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We’re committed to giving every child the best start in life.

Every parent wants their child to leave primary school able to read, write and add up – and that’s what we’re delivering.

With a more rigorous curriculum, and a refusal to tolerate failure, we’re raising standards – and there are now a million more children being taught in schools ranked ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

But there is still more to do. So we will expect every pupil by the age of 11 to know their times tables off by heart, to perform long division and complex multiplication, and to be able to read a novel and write a short story. This is about giving every child the chance to master the basics and succeed in life.

We will also deliver new powers to give 3,500 failing or coasting schools new leadership and extra support, so that no child is left behind. Any school judged by Ofsted to ‘require improvement’, unless it has a clear plan to improve rapidly, will be taken over by the best headteachers and backed by expert sponsors or high-performing neighbouring schools.

Under Labour, standards in schools fell and Britain slid down the international league tables. Parents, and children, were let down.

But as part of our long-term economic plan, we’re delivering the best schools and skills for young people – so they can reach their potential and succeed in the global race.

Our aim is clear: the best start in life for every child, wherever they’re from – no excuses.

2015 is just 30 days old but already Labour are in chaos:

Read Labour’s 30 days of chaos in full (PDF)

The choice at the next election is clear:

The competence of David Cameron and the Conservatives, working through the long-term economic plan for a stronger economy and a better future; or the chaos of Ed Miliband and Labour, who have no plan other than more spending, more borrowing and more taxes.

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We’re investing a further £1 billion in local communities.

Our Growth Deals will help improve roads, build new homes, provide education and training facilities, and support our manufacturing industries. That will deliver skills, jobs and opportunities for people from communities all over the country – helping hardworking families get on in life.

Giving local communities the power and funding to unlock their potential and make decisions that work for them is a key part of our long-term economic plan to secure a recovery for all.

That recovery is on track, with Britain growing faster than any major economy in 2014. But with uncertainty in the global economy and an election less than 100 days away, now is not the time to abandon the plan and risk chaos for our country’s future.

So let’s keep working through the plan – and secure a better future for Britain.

First the SNP said they’d help Ed Miliband into Downing Street - now reports say Labour are trying to secure the support of Sinn Féin to prop him up as Prime Minister.

At a time when we need to stick to our long-term economic plan, a deal between Labour and any of Sinn Féin, the SNP, the Greens or UKIP could mean chaos for Britain. We just don’t know what they would demand in return for propping up Ed Miliband in Downing Street – but we do know that hardworking taxpayers would pay the price.

This election is the most important for a generation. It’s a choice between competence and chaos; between David Cameron and Ed Miliband; between the Conservatives’ plan to secure a better future and Labour turning back from the progress we’ve made as a country.

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Last year the economy grew by 2.6% – faster than any other major advanced economy.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the economy grew more last year than any year since 2007 (ONS, 27 Jan 2015). It shows that our long-term economic plan is working and building a stronger economy and a better future for hardworking taxpayers.

A growing economy means more businesses creating jobs and more people with the security of a regular wage to provide for their families.

A growing economy also means that we can afford to get the deficit down while continuing to invest in the things that matter: great schools, better health services and more apprenticeships, so our young people can get on in life.

But with the outlook in the global economy getting worse, there are many risks to the recovery.

With 100 days until the election, now is not the time to abandon the plan that’s turning Britain around. Labour have no plan other than more spending, more borrowing and more taxes – and that would mean chaos for the economy and our country.

So let’s keep working through the plan and secure a better future for Britain.

Labour’s spending plans are in chaos – with Ed Miliband and Ed Balls spending the money from their proposed homes tax over and over again.

Last week Balls said the tax will fund the NHS and nothing else:

‘All the money we raised from the mansion tax will go the National health Service’ (LBC, 21 Jan 2015).

But now Miliband says the tax will pay for reducing the deficit:

‘A plan to pay down the deficit - with tax changes, like the mansion tax’ (BBC Breakfast, 27 Jan 2015).

And that was after Miliband had already promised to spend the money on reversing Labour’s policy on the 10p tax rate:

‘We would use the money raised by a mansion tax to reintroduce a lower 10 pence starting rate of tax’ (BBC News, 14 Feb 2013).

Once again, Labour are in chaos.

This shows that they can’t be trusted to fund the NHS or deal with the deficit – and that they’d put both the economy and the NHS at risk. Because you can only have a strong NHS with a strong economy.

With 100 days until the election, it’s clearer than ever that only the Conservatives have a competent plan to build a stronger economy, deal with the deficit and back our NHS. Share this important video to let friends know.

While Labour and the Lib Dems have confirmed they will raise taxes, we’re committed to cutting income tax and rewarding hard work.

Income tax cuts are a key part of our long-term economic plan – to help taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money and be more financially secure.

In this Parliament, we’ve halved the deficit as a percentage of GDP and cut taxes at the same time – proving that tax cuts and a stronger economy can go hand in hand.

In the next Parliament, we’ll do the same – with our five commitments to reward hard work:

  • Cut income tax for 30 million people and take everyone who earns less than £12,500 out of income tax altogether
  • Back aspiration by raising the 40p tax threshold – so that no one earning less than £50,000 pays it
  • Deliver tax free childcare and a tax cut for married couples – to help families get on in life
  • Keep taxes low for working people and their families by continuing to cut the deficit and live within our means
  • Ensure that those who can afford it pay the most in tax, and continue to crack down on tax avoidance and tax evasion

These commitments mean that by the end of the next Conservative government, a typical basic rate taxpayer will have paid at least £8,000 less in income tax since 2010.

Only the Conservatives are going into this election with a clear commitment to cut taxes – so we reward hard work, back aspiration and secure a better future for Britain.

More than 300,000 people took their first step on the property ladder in 2014.

Official figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that there were more first-time buyers last year than any year since 2007. (Source: CML, 22 Jan 2015)

Our long-term economic plan is helping people achieve the dream of owning their own home by:

  • Introducing Help to Buy, which has already helped over 73,000 families – the vast majority first-time buyers – own their own home
  • Building more homes – housebuilding is at its highest since 2007 and planning permission was granted for 240,000 new homes in the year to September 2014
  • Reducing the deficit – so we safeguard the economy for the long term and keep mortgage rates low

When they were last in power, Labour wrecked the economy and getting on the housing ladder became nothing more than a pipe dream for thousands of hardworking taxpayers.

But by building a stronger economy and helping people buy their own home, our plan is backing hardworking families across the country – and securing a better future for Britain.

The SNP have said they'd help Ed Miliband into Downing Street after the next election: a deal that would mean more spending, more borrowing, more taxes - and chaos for Britain. Share our new poster to let everyone know.