David Cameron flies off for Spanish holiday - on Easyjet

Katy Holland

Prime Minister David Cameron has jetted off to Spain for a brief holiday to celebrate his wife Samantha's 40th birthday.

The couple flew Easyjet for their quick sojourn - the first break abroad the prime minister has taken since he took office.

The Camerons are expected to be in Spain for two days.

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Cameron paid for the travel costs for the trip to a location on the Spanish coast and is staying at a hotel that is described as 'mid-market'.

The fact that he has chosen Spain is another indicator that the prime minister is conscious of sticking to a budget. In January, the country was voted as one of the top holiday spots for value for money, along with Portugal, in a Post Office survey.

Sam Cameron isn't 40 until next week, but the Prime Minister's workload means he is unable to get away after this week.

Downing Street refused to confirm for security reasons the Prime Minister's whereabouts.

Mr Cameron has been careful not to court controversy over his holiday plans. He cancelled a planned visit to Thailand last year when he would have been the guest of the Thai prime minister.

Last summer, the Camerons took a week's holiday in Cornwall when Samantha was heavily pregnant. She gave birth to their fourth child Florence during the stay.

Earlier this week Cameron undertook a lightning 36 hour trip to Pakistan, provoking controversy. His remarks about Britain being responsible for many of the world's ills were received badly at home, as was his decision to hand Pakistan an extra £650 million in aid at a time of economic cuts.

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