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What did David Cameron ever do for us?
13/07/2016 14:28:00

As David Cameron enters his last few hours as Prime Minister, it is worth Monty Python-style reflecting on what he ever did for us:

• The economy has been turned around with the deficit as a share of our national wealth cut by nearly two thirds.

• There are 2.5 million more people in work.

• The new National Living Wage has given people over the age of 25 on low wages a pay rise.

• Four million of the lowest-paid people in the country no longer have to pay income tax.

• We now have a welfare system that rewards hard work, with a cap so no family can earn more out of work than the average family earns in work.

• Almost 2.9 million new apprenticeships have been created.

• There are over 1.4 million more children in good or outstanding schools.

• The living standards of our elderly have been protected by the triple lock on the basic state pension, which says it must increase by wages, prices or 2.5% whichever is higher meaning that when inflation is low pensioners still get a decent increase.

• The NHS budget has been protected in real terms.

• Crime is down by over a quarter.

• Same sex couples can now get married.

• Over 700,000 new homes have been built.

• We are in the middle of the biggest investment in our road network since the 1970s and the biggest investment in our rail network since Victorian times.

• He has kept our promise to the poorest people in the world - and helped to keep us safer at the same time - by meeting our commitment to spend 0.7% of our national wealth on overseas aid.

• And he has kept our defences strong,meeting our commitment to spend 2% of our national wealth on our armed forces.

He hasn't got everything right, but he has left this country stronger than he found it and he should be proud of that.

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