Ministers visiting Portsmouth today as race hots up to general election

Oliver Letwin
Oliver Letwin
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THREE ministers are visiting Portsmouth today as the build-up to May’s general election hots up.

Policy minister Oliver Letwin minister and justice secretary Chris Grayling will be in the city visiting families and small businesses as well as plugging the Conservative vote.

Flick Drummond, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South, has arranged their visits as part of her campaign to get elected.

Minister for Portsmouth Matthew Hancock will also be paying a visit this afternoon to Vector Aerospace, in Gosport, which is being awarded £2m out of the Regional Growth Fund, following an announcement made by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

But beforehand Mr Hancock will be seeing the Duchess of Cambridge at the Spinnaker Tower.

Kate Middleton, who is expecting her second child, is coming to the city to see Sir Ben Ainslie’s new America’s Cup race base in Old Portsmouth.

The ministerial visits come after prime minister David Cameron visited Bursledon last month to launch the Conservative’s election campaign, and promised more tax cuts for hard-working families if his party is re-elected.

He also made assurances shipbuilding was coming back to the city despite BAE Systems having moved its shipbuilding division to the Clyde, in Scotland.