David Cameron chose Essex as the location for a speech to lay down a few markers ahead of the G8 summit next week.
He said he wanted Britain to cement itself as a global competitor and believed its role in organisations like the EU would be central to that.
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Storm Doris has swept into the Anglia region with 80 mph winds leaving a trail of destruction and disruption.
A bid by Southend MP James Duddridge to to unseat the Speaker of the House of Commons seem to have stalled.
Thousands of homes across the Anglia region are without electricity as high winds from Storm Doris bring trees down onto power lines.