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During a visit to Brussels, Conservative Party Leader, has met the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barrosso, Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and the Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. He also addressed Conservative MEPs to outline the Party's agenda in Europe and set out four key priorities for European reform: the environment, global poverty, tackling fraud and the action needed to make Europe's economy more competitive.
David Cameron called for an end to the culture of hopelessness in the EU and will say that it is because he wants to see a future for the EU that he wants to make it confront its failings.
Speaking to Conservatives.com during the visit, Mr Cameron said: "It is time to drive forward a new agenda in Europe - looking outwards to the world, flexible, competitive - ready to face the challenges of globalisation in the 21st century.
A former aide to ex-Conservative leader William Hague has defected to the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Toby Horton said his "tipping point" had been a recent suggestion that the modernised party should look to Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee.
Mr Hague's former constituency chairman said: "I didn't leave the Conservative party; the Conservative Party left me."