Redditch MP Rachel Maclean has welcomed the robust intention of the new Government to concentrate on re-balancing upcoming economic success throughout the country.
The priority of this new Government is to deliver Brexit on January 31, but following on from that it is keen to start delivering on some of its other stated and vital aims, including funding for the NHS, schools and crime prevention.
In terms of the economy, although the UK has seen some ten years of consecutive growth, which is unparalleled in modern times, it has grown at a slower rate than that to which we should aspire, and output and productivity needs to double if we are to spread opportunity throughout the country and invest in every region.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that we are about to witness an ‘infrastructure revolution’ – by spending up to an extra £100 billion during this Parliament on roads, rail, broadband and flood defences, and in every part of our country, as well as the building of more hospitals. The whole point of ‘one-nation conservatism’ is that we will leave no part of our country behind.
As well as this, the Government is also going to redouble efforts to cut waste in spending, making sure that every penny of taxation goes to where and who most needs it. There has been too much waste in the past from historical programmes that have not delivered value for money.
Rachel said: “Make no mistake, by engendering a spirit of hard work and of working together, we are going to transform this country and our economy, and we are not going to waste a single second in getting down to business.
“This is all good news for towns like Redditch, because for too long investment for infrastructure projects has been targeted at the Home Counties and London, whereas we all know that the rest of the country needs and deserves attention as well.
“I also welcome the intention to invest in skills, particularly technical and vocational skills. We do still possess great skills in this country, but we have left technical and vocational education behind, and there are so many people that can benefit from a better focus on technical and vocational education, so we will focus on the delivery of apprenticeships which I have throughout my term as MP recognised that we need to do.
“As we exit from the EU, I am absolutely sure of one thing – that this country has an exciting and positive future under this Government and that good things are going to happen quickly.”