VIDEO: David Cameron says ‘Britain must lead’ as he defends EU membership and international aid

PRIME Minister David Cameron risked angering backbench Tory critics by defending Britain’s position in the European Union and spending on international aid.

In a speech setting out his vision of the UK’s role in the world a week ahead of the G8 conference in Northern Ireland, Mr Cameron insisted that continued membership of the EU and assistance for poorer nations were “in our national interest”.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

He was speaking at the new London Gateway deep-sea container port in Essex.