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David Cameron: Sir Alex Ferguson could make "life a little easier" for Aston Villa

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson - and suggested he could now help to make "life a little easier" for Aston Villa.

The Manchester United manager announced earlier today he is retiring, after 26 years in charge. David Cameron, who is a Villa fan, said Ferguson's contribution to football has been exceptional.


PM visits new Ocado hub

David Cameron at Ocado hub in Warwickshire Credit: Sky

Following on from his visit to Nuneaton this morning, David Cameron has also visited the new Ocado hub at Dordon in Warwickshire.

The £215m hi-tech distribution facility, which delivered its first customer orders in February 2013, has capacity to service 120,000 customer orders per week currently, increasing to over 180,000 orders per week.

The new facility will generate over 3,000 jobs in the area, more than previously provided by the former Birch Coppice colliery on which the 35 acre site is located.

Cameron on Villa: "It'll be alright"

The Prime Minister was in Warwickshire today to talk about the key issues affecting voters in the upcoming local elections. But David Cameron also gave a glimpse into his thoughts on one of his other passions today - Aston Villa.

With the club in difficult times, ITV News Central asked the Prime Minister if he was concerned about Villa staying up this season. Smiling, after a moment to think, he replied simply: "I'm sure it'll be alright in the end".

PM vows to keep tax down at election campaign launch

David Cameron launches the Tory local election campaign in Nuneaton Credit: ITV News Central

Speaking in Nuneaton, the Prime Minister said his party's main priorities were focusing on local services and keeping council tax down. Labour has already launched its local election campaign. Campaign launches by the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and UKIP are also getting underway.


Cameron launches Tory party's campaign for local elections

David Cameron speaking to party members in Nuneaton Credit: ITV News Central

The Prime Minister is giving a speech in Warwickshire this morning to launch the Conservative party's campaign for the English local elections.

Speaking to party members in Nuneaton he said it was great to be back in Warwickshire after visiting previously for election campaigns in 2005 and 2008.

He said he was happy to be launching his party's election campaign 'slap bang in the middle of Britain'.

He also paid tribute to Lady Thatcher.

Voting will take place on May 2nd for county and unitary authorities in England.

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