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Story time with David Cameron: PM reads to primary school pupils on visit to promote re-sit plans

Lucy Howarth, six, takes a desk break during David Cameron's storytelling session Credit: PA

David Cameron broke off from the usual general election campaigning today to read stories to pupils at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School in Westhoughton, near Bolton.

But the Prime Minister was met with some resistance when one of the youngsters he was meant to be entertaining broke off to lay her head on the desk.

Lucy Howarth, six, was listening to the Conservative Party leader read The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch to her and classmate Will Spibey, five, when she opted for a short time-out.

"Complicated stuff, this," Mr Cameron said of the book's plot, which sees a princess rescue an ungrateful prince from a dragon.

The Prime Minister reads a children's book to pupil Lucy Howarth Credit: PA

The Bolton West seat Mr Cameron was visiting was held by Labour in 2010 with a majority of just 92.

His visit was promoting the Conservative Party policy of making children resit exams at secondary school if they do not reach the standard in core subjects at primary.

"There is nothing more important than making sure our young people have the skills that they need," Mr Cameron told reporters.

"The facts are these. Today you have around a hundred thousand children leaving primary school that don't have the right skills and so we are saying they must resit those key tests in reading and writing in numeracy when they get to secondary school so they get those skills...

"This will change the life chances of many, many people in our country."

Prime Minister David Cameron reads at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School in Westhoughton near Bolton Credit: PA