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Cameron prepared to take "tough decisions"

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British opposition leader David Cameron has said he would make tough and unpopular economic decisions if elected. He was apparently responding to earlier comments from Prime Minister Gordon Brown that the current climate was “no time for a novice”.

Cameron was speaking at his party’s annual conference.

“We know that our task is to take people with us, rebuilding our battered economy, renewing our bureaucratised NHS, repairing our broken society. That is our plan for change. In these difficult times we promise no new dawns, no incredible transformations. I’m a man with a plan not a miracle cure.”

Cameron has urged a bi-partisan approach to the financial crisis and did not overtly criticise Brown in his speech.

The Conservatives enjoy a commanding lead in opinion polls but Labour has bounced back recently, possibly because of Brown’s handling of Britain’s banking woes.