Delivering Jobs and Growth

The South Tees Mayoral Development Corporation will transform the Teesside economy. I am lobbying ministers hard to ensure we receive the funding needed to clear up the former SSI site.

I also regularly visit businesses across Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland to ensure I have the best possible understanding of what employers need to create and sustain more jobs in our area.

Campaigns

Jobs

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.

News

A good meeting with the new leader of Redcar & Cleveland council

I really welcome the way that local people used May’s local elections to vote for positive change. I will be meeting new Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston soon, and sat down last week with the new Leader of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Mary Lanigan.

Defending Our Steelworkers

While new ownership is sought for British Steel, the overwhelming priority of everyone is to keep its plants open and people in work, and that was my message in Parliament this afternoon.

British Steel Update

The announcement that British Steel has placed itself into insolvency is an absolute hammer-blow for steel workers and their families. My number one priority is to ensure a sustainable future for the operations at Skinningrove and Lackenby.

The Jobs Revolution

We've become so used to really strong jobs data over the last few years that there's a danger of taking it for granted. But this is happening for a reason, because Conservatives are making the right choices supporting businesses and lowering taxes:

Sharing local experiences of business rates

Yesterday's meeting of the Treasury Select Committee focused on business rates and provided chance to feed back some experiences of business owners I have spoken to across Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland - you can see how I am able to feedback your thoughts during these meetings in the vid

Teesside on the rise

Over the last couple of years, we’ve become used to the drumbeat of good news stories about our local economy. Government backing for this giant new power station is another really important example.

First working day of lower taxes

It’s the first working day of the new financial year, and you’ll pay less income tax thanks to Conservatives. If you run a small business, you’ll pay lower business rates.

Royal Navy returns to the Tees

It’s a really proud day for Middlesbrough to have won the right to service and maintain HMS Enterprise, Echo and Protector. Shipbuilding and repair is one of our region’s historic strengths and this is a tribute to the skills of U.K. Docks.

The Right Approach to Jobs & Growth

The ONS’s summary of today’s brilliant UK jobs market news shows:

?‍? Employment at an all-time high
? Unemployment below 4% for first time in 44 years
?‍♂️ Fewest people economically inactive ever
? Wages up 3.4% - almost twice the rate of inflation

Teesside Airport: A New Beginning

No story has captured our imagination more than the heroic work of Ben Houchen, our Tees Valley Mayor to rescue our airport.

That new future began this week. The Airport is now under our ownership, run by an excellent and ambitious commercial partner in Stobart.