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Local Government works with regional MPs to boost economy
Scarborough Borough Council and Local Government Yorkshire &
Humber (LGYH) met with MP’s in Westminster last week to form a
working group to reinvigorate the local economies and communities
of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
Cllr Derek Bastiman of Scarborough Borough Council, alongside
officers of Scarborough Borough Council and LGYH met with the group
of cross party MP’s to establish an All Party Parliamentary Group
Known as the APPG for Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire the
group consists of MP’s of all political persuasions from throughout
the region. The group have identified three key target areas of
renewable energy, transport infrastructure and tourism and culture
as their focus over the coming months.
Following the meeting Cllr Bastiman, Scarborough Borough
Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning and Regeneration
“The meeting is a very positive step forward for our region.
MP’s have agreed to put aside politics and work towards the common
aim of driving forward our economy and placing the region at the
heart of the UK and Europe. This APPG approach is something we have
been working to instigate for some time and one that we support
wholeheartedly. We have a unique offer in this region and by
working together we can truly benefit our local economies.
“We will be working closely with our colleagues in Westminster
to assist in setting the agenda for this group and identifying
actions to drive forward our economy.”
Reflecting its cross-party commitment, the APPG will be jointly
Chaired by Andrew Percy, Conservative MP for Brigg & Goole, and
Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield. A formal launch event
and meeting will be held in March of this year, where a number of
high profile people from throughout the region will be involved.
The launch will also act as a showcase for all things great about
Yorkshire and Humber and show off our true potential to contribute
to the national economy.