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Bolton pupils throw the book at Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School in Westhoughton near Bolton with six year old Lucy Howarth. Credit: PA Images

David Cameron took a few hours off wooing the voters of today by trying to impress the voters of tomorrow at a school near Bolton.

The Prime Minister read to a group as he visited the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School in Westhoughton. They read The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, but the cameras and encounter with the Tory leader seemed too much for Lucy - who rested her head on the desk.

Prime Minister David Cameron with pupil Lucy Howarth , six, and Will Spibey, five, Credit: PA Images

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron appeared confused about the plot of the book, which sees a princess rescue an ungrateful prince from a dragon.

"Complicated stuff, this," he said.

The PM was in the Bolton West seat - held by Labour in 2010 with a wafer-thin majority of just 92 - to promote the Conservative Party of making children resit exams at secondary school if they do not reach the standard in core subjects at primary.

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Security operation for Tory conference in Manchester

A major security operation is underway in Manchester city centre ahead of the Conservative conference.

Around 12,000 delegates are expected to descend on the city ahead of the event which begins this weekend at Manchester Central.

Some of the roads in the area will be closed until it finishes on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister and the cabinet members are expected to arrive in the coming days.

Supt Bryan Lawton, Greater Manchester Police

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