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GP Week : Issue 143
F1 NEWS >> David Cameron visits McLaren BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron joined guests at the launch of the McLaren Production Centre in Woking on Thursday. Cameron was given a tour of the company’s new facilities, and spoke of how impressed he was to see the various branches of McLaren at work. “I can tell you, I’ve been to a few factories,” Cameron said. “I’ve been to a few car manufacturing plants in my time. I’ve never been to anything quite like this – it really is inspiring what you do.” The prime minister was there to speak about the importance of engineering and manufacturing to the British economy; it is a sector his government has pledged to support. “We all want this to be a country where we’re respected once again for what we make as well as the services and finance we provide – vital though they are,” the prime minister said in his speech. “And there are people out there who say that can’t happen because the base has gone – the skills aren’t there; Britain doesn’t make enough things any more upon which to build. And so they conclude that our glory days of science, engineering and manufacturing are behind us, and that from now on it’s going to be about buying from the world rather than selling to the world. “ What McLaren does here in Woking is a powerful rebuke to that view. “And one of the things that has so impressed me today is it’s not just about the extraordinary Formula One cars that you make or, indeed, the incredible new cars we’ve just been looking at, it’s the technology, it’s the invention, its the patents, it’s all of that innovation that is going to lead to so many other great businesses in the future.” Bernie to be investigated by UK Serious Fraud Office? ACCORDING to reports in the Financial Times the UK Serious Fraud Office is currently looking into the possibility of investigating Bernie Ecclestone following his appearance in the Munich cour ts as a witness in the Gerhard Gribkowsky trial. Attorney-General Dominic Grieve was asked by his Labour counterpart, Emily Thornberry, whether his office would be investigating Ecclestone, whose German testimony “raises questions relating to bribery, corruption and tax evasion that need to be investigated further by British authorities”. Grieve this week confirmed to Thornberry that the SFO was in contact with the relevant authorities in German, trying to establish “whether there is scope for an investigation”. A Serious Fraud Office spokesman was quoted this week as saying: “ The SFO is aware of the allegations against Mr. Ecclestone and is liaising with the authorities in Germany to ascertain if there is a case to answer in the U.K .” “I haven’t got anything to say,” the Wall Street Journal quoted Ecclestone as saying – or not, as the case may be – when asked to comment on the SFO investigation. Asked whether he had been contacted by the SFO since his Munich court appearance, Ecclestone told the Financial Times: “I am sure if they wanted to [contact me], they would ask me.”