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Prime Minister David Cameron jets off to Lanzarote for an Easter break

David Cameron has arrived in Lanzarote for a family holiday after telling MPs he needed "more time to think".

But he came under fire for escaping abroad just weeks after appealing to others to spend Easter in flood-ravaged parts of the UK.

It is the second time in three years that the Prime Minister and his family have spent time on the Canary Island.

A picture of the premier carrying a plate of food was posted on Twitter by fellow tourist Alicia Fisher, who asked: "Why is David Cameron in my hotel?"

The Camerons were reported to have arrived late this morning, hours before Parliament was due to start its Easter recess, on an EasyJet flight - and are due to return next Wednesday.

It prompted an angry reaction from Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, whose Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency covers many of the most popular spots in the Lake District.

"The Prime Minister has jetted off already for a few days' relaxation in Spain," he said.

"So while the Prime Minister ignores his own comments about visiting the North, what I am saying is that we are open for business and I urge people to come and visit and see some of the beautiful scenery in the country.

"But for everyone else the added bonus is that you seem guaranteed not to bump into him."

On a January visit to Grasmere, the PM launched a major PR campaign to show the area was "open for business".

"Let's advertise and promote that to the rest of Britain, and the world," he said.

Addressing Tory MPs hours before jetting to the Spanish island, Mr Cameron admitted it had been a "tough week" as he addressed Tory MPs following the Budget U-turns and Iain Duncan Smith's resignation.

In his end-of-term address he said he could "do with more time to think" as he tried to cope with the fast-paced 24-hour news cycle.

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