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No staycation for Cameron, Clegg and Miliband

Jul 30 2012 Posted by Laura Canning

David Cameron is planning a foreign holiday after the Olympics – despite urging people to holiday in Britain this year.

He joins the other two party leaders by opting to holiday in mainland Europe instead of the UK, although he and his family will spend a few days in Cornwall first.

The announcement comes after the PM urged businesses to invest in the UK at the British Business Embassy conference in London on Thursday, saying to delegates: 'If you want a holiday then why not have your holiday here?’    

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will spend a week in France and then a week in the small village in Spain where his wife Miriam was born and where the couple married. Meanwhile, Ed Miliband is planning to jet off to Greece with his family for the summer break.

The planned holidays end the ‘staycation’ break favoured by party leaders in recent years, when they holidayed in the UK to show they weren’t out of touch with people who were financially struggling.

The Camerons spent their 2010 and 2011 holidays in Cornwall, while Ed Miliband spent the past two summer holidays with his family in Devon and Cornwall. The Camerons' daughter Florence was born during the couple's holiday in Truro in 2010, when David Cameron said people should be proud of Britain and what it can offer in terms of holidays. 

'I love going on holiday in Britain,' he said. 'I've holidayed in Snowdonia, South Devon and North Cornwall, the Lake District, Norfolk, the Inner Hebrides, the Highlands of Scotland, the canals of Staffordshire to name just a few.'

A Downing Street spokeperson refused to reveal the Camerons’ destination for security reasons, but confirmed it would be in continental Europe.