David Cameron is due to make his first speech as Prime Minister to the Conservative Party Conference as he and his government attempt to put an end to a row over newly announced plans to scrap child benefits for those earning £45,000 or more.

Read here for up to the minute coverage of his speech.

15:37: And the speech is over. He finishes calling on the whole nation to come together and make Britain a better place. The government will reform services he says, but the people must take the chances offered to do their bit to improve the country and their own lives.

15:32: The government will introduce elected police commissioners so that police are accountable to the local people rather than central government. He reassures police that this will ensure they are respected more as the more power central government held over them the less they were respected.

15:30: Cameron refernces Ed Balls, who was responsible for schools under the Labour government. Balls a few months ago said that Tory school reforms were dangerous because they "would create winners". Cameron said this shows the "anti-aspirational" mentality of Labour.

15:26: Praise for Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, who has a reputation for being to Quango's what Henry VIII was to monastaries.

15:25: A quick bit of light banker-bashing. "We bailed you out," he says. They should start lending to small businesses.

15:23: Free market purists look away now. He says, "I do not believe in lassez faire".

15:21: Fairness does not mean letting one person work hard in order to pay for another person to live on benefits. "We will not let you live off the hard work of other", he says of those who make a lifestyle choice to live on benefits.

15:18: "Those with broader shoulders should bear the greater load," he says, referring to the child benefit cut this week. Fairness does not mean giving people more money, he argues, but giving them chances to get jobs and other opportunities by providing good schools, making work pay and incentivising marriage through the tax system.

15:17: Jobs will be lost and many government departments will face cuts of 25% over four years, working out at around 7% per year. Despite this public spending will still be at 2006 levels. Cuts will be fair he says.

15:15: He says increasing spending now would be "selfish" and Labour must "never be allowed anywhere near our economy ever again". Much applause.

15:14: Delaying the cuts, as Labour argue, would be worse as it would mean higher interest payments down the line, which means greater cuts when they do come. A bit of optimsim follows saying prosperity will return.

15:13 The emergency budget avoided a "nightmare" like that seen in Greece. He thanks George Osborne for this, much applause. He says "The world has backed us", with the IMF and the EU supporting Britain's actions. Only one group opposes the plan, Labour.

15:11: On cuts he says he wishes there were another way but there "is no other responsible way". This year we will spend more on debt than the NHS he says.

15:09: The election result, he says, saw the defeat of "statism". He denies that the Big Society is "cover for cuts" and claims he was "going on about it" for years. Strange no one remembers that.

15:07: We're on the Big Society, he praises group's that have the "spirit of activism" to help society independently of the state.

15:03: Says that financial crisis was not all Labour's fault and then goes on to stream out a list of the previous Government's failure's "Gurkha's kept out, extremist preachers let in", just one of many Labour sins.

15:02: Alex Salmond will not be happy. Cameron has just said that England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland must all remain united.

15:01: The release of the Lockerbie bomber, "the worst mass muderer in our history" was wrong and "nothing like it must be allowed to happen ever again".

15:00: Britain will renew it's nuclear deterrent based on the Trident missile system. It is the "ultimate insurance policy" against rogue nuclear regimes he says.

14:58: Says new government is restoring old relationships, such as with India.

14:57: British troops will not be in Afghanistan in five years he says. Good news for any Taliban watching. He says we are not there to build an "ideal state". Afghanistan needs to be able to survive Talian insurgents even when Coalition troops leave.

14:56: But Cameron gives a long list of things that the Tories like that the government has done. "Look at what we've done in five months, imagine what we can do in five years!". Big cheers.

14:54: Coalition sometimes means doing things you don't want, like holding a referendum on AV, he says. Still he urges his party not to oppose the bill for a referendum but to win the fight "in the country" if and when the referendum comes.

14:53: A slight reference to Europe to ease the right perhaps. He says of the coalition negotiations "When I told Nick what I thought of the EU Parliament he said 'My God's is worse than I thought'". Kind of Eurosceptic without actually opposing Europe.

14:52: A minority government would have "limped through Parliament" and so he set out to form a "strong and stable government". He thanks Nick Clegg. Cameron concede's they do not agree on everything.

14:51: He now talks of the election night and how it became clear the Tories would not get a majority.

14:49: He goes back even further and praises Margaret Thatcher, an angel to Tories a demon to Labour. Her 85th birthday will be celebrated next week at Downing Street. A huge cheer goes up.

14:47: Praises the previous leaders since the 1997 massacre. William Hague he says put them back on their feet, Iain Duncan-Smith gave them back their heart and Michael Howard gave them back their confidence.

14:46: He says its an "honour and a privilege" to speak as the first Conservative Prime Minister for 13 years. He thanks the British people for giving him this chance.

14:45: Mr Cameron has come onto the stage and already has a standing ovation. Oh dear, best to get it over with.

14:36: Conservative Party Cabinet members have come onto the stage to form the backing of Mr Cameron's speech. Foreign Secretary and former Conservative leader William Hague is giving an introduction.

14:09: David Cameron has entered the conference building, so his speech should be starting soon.