David Cameron: ‘I am confident about shipbuilding returning to Portsmouth’

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PRIME minister David Cameron has insisted he will keep to his promise and bring shipbuilding back to Portsmouth.

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Prime minister David Cameron

Prime minister David Cameron

Speaking to The News during his visit to Bursledon today, Mr Cameron said: ‘I am confident we will keep the commitments we have made to the people of Portsmouth.

‘Over the last year, we have seen real government intervention.

‘We have seen a new minister for Portsmouth, who has been really active, and securing the Ben Ainslie centre has been really good news for Portsmouth.

‘The £100m investment into the docks has been part of the success.

‘We have also got the amazing amount of ship servicing work now the two aircraft carriers will be built, and the new frigates (will be) as well.’

The prime minister’s comments follow a letter he wrote to The News a year ago outlining how he would do everything in his power to bring shipbuilding back to the city after BAE Systems decided to move its shipbuilding operation to the Clyde, in Scotland. The move put hundreds of jobs at risk.

Mr Cameron added: ‘There is a very bright future for Portsmouth, but there are more things we need to sort out, and I am confident that will happen in the weeks ahead.’