MP COLUMN: Blyth Valley and North East are on the map in Westminster

The Prime Minister was again in Blyth Valley on Saturday when he visited the PPE manufacturing facility in Seaton Delaval that has been set up by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Thursday, 18th February 2021, 7:00 am
Ian Levy, Blyth Valley MP

As he visited Blyth only two months ago, I was delighted to welcome Boris Johnson back to the constituency so soon.

Visits such as these are a clear demonstration that Blyth Valley and the North East are very much on the map in Westminster and they also provide the opportunity to showcase to the Prime Minister the fantastic work taking place locally.

To be able to do that twice in two months is superb recognition for the area.

The Northumbria Healthcare Manufacturing Hub is a great example of doing things differently and provides the health trust with their own supply of PPE as well as other trusts in the region and further afield.

It has created 70 jobs including 10 apprenticeships on what was the former Proctor & Gamble site.

Surgical hoods, sterile gowns, scrubs and pillows are produced with a gown taking just six minutes to make and an incredible two million made so far.

This initiative and others mean that 70 per cent of PPE is now being manufactured in the UK and the scale of the site allows for huge amounts to be stored and made available as required.

There are so many positive developments taking place in Blyth Valley that I am sure the Prime Minister could visit every couple of months for the next few years.