David Cameron’s Conservative party conference speech last week seemed to be very smart politics. Certainly, the Prime Minster’s pledged tax cuts electrified the Tory faithful gathered in Birmingham. Conference delegates, having arrived rather downbeat, left their annual party gabfest with renewed confidence the Conservatives could yet win an outright majority at the May 2015 general election.
Many journalists present also rated this as Cameron’s best platform speech since 2005 – when, as a relatively new MP, he transformed himself from rank outsider in the Conservative leadership contest to party-boss-in-waiting. As well as in the conference hall, Cameron’s effort was a hit across the country too. A YouGov poll published on Friday saw the Tories leading for the first time in over two years – posting 35pc support, with Labour on 34pc, UKIP on 14pc and the Liberal Democrats trailing on 6pc, their worst poll showing in over a decade.