Cameron Says His Party Faces ‘Fight’ to Win Re-Election in 2015

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said getting the economy growing again will be “tough” and that his Conservative Party has a “real fight” on its hands to win the next election.

“Anyone who thinks it’s going to get easier, they’re wrong,” Cameron said in a speech to the Conservative spring conference in London today. “And we have never been more up for the task of turning our country around.”

With Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne set to present his next budget on March 20, Cameron is facing calls from both the Conservatives and their Liberal Democrat coalition partners to do more to prevent an unprecedented triple-dip recession. Cameron saw the U.K.’s top credit rating downgraded last month and his party, behind in the polls for a year, was pushed into third place in a special election, stoking criticism of his leadership.

“This is a battle for Britain’s future we are engaged in,” Cameron told activists. “So let the message go out from this hall and this party: We are here to fight. We are here to win.”

Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps said this week the Tories may not win the next election in 2015, making him the most senior lawmaker to openly talk about the possibility of losing power.

“We may or may not win the next election, but my God we need to finish this, the job of stopping this country going bust, fixing the mess that Labour left, or at least as far as we can,” Shapps said in an interview with the House magazine, which is distributed to lawmakers.

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