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David Cameron in West Midlands promoting apprenticeships

David Cameron will say he wants every young non-student to become an apprentice
David Cameron will say he wants every young non-student to become an apprentice Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Prime Minister will visit the West Midlands later this morning in an attempt to highlight the Government's new policy on apprenticeships.

David Cameron will say that he wants every young person who does not go to university, to become an apprentice with a local company.

Speaking ahead of his visit Mr. Cameron said:

"We've made good progress in the past three years in turning this picture around. In the West Midlands the number of people starting an apprenticeship has doubled.

Across the region, firms are taking people on and giving them hope - from Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull to Mondelez in Birmingham."

Cameron says HS2 will make English cities 'industrial capitals'

Britain has been "London-centric" for too long, Prime Minister David Cameron said today as he claimed the new HS2 railway would make England's northern cities industrial capitals again.

David Cameron speaks in Manchester Credit: ITV News

In a speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Mr Cameron said it was important the UK became a "land of opportunity for all".

He said the new HS2 high speed rail line would bring the country together in a "national endeavour", as he urged the public to get behind the scheme.

Mr Cameron said: "When I say a land of opportunity for all I mean everyone - north and south.

"This country has been too London-centric for far too long. That's why we need a new north-south railway line.

Mr Cameron added: "HS2 is about bringing north and south together in our national endeavour."

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'Plebgate' MP praised as 'very talented politician'

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell could return to the front line of the Government in future, David Cameron has hinted.

Mr Mitchell resigned from the Cabinet in October last year following allegations that he hurled abuse police officers outside Downing Street, calling them "plebs".

But an official investigation later uncovered CCTV footage which appeared to show the "plebgate" claims were wrong.

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell
Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The Prime Minister, speaking ahead of the first day of the Tory party conference today, would not rule out a return to government for Mitchell.

He declined to talk about the incident as arrests have been made - but praised Mr Mitchell as a "very talented politician".

He added that he would wait until the investigation was over before making any announcements about Mr Mitchell's future.

"I have enormous respect for him. He was a brilliant (International) Development Secretary. I am very sorry about all the things that have taken place," he told the Andrew Marr show.

"We have to let this investigation take place and then we can take it from there."

Cameron vows HS2 will not take 'unfair share' of budget

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that HS2 will not take up an "unfair share" of the government travel budget.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show, he said the government would not spend "unlimited money" on the project and said they would be sticking to the £42.6billion limit.

He also explained his reasons for pursuing the plan.

This is the Government that delivered the Olympics on time and on budget. We are delivering Crossrail - the biggest construction project anywhere in Europe - on time and on budget. HS2 is going to happen.

The west coast main line is full. We have to build another one. The choice is do we build an old-style Victorian one or do we build one of the new high-speed lines?

I think people all over the country are worried that HS2 is going to take up too much money.

In the next Parliament, we will be spending more than three times as much on other transport projects as we will on HS2.

It's not taking up an unfair share of the budget.

David Cameron admits limit to HS2 spending

David Cameron appeared on BBC's Andrew Marr show earlier today
David Cameron appeared on BBC's Andrew Marr Show earlier today Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prime Minister David Cameron has today admitted there is a limit to the amount of money that he will spend on the HS2 rail link from London which will go through the Midlands to the North.

The future of the line linking the UK's major cities was thrown into doubt at last week's Labour conference where shadow chancellor Ed Balls said he would not provide "a blank cheque" for the project and would consider whether there were better options to use the £50bn of state spending.

But on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr. Cameron has insisted the project can be built within the Government's £42.6bn budget and rejected suggestions other more useful transport schemes were being crowded out.

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Brother asks Cameron to seek justice for murdered sister

Surjit's brother Jagdeesh Singh told ITV News he has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to put pressure on the Indian Government to reinvestigate the murder of his sister Surjit Athwal.

Ms Athwal was killed in India in 1998. Her mother-in-law and husband were convicted of ordering the killing but no one has ever been found of actually carrying out the murder.

Brother calls on Prime Minister to ensure justice for murdered sister

Surjit Athwal Credit: ITV News Central

The brother of a woman from Coventry who was the victim of a so-called 'out sourced' killing in India has written to the Prime Minister to ask for him to intercede in the case.

Surjit Athwal was killed in India in 1998. Her mother-in-law and husband were convicted of ordering the killing but no one has ever been found who actually carried it out.

Jagdeesh Singh, Surjit's brother Credit: ITV News Central

Surjit's brother Jagdeesh Singh wants the Prime Minister to put pressure on the Indian Government to further investigate the case and bring the issue to further prominence.

Sukhdave and Bachan Athwal Credit: ITV News Central

Her mother-in-law and husband claimed she shamed the family by having an affair.

Surjit Athwal Credit: ITV News Central
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