CAMERON SETS OUT PLAN TO SECURE A BETTER FUTURE

Returning today from the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Theresa Villiers has welcomed the speech by the Prime Minister on his vision for the UK's future. Here is an extract from the speech:

"Today I set out how we can secure a better future - and build a Britain that everyone is proud to call home.

A Britain where hard work is rewarded. Not a free-for-all, but a chance for all: the chance of a job, a home, a good start in life, whoever you are, wherever you are from.

I set out our Conservative commitment for the next five years.

If you want to provide for yourself and your family, you'll have the security of a job.

If you work hard and do the right thing, you will keep more of the money to spend as you choose.

We will cut income tax for 30 million hardworking taxpayers - increasing the tax-free personal allowance from £10,000 to £12,500, and raising the 40p tax rate threshold from £41,900 to £50,000.

For those wanting to buy a home, we will help you get on the housing ladder - with 100,000 new homes, available to first-time buyers under 40 at a 20% discount.

We will make sure every child gets a great education so they can reach their potential.

And for those retiring, we will make sure you get a decent pension and real rewards for a life of work.

A good job, a nice home, more money at the end of the month, a decent education for your children, a safe and secure retirement.

A country where if you put in, you get out.

A Britain everyone is proud to call home - and a long-term plan to get there.

So let's finish what we have begun.

Let's secure a better future for you, your family and for everyone."