David Cameron views Ben Ainslie Racing America’s Cup base

7
Have your say

PRIME minister David Cameron took a tour of Sir Ben Ainslie’s race base in Old Portsmouth as part of his visit to the city.

Mr Cameron was shown plans illustrating how the final construction will look come May this year by the sailing legend at the Camber site.

Prime Minister David Cameron (right) meets with Sir Ben Ainslie (left) at the base for his America's cup bid which is under construction at the Camber Docks, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 17, 2015. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire POLITICS_Cameron_170230.JPG

Prime Minister David Cameron (right) meets with Sir Ben Ainslie (left) at the base for his America's cup bid which is under construction at the Camber Docks, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 17, 2015. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire POLITICS_Cameron_170230.JPG

The prime minister also spoke to Ben Ainslie Racing apprentices to learn more about their involvement with the major project, while taking in stunning views of Old Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower.

Speaking to The News, Sir Ben said: ‘It’s great to see the prime minister in the Portsmouth area supporting the city, and through that support our team are here at the new race base.

‘There’s been a lot of development in recent months towards the opening in May. It’s really exciting for us as a team and for the area.’

Earlier in the day, Mr Cameron visited Portsmouth Naval Base to confirm that new life will be breathed into the city’s empty shiphall, as firms Magma Structures and BAE Systems will set up shop there.

Prime Minister David Cameron at Sir Ben Ainslie's base for his America's cup bid which is under construction at the Camber Docks, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 17, 2015. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire POLITICS_Cameron_170256.JPG

Prime Minister David Cameron at Sir Ben Ainslie's base for his America's cup bid which is under construction at the Camber Docks, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 17, 2015. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire POLITICS_Cameron_170256.JPG

He also announced a £420m contract that will see Boeing provide the in-service support for Chinook helicopters at Vector Aerospace Fleetlands, in Gosport, securing 450 jobs.