David Cameron backs The Journal's campaign to create apprenticeships

The Conservative leader is in the North East on the campaign trail and says a vote for Labour will "cast a shadow over the region once more"

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister has backed The Journal’s campaign to create more apprenticeships as he heads to the region today.

David Cameron will be in Northumberland’s Berwick and Teesside’s Stoctkon-on-Tees on the General Election campaign trail, and says a vote for Labour will “cast a shadow over the region once more”.

He will tell voters the economy is growing and say infrastructure is a priority for the next Government while highlighting the Coalition’s commitment to dual the A1 from Newcastle to Ellingham. He will also say that Sunderland’s Nissan is a major North East success story.

The Conservative leader says his party is offering “people from Darlington to Berwick the security they deserve” and praised this newspaper’s Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign.

David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)
David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)

The Prime Minister said: “I’m in Berwick and Stockton today with a clear message.

“After some long, dark days recovering from Labour’s Great Recession, the sun is starting to shine on the North East again. It’s an incredible comeback – with trains being made in County Durham, energy generated off the Northumberland coast, and more cars produced in Sunderland than the whole of Italy.

“It’s this strong, growing economy which families’ security depends upon.“

Mr Cameron is hoping James Wharton can hang on to the Stockton South constituency while Berwick, which candidate Anne-Marie Trevelyan is hoping to win, is a key target seat.

David Cameron with prospective Conservative Anne Marie Trevelyan near the A1, North of Morpeth, and Regional Director Highways Agency Jeremy Bloom
David Cameron with prospective Conservative Anne Marie Trevelyan near the A1, North of Morpeth, and Regional Director Highways Agency Jeremy Bloom

He said: “Look at what it has enabled us to do these past five years. We’ve created 1.9m more jobs, so people have the security of a regular wage. We’ve cut the taxes of over 26m people, so hard-pressed families keep more of their own money.

“We’re dualling the A1 north of Newcastle, investing in faster rail services and delivering superfast broadband, so the North East is equipped for the 21st century. We’ve protected our NHS, increased the State Pension by £950 and created 30,000 apprenticeships in this region alone – and I know The Journal is right behind that with its “Proud to Back Apprenticeships” campaign.

“This is what our difficult decisions have all been for. I’m not saying we have fixed every problem – of course we haven’t. But our plan is giving people from Darlington to Berwick the security they deserve. In just 24 days, all that is at risk. A win for Labour, with their addiction to taxes, borrowing and spending, would cast a shadow over the region once more.

“Nothing less than your family’s future is at stake. So the choice for voters couldn’t be clearer: between a return to Labour’s dark days of debt and waste – or a brighter future with the Conservatives.”

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer