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I did not skinny-dip in Glens, insists David Cameron

By Victoria O'Hara

David Cameron has certainly created political waves throughout his career.

His naked ambition has been evident for years, becoming the youngest Prime Minister in almost two centuries.

But this week during his visit to Northern Ireland it was not his comments on Government policies that caused a stir— but of his love of swimming off the north coast.

During his debut speech to the Stormont Assembly on Thursday Mr Cameron revealed his delight not only for travelling to the province, but taking a dip in the ocean.

“I love coming here whether it's to see the opera, with, of course, Opera Northern Ireland launching their new season in Belfast today, or to walk through the beautiful Glens of Antrim, or swim off the Atlantic coast,” he said.

Adrian Morrow, managing director of Glenarm Castle Estate, based in the picturesque Glens, not only confirmed Mr Cameron’s past visits, but suggested that he enjoyed a skinny-dip in the local waters.

“He was here a few years ago when he was a very quiet, reserved young chap,” he said.

“He stayed with ourselves. If I remember right he was skinny-dipping in the river.”

A Downing Street spokeswoman, however, insisted to the Belfast Telegraph: “It’s not true.”

Mr Morrow, who was speaking to the BBC, added that being included in a high-profile speech from the Prime Minister was great for the area.

“It was nice to get a mention,” he said. “What makes the Glens is the people who live there. We are a hardy, diverse bunch of people and some people might think we are just strange speaking.”

Kerrie McGonigle, tourism development officer for Moyle District Council, said she hoped the mention would attract more tourists to the area.

“The Glens are fantastic, really worth a visit. We are hoping that will boost our numbers this summer. Anything we can get to help our numbers is fantastic.”

Mr Cameron has previously hailed the beauty of the Glens of Antrim and it is understood he has also attended shooting parties at Glenarm Castle.

In a speech to the Ulster Unionist Party in 2008, the leader of the Conservative Party said: “When I’m walking through the Glens of Antrim I’m moved by some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK today.”

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