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Prime Minister tells Barroso 'I answer to British people'

David Cameron talks to apprentices during a visit to the Ford factory in Dagenham. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

David Cameron has hit back at criticisms from outgoing European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, saying he is very clear that his "boss" is the British people.

The Prime Minister said he would deliver a referendum on EU membership and address concerns over immigration despite warnings from Mr Barroso that Britain would not even retain "marginal relevance" if it leaves and could be making a "historic mistake".

Speaking during a visit to the Ford factory in Dagenham, Mr Cameron said: "What we need in Britain is a renegotiation of our relationship with the European Union and then a referendum where the British people decide do we stay in this reformed organisation or do we leave it."

He added: "I'm very clear about who the boss is, about who I answer to and it's the British people - they want this issue fixed, they are not being unreasonable about it, and I will fix it."

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Oxo: Bellingham 'attracted audiences of every age'

Bellingham played the 'Oxo mum' from 1983 to 1999. Credit: Oxo/PA Wire

The owner of Oxo has praised Lynda Bellingham - the former star of the brand's popular adverts - following her death aged 66.

In a statement, Premier Foods said Bellingham had been loved by audiences of all ages for her rule as mother in the long-running ad series, which ended in 1999.

As the face of Oxo for many years she had an unwavering ability to attract audiences of every age – that’s why the advertisements ran for so long – and are remembered to this day.

– Premier Foods

The company expressed its sympathy and condolences to Bellingham's family and said: "We salute her courage in her final days."

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