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We’re investing in flood defences to protect people’s homes.

Thanks to our long-term economic plan, we can invest in the future infrastructure that the UK needs, including flood defences.

Under Labour, billions were wasted on inefficient and ineffective spending and not nearly enough was invested in flood defences.

We’re investing £2.3 billion in over 1,400 flood defence projects to better protect at least 300,000 homes – so families are more secure and have greater peace of mind for the future.

This is part of our National Infrastructure Plan for roads, railways, housing and flood defences, and ensures Britain has modern infrastructure fit for the 21st century.

The investment is only possible because of the difficult decisions we’ve taken as we work through our long-term economic plan to build a stronger, healthier economy.

That plan is securing a better future – and giving security to hardworking families.

We’re committed to the biggest investment in roads for a generation.

Our new £15 billion Road Investment Strategy will increase the capacity and condition of our roads – to keep the economy growing and help people get around and get on.

Labour failed to invest in roads, as Britain plummeted below Namibia, Slovenia and Cyprus in international league tables. Our roads became unfit for modern Britain.

Unlike Labour, we’re committed to supporting Britain’s infrastructure. We’ve already invested £9 billion in our roads since 2010, and this new investment will fund 84 new national road projects, with over 1,300 extra lane miles – including:

-Dualling the A303 and A358 to the South West, with a new tunnel at Stonehenge

-Dualling the A1 all the way from London to Ellingham, just 25 miles from the Scottish border

-Improving one-third of junctions on the M25

-Completing the smart motorway along the length of the M62 from Manchester to Leeds

-Upgrading the east-west connection to Norfolk, the M42 to Birmingham Airport, the A27 along the south coast, and links to the Port of Liverpool

Backing businesses with world-class infrastructure is a key part of our long-term economic plan – and is only possible because of the difficult decisions we’ve taken to reduce the deficit.

By investing in better roads, we’re not just reducing congestion and making our country a more connected place - we’re also helping to build a stronger economy and secure a better future.

The British people want controlled immigration – and that’s what the Conservatives will deliver.

Successive governments have lacked control over immigration and people are understandably frustrated. They don’t want limitless immigration and they don’t want no immigration. They want controlled immigration. And they are right.

That’s why we have a plan to remove the financial incentives that attract migrants to Britain, with changes to welfare an absolute requirement in our renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU.

Our plan will mean that in future EU workers will:

  • Not get in-work benefits until they’ve been in Britain for four years
  • Not get social housing until they’ve been here for four years
  • Not get child benefits and tax credits for children living elsewhere in Europe, no matter how long they’ve paid taxes here

EU jobseekers will also not be supported by British taxpayers and will have to leave if they aren’t in a job within six months.

This plan will deliver the toughest system on welfare for EU migrants in Europe.

We’ll renegotiate to reform the EU and Britain’s relationship with it, with the issue of free movement a key part of that. Then we will put that reformed relationship to the people in a referendum. But if our concerns fall on deaf ears in Europe, we’re ruling nothing out.

Labour won’t renegotiate and won’t give you a referendum. If you want renegotiation and a referendum, there’s only one way to get them: by voting Conservative at the next election.

Businesses are leading Britain’s recovery – and we’re backing them all the way.

Official figures show that there are 760,000 more businesses since 2010, and a record 5.2 million businesses overall (source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Business Population Estimates for the UK and Regions, 26 Nov 2014).

More businesses mean more people building a better future for themselves and creating jobs for others, so more hardworking families are financially secure.

Under Labour, businesses were hit with higher taxes and more red tape. That didn’t just punish businesses but cost jobs too, with unemployment increasing by almost half-a-million when Labour were last in office.

But businesses are at the heart of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan. By reducing red tape, cutting the jobs tax and delivering better infrastructure, we’re helping more people set up their own business. And that’s creating more jobs, with 1.7 million more people in work since 2010. Every job is another hardworking taxpayer with the security of a pay packet and the opportunity to get on in life.

That’s why we need to keep working through our plan – to help create even more businesses and jobs and secure a better future for Britain.

The British economy is growing faster than any other economy in the G7 – including Germany, Japan and America.

OECD forecasts say that our economy will grow by 3% this year, with strong growth predicted for 2015 and 2016 too (OECD Economic Outlook, 25 Nov 2014).

Under Labour, the economy went into recession, unemployment grew, and families were less financially secure.

But with the Conservatives, the economy is growing again. That means people are finding work and getting on in life, and families can look forward to a better, more secure future.

These forecasts show that our long-term economic plan is working and building a stronger, healthier economy. But they also warn of the external threats our economy faces, including from a stalling Eurozone.

There’s still much more to do to secure the recovery – and that’s why we can’t go back to Labour. Their plans for more borrowing and higher taxes would wreck the economy – just like they did when they were last in power.

Only by working through our long-term economic plan will we keep the economy growing and secure a better future for Britain.

The number of 18-24 year olds not in education, employment and training (NEETs) in England has fallen to its lowest level since 2007.

Official figures show that the number of NEETs fell by 136,000 between July and September to a seven year low (Department of Innovation, Business & Skills, 20 Nov 2014).

Fewer NEETs means more young people starting an apprenticeship, finding a job, and having the security of a pay packet to provide for themselves.

Delivering skills and jobs for young people is a key part of our long-term economic plan.

We’ve created 1.9 million apprenticeships since 2010, and will create 3 million by the end of the next Parliament. Meanwhile, youth unemployment fell by 244,000 in the last year.

By delivering the best skills and tackling youth unemployment, we’re helping young people get on in life and ensuring our country succeeds in the global race.

That’s why we need to keep working through our plan and secure a better future for Britain.

Yet another senior Labour figure has said Ed Miliband's just not up to it: Ed Miliband himself.

Watch this to see how Ed Miliband has broken his own rules for being a good leader - then share the video with friends.

Labour’s new immigration policy has unravelled – and shows that they’re not ready for the responsibilities of government.

When they were last in power, Labour lost control of Britain’s borders – and net immigration went up six-fold. But they haven’t learned their lesson and have opposed every step we’ve taken to control immigration.

Now Labour are pretending they can hire 1,000 more immigration staff – when their plans only raise enough money to pay for 59.

Labour say that new staff would be funded by a charge to process electronic visa waivers for people visiting Britain. But according to Labour’s own estimates, the charge will apply to only 236,300 visitors – raising less than £2.4 million. Assuming costs of £40,000 per member of staff, Labour would only be able to hire 59 people – 941 short of what they’re promising.

It’s another disastrous Labour policy and shows that they’re not ready for the responsibilities of government.

While we’re building an immigration system that works in the national interest and helps secure a better future, Labour would put that all at risk.

Who do you trust with the economy, with jobs, with supporting our businesses and funding our public services?

When business owners and leaders were asked, they didn't say Labour:

  • By 58% to 13% they trust the Conservatives over Labour to run the economy
  • By 53% to 18% they believe the Conservatives are best for small businesses
  • By 53% to 21% they believe the Conservatives are best for creating jobs

And the most telling statistic of all: by 53% to 17% they trust the Conservatives over Labour to produce a growing economy that can guarantee funding for health and education for the long term. (Source: YouGov survey, 6-9 November 2014)

These are the people who create jobs - and they know that a Labour government would be a disaster for Britain: hitting businesses, costing jobs, dragging our economy backwards, and leaving us with less money to fund our vital public services.

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