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PUBLISHED: 12:20 14 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:42 14 April 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at University Technical College in Swindon at the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at University Technical College in Swindon at the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

David Cameron launched the Conservative’s election manifesto today by claiming the Tories were the “party of working people”.

In an upbeat address, Mr Cameron said a Conservative government would use the next five years to turn “the good news in the economy into a good life for your family”.

He said that providing free childcare was a key measure for many working families.

“A good life should mean that raising your family feels like an incredible and joyful and, yes, sometimes exhausting journey but it shouldn’t be a struggle with the bills,” he said.

“For families with young children, this is not one issue among many - it is the issue. They’re asking ‘How can this work? How can we afford it?’ It shouldn’t have to be this way.”

He said that passing legislation to ensure no-one on the minimum wage had to pay income tax was a “modern compassionate Conservative version” of a previous reform to help low-earners.

“This is a landmark change,” he said. “It means that we can proudly say that this is the party of working people.”

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