UK conservative leader says history should celebrate success

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History should be taught properly in schools as a way of teaching immigrants what it means to be British, David Cameron claimed yesterday.

The Tory leader warned that national identity had been deliberately weakened by constant attacks on the nation's culture.

He entered the debate about Britishness with an impassioned plea for a return to positive attitudes about the role of a citizen of the United Kingdom.

"You do not earn respect by constantly denigrating and repudiating your own culture," he said.

He used a keynote speech to a high-level seminar on Islam in Britain to map out how he would approach the issue of national identity if he brings the Tories back to power.

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