Thursday, 16 June 2011

Prime Minister Visits Lincoln

Local Rsidents will have noticed the excellent arial display by the Red Arrows early this morning, as they practiced for the arrival of a very special guest in the county, above Nettleham. David Cameron MP, the Prime Minister, attended a graduation ceremony at RAF College Cranwell, where he said the RAF is not just important to the nation’s security, but also 'completely and utterly essential'.

"Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, our fighters are standing ready to launch to protect UK air space."

"I know that, I get those telephone calls each and every time there’s a plane in UK air space that we don’t know about."
The Prime Minister made the speech after inspecting the officer cadets at RAF Cranwell. He watched a flypast by the Red Arrows and presented annual prizes including the Sword of Honour, the International Sword of Honour and the Queen’s Medal.

Mr Cameron, who is the third Prime Minister to visit RAF Cranwell, told the graduates the RAF would remain a 'formidable and world-class air force.

Above: David Cameron Answers questions from staff at Lincolnshire Co-Operative
Later, Mr. Cameron visited workers of Lincolnshire Cooperative as part of his 'PM Direct' inititive which follows on from his successful 'Cameron Direct' roadshow conducted inopposition.

The visit took place at the Lincolnsire Co-operative's Pharmacy Warehouse on Proctors Road in the city with around two hundred workers getting an opportunity to quiz the head of government for around fourty minutes.

Extracts of the Prime Minister’s PM Direct sessionwere broadcast live on Sky News during the day. When asked about reducing the sales tax back to 17.5% in order to stimulate consumer spending, bring down inflation and boost job creation, Mr. Cameron said:

"Those who say '‘Well, you ought to go out and slash taxes, or spend more money, or do some more government investment', all you would be doing if you did that would be making the problem of your deficit, your overdraft, worse.

"If you have maxed out your credit card, if you put off dealing with the problem, the problem gets worse.

"As a country, if you go on borrowing like we are, you are putting the problem on to your children and I think that’s totally irresponsible.

"So here we are today, spending £120 million a day just on the interest on our debt. If we go on doing that I think it’s totally irresponsible to the next generation."
Karl McCartney MP
Lincoln's Karl McCartney MP welcomed the Prime Minister's visit, saying:
"I am very pleased that Prime Minister David Cameron was able to visit our city and spent some time with our local Lincolnshire Co-Operative organisation.

"I am sure he will have met many local people, and has heard first hand of the good work in the community that they and the Co-Op are involved in.

"I am sure he will have been pleased to see the Co-Op fully engaged with many aspects of The Big Society here in Lincoln and Lincolnshire."

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