PM returns from Brazil trade trip

David Cameron returned to Britain today at the end of a two-day visit to Brazil to promote British trade. The Prime Minister said there were "good signs" that Britain's economy was finally rebalancing in the wake of the global financial crisis.

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PM to face party funding quiz after visit to Brazil factory

Sir Anthony Bamford and David Cameron
Sir Anthony Bamford personally showed the PM around the Sorocaba plant. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron will face questions in Parliament over party funding after he visited a factory in Brazil owned by Sir Anthony Bamford, one of the Tories' biggest donors, during his recent trade trip.

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher told The Independent on Sunday he is to table a series of questions after the party conferences regarding the Prime Minister's visit to the JCB plant in Sorocaba, near Sao Paulo, on Thursday.

Mr Dugher said: "David Cameron has learnt nothing from the cash-for-access scandal, when his chief fundraiser was boasting of dinners for wealthy donors. Now it looks like it's government trips to help rich Tory donors."

A Downing Street spokesman defended the PM's visit as "appropriate".

Prime Minister hints at referendum on EU membership

The Prime Minister has hinted that the Conservative party may back a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU in the next parliament.

Speaking in Rio de Janeiro, where he is promoting UK businesses, he told a BBC reporter:

I don't think it is in Britain's interests to leave the EU but I do think what it is increasingly becoming the time for is a new settlement between Britain and Europe, and I think that new settlement will require fresh consent.

In the next parliament, I think there will be opportunities for a fresh settlement and for new consent to that settlement.

– david cameron

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Prime Minister tours Brazilian favela

The Prime Minister is meeting young people at the Luta Pela Paz ('Fight For Peace') project which aims to turn youngsters away from drugs and crime through sport - especially boxing.

David Cameron with members of the Luta Pela Paz Credit: Number 10

Just before, he took a brief tour of the Mare Favela north of Rio De Janeiro with project director Luke Dowdney. Many of Brazil favelas or shanty towns, including this one, are outside of police control.

Luke Dowdney (L) and the Prime Minister take a stroll in the Mare Favela Credit: Stefan Rousseau /PA Wire

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David Cameron denies rejecting call from Obama

Prime Minister David Cameron denied turning down a phone call from American President Barack Obama during a tennis match with his friend Charlie Brooks. Asked by political correspondent Libby Wiener whether he was too busy "chillaxing" to take the call, Mr Cameron said:

"I have never turned down a phone call from the American President, and if I was really interested in chillaxing, what am I doing leading a business delegation to Brazil?"

PM: Andrew Mitchell scandal 'damaging'

Prime Minister David Cameron today admitted that the scandal surrounding Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has been "damaging".

Speaking in a round of TV interviews during his visit to Brazil to help promote British business, the Prime Minister said: "Of course it's been damaging, that's why it is right that he apologised and apologised profusely. This must never happen again."

The British Prime Minister gives a speech in Brazil yesterday.
The British Prime Minister gives a speech in Brazil yesterday. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He added: "But on the basis that he has apologised and the basis that the police have said they are not taking this further, I think we should let matters rest there."

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