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Reporter: Rafael Epstein

Charges that David Cameron, the leader of the main British opposition Conservative Party, was all
style and no substance were reinforced by his speech at the partys annual conference, according to
the British press.


TONY JONES: In Britain, it's the end of the political party's annual conference season and the
morning newspapers have delivered a mixed verdict on the keynote speech to the Tory faithful by
Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Aiming to stay on top in the polls he's made big some
promises like pledging to never cut health funding. The critics wonder why he has delivered no hard
policies. That doesn't appear to worry Mr Cameron, who is pushing on with the radical rebranding of
his party.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Often derided as the heir to Blair, David Cameron's most important speech so far
may not have persuaded all in the media, but he's more interested in voters who've sided with
Labour three times and now want change. In just one year, David Cameron has radically revamped his
party's image.

DAVID CAMERON: Right. Welcome to webcameron. Watch out BBC --

CHILD: Daddy.

DAVID CAMERON: I'll do it in a minute.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: His Internet diary could be the future of politics. It's helped give the Tories
their best polling numbers in almost 20 years. Perhaps also because he's often seen like this - the
39-year-old family man with his disabled child Ivan. The care his son receives has Mr Cameron
promising he'll never cut spending on public health.

DAVID CAMERON: But when your family relies on the NHS day after day you realise just how precious
it really is.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: At the last election as the Tories' policy chief, he was promoting vouchers for
people to opt out of the public health system. But the son of a stockbroker and graduate of Eton
and Oxford wants to be a man capable of winning over middle England.

DAVID CAMERON: We're reaching out for what we can achieve, so let us say here today, confidently,
that for Britain, the best is yet to come.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Labour says the Tories are all image and no substance, but some of the concrete
policies they have considered have already been spoken about by the Government. Like the idea of
tax-free pay for soldiers.

WILLIAM HAGUE: Yes, we are cautious about bringing out a lot of policies years before a general
election. We are laying down the principles this week.

RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Any election is as many as three years away but the Tories are more optimistic than
they have been in a long time. The British public rates them higher than Labour on key topics like
health and education. He's released no detailed policies on either subject.