Labour candidate, Justin Madders has vowed to support local industry, following visits to major local employers including Vauxhall and Airbus.
Former MP, Andrew Miller won plaudits from across the political spectrum for his work with industry, including playing a key role in securing the future of the Vauxhall plant.
During his time as Leader of Ellesmere Port & Neston Council, Justin worked closely with business and was instrumental in securing significant local investment, including the new Marks & Spencer, the biggest development by the retail giant outside London. He has also been an active member of the Town Centre Panel which has looked at ways of regenerating the town centre.
As well as working with larger employers, Justin has also pledged to press the Government and Council to offer improved conditions for the area’s small businesses, including a cut in Business Rates.
Speaking after a visit to the Vauxhall plant, where he also met with workers, Justin said:
“We are rightly proud in this area of our manufacturing heritage. If elected, I’ll work with all partners to not only safeguard our current employers, but also to attract the next generation of businesses.
We also need to work with partners, including the Council, schools, colleges and the Jobcentre to ensure that as many jobs as possible go to local people. To do this, we will need to match skills with opportunities, to ensure that our local workforce meets the needs of business.
As well as working to attract large employers to the area, I also recognise that the past few years have been extremely tough for our smaller businesses. I know from speaking to small businesses across the constituency that Business Rates are a particular area of concern, as they represent a significant fixed cost. That’s why I support Labour’s pledge to deliver a cut in Business Rates, followed by a freeze.”