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A Vision for the Future and a Plan to Deliver It

03/10/2014 16:05 BST | Updated 03/12/2014 10:59 GMT

This week in Birmingham I seemed to spend a lot of time answering the same question from journalists. "Why is everyone here so upbeat?". My answer was always the same "Because we have a plan - a strategy - we can see it's working, and we're sticking to it."

For four and a half years the government, and specifically the Conservative party, has been delivering on that long term economic plan, and now we can see its fruits. Just like in business, in politics you need to set your plan and work towards it. Yes, some times you're derailed by events , but ultimately that leads to changes in tactics, your strategy has to remain the same.

On Wednesday the prime minister set out the next stage of this plan, a natural progression. As he said in that fantastic speech, the past four years have been about laying the foundations, the next five will be about finishing the job.

Unlike Ed Miliband who treated us to anecdotes of meeting "real" people in our nation's parks, the Prime Minister used his speech to lay out his vision for what Britain should be, indeed could be under a Conservative majority government.

As the Prime Minister described it, the vision is simple, a good job, a nice home, more money at the end of the month, a decent education for your children, a safe and secure retirement. A Britain everyone is proud to call home, and a long term plan to get there.

Unlike Labour though, we've been honest with the nation. The deficit will still have to be tackled. To get to that Britain, we're still going to have to take some tough choices, there will have to be some sacrifices. But it will be worth it.

If the nation elects a Conservative government then in five years time we could have full employment, have abolished exploitative zero hour contracts, increased the tax free threshold for the lowest paid, reduced the taxes paid by those on middle incomes, helped hundreds of thousands more young people onto the housing ladder, increased funding to the NHS, and funded three million more apprenticeships.

That's a real vision for Britain, one that I'm proud to be helping to deliver.