Sunday, 18 January 2009

David Cameron in the North East

On Friday 9 January we were delighted to welcome David Cameron to the North East. The Nissan car plant in Sunderland had announced 1,200 job losses 24 hours before so David headed up the A19 for a private meeting with Nissan bosses.
While on Wearside, David visited the City of Sunderland College with Sunderland Central PPC Lee Martin. He toured the new campus, chatted to students and told gathered journalists "I remember the pride everyone felt when Nissan came to the North East under the last Conservative Government. I remember going to the
plant last year and seeing what is a fantastic example of motor manufacturing. There's nothing wrong with the plant - it's the most efficient plant in the world. There's nothing wrong with the product - the
Qashqai has been a fantastically successful car."
The day was rounded off in North Shields where 150 residents had gathered for the North East's first Cameron Direct. For an hour David fielded questions from the audience on issues relating to crime and anti-social
behaviour, the EU, tuition fees, upgrading the A1, and even UFOs. Sat to his left were North Tyneside Mayoral Candidate Linda Arkley, and Tynemouth PPC Wendy Morton, who said after the event "The great thing about
Cameron Direct was that it was the audience of local residents who asked all the questions and so set the agenda for the evening. This was the first 'Cameron Direct' event in the North East - and it was extremely well
received by the local community."