News: Tory leadership - Reaction

Paul Dornan, head of policy, Child Poverty Action Group: "We are glad to see David Cameron emphasise that there is such a thing as society, but the Conservative Party must now back up Cameron's rhetoric with reality - he must put his money where his mouth is."

Gordon Lishman, director-general, Age Concern: "The ageing society is one of the biggest social and political challenges of our time. It should be seen by all the political parties as an opportunity rather than a burden.

Older people should have access to the same opportunities as everyone else."

Tony Juniper, director, Friends of the Earth: "Political action to tackle climate change is desperately needed, and the Conservative Party has a vital role to play.

"Although the policy group will take 18 months to report, it is crucial for Mr Cameron and his party to continue to push for urgent political action on climate change. Carbon dioxide emissions in the UK are rising."

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