Business, innovation, infrastructure and prosperity is something I am deeply passionate about and I was delighted to hear that Transport for the North (TfN) have released their draft consultation for their transport plan for our area last week.
The plan is set to spread prosperity and growth that will rebalance the economy and during Prime Minister’s Questions last week, I pressed the Prime Minister for commitment on the Northern Power House and investment in the region.
The North must get the investment it needs and deserves, and I am pleased the PM confirmed £260 million of government funding for TfN and £13bn to transforming transport across the North.
In more good news for our area, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill progressed through the Commons and on to the House of Lords despite so many Labour MPs trying to frustrate the process. It is vital that we leave the European Union in a smooth and orderly manner and this Bill will ensure that we have a statute book that delivers from day one.
Throughout the week a dedicated Minister for Loneliness was announced by the Government which affects 9 million people in our country. As an MP, I have seen first-hand how loneliness not only affects a wide cross-section of our society and this new position is a hugely important and exciting step to combat loneliness.
Moving to our area I would like to congratulate two of our amazing local charities. First, it was a real pleasure to drop down and surprise the team at Equine Pathways UK. They carry out brilliant work to help children and adults suffering with mental disorders and impairments, and I was delighted to liaise with the Prime Minister to ask her to tweet about the charity to help spread the word.
The other charity I would like to mention is the team at Drighlington Community Library who celebrated their 5th anniversary last week. They are an asset to our community and I wish them all the very best for the future.
Thank you for reading and if I can ever help with anything my door is always open