Conservative chairman visits Blyth Valley

A senior Conservative minister has visited Blyth to outline funding support for the area.

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 8:00 am
Ian Levy MP, Amanda Milling MP and Davy Orr at Unit 20 Barber Shop.

Blyth Valley MP Ian Levy welcomed Conservative Party Chairman, Amanda Milling MP, to the constituency and took the opportunity to provide an update on the range of investments lined up from the re-instatement of passenger rail services to funding bids that will create new employment sites.

The visit was hosted at Caboose, next to the Port of Blyth, and was also attended by the Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, Wayne Daley, Cramlington councillor Barry Flux, and Lindsay Young who set up Covid-19 Seaton Delaval Community Support.

The group also visited the Unit 20 Barber Shop in Blyth which has just started to trade again following lock down.

The business, which is owned and managed by Davy Orr, is an offshoot of alternative education provider, Engage, and offers a training focused route into employment for young people.

Mrs Milling said: “It was fantastic to visit Blyth Valley and to speak to Ian about the commitment he has made to deliver on the ambitions of his constituents that have been neglected for far too long.

"It has been a challenging time recently, but the work Ian has done with Lindsay and others has made such a difference to people who have needed help.

“It was also great to hear from Davy about the work Engage and Unit 20 are doing to give teenagers a chance to build a career for themselves.

"We need more of this type of activity to ensure that every single young person has opportunities to progress successfully from education into employment.”

Mr Levy said: “Since I was elected, I have pushed for as many visits as possible from Ministers and other MPs to highlight what a brilliant place Blyth Valley is and how government support will make it even better.

"Funding of £750,000 was announced a couple of weeks ago by Boris Johnson and there is so much more in the pipeline including a bid to the Future High Streets Fund that will lead to new job opportunities if successful.”