PRIME Minister David Cameron praised the workforce of Ulverston today (Thursday) as he joined them to celebrate the announcement of a £350 million project at the site.

Mr Cameron met with staff at GlaxoSmithKline, in North Lonsdale Road, after the firm pledged to build a state-of-the-art biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

He visited scientists working in the laboratories before giving a speech to about 100 workers who had gathered in a GSK warehouse.

And Mr Cameron told The Gazette he was happy that Ulverston had been chosen as the location for the huge investment.

"This is a very beautiful area of the country which I always enjoy visiting, but like most areas in Britain it needs growth and it needs jobs.

"We have some major industry in this area, such as BAE Systems, at Barrow, but it is important to provide further employment.

"I met with some young apprentices who went to school in the town and they were thrilled to know they will be able to continue working here rather than having to move elsewhere.

"I hope this will also encourage more people to come and live and work in Ulverston and the surrounding area. It is tremendously exciting."