My top priority as a local MP is to help create local jobs. So there is some great news for Greater Manchester today with the announcement of 16,000 plus jobs at Manchester Airport.
This announcement has not happened by chance, and it should not be viewed in isolation.
The Airport sits at the heart of the Government’s Greater Manchester Enterprise Zone, which means companies coming to the Airport get reduced business rates and cheaper rental cost.
This “Airport City” adds to the 60,000 new jobs HS2 will bring to the area and go even further in bridging the North-South divide. Since 2010 the Liberal Democrats in Government have helped to create 1.4m new private sector jobs in the UK and aim to create a million more by 2015.”
HS2 and “Airport City” will give South Manchester businesses both large and small the chance to expand into overseas markets and thrive. In addition, we have the City Deal, which Manchester’s Chief Executive Sir Howard Bernstein rightly described as a “game changer” for Manchester.
The City Deal allows local accountability, and will create 6000 new apprenticeships. This on top of the doubling of apprenticeships under this Government. We also have the £200million Regional Growth fund, which is helping small Businesses like Ruk-Bug create local jobs
And In addition, there were over 10,000 new business start-ups in Manchester last year, cutting local unemployment by 6%, and a £1.4bn investment in an improved Metrolink service Labour twice cancelled when they were in power.
All this means that local unemployment is down on where it was at the election in 2010. All this is positive, but more still needs to be done to create more jobs for local people in south Manchester.