Prime Minister David Cameron said the government is succeeding in “turning Britain around” as he sought to rally his Conservative Party a year before the next general election.
“From the ashes of the great recession we are building a great British revival,” Cameron said in an e-mail to Tory supporters today. “The deficit has been cut by over a third; our economy is now one of the fastest-growing in the developed world; 1.5 million more people are now in work.”
The two most recent YouGov Plc opinion polls show the Tories cutting the opposition Labour Party’s lead to 3 percentage points. U.K. economic growth accelerated in the first quarter and output is now on the verge of surpassing its pre-recession level of early 2008. Data published this month show growth in manufacturing and services accelerated in April.
With campaigning also under way for the May 22 local and European elections, Cameron is seeking to win back swing voters from Labour as well as the anti-European Union U.K. Independence Party. His party needs to add 20 House of Commons seats in 2015 if it’s to be able to form a government without its current Liberal Democrat coalition partners.
The Tories argue their austerity measures have restored growth after Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown bequeathed them a record budget deficit in 2010, while Labour says voters have been squeezed by Tory spending cuts.
“Make no mistake: all this is at stake a year from now,” Cameron said. “Labour’s only plans are for more spending, more borrowing, more debt -– more of the same that got us into the mess.”