REPORTER: They're trailing in the polls but the economy is looking up. And that says Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is good reason to be optimistic.
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON: "In May 2010, the needle on the gauge was at crisis point. People were talking about our country in a way they hadn't done so for decades. But three and half years later, we are beginning to turn the corner. The deficit is falling, our economy is growing, the numbers of our fellow countrymen and women in work are rising. We are not there yet, not by a long way, but my friends, we are on our way."
REPORTER: He was speaking at the end of his Conservative's party annual conference. And with an election looming in 2015 was clearly in fighting mood.
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON: "Last week Labour proposed to put up corporation tax on our biggest and most successful employers. That is just about the most damaging, nonsensical twisted economic policy you could possibly come up with and we will fight it every step of the way."
REPORTER: Cameron had to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats to rule after the last election. But they have very different views on Europe. A vote is due to be held on EU membership if the Conservatives win again. But it's a big if. Stagnant wages and rising living costs have left the Conservative party vulnerable to a charge from the Labour opposition. There may be signs of an economic upturn - but most people aren't feeling the benefits yet.
1. If you put something centre stage or something takes centre stage, it attracts a lot of attention. The expression is a metaphor taken from the theatre where the most important actors or performers occupy the centre of the stage. Sometimes the idiom is used with both a literal and figurative meaning in a play on words. • Japanese designers on Saturday took centre stage at Paris fashion week.
2. If something or someone turns the corner, their situation starts to improve after a difficult period. • After nine months of poor sales we've finally turned the corner.