Cameron talks up civil society

The Conservative Party places a "huge emphasis on civil society", according to the party's leader, David Cameron.

Delivering the Campaign to Protect Rural England's annual lecture this week at the Royal United Services Institute in London, Cameron promised that if his party were voted into power at the next election, it would make it "easier and more attractive" to set up co-ops and small, independently run schools.

He also said that he wanted to introduce new measures to assess the social impact of policy in the same way that environmental impacts were now considered.

Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the CPRE, said: "It was refreshing to hear David Cameron's pledge to put people and communities first and that we should trust local communities to shape decisions affecting them."

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