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PM wants 'great partnership' with India

PM wants 'great partnership' with India

David Cameron has called for the UK and India to form one of "the great partnerships of the 21st century" as he arrives on a three-day tour of the country.

The Prime Minister, who is set to meet the Indian prime minister and president in the next few days, is leading a trade delegation including representatives of Rolls Royce, BP and BAE Systems.

Mr Cameron used the visit to unveil a new speedier visa application system for Indian businesspeople visiting the UK.

"Nine out of ten of those who apply for a visa get one and we are introducing today a same-day visa service for business people who want to come to Britain for linking up their businesses for trade and other things like that, and that’s why we’re going to introduce that service."

Mr Cameron is also seeking to allay concerns that the Government's immigration cap is discouraging Indian students from applying for British universities.

Writing for Central Lobby, Labour MP Jon Ashworth has warned that the immigration policies risk making the UK fall behind in the "global race" for competitiveness.

"It's no use this week David Cameron telling Indians one thing in Mumbai or Delhi, while his Home Secretary instructs the UK Borders Agency to do another," he writes.

"Maybe if our Prime Minister made a genuine commitment to changing immigration policy, I'd be more convinced by his efforts. Until then, this visit to India will just be an attempt to reap the benefits of Indian economic growth, without giving anything in return."

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