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East Midlands councillors unite in Westminster to press for investment

By RCousins_LE  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

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Councillor Colin Davie will join council Leaders, MPs and representatives from Local Enterprise Partnerships across the East Midlands to come together in Westminster later today, to press the case for investment to both Ministers and Shadow Ministers.

The event will be chaired by Cllr Paul Bayliss, East Midlands Councils Executive Board Member and Leader of Derby City Council, and feature presentations from: Cllr Colin Davie, Board Member, Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Cllr Jon Collins, Chair of East Midlands Councils and Leader of Nottingham City Council, Jon Ashworth MP (Leicester South), Co-chair of the East Midlands APPG and Peter Richardson, Chair of D2N2.

Greg Clark MP, Minister for Local Growth and Toby Perkins, Shadow Small Business Minister will comment on behalf of the Government and the Opposition respectively.

A new joint document will also be launched setting out the potential for the East Midlands to deliver higher levels of growth in the national interest. Key opportunities include:

- The highest level of manufacturing employment in England with a competitive advantage in transport engineering, construction and food & drink and world class companies including Rolls Royce, Siemens and Carlsberg;

- Council led plans for 400,000 new homes over the next 20 years; and

- An attractive mix of urban and rural environments with access to outstanding landscapes such as the Peak District National Park.

- However, the East Midlands has struggled to attract the level of national investment needed to fully un-lock this potential, with the second lowest level of transport spending in England and low levels of support for new affordable housing.

Cllr Colin Davie said: “Food and flood defences are both key issues for Lincolnshire and the case for increasing investment can only be strengthened by working with councils, MPs and LEPs from across the East Midlands.”

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