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- Prime Minister David Cameron is at Stanford-le-Hope's DP World superport as Marks and Spencer announces it will be basing its warehouse there.
11:46am Mon 10 Jun 13
This is fantastic news regarding Marks & Spencer, plus also the extra jobs which will come from DP World. This will certainly put Thurrock back on the map and hopefully Grays, when the education centre is up and running - had a look today at the building going up - it is getting there!
12:37pm Mon 10 Jun 13
Ive heard that Canvey residents are worried, it seems these massive container vessels, deliver a massive bow wave, which is going to decimate the canvey beaches.
12:51pm Mon 10 Jun 13
coddy wrote:Google D/P World, and learn that D/P World id already going from strength to strength, with thousands of containers being loaded/unloaded daily, they have eight vessels, per day, alongside their quays with thousands of lorries, with an average turnaround time of 16 minutes.
As i understand it no-ones signed up yet to bring containers to the port. So all this crap about M&S signing up is a bit premature
Await the rumbling............
After taking questions, Cameron thanks DP World for "extraordinary" investment in the UK. Hopes M&S are first investor in #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Wants Britain to be "a small country with a big footprint on the world". Says we are showing determination and "not passing the buck".— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Now taking questions about privacy in the wake of today's revelations. William Hague speaking in Commons later today. #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Finishes by saying "if you try,you can make something of your lives".Adds this is a "fight for Britain's future - 1 we're determined to win"— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Cameron claims, when talking about exports, it's not about trade surplus, but about enterprising, hard working people of UK. #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
He says new, reformed EU would be huge advantage.Plans to negotiate that -though it is a long way off- then offer referendum. #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Now talking about Britain's key roles in international institutions. Namely the EU... #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
The site was the closest the company could get to London and it says a flourishing port near the capital will be reminiscent of hundreds of years ago when the Thames was a thriving business district in its own right.
Now jokes about visiting Argentina as a "salesman". Not made it there yet, says it's on his "to do list". #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Currently talking about British foreign policy and increasing exports to upcoming economies. #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Priorities: strong economy, better immigration system, world class education, says Cameron at #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Most of the port’s customers will be transporting goods from the Far East to retailers in the UK.
The first ships should start arriving by the end of next year and when it is completely finished the port will be able to unload six of the biggest container ships in the world at the same time.
London Gateway is being built by Dubai-owned DP World, at a cost of £1.5bn, on the site of a former oil refinery.
Cameron wants more algebra and fractions in Maths, more detail in Science. #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Outlining Government's "tough approach" to immigration now. Says non-EU immigration has been capped, numbers down by a 3rd. #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Cameron claims a welfare system that incentivises people not work is "stupidity" #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Cameron adds Government's progress is clear but says there is no complacency. Wants Britain to be number 1 place in Europe to do business— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Cameron is now talking about the Government's goals at getting the country into shape, both at home and abroad. #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Looking forward to welcoming VIPs, guests and media to #LondonGateway today for an exciting commercial announcement!— @LondonGatewayUK 10 June 2013
Cameron: "The challenge before us is clear. We face a battle for Britain's future."— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
Cameron calls port development an "emblem of ambition" #LondonGateway— @GazetteMatt 10 June 2013
The PM is at DP World to give a speech ahead of the G8 summit.