Read David Cameron’s full speech (4200 words) here.

"We must not allow the security of this country to become a political football – either between the parties or within the parties. That does not mean avoiding debate or 
promoting fake consensus.  But it does mean
avoiding the temptation to use national security as a political positioning exercise – an attempt to portray one side as being “tougher” than the other… whether it’s one side in a general election, or one side in a leadership Ch_pics_107_1election.  A strong and steady approach puts security first, politics second.  Putting politics before security leads to an approach that is hasty and hysterical – and that can never be in the national interest."

Deputy Editor

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