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British PM imitates Gillard's accent

world Updated: Nov 15, 2011 10:24 IST

British Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly impersonated the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard during his annual foreign policy speech in London.

During the speech, he described a conversation he had with Gillard while in Australia for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

She was among the leaders to support what he calls a "historic" decision to allow first-born daughters the right to the British throne.

Speaking in his annual foreign policy speech to the Lord Mayor of London's banquet, he thanked Gillard for hosting the talks.

"I turned to the Australian Prime Minister and said, Thank you very much, Julia, for allowing us to have this meeting in Australia," Cameron said, adding "And she said - I can't quite do the accent but I'll try - 'Not a bit, David, this is good news for sheilas everywhere".

Local media dubbed the incident as the worst in Aussie Accent history, with a news website saying "it's so bad it could cause a diplomatic row."