Britain’s Conservative party has opened its annual conference in Manchester with a flurry of policy announcements and commitments by Prime Minister David Cameron to deal with debts, fix UK banks, and stay in the EU.
Inside the conference hall there have been displays of Tory unity, despite the right’s impatience with Brussels, and a determination to continue with present policies to cut the deficit.
Outside there have been demonstrations against those cost-cutting policies by union members angry at the estimated 300,000 job losses that will result.
An estimated 35,000 people took to the streets.
Cameron insists if public spending is not cut interest rates will rise, hurting economic growth and job creation, but growth is already sluggish and his critics say the cuts are not helping.