David Cameron is to announce the creation of nearly 10,000 jobs in Britain as he continues a four-day tour of businesses across the country.

Birmingham Airport accounts for the bulk of the posts, with 4,000 jobs on site, and the same number again in the supply chain, as a result of a revamp that includes a £40 million extended runway, due to be operational next month.

Communications giant Vodafone is taking on an extra 1,400 staff, while Accenture, a global management consulting firm, is hiring 500 more staff. The announcements will provide a boost to the Prime Minister as he attempts to explain the measures unveiled in last month's budget during his "economy-focused" tour, which started yesterday at a branch of John Lewis in Greater Manchester. Ahead of the visits, Mr Cameron said: "A key part of our long-term economic plan is to create jobs and to cut taxes.

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"So I am delighted that I can announce nearly 10,000 more jobs which will give people financial security for the future."