Statement from Anna Turley MP regarding tomorrow’s prime ministerial visit to Teesside:
“I’ve been disappointed to learn through informal sources that senior government politicians including the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for BEIS are coming to my constituency tomorrow to publish an update on progress on the SSI site. If this is the case, not only does parliamentary protocol expect that an MP is notified of a visit, but I would have expected the Prime Minister to have risen above the petty politics of her local mayor and worked with all stakeholders. In particular I would have expected her to engage with those who represent local people, who have so far had no say at all over the future of the site that played such a huge role in so many of their lives. As a member of the SSI Taskforce and having worked constructively with the Shadow Development Corporation as it has been developing these proposals I am very disappointed at this snub to the people I represent.
It seems the Tories are more interested in playing national politics on Teesside than working with local people to secure the future of our jobs and livelihoods. I'll be raising this with the Speaker of the House of Commons on our return.”