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

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.

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.