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Cameron Wins the Election With Barnstorming Conference Speech

02/10/2014 11:05 BST | Updated 01/12/2014 10:59 GMT

After a challenging few months the Prime Minister came out of his corner fighting. And, as a former boxer myself, it was clear he threw a few knockout punches that will have his opponents reeling.

I had the pleasure of hearing David Cameron's speech in Birmingham yesterday after spending the last few days at the Tory conference campaigning for apprenticeships. To my mind, he won the election right then and there.

Before the first campaign poster has been printed and the ballot papers distributed, Mr Cameron stood up and very clearly set out how the country can go onto greater success thanks to the springboard it has created over the past five years, despite being shackled to an ineffective coalition partner.

Most significantly, from my point of view, was his pledge to scrap youth unemployment within the next five years. It's a bold claim to make, but unlike some other politicians, he's got some workable plans to back it up with, staring with the announcement from the weekend to take Job Seeker's Allowance away from school leavers to allow an extra £300m to be pumped into creating new apprenticeships.

I agree with his pledge to give our school leavers two options: earn or learn. He said, "We will reduce the benefits cap, and we will say to those 21 and under: no longer will you have the option of leaving school and going straight into a life on benefits. And we will help by funding three million Apprenticeships."

His passion for this country shone through; particularly when he gave a passionate defence of the NHS and challenged the lies that have been pedalled by his opponents that he doesn't have the best interests of the health service at heart. You could see he was genuine, when his wife Samantha was moved to tears as he praised the vital service that cared for their late son Ivan.

But Cameron also showed he understands how businesses can help the economy and how those businesses are helped by motivated and skilled workers. His pledge to scrap income tax for those on the minimum wage further impresses on the country his desire to get people working and not waste their lives on benefits.

This was supported by a promise to crackdown on rogue employers and zero-hours contracts, saying "Those exclusive zero hours contracts that left people unable to build decent lives for themselves - we will scrap them." These are the strong incentives we need to get people back to work.

I was also impressed with his plans to increase the tax threshold for the 40p tax rate, which will boost the disposable income of a decent number of families across the country and further drive the economy by increasing spending. This is a man who wants to reward hardworking people of Great Britain, and as one of them, he has my full backing.

All of this fits in with his goal to give people the opportunity for a good job, a nice home, more money, a decent education for their children and a safe and secure retirement.

That's aspiration many of us have and from next May there is no reason why Mr Cameron and his party can't make it a reality.