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Northern Ireland MP Danny Kinahan's cheeky new job suggestions to David Cameron as he bows out as Prime Minister

Top Gear, the England football job or even American President could provide PM with new career options

Ulster Unionist MP Danny Kinahan has made some cheeky suggestions for David Cameron after he leaves his post as Prime Minister.

The South Antrim representative was first to ask a question at Prime Minister's Questions for Mr Cameron's final time at the dispatch box.

Mr Kinahan paid tribute to Mr Cameron's "hard work and leadership" and suggested that he might be interested in taking up positions which had become available as manager of the England football team, presenter of BBC One's Top Gear or president of the United States.

He added: "We thank the Prime Minister for all his hard work and his leadership particularly his commitment to the Union and to Northern Ireland, visiting it often and swimming in Lough Erne.

"Perhaps he would like to come and swim in Lough Neagh?

"The Ulster Unionist party looks forward to working with the next Prime Minister.

"I am told that there are lots of leadership roles out there at the moment — there is the England football team and Top Gear. Even across the Big Pond, there is a role that needs filling."

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He added: "Brexit really threatens the Union. Will the Prime Minister work with his successors to ensure that we have somebody that will pull together all the countries of the Union and the overseas territories so that we can all work and thrive together?"

Responding, the Prime Minister said: "Let me thank the hon. Gentleman for his kind remarks and fascinating suggestions for future jobs, most of which sound even harder than this one, so I think I’ll pass.

"I believe that Northern Ireland is stronger than it was six years ago—58,000 more people in work, the full devolution of justice and home affairs delivered under this Government, the Saville report published, record inward investment and the creation of new jobs.

"Like him, I care passionately about our United Kingdom, as do all of us in this House.

"We need to make sure that, as we leave the European Union, we work out how to keep the benefits of the common travel area. Hard work is being done now with civil servants in Northern Ireland, Whitehall and the Republic of Ireland, and the pace of that work needs to quicken."

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