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PM describes his love of riding

David Cameron has spoken of his love of horse riding, just days after becoming involved in a row over whether he had ridden an animal loaned to former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks by the police.

The Prime Minister said riding was a "lovely way to enjoy the countryside" but complained he had not had many opportunities to get in the saddle since entering Downing Street.

Mr Cameron also revealed he takes advice from his mother Mary and said he found video game Angry Birds "addictive" during a grilling from schoolchildren in No 10.

The Prime Minister last week confirmed that ex-Metropolitan Police horse Raisa was among his mounts on rides with Mrs Brooks's husband Charlie - a friend from their Eton schooldays.

Asked about Raisa and his riding experience during the question-and-answer session broadcast on Radio 4's The World at One, he said: "I've ridden a horse a couple of times since the election but I haven't had a lot of time for it recently.

"I like riding, I think it's a lovely way to enjoy the countryside. I was taught to ride when I was young, I love doing it but I haven't had much time for it recently."

Asked whether he was still told what to do by his mother, Mr Cameron said: "Sometimes. I talk to her quite often, I was on the phone to her last night about something.

"She doesn't tell me what to do, she sometimes makes a few gentle suggestions and hints, the way that mums do, and you sort of get the message without having to be told absolutely what to do. I've been very lucky to have such a loving mum who is still around to give me a few tips and hints."

One of the youngsters asked whether Mr Cameron had re-enacted the moment in Love Actually where Hugh Grant's prime minister danced around No 10.

Mr Cameron said: "I've never danced in the state rooms in Downing Street. I live in a little flat, a very nice flat actually, above No 11 Downing Street, but what I get up to up there is private."


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