PRIME Minister David Cameron has told Solihull’s Land Rover workers that Britain’s economy is on the road to recovery.
During a whistlestop tour of the Lode Lane plant last Friday, he fielded questions on the Government’s attempts to cut the nation’s deficit.
Mr Cameron’s visit, his first to the borough for four years, came the day after the Autumn Statement - which revealed that austerity measures were now set to continue until 2017/18.
The Tory leader admitted that it had been a tough two and a half years.
“I’m not saying everything is going to be fine by 2015, it’s going to take time, but we are on track,” he added. “We need the private sector to grow and a Government and a state we can afford.
“While we have made cuts in the size of the state and we have to do that, we have seen encouraging growth in employment and the private sector.
“There are 1.2million extra private sector jobs, thousands of them here in the West Midlands, companies like Jaguar Land Rover and Lear are expanding, and in some cases expanding at a rate where they are finding it hard to fill the skilled jobs.”
It was 2008 when Mr Cameron, then the Leader of the Opposition, last visited the borough and he took the opportunity to talk up the car marque.
Echoing words of his Chancellor, George Osborne, who took a similar tour of the shop floor last February, he said the manufacturing industry would prove crucial in getting Britain back on its feet.
And he urged the firm to go “knocking down the doors” of emerging economies such as China and Brazil.