MP urges David Cameron to visit Gosport

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THE prime minister has said he will consider coming to Gosport after the town’s MP invited him.

During Prime Ministers Questions in the Commons Ms Dinenage told David Cameron Gosport-based Clipper Ventures was to bring £50m to the UK with its global yacht race and invited him to Gosport.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage

She said: ‘The UK economy is due to benefit £50m by hosting the epic Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which kicked off this week.

‘Will the prime minister come to Gosport to see for himself one of the UK’s top marine and sailing hubs and personally congratulate Clipper Ventures, who are literally flying the flag for Britain’s tourism, trade and water sports?’

In response Mr Cameron praised Clipper, based at Royal Clarence Marina, and said he would ‘take into account’ the invitation.

He said: ‘My honourable friend is absolutely right, I’ve seen a model of this incredible vessel and I join her in welcoming the fantastic contribution that Clipper Ventures makes to the British economy.

‘It was great to see the race leaving London for the first time and even better to see the flotilla was led by a British boat.’

‘I will certainly take into account her kind invitation to come to Gosport but I wish Sir Robin Knox-Johnston well and all those taking part.’

Ms Dinenage said she wants to show off Gosport’s marine and sailing industries and their importance to the country’s economy.

The MP helped establish the Gosport Marine Scene group and is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime & Ports Group.