Cameron: ‘My term as PM made NI stronger’

Prime Minister David Cameron during his last Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London.  Photo: PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron during his last Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Photo: PA Wire

David Cameron has said Northern Ireland is stronger now than when he came to power.

He attended his final Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQ) in Parliament after a six-year period in Downing Street.

As Conservative leader he oversaw the consolidation of political power-sharing, devolution of corporation tax powers and rescue of Presbyterian Mutual Society (PMS) savers but also a clampdown on public spending which his opponents branded austerity.

Mr Cameron said: “I do believe Northern Ireland is stronger than it was six years ago. 58,000 more people in work, the full devolution of justice and home affairs delivered under this Government, the Saville report published and record inward investment and creating jobs in Northern Ireland.”

He was asked about the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland by Ulster Unionist MP Danny Kinahan.

The premier said as the UK leaves the EU decision makers needed to work out how to keep the benefits of the common travel area between the UK and Ireland.

“Hard work is being done now with civil servants in Northern Ireland, in Whitehall but also in the Republic of Ireland and that work ... the pace needs to quicken.”

Mr Kinahan, the South Antrim MP, suggested Mr Cameron could fill another leadership position once he has left Number 10.

He said: “I’m told that there are lots of leadership roles out there at the moment.

“There’s the England football team, there’s Top Gear, there’s even across the big pond a role that needs filling.”

Mr Cameron thanked Mr Kinahan for his “fascinating suggestions” which he said “sound even harder than this one, so I think I’ll pass”.