Cameron makes youth pitch ahead of Leeds event

DAVID Cameron will make a pitch for the votes of younger people today as Leeds becomes the focus for the election campaign.
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Leeds Town Hall

The Prime Minister will launch a five-point “guarantee” for young people including the promise of extra apprenticeships and help to buy a first home.

He will also highlight figures showing one million people under 30 have been taken out of income tax because of measures taken by the Coalition and another 500,000 would benefit from further changes proposed by the Conservatives.

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The Prime Minister said: “If you’re young, want to work hard and want to get on, the Conservative Party is the party for you. If you put in, you’ll get out.

“If you want to work hard and make something of yourself, whether it’s through our apprenticeship programme, abolishing the jobs tax on young people, our income tax cuts or Help to Buy, we are the party of the first chance - the first job, the first paycheque, the first home; the party of every young person who wants get on life.”

Mr Cameron will be in Leeds later today along with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband as the city hosts a special edition of BBC’s Question Time programme.

Each leader will be grilled by the audience for 30 minutes in a live programme broadcast from Leeds Town Hall.

Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan said the event was an opportunity to “showcase” the city.