Prime Minister David Cameron make big speech in Rugby borough

Avon Park is one of a number of schools across the country managed by the Witherslack Group.
Avon Park is one of a number of schools across the country managed by the Witherslack Group.

The Prime Minister was full of praise for a site in Rugby borough where he chose to make an important speech on Tuesday.

David Cameron visited the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park, where he spoke about his long-term economic plan.

And he showered his hosts with compliments about their importance to Britain’s economic recovery.

Mr Cameron said: “This extraordinary centre is developing skills for the future which is a crucial part of our long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future.

“It is also contributing to the re-industrialisation of our country, and I think it’s great that this renaissance is taking place right here in the West Midlands which was, of course, the manufacturing centre of the world.”

The centre, which was established in 2010, recently announced a new £36 million advanced manufacturing training centre will be built alongside the current site, which bosses say will provide a “significant contribution towards solving the skills shortages which have been prevalent in manufacturing for many years”.

Setting out what he hopes will be a vote-winning strategy for next year’s general election, Mr Cameron spoke of cutting taxes, capping welfare and controlling immigration.

He also talked about the importance of education and apprenticeships.

Mr Cameron said: “We want Britain to be a success in this modernised globalised world - we want to be a country that succeeds in what I call the global race.”

But Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg reacted angrily to hints that the Conservatives want to raise the amount of money people can earn before paying tax. He described their position as “spectacularly inconsistent” and expressed frustration that his coalition partners were taking credit for what had been a Liberal Democrat idea.