We look back on David Cameron’s close association with the region

Prime Minister David Cameron at Archant newsroom ahead of the EU referendum. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Prime Minister David Cameron at Archant newsroom ahead of the EU referendum. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

David Cameron quipped he would get the diggers out himself on the A47 when he visited Norwich last year.

It was just one of a string of visits made to East Anglia during more than a decade at the top of the Conservative Party.

From the 2005 hustings at the Norwich Assembly House, and then on to Newmarket, when he travelled to the region to win over crucial association members, he has always highlighted the need for better infrastructure.

'The economy of places like Norfolk has been thriving, but it relies on the infrastructure,' he said to activists as he tried to win their support in 2005.

Elections have also drawn the premier to our part of the world.

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He was forced to evade a man dressed as a chicken during a whistle-stop visit to a Rackheath jeweller ahead of the general election last year.

He promised a third crossing for Lowestoft during a separate visit to the Suffolk town.

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There is also his role in the 2009 Norwich North by-election when the Conservative Party poured resources into the campaign. He made no less than six visits himself.

He also headed to the region ahead of the European Union referendum a few weeks ago, visiting the brewer Greene King in Bury St Edmunds before heading to our offices to take questions from our readers.

But it is not just when he has been trying to win over voters.

When the floods hit our coastline in December 2013, he headed to the Wells Lifeboat Station.

Norfolk has also been a destination for Mr Cameron away from high office.

From his earliest visits to the region as leader of the Conservative Party, he has spoken of his love of Holkham.

There was much amusement when in a piece for the Eastern Daily Press heralding tourism under his name he referred to the Norfolk beauty spot as Holcombe.

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