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

Championing Our Area

After a phenomenal start to 2019, from saving Teesside Airport to sealing the deal for the Tata land in Redcar, it was good to pay tribute to our Tess Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen in Parliament yesterday. It was great to hear the Government's full support in reply!

 

 

A Critical Week for Teesside

I was on the BBC’s Sunday Politics with Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd yesterday. He refused to commit to supporting Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen’s plan to save our airport.

A Key Moment for Our Future

This time next week, the Labour leaders of the five Tees Valley councils will vote on the most significant investment package in Teesside in our lifetimes. There is no overstating the importance of this: what is on offer will be genuinely transformational.

Breaking news: control of the Tata land comes home!

There is great breaking news this morning for the whole South Tees Development Corporation regeneration project, as Ben Houchen,Tees Valley Mayor, has finalised a deal with Tata Steel to secure more than half of all the developable land on the Redcar site.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Have a really great time tonight. There's a hugely exciting 2019 ahead - please SHARE this post to spread the word about what's coming up!

You can catch up on My Plan for our area 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...

Helping Our High Streets to Thrive

Our high streets lie at the heart of local life and support millions of jobs. I visited Julie Craig, owner of the fantastic Cafe Creations in Skelton-in-Cleveland, to talk about how Conservatives one-third cut in business rates will help local shops and cafes.

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.