Talk­ing pol­i­tics

David Rut­ley

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

Con­ser­va­tive MP for Macclesfield IT’S good to see strong sup­port for the vi­sion of a North­ern Pow­er­house. I was for­tu­nate to se­cure a re­cent Par­lia­men­tary de­bate on “Gov­ern­ment sup­port for busi­nesses in the North of Eng­land” to un­der­line the im­por­tance of this strat­egy.

Science, which is vi­tal for our lo­cal econ­omy, is an in­te­gral part of that vi­sion. The fi­nal re­port from the suc­cess­ful Alder­ley Park Task­force (of which I was for­tu­nate to be a mem­ber) was praised by the Science Min­is­ter, Greg Clark, at a re­cent meet­ing in Lon­don.

The Min­is­ter paid trib­ute to the Task­force’s achieve­ments over the last 18 months. He high­lighted how Manch­ester Science Part­ner­ships had be­come new own­ers, over 300 new jobs had been cre­ated and many new busi­nesses are look­ing to lo­cate at Alder­ley Park.

In the months ahead, the fo­cus will be on build­ing on th­ese achieve­ments and cre­at­ing a Science Cor­ri­dor from Liver­pool to Manch­ester, in­clud­ing Alder­ley Park and ex­tend­ing to As­traZeneca’s im­por­tant Macclesfield site.

Macclesfield is not only home to cut­ting edge life sciences, but also world beat­ing as­tro­physics.

Jo­drell Bank, with its world fa­mous Lovell Tele­scope, is an im­por­tant lo­cal land­mark. It’s also head­quar­ters for the world’s largest ra­dio tele­scope project, known as the Square Kilo­me­tre Ar­ray (SKA). I have given my strong sup­port for Jo­drell Bank to con­tinue to host this global project as it moves from the de­sign phase into its next phase of op­er­a­tion af­ter 2017.

I was pleased that dur­ing the de­bate, the Science Min­is­ter said he would “sig­nal our whole­hearted com­mit­ment to the project and to pro­mot­ing Jo­drell Bank as the right­ful lo­ca­tion for the SKA’s head­quar­ters.”

By sup­port­ing cut­ting edge in­ter­na­tional science in the North, par­tic­u­larly in north east Cheshire, we will cre­ate more skilled jobs and strengthen our abil­ity to com­pete in the global econ­omy.

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