CONSERVATIVE leader Michael Howard was publishing his party's election manifesto today with a promise to help all voters pursue "the British dream".
He was saying Britain had been "heading in the wrong direction" under Labour.
But the May 5 poll gives voters "a chance to be optimistic about our future again" by electing a Conservative government, he was saying.
He was promising that a Tory administration would get government off people's backs, devolve power from Whitehall to local communities and reward people who "do the right thing".
Among policies to be unveiled in the first of the three major parties' manifestos to be published is a Tory promise to "liberate" schools from central government control.
The Tories will also create 600,000 new school places in their first term, he added.