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Britain's David Cameron throws down election gauntlet

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Britain's David Cameron throws down election gauntlet


British opposition leader David Cameron has challenged the prime minister to call an immediate general election and “let the people decide”.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool, he said his party was ready, would fight and that “Britain would win”.

He said: “The old politics are failing and change is required. I’m by nature an optimist. I think if we give people more power and control over their lives, they will take the right decisions, they will grow stronger and society will grow stronger too.”

The Tories were trailing Labour in opinion polls by up to 11 percentage points before the conference began.

Cameron added: “When we look at our democracy we’re still stuck in the dark ages. When it comes to politics we just have to take what we’re given and put up with it. And to me nothing sums this up more than the European constitution. It’s not just that it’s an issue of trust. We put in our manifesto that there should be a referendum, Labour put in their manifesto that there should be a referendum. And it is one of the most blatant breaches of trust in modern politics that they won’t give us that referendum.”

Gordon Brown stoked speculation he was poised to call an election on Tuesday when he announced that 1,000 troops will be brought home from Iraq.

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