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PM Makes Plea For Euro Elections 'Optimism
David Cameron has issued a rallying cry to undecided voters urging them for their support ahead of the upcoming European elections.
The Prime Minister says he understands concerns about immigration and Britain's place in the European Union, but insisted "real" patriots would be better off backing the Conservatives rather than UKIP.
Polling has indicated Nigel Farage's UKIP party will come first in the UK's European Parliament results, with the Tories pushed into a humiliating third place.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Cameron says: "I have set out, very clearly, the key areas we are renegotiating on: keeping our border controls; cracking down on benefit tourism; securing more trade; getting more control over justice and home affairs; and getting Britain out of 'ever closer union'.
"Once we've negotiated, whatever the outcome, the British people will have the final say on our future in Europe, with that in-out referendum in 2017.
"If you're thinking 'I've heard all this before' - I get it. I was watching too when Labour made Britain the door-mat of Europe and signed British taxpayers up to Eurozone bail-out funds. So I understand the scepticism. But if you want proof that we will deliver, just look at our record."
He adds: "I have made a clear and personal commitment: I would not be Prime Minister of a government unless we could carry out our pledge of an in-out referendum. This is a fundamental principle for me."
In the article, Mr Cameron takes an apparent swipe at Mr Farage, mocking his pessimism, although he does not directly name him, with a reference to Dad's Army character Private Frazer.
He says: "There are politicians who refuse to be upbeat about Britain. To them, pessimism equals patriotism. They insist that our best days are behind us and that everything is bound to get worse. Like Private Frazer politicians they're perennially crying out that 'we're all doomed'."