Simon is backing local businesses large and small to succeed and bring jobs to our area.  Unemployment is down by almost 50% in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland over the past 7 years but there is much more to do.

In summer 2017 Simon joined the Prime Minister as she launched the South Tees Mayoral Development Corporation, a hugely exciting proposal which aims to bring tens of thousands of jobs to Teesside over the years ahead - you can find full details here.




Our Airport: A Promise Delivered - Please Back Ben's Plan!

The breaking news that Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, has agreed a deal to rescue our airport is amazing, and I know will be hugely welcomed across our constituency.

Ben made a promise to buy Durham Tees Valley airport and he has delivered.

Economic Lift Off for Teesside!

The huge breaking news about the multi-billion pound clean gas energy plant coming to our area is absolutely amazing, and will give lift off to the local economy. If you haven't seen it yet, you can read more about the exciting announcement here.

Standing up for Teesside in Parliament

Today there was an important debate in Parliament about the future of the Mayoral Development Corporation site in Redcar. I had some spiky exchanges with Labour's Paul Williams and Mike Hill towards the end...

What does Budget 2018 mean for Teesside?

There's hugely welcome news for our area in the Budget today - most importantly that the Chancellor has pledged £14 million to prepare specific sites for two major new metals projects to move into the Mayoral Development Corporation site at Redcar.

Teesside could lead the Hydrogen Energy Revolution

Yesterday I was invited to speak at the launch of a new report by Policy Exchange on how Hydrogen could be used as the clean fuel of the future.

As the report explains, Teesside offers one of the best opportunities for a successful hydrogen production hub.

Celebrating 20 Years of Caterpillar in East Cleveland

Caterpillar's plant at Skinningrove is one of the great underappreciated success stories of our area. This autumn marks 20 years since it opened, and it has produced 22 million track shoes for heavy machinery in that time, using steel produced right next door by British Steel.

Sirius Minerals - Visiting the Lockwood Beck site

Last week I showed you my visit to the colossal new Woodsmith Mine. A really important part of the project is being delivered  at Lockwood Beck in East Cleveland – you’ll have seen it if you’re driving by on the A171.