MP COLUMN: Significant developments over festive period

I hope that readers had a pleasant festive break and since my last column there have been some significant developments both locally and nationally.

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

There was the huge news of Blyth-based Britishvolt confirming plans to build a gigafactory on the former Blyth Power Station site creating up to 8,000 jobs.

The investment at £2.6billion is the largest in the North East since Nissan and is expected to progress rapidly with a start on site anticipated this year.

On the same day I had the pleasure of welcoming Boris Johnson to the constituency.

This was a fabulous opportunity to showcase to the Prime Minister what we have to offer to the green industrial revolution including our world leading offshore wind technology.

On Boxing Day, it was confirmed by the Government that the County Council’s bid to the Future High Streets Fund had been successful, which puts Blyth town centre in line for more than £30m of improvements.

This is a fantastic example of the Government’s levelling up agenda.

Brexit has been delivered which is one of the key pledges of my election campaign in 2019.

I voted for the deal which ensured the fulfilment of the sovereign wish of British people to live under their own laws, made by their own elected Parliament.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK with the NHS already administering the vaccine.

This is a huge triumph for British science and fills me with pride at the start of 2021.

Ian Levy, Blyth Valley MP