck on Thursday !!

  • Comment number 56.

    why have you said you will offer afree vote re fox hunting when 75+% of the population oppose it and around 60% of tories are against blood sports/ is it anything to do with the fact that your father in law is ( or has been) a master of the Hunt and many of your bullingdon club friends are also involved woth hunting? the labour gov't spent many hours on this, why waste more? Surely the laws need tightening uo not repealing.

  • Comment number 57.

    with regards to community life and and alcohol sales - binge drinking health issues . i would like to know what the conservative party are going to do to save our local community pubs, and why pubs are blamed for binge drinking,and supermarkets just get away with it. responsible drinking will only happen when its put back in control of publicans and responsible off licenses . publicans are not allowed to serve people who appear to have drunk to much and i can assure you people do not bing drink at pubs due to the expense, but that person can go and get as much alcohol as he or she wants from supermarket -local shop - local filling station at any time . most younger people turn up at pubs late completely drunk and we have to turn them away . the pub industry is part of great Britain's history and a hub for community life will you save the pubs or let the supermarkets make more money , i am sure they would survive without having to sell alcohol at stupid prices. and by putting control back in the hands of publicans you will solve the binge drinking issue, as when someone has had 2 much they wont be served anymore. it works in so many other countrys why not here. or will lord sainsbury convince you otherwise.?

  • Comment number 58.

    24. At 10:42am on 30 Apr 2010, Jack wrote:
    Dear David Cameron, why can't you answer a question without reference to other parties? Does it show weakness on your behalf that, by starting an answer with "well, Labour did X wrong, so we will do Y", you are showing yourself as just the lesser of two evils?

    -----I think you'l find all 3 leaders do it, especially the Labour Chap !

  • Comment number 59.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 60.

    Labour promised a referendum on the Lisbon treaty in their manifesto, then Brown welshed on the promise. You made a 'cast iron' promise of a referendum which has turned out to be cheap and very breakable plastic.
    Do you have any proposals under which a future government could be forced to consult the people in a referendum, even if it doesn't want to hold one?

  • Comment number 61.

    Why are young people, particularly the workshy and single mothers provided with generous benefits when pensioners have to live on £100 per week.
    The vast majority or pensioners have worked hard, saved, brought up their children and paid taxes, whereas these young people just take take take.
    I can understand there being support for those in genuine need - that is what the benefit system is all about, but to support the idle, or women who make a career out of getting pregnant so as to get benefit and free housing has to stop.
    What will you do to correct this injustice?

  • Comment number 62.

    Has he accepted that if the Tories win power and then implement their program of public spending cuts, to the depth implied in the pre-election speeches by himself and his shadow cabinet collegues, they will incur such public anger and opposition that his party will be out of out power for a generation after the next election?

  • Comment number 63.

    During these times of global recession where the poorest in society are hit the hardest, what experiences can your party draw on to help these people?

  • Comment number 64.

    If taking 5 or 6 billion out this as brown says is soo why arnt the tories pointing out the 8billion of imediate cuts (including 4billion in the ring fenced nhs) that Mandy anounced on budget day

  • Comment number 65.

    Will your Government get tough with welfare junkies? I'm retired now, but after a lifetime of working and saving, I resent having to pay taxes to enable freeloaders and spongers to have an easy ride.

  • Comment number 66.

    ....also will he give us the chance to own more and more shares in all manner of industries at bargain discount prices, just like Lady Thatch did? Will he allow EVEN more building socities to demutualise so that their members with a minimum balance of £100 can be allowed to have windfall payments in excess of £1000, and thereby stoke-up inflation, just like Lady Thatch did? Will he speed-up finacial deregulation so that we can all buy cheap nationalised bank shares?

  • Comment number 67.

    Buckingham is a safe Conservative seat. Voters here will not be able to participate in the election because we have a choice of re-electing the Speaker, or voting for a fringe candidate. If the Speaker is re-elected he will not be able to represent our views in Parliament. Isn't it about time the system was reformed so that the Speaker no longer represents a constituency, then we could have a properly contested bi-election and democracy in Buckingham.

  • Comment number 68.

    I would like to know from Mr Cameron the answers to the questions put to him by Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown which he just ignored. I would also like to know why the Conservatives are so anti Europe when if they played a more central part perhaps they could lobby for imigration to be sorted out with European countries.

  • Comment number 69.

    11. At 10:29am on 30 Apr 2010, MALCOLM wrote:
    //I have a young buisness that has been going 5 years we now export $2.5 of manafactured product to China.
    We should be expanding our new producys but our bank (LLOYDS) has failed to support us under government initatives and any money offered is at high exhorbitant rates considering the low interest rates in UK.
    We have no overdtaft, no borrowings, have made profit every year, paid corporation tax each year, and now we need help to expand, if not our Exports going to China will soon be made in China as we will get overtaken by the support china will give it;s industries to take away from us.

    Hello Malcolm,

    Nice to hear there are some successful export businesses out there! Bit of rare thing these days. I am no expert, although I do possess an MBA! I know accountants advise debt is 'cheaper' than equity - But not for much longer I imagine. In fact, banks might be doing SMEs a favour cos my guess is the cost of debt/loans is about to get much more expensive.

    I think your solution might be to seek out a few small investors> I would hazard a guess, that in your area there must be many people getting very small returns on deposits/savings. It might be a good idea to seek out these people and offer some form of investment opportunity in your business. Issue some private shares or something.

    Just an idea, and not sure how you might approach it - but maybe you could seek some advise from local university business school. Give it a try.

  • Comment number 70.

    Just some comments about other postings :
    - the government will get back all of the money it gave the banks through sale of the government held shares - the losers in all of this are not the tax payer or the banks, it is the people who held shares in RSB, Lloyds and Halifax, either directly, or or indirectly through their pension scheme. In effect, the shareholders have been mugged by the Labour government to bail out the government from its own incompetence in managing the regulatory framework - which is what goverment should be for, not trying to micro-manage every aspect of people's lives.

  • Comment number 71.

    i would like to hear what david has to say about how britain's behaviour in the world affects levels of migration. does he think that part of the reason do many people are migrating (including to the uk) is the uk's current and historical involvements in wars, arms trading, and exploitative trade? does he think that we could behave differently in the world in order to reduce the numbers of desperate people who wish to escape from their own countries?

  • Comment number 72.

    #26. At 10:45am on 30 Apr 2010, Sue Denim wrote:
    "Could you clarify the Conservative plans regarding the Lisbon Treaty? You clearly stated youwouldnot be adopting the Euro yet it clearly states in the Lisbon Treaty that all member states will adopt it."


  • Comment number 73.

    I was really hoping that you could put a question to David Cameron today.
    I was really concerned about something he said last night in the debate. It was that the Conservatives plan to give people in Council/Housing Association properties a share of their property. I find this incredibly unfair. What happens to families like mine where we arent able to get Council/Housing Association properties because we rent a 2 bed flat so therefore are not homeless and we are both working full time. We cant get on the property ladder either because we cannot raise the huge deposit needed because we cant save due to of all the taxes we have to pay. Why are people that are given help by the state to start with by being given a permanant home that they can raise their families in at a reduced rent and are then helped again by being given a share of their home. We will never see a return on the obscene amount of rent we have to pay. We are stuck and people that have been helped already are going to overtake us and get on to the property ladder.
    Please could you put this to him as I am really concerned and am a floating voter.

  • Comment number 74.

    A Mori poll concluded that 75% of the electorate support the Hunting Act and this includes the majority of Conservative voters. However, David Cameron has stated that he would repeal this legislation within a month of gaining power "as a priority". Why is he not listening to popular opinion and why is opinion amongst his party candidates so polarised? They're not representative and it's as if they've been hand picked from the ranks of the Countryside Alliance.

  • Comment number 75.

    i wrote to you back in january to complain that my mp - a tory - had sent me a form letter in response to an issue I'd raised with him and I didn't think that was him doing his job properly.

    When are you going to have the courtesy to reply? And can someone who doesnt have common courtesy - which I'm not sure you do if you won't reply to letters - be the person to fix 'broken britain?'

  • Comment number 76.

    David, you wish to dismantle the Regional Development Agencies that have given grants to a variety of small businesses over the years and yet you claim you want to support small businesses. How are you going to make up for the loss of funds that have up to now, come from the RDAs?

  • Comment number 77.

    re your policy to not allow people to remain out of work when they have an offer of employment.... does this mean forr example that a fifty year old man whose life is devastated when you axe his job in the public sector could then be compelled to take a job stacking shelves?

  • Comment number 78.

    I commend the Conservative ideals on Big Society, the idea that the county will have more of a say. That said, why does your party seek to repeal the hunting ban when this contradicts this ideal. All previous polls suggest that your 'big society' wanted the ban in place?

  • Comment number 79.

    I would like to ask Mr Cameron what the conservative party are going to do to save our local community pubs,the pub trade has been blamed and for binge drinking and health issues for to long , its not rocket science to see that if control of alcohol was put back in control of publicans and responsible off licenses, this issue would go away very quickly, as a publican you are not allowed to serve someone who appears to have had to much drink, where as he or she can then go to a supermarket - local store - petrol filling station at any point and buy as much as they want at stupidly low prices. time and time agin we see people turn up at the pub doors very late in the evening so drunk they have to be turned away this is due to them drinking cut price alcohol from supermarkets. i am sure the likes of tesco will survive quite happily without having to sell alcohol.meanwhile the local community are seeing there local pub boarded up and empty this is happening on a daily basis in all towns within the uk .

  • Comment number 80.

    do you think there is anything unsettling about the spectacle of three middle class white men lecturing the country about the benefits of diversity?

  • Comment number 81.

    I would really like to know why David Cameron feels it necessary or right to make fox and stag hunting legal again? There is no place in a civilised country for anything that involves terrifying a living creature before ripping it to pieces....

  • Comment number 82.

    I am disabled and have tried relentlessly to find a job but to no avail. The only option open to me is to start my own business. What help can I expect to get from the Government? As the Chinese proverb goes: Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.

  • Comment number 83.

    Can you give me a good recipe for fox?

  • Comment number 84.

    I qualified as a speech therapist in December and am currently unemployed, having left a full time position to retrain for a shortage profession. I am unable to claim job seekers allowance having not paid N.I. for over two years whilst studying full time (gaining a post graduate qualification) and working tax credits are the only way my family are keeping our head above water. If this benefit is cut back we will be in serious financial difficulty, can Mr Cameron guarantee this benefit will not be cut and also outline how the Conservatives will help me get back to work.

  • Comment number 85.

    I have just rang Conservative Party Campaign HQ to ask, 'What is the Conservative Policy on the Arts?' Answer: ''ve got me there.'

  • Comment number 86.

    a question that has not been asked and has a big part to play in this climate, credit card companies are preying on the public with excessive interest rates and increases in credit limits to their customers who cannot afford repayments is it not time for government to bring in legislation to avoid total financial disaster for the normal working class family of Great Britian?

  • Comment number 87.

    I'd like to know what the Conservatives will do in relation to pensions in terms of dealing with the unsustainable commitments which have been made to public sector final salary schemes. The difference between such schemes and the private sector - where final salary schemes have been closed or wound up leaving members to fend for themselves in DC schemes vulnerable to the volatility of the markets - is grossly unfair, given that it is the taxpayer who pays.

  • Comment number 88.

    "Why are young people, particularly the workshy and single mothers provided with generous benefits when pensioners have to live on £100 per week."
    - 61. At 11:43am on 30 Apr 2010, GrassRoot

    You're not by any chance a Daily Fail reader? Stop reading propaganda that shows the fringe cases in our society. Most unemployed people are decent people who are down on their luck. I'm unemployed because of dire lack of jobs in my county. I am NOT workshy, and I live on a lot less than £100 a week. If you really do get £100 a week then you have it good compared to many of us.

  • Comment number 89.

    As part of Mr Cameron's "contract", would he consider a fixed term parliament and a mandatory economic review to be completed 3 months before the election? This would help concentrate the minds of all parties to publish transparent spending/saving plans.

  • Comment number 90.

    "Will your Government get tough with welfare junkies? I'm retired now, but after a lifetime of working and saving, I resent having to pay taxes to enable freeloaders and spongers to have an easy ride."
    - 65. At 11:46am on 30 Apr 2010, Mrs Vee

    Since "welfare junkies" are a tiny minority, its probably not worth their effort. Stop reading right-wing propaganda.

  • Comment number 91.

    how does your life experience help you support and understand the needs of disadvantaged people?

  • Comment number 92.

    David Cameron
    If you are so upset about the expenses scandel why did YOU claim the MAXIMUM amount for your SECOND home in mortgage allowance from the British taxpayer, especially when you and your wife are already mulimillionaires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 93.

    I would like to ask David Cameron why should I vote for a party who is constantly telling us that the country is skint and we all have to tighten our belts, yet at the same time is offering multi millionaires a massive tax cut ??

  • Comment number 94.

    If the Electorate decides upon a hung Parliment of what ever shade, will you except it or try your damdest to engineer its fall. This I suspect applies to Gordon as well.

  • Comment number 95.

    How are you going to re-instill some backbone and self reliance back into the compensation culture legacy of Nu Labour.

  • Comment number 96.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 97.

    Will you build more basic prisons (not 5 star luxury hotels with satellite Tv's, pool etc) and increase sentences for serious offences, whereby a life sentence means you die inside prison? The extra money this would cost would be offset by fewer arrests and trials at courts.

  • Comment number 98.

    I am concerned about the future of jobs for our children, not only are there many non UK residents taking Jobs in the UK, but the increasing amount of jobs being outsourcing to countries like eastern Europe & India concern me.

    What party would dela with these issues?

  • Comment number 99.

    I would like to ask David Cameron why he feels it's important to repeal the law on hunting with dogs instead of tightening the loopholes that exist, and why, as a future world leader, he is actively condoning cruelty to animals?

  • Comment number 100.

    What I want to know is how will he ease the regulatory burden on small businesses to make it easier and less risky for them to employ people? We are a profitable small company who exports around the world, but we are wary of employing anyone else because it is very expensive to do so (not just in salary) and we risk having unending difficulty getting rid of them if they turn out not to be suitable.

    Will he do anything to help the unemployed start up their own small businesses without losing out on benefits while they're starting up? At the moment, the 'benefits trap' stops people going out on their own and earning their own money.

    Small businesses will be the main cause of coming out of the recession, but Labour has done a good job of battering them down, many totally out of business, what we need is help, both in setting them up, and in running them without spending all our time meeting the government's legislation, and worrying what new laws have come in that we don't know about.


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