Michael Dugher MP, Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, said:
"This was a defensive speech, from an out of touch, clearly rattled leader, who cannot be the One Nation Prime Minister we need.
"David Cameron never once mentioned the double dip recession or the one million young people out of work. His speech failed to set out the real change our economy needs. Rather than tackling the banks, or explaining why borrowing is going up not down, he chose to defend his millionaires' tax cut. He cannot bring Britain together to tackle the problems we face when his priority is to cut taxes for 8,000 millionaires by £40,000 next April, while asking pensioners to pay more.
"And during the course of his 6,000 word lecture to the country, he failed to mention the police once. That is a total disgrace at a time when he's taking 15,000 police officers off our streets."