December 13 2013 Latest news:
Annabelle Dickson, Political Editor
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Prime minister David Cameron failed to give his support for investment in the Norwich to London rail link, instead opting for a gag about shadow chancellor Ed Balls.
During the set piece prime ministers questions in parliament today he was urged to back the opportunities available for investment in the Great Eastern Mainline.
Norwich MP Simon Wright told the House of Commons that the move to fully dual the A11 was driving investor confidence in Norwich, going on to ask David Cameron to back the opportunities available for investment in the Great Eastern Mainline.
But in his response, the prime minister, while keen to hail the A11 investment claiming it would cut congestion on the route between Cambridge and Norwich, did not go on to address the issue of rail, instead making a joke about Ed Balls, who is a supporter of Norwich City Football Club.
He said: “For once I have said something the shadow chancellor agrees with. He wants to go and watch the Canaries and we will be able to get him there a little bit quicker. There is no end to my munificence in trying to help the shadow chancellor.”