Tories launch anti-debt campaign

By Ian Dunt

The Conservatives have launched an anti-debt campaign in central London, while Gordon Brown chairs a meeting on unemployment.

Mr Cameron revealed a new Conservative advert which featured a picture of a child and read: “Dad’s nose, mum’s eyes, Gordon Brown’s debt.”

“We want to turn this picture of despair into one of hope,” the Tory leader said.

“We want to show there is a different way. We can have a government that lives within its means, rather than beyond its means. That’s why we’re doing this.”

The Tories are in the middle stages of setting out their stall for a future general election with a message based on economic prudence.

They plan to trim the growth of spending by reducing it from £30 million to £24 million. They would then use £4 million out of the remaining £5 million to abolish the basic rate of savings tax.

“This government has allowed national debt to mushroom,” said shadow chancellor George Osborne.

“We need to have a change of attitude in government which only a change of party will bring about.”