DAVID Cameron is visiting the Royal Opera House workshop today.

The Prime Minister is kicking off some electioneering in the south of the county in light of the local and European elections being held on Thursday.

He arrived at the High House Production Park, in Purfleet at around 10am and was shown around the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian production workshop.

Mr Cameron, who is visiting Thurrock for the second time in ten months, after he visited the London Gateway port in Stanford-le-Hope last July, is set to head elsewhere in the region later on the afternoon.

The production park was built by Creative and Cultural Skills, the training and development organisation for the creative industries’ workforce, in response to a need for over 6,500 new jobs in the live music and theatre industries by 2017.

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This is his second visit to Essex in less than a month after he visited Colchester – and the offices of the Echo and Thurrock Gazette's sister paper the Gazette – at the start of May.

Southend Standard: David Cameron speaking to students in Purfleet (Picture by Echo photographer Al Underwood)