THIS week we return to Westminster and I already have debates and meetings lined up to promote Wirral as a leading centre for renewable energy in the UK and help attract financial investment into the whole of Wirral.
When the coalition came into government, the focus had to be on reducing the UK's debt so putting the economy on a sustainable footing.
The Chancellor made it clear that the Government’s economic policy objective is to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries, rebalancing the economy by moving from unsustainable public spending and towards exports and investment. This should support the UK’s long-term economic potential and help to create new jobs.
In addition, the Government has introduced the Localism Act 2011, which recognises the need to develop sustainable communities, allowing them greater freedom to develop while focusing on the planning needs of the local area, with a strong emphasis on regeneration.
My speech in Parliament just before the Christmas recess focused on Wirral, its strategic positioning for development of renewable energy, bringing potentially billions to the area, with thousands of jobs for local businesses as well as strengthening our position with the Liverpool Port, the need for it to expand and so help develop Wirral Waters and the International Trade Centre.
We have support from the Government, we have support from the Lord Heseltine and Terry Leahy report, and I will be doing all I can to continue to promote Wirral's aims and aspirations too.