Teeside's Freeport open for business

Yesterday, the Teesside Freeport has opened for business, creating thousands of well-paid green jobs as we deliver on the promises of levelling up.

  • Leaving the European Union has given us the freedom to do things differently – and we are maximising those opportunities by opening eight new freeports to create jobs and drive investment across the UK.
  • Yesterday, the Teesside Freeport began operations, putting the region at the forefront of green energy, manufacturing and innovation while creating more than 18,000 highly skilled jobs and generating £3.2 billion for the local community over 5 years.
  • The Teesside Freeport is the first of eight new freeports across the UK that will generate prosperity and spread opportunity by driving trade and innovation as we level up every corner of the United Kingdom.

I was asked yesterday morning on BT Radio Cumbria what a Metro Mayor for Cumbria could deliver that our MPs couldn't. Our MPs in Cumbria are doing a good job but if you look at what the Mayor of Tees Valley has achieved in getting a freeport up and running and improvements to the airport - I believe that an elected Metro Mayor for Cumbria, working with our MPs and bringing local government together, could achieve even more.

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