Cameron defends use of children

Gordon Brown’s description of his children as “people, not props” has put David Cameron on the defensive over the way his own offspring are in the public eye.

The Conservative leader explains in an interview to be broadcast on Sky News this evening why he is happy to use his children in his political life.

“I’m asking British people to do a huge thing which is to put their trust in me, make me their prime minister,” he said.

“I think people as I’ve said have a right to look at you and who you are. For me my family’s the biggest thing in my life. That’s why I’ve done what I’ve done.”

During his leader’s speech at the Labour party conference in Manchester Mr Brown described his children as “people, not props”.

He made a clear distinction between his wife Sarah, who introduced her husband at the conference with a brief speech of her own, and his children.

Mr Cameron added: “If the prime minister wants to have a go, then fine, that’s life.”