MP COLUMN: Investment for Blyth Valley
The local elections and the Queen's Speech have taken place in recent days and both will have a positive impact on Blyth Valley in the coming years.
The election results for the County Council saw the Conservative party win a majority by taking 34 of the 67 seats – the first time any party has held a majority since the County became a unitary authority when the district councils were abolished in 2009.
There was significant change in the 17 Blyth Valley wards with seven of them changing hands and the Conservative candidates winning ten in total.
The story of the night was in Hartley which was a tie after recounts and was settled by putting a ballot for each candidate in a box with the winner David Ferguson drawn out by an election official.
These results reflect the General Election outcome in 2019 and alongside the Conservative victory in the Hartlepool by-election demonstrate how much voting patterns have changed in recent years in the North East.
The Government’s commitment to deliver a national recovery from the pandemic that makes the UK stronger, healthier and more prosperous than ever before was set out in the Queen’s Speech.
This includes investing in infrastructure, skills and technology as well as to increase home ownership.
This again demonstrates the Government’s aim to unite and level-up across the UK and I expect Blyth Valley to be at the forefront of investment.
The Prime Minister noted that imagination, flair, enthusiasm, and genius are distributed evenly across the country but opportunity is not.
That is why the schemes that are already on the way for Blyth Valley and the surrounding area are so important and provide these opportunities.
The Northumberland Rail Line will open up the Tyne and Wear jobs market.
Investment in education including a new middle and high school for Seaton Valley is also critical.
The opportunity though that was the talk of the local election campaign is Britishvolt and the battery gigafactory proposed.
I will continue to work with the Blyth based company to ensure it is an opportunity that becomes a reality.